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Fifth Grade

Welcome to Grantfork's 5th Grade

Teachers: Marilyn Paur and Christy Zeller



My name is Marilyn Paur and I love my name. It is not par like golf. It is not plural. It is just Paur – pronounced POWER! Yes, that’s right. I will do everything in my “power” to get my class ready to succeed at HMS!
My husband, Mark and I have one daughter, Lindsay. She recently graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She majored in math with minors in physics and communications. She is one smart cookie! (I am one proud mama)
I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Greenville College and am also a National Board Certified Teacher. I love my job and have a wonderful time everyday in the classroom.


Email Marilyn Paur: mpaur@highlandcusd5.org


My name is Christy Zeller. I grew up in the small town of Mulberry Grove where I attended school from Kindergarten to 12th grade in the same building. 
I had always known that I wanted to be a teacher, so after high school I went to McKendree College where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
I married my husband Nic in 2009, and in 2012 we had our son, Braden. We also have two boxers named Frank and Daisy. I love teaching for the Highland School District and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Moving to Grantfork has proven to be a wonderful change and I love being able to spend everyday in the classroom.



Email Christy Zeller: czeller@highlandcusd5.org

Please take a moment to look at the subject guidelines

Language Arts
Reading
• Comprehend using vocabulary skills and 
word attack skills on unknown words
• Apply reading strategies to improve 
understanding and fluency (inferences, 
predicting, compare and contrast, cause 
and effect, sequence of events, 
facts and opinion, main ideas, 
and connecting prior knowledge) 
• Understand how literary elements contribute to stories 
(theme, character, setting, plot, conflict, climax, and solution)
• Read and respond to a variety of literary works (realistic and 
historical fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, biography, and poetry)
• Accelerated Reader

Writing/Grammar
• Use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, 
capitalization, and sentence structure
• Develop well-organized and coherent writing
• Write and edit compositions and essays to accomplish a variety 
of purposes, such as persuasive, narrative, and expository
• Use resources to gather, analyze, and evaluate information

Oral Language
• Listen in formal and informal situations
• Listen and follow oral instructions
• Use speaking skills effectively using language appropriate to the 
situation and audience
• Use information to communicate in oral and written form

Science
Life Science 
• Understand the life processes
• Learn the parts of plant and animal cells • Learn the five kingdoms and how to divide them
• Classify animals - vertebrates vs. invertebrates; classify plants • Identify and observe simple life cycles
• Describe and compare offspring with their parents

Physical Science
Classifying Matter and Kitchen Chemistry Kit • Observe, collect data, hypothesize, and deduct 
• Make generalizations about observations 
• Accurately report and display results of an investigation 
• Explore atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, and mixtures
• Identify physical and chemical properties and changes • Know the differences between solids, liquids, and gases 
• Use appropriate science safety procedures 
Electrical Energy and Get a Charge Kit • Investigate electrons, electric currents, and circuits 
• Explore relationship between electricity and magnetism • Understand the function of generators • Distinguish between conductors and insulators



Earth Science
• Know the layers of the Earth • Know the atmospheric systems • Learn about weathering and erosion
• Learn how rocks change and fossils form 

The Earth’s Resources 
• Explain renewable and nonrenewable resources • Learn how water, land, & air resources can be conserved
• Realize the effect of reducing, reusing, and recycling
Scientific Method
• Know & apply the concepts & processes of scientific inquiry 
• Note that similar investigations may not produce similar results Social Science

Political Systems
• Constitution
• Branches of the federal government
• Democracy
• Causes of the American Revolution
• Causes of the Civil War

Economics
• Trade.
• Early life on our continent
• Supply and demand
• Goods and services

Math 
Whole Numbers
• Convert whole numbers to word, 
standard, and expanded form
• Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers
Decimals and Fractions
• Identify and compare decimals
• Add, subtract, and multiply decimals
• Compare and order fractions and mixed numbers
• Add, subtract, and multiply fractions

Geometry
• Find the perimeter, circumference, area, and volume of geometric 
figures
• Measure, identify, and draw angles
• Identify and describe geometric shapes
• Identify congruent figures and lines of symmetry
Graphing, Probability, and Ratios/Percents
• Organize, display, and evaluate data using a variety of graphs
• Explore and understand probability
• Explore ratios, percentages, and decimal relationships

Measurement
• Measure using customary and metric units
• Convert within the metric and U.S. customary system
• Compare differences in degrees of temperature
Problem-solving
• Solve problems that are related to real situations


Ecology and CARE Kit
• Learn about the parts of an ecosystem
• Producer and Consumer roles in an ecosystem
• Predator/Prey relationships 
• Construct and describe a food chain • Learn how water cycles through an ecosystem

History
• Explorers of the new world
• Colonial America
• Revolutionary War
• Civil War 
• Early Westward Expansion
• Read and understand timelines
Geography
• Read and utilize maps, charts, and graphs
• Latitude and longitude
• Routes of important U.S. explorers

Health
Growing Up Well
• Bullying
• Relationships with friends
• Peer pressure
• Assertive behavior
• Alcohol
• Alcoholism
• Smokeless tobacco

Promoting Health and Preventing Illness and Injury
• Eye and dental care
• First aid and fire safety
• Analyzing media influence through advertising
• Effects of depleting ozone layer and sun exposure
• Environmental effects on health
Understand Human Body Systems and Factors That
Influence Growth and Development
• Recognize the parts and describe the function of the 
skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, 
and nervous systems
• Identify what gives the body its size and shape
• Define calorie and identify foods with high caloric content
• Recognize positive/negative affects of physical activity
• Classify foods by nutrient contribution
• Recognize reliable sources of food and dietary information
• Define puberty and its characteristics
• Recognize behaviors and choices that reduce health risks
• Interpret food label information
Mental and Social Health Skills
• Communication skills and conflict in relationships
• Media influence on choices and behavior
• Decision-making and problem-solving
• Personal hygiene
• Identify safe/unsafe situations and place