Mr.Nannemann's Fifth Grade Class
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Dear Students and Families of Room 205,  

Greetings! 

 My name is Jim Nannemann and I am honored to be your child's teacher this year.  I have been teaching in Minneapolis since 1995 and I have been at Northrop since 2003.   I am a graduate of the University of Iowa, but after spending 4 years in another profession, I went back to school and received my teaching certification from the University of Minnesota. While pursuing this, I had the privilege of student teaching at Northrop!  I also have a Masters Degree in Education from St. Mary's University. 

In addition to having a great group of students, I have a wonderful family. I am married to a fellow teacher and we have 2 sons, both of whom attend Northrop.  Our youngest is a 2nd Grade student this year and our oldest is a Fifth Grader.  We live in South Minneapolis with a chocolate labrador retriever named Harry Potter.  Outside of school, I enjoy music, the visual arts, writing, reading, traveling and most of all, spending quality time with my family.

On this site you will find information about me, our schedule, field trips,  homework and even an extra PDF copy of our class reading log that you can print off at home.  I will also include information about current and upcoming school and class events, as well as pictures of activities that we will be participating in throughout the school year.  You may use the links to the right or look below for items that you may find interesting.

Students who have access to a computer at home will be expected to put time into ST Math in addition to what we do in the computer lab and their regular homework to reinforce learned skills.   Here is the ST Math Activation Code or you can check below for information and links regarding ST Math.

During the school year we use the Good Habits, Great Readers curriculum, using Focused Instruction in whole class readings and small reading groups.  Inferencing, context clues, as well as using QAR reading strategies continue to be focuses of our reading. Students will also work in small  "Book Clubs" discussing and writing about chapter books that are assigned to them.   Students will also use  Words Their Way Spelling.  Extra copies of her/his spelling list or homework, as well as an extra Reading Log, can be found to the right for links where you can print of copies at home.  Please check the Scholastic Book Wizard link below for book suggestions at your child's Guided Reading Level.

I hope that you find the information provided on our class website useful and enjoyable!

   All the Best,

   Mr. Nanneman

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Below are links to various activities throughout the school year:

  • For general assistance with Reading Resources for your child, you can visit Northrop's Reading & Writing Toolbox.  It has lists of books with Guided Reading Levels,  Reading Level expectations, as well as Word Study expectations.
  • An ST Math Homework Activation Code, can be used to access ST Math at home. I have included a link HERE that you may access it.
  • Interested in improving your Math skills? Go to ST MATH, an online Math Program students use at school and at home. 
  • If you are interested in finding books at your Independent Reading Level, or you are curious about what level the book that you are reading is, you may wish to go to Scholastic Book Wizard.  Follow the directions and enter the book that you want to find out about in the space provided.  Before clicking "Search" make sure that you select the appropriate "Reading Level System."  In our case, that would be GUIDED READING.
  • Trouble finding things to do over the weekend?  Go to Northrop's Fun Activity Guide for suggestions!
Student Presentations - PREZI, Etc.

Students create via Prezi, GoogleDocs, and Powerpoint for reports that they complete in the Fall, Winter and Spring.