Amy Melby » Mrs. Melby's 2020-2021 Teacher Page

Mrs. Melby's 2020-2021 Teacher Page

 Grade 5 - Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Academy

March has finally arrived and the weather seems to be improving:) Please remember that students will be going outside not only for recess but also for 2 mask in the morning and one in the afternoon. That wind can be a bit nippy so please send students dressed for the weather. 


Please use this page to stay informed on what's happening in our classroom, at Chelsea School, and within our school district. I will update this page weekly. Please don't hesitate to contact me at with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your support and together we will make this a fabulous year!

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During the month of March, we will have the opportunity to put a spotlight on some of the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women. Since 1987, the United States has formally recognized March as National Women's History Month.  In honor of National Women's History Month, here are a few quotes from some famous women. 

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”
                                                               - Helen Keller
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
                                                               -Malala Yousafzai
“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” 
                                                               -Oprah Winfrey
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”                                                                                     
                                                               -Eleanor Roosevelt


Family School Partnership (FSP) Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

The FSP is hosting a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair from March 12-25th. This is a fantastic opportunity to build your home library and support our district. From their homepage (, students can scroll down and explore a virtual fair.  All the books in the cases are the same that would be present in a physical fair. While exploring the virtual link, students can create a Wish List of books.  Did you know the FSP earns a percentage of the sales which is then used to support Family Nights, purchase Field Day shirts, school assemblies, and so much more! The scholastic dollars are also used to buy books for both the classroom libraries and school libraries. Shopping at this book fair gives back to the students of our district! Happy Reading!
FastBridge Winter Scores
Your child's assessment scores for both math and reading were sent home on Friday, February 19th. This information, along with classroom performance, is used to guide instructional practices and provide another measure of student progress to share with you. If you have any questions about this assessment, then please contact me or Mr. Wernet.
Candor Health Education
Health educators from Candor Health Education, formally Robert Crown Center, will present the program entitled "Understanding Changes" in April.  A permission slip was sent home on Monday, February 22, 2021. Please fill out the hard copy form and return it by Tuesday, April 6th.  Payment may only be made online using My School Bucks at On the district homepage, scroll down to LINKS, clink on Online Payments and this will bring you to where you can sign up.  
Wacky Wednesdays are back!

Show your school spirit by dressing up for these fun days:)

3/3/2021- Music Day- Wear your favorite band or musician

3/10/2021- College Day- Wear your favorite college colors

3/17/2021- Green Day- Wear any shade of green

3/24/2021- Comfy Day- Wear comfy clothes

Don't forget- every Friday is Chelsea Spirit day...wear your school colors or Chelsea Spirit Wear. Go Tigers!


Frankfort Lions Club Sock Drive
We will be collecting new socks for men, women and children until March 15, 2021.  Please consider joining us in supporting this community event. Let's make a difference in our community. Thank you!
D.A.R.E.-Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program

In January, we will begin our Drug Abuse Resistance Education program with Officer Riff from the Frankfort  Police Department. Along with being our D.A.R.E. instructor, he is also our district resource officer. D.A.R.E. is a prevention education program designed to teach students the appropriate skills needed to resist pressures which may influence them to experiment with alcohol and tobacco. They will also be introduced to the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that assists them in problem solving, being a good citizen and making wise decisions. The curriculum is interactive and promotes active participation by the students. Following completion of the 10 lessons, students will have the opportunity to participate in a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony and earn a certificate.


P.E./ Recess/ Mask Breaks

Please be sure your child is dressed for the weather. Now that it is beginning to get colder outside, students need to be bringing sweatshirts and jackets. We will continue to go outside a few times each day, unless the weather drops below 15 degrees or it is raining/snowing. Students will be outside for mask breaks, P.E., and recess. 

Erin's Law Presentations

Governor Pat Quinn signed Erin's Law in January of 2013, which requires all schools in the state of Illinois to provide age appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education programs for students in grades Pre-K through 12.   Our lessons for 5th grade students will begin the week of January 18th, 4th grade students will begin the week of January 25th, and 3rd grade students will begin the week of February 1st. The Chelsea Intermediate School Social Workers will be teaching each lesson in the child’s classroom. The "Think First and Stay Safe" program will be the curriculum utilized for these lessons with a focus on Child Lures. 


Eureka Module 4-Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions

Topic A- Line plots of Fraction Measurements (lesson 1)

Topic B- Fractions as Division (Lessons 2-5)

Topic C- Multiplication of a Whole Number by a Fraction (lesson 6-9)

Topic D- Fraction Expressions and Word Problems (lesson 10-12)

Mid-Module Assessment

Topic E- Multiplication of a Fraction by a Fraction (lessons 13-20)

Topic F- Multiplication with Fractions and Decimals as Scaling and Word Problems (lessons 21-24)

Topic G- Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions (lessons 25-31)

Topic H- Interpretation of Numerical Expressions (lessons 32-33)

End-of-Module Assessment


Eureka Module 5- Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area

Topic A- Concepts of Volume (lesson 1-3)
Topic B- Volume and the Operations of Multiplication and Addition (lessons 4-8)
Mid-Module Assessment
Topic C- Area of Rectangular Figures with Fractional Side Lengths (lessons 9-15)
Topic D- Drawing, Analysis, and Classification of Two-Dimensional Shapes (lessons 16-21)
End-of-Module Assessment

Social Studies-Q3: The English Colonies- Chapter 5- The New England Colonies, Chapter 6- The Middle Atlantic Colonies, Chapter 7- The Southern Colonies

Black History Month Project


Science- Water Cycle & Earth's Systems

This unit helps students develop the idea that water is a profoundly important natural resource, but one which requires surprising ingenuity to find and maintain.

Dust Bowl Unit Starter
Mystery 1: How Much Water is in the World? (Hydrosphere and the roles of water.)
Mystery 2: When you turn on the faucet, where does the water go? (Groundwater as a Natural Resource)
Mystery 3: Can we Make it Rain? (Water Cycle)
Mystery 4: How can you save a town from a hurricane? (Natural Disasters & Engineering)
Unit Wrap-Up: How can you protect a farm from the next Dust Bowl? (Interaction of Earth's Spheres & Augmentation)