Ms. Bradford

Barb Wessman

Hello Parents and Fifth Grade Students,

          Welcome to the beginning of another wonderful year at Seven Hills Preparatory Academy.  I am thrilled to be able to have your student in my fifth grade class this year.  Working together with you to help your student reach his or her highest potential is something I look forward to this coming year. 

          This is my fifth year here at SHPA and I am lucky to be able to be working in 5th grade again.    Bloomington has always been my home and I am lucky to be teaching in a district that molded who I am.  I am a passionate reader and look forward to seeing what kind of books our class will read this year.  I am always looking for my next great read. I hope that I, along with the students, am inspired to read something new.  Check in to see what books are being read in Ms. Wessman's class. 

          I am available to answer any questions that might arise throughout the school year, so please do not hesitate to contact me.  My email address is .  I am looking forward to a great school year.



Ms. Barbara Wessman

Physical Science:

Chapter 4 Simple Machines and how they help us do work

Vocab: lever, pulley, wedge, screw, inclined plane, wheel and axle, and work

 Students will look at the tools they use in their everyday lives and discover how they help us do work. 

Core Knowledge: United States Geography

We are learning about the different regions of the U.S.  We have learned about the New England, Mid Atlantic, and South.  We will continue our journey through the rest of the United States and see why certain states are grouped together in their regions. 

Math Chap 3 Fractions

This week we are looking at equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions.  We will be looking at unlike fractions and learning how to change them to be like so we can find the sum and difference of them.  

Reading Small Groups

Sink or Swim Chapter 18-19  read and questions  

Mouse with the Question Mark Tail - Chapter 12 

Stargirl - chapters 28-29

Max-  Chapter 7 


Students are completing their freindly letters to a former teacher and will start looking at the difference between a friendly letter and a business letter. We will be writing to companies we like and telling them why we chose to write to them. 


Unit 3 Pronouns

We are recognizing pronouns in a sentence and looking for the antecedent to it.