Matt Follmuth
Welcome to fifth grade! My name is Matt Follmuth and this is my 15th year in Milaca. I teach reading and social studies and switch classes with Mrs. Juntunen, who teaches math, science, and health. My family and I live in Milaca and we are enjoying the area! Outside of school I enjoy reading, fishing, kayaking, camping, baseball, football, movies, and spending time with friends and family.

I look forward to a wonderful year with you! I hope that we can make your child's education a positive experience together!

In order to be successful in life we need to have a Growth Mindset. We will practice Growth Mindset daily in fifth grade. Here are some quotes that give examples of Growth Mindset:
  • Failure is so important. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. – J.K. Rowling

  • Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Sherman Finesilver

  • A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

Language Arts
Students in Mr. Follmuth’s language arts class will be finding books to read that are at their reading level, informational, and entertaining. We encourage students to read books at their reading level in order to make them better readers and increase their vocabulary. This does not mean that they cannot read lower-level or higher-level books. It is still fun to do that. Reading is reading. Reading books below your current reading level is fine at home. I would like to see students reading books at their level here at school. Reading higher books is fine with parent’s permission. It is best to read higher-level books together to help with difficult words and plot events and to help with any questions. Remember, reading is like anything in life. You need to practice at your level in order to maintain your skills and make yourself better.

One of our biggest goals for fifth grade is to help students become more independent.  We will spend a lot of time and have many lessons on independence and what it means to be independent throughout the school year.

Useful Websites:

Best Children's Historical Fiction
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/650.Best_Children_s_Historical_Fiction

Lexile Book Look-Up
http://www.lexile.com/fab/


Love and Logic for Parents - Free Articles
http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-Free-Articles-and-Handouts-for-Parents.aspx
Mr. Follmuth's Fifth Grade


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