5th Grade – Mr. Falck, Mrs. Biesterfeld, Mr. Sievert
Mr. Jeffrey Falck grew up in Tomah, Wisconsin and is the son of retired Pastor Daniel and Judy Falck. He is one of four children – 2 sisters and one brother. After attending Lutheran Elementary schools through 8th grade, he attended Luther High School in Onalaska, Wisconsin before finishing at Martin Luther Prep School in Prairie du Chien. Mr. Falck received his undergraduate degree in education and Social Studies from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. He has also earned a Masters degree in educational leadership from Martin Luther College.
Mr. Falck has taught a variety of grade combinations in grades 4-8 at schools in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Colorado. He brings 18 years of teaching experience and 12 years of administrative experience to Illinois Lutheran and is excited to work with the families of Illinois Lutheran.
Mr. Falck is married to Karena and has four children: Ava, Brady, Ida, and Max. He enjoys music (especially playing the organ for worship) and college football. He also enjoys traveling the country with his family and exploring new places.
Mrs. Laura Biesterfeld is from Minnesota and graduated from Doctor Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Mrs. Biesterfeld began teaching at Illinois Lutheran in 1998. She teaches 5th grade math and is the 6th grade homeroom teacher.
When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she said, ” I love seeing the ‘lightbulb’ when kids understand something they’ve been working towards.”
When not at school she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family. Mrs. Biesterfeld and her husband have four kids at ILS.
Mr. Scott Sievert
Christ-Light studies the major stories of the Bible in chronological order. The study alternates between Old Testament and New Testament stories. Applying the lessons of these stories to the lives of the students is a very important part of this class. The study of Christian hymns is also part of this class.
Catechism studies the six main teachings of Christian doctrine as found in Luther’s Catechism. The Grade 5 curriculum focuses mainly on The Ten Commandments, The Apostles Creed, Baptism, and Holy Communion. As in Christ-Light, applications of the Catechism lessons to the student’s life is a vital part of this class.
Saxon Math is used throughout Illinois Lutheran Elementary School. Highlights of the Grade 5 curriculum include preliminary work with fractions, decimals, and percents. Also included in its coursework are long division and work with multi-digit multiplication.
The study of reading in Grade 5 continues on the reading skills built in earlier grades. A variety of fiction and non-fiction resources are used to teach skills such as sequencing, fact and opinion, plot, setting, and climax. Spelling/vocabulary words from the reading selections help students increase their personal vocabulary.
Grade 5 English continues building on the skills of students learned in earlier grades. Work with the six basic parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, and preposition) is extensive. Writing activities include personal narratives, fictional stories and writing to compare and contrast.
Grade 5 science continues studying the three basic areas of science: earth science, life science, and physical science. Earth science stresses Earth’s resources, weather and climate. Physical science focuses upon matter, energy, and motion. The main areas in life science include classification of plants and animals, plant structures, animal adaptations, and ecosystems.
During Grade 5, the students examine American history. During the class they become familiar with the origins of our country starting with the Age of Exploration. The focus is on the formation of colonies and our national government.
In music the Grade 5 students have the opportunity to experience personal musical performance and basic musicianship skills especially through vocal performance. During the Grade 5 art class students experience both two and three-dimensional projects using multiple different media. This includes studying the art themes of line, shape, color, shading, shadow, and media. The physical education class for Grade 5 concentrates on helping students obtain confidence in using their bodies in different ways as well as using several sports to develop an understanding of self-control and physical coordination. These sports include track, soccer, basketball, and volleyball.