Class: 5th – Mrs. Ringhofer

Tristan Ringhofer

Tristan Ringhofer

BA in Liberal Studies from Fresno Pacific University
MAT from Willamette University

Fifth Grade Teacher


My name is Tristan Ringhofer, and I absolutely love teaching 5th graders. I was born and raised in Fresno, and went to Fresno Pacific University, which is where I received my BA. I met my husband, Jordan, at FPU in choir, and after we got married, we moved to Salem, Oregon, for 6 years for ministry. I got my MAT in Oregon, at Willamette University, and taught first grade for a few years before we felt the Lord call us back to California. This is my 4th year teaching at Immanuel, and I have fallen in love with the family-like community here. My husband is the lead pastor at Kingsburg MB church, and our family is growing! We have a 1 year old named Ezra, and one on the way. As you can imagine, I love spending my free time with my family. Outside of that, some of my favorite things are: Reading, drinking tea, going on long walks, spending time at the beach, and kayaking.

1Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

5th Grade field trips and experiences: Dissecting pigs in our Body Systems Unit, taking a charter bus to the Ronald Reagan Library in Southern California, an overnight zoofari at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo for our Biomes Unit, a walking field trip to the Reedley Beach for our Biomes Unit, and a field trip to Pena’s Disposal for our Recycling/Natural Resources Unit.

Topics to be covered:


  • Set a goal for the Century Book Club, reading every night, and tracking pages/minutes completed
  • Build vocabulary, use context clues
  • Understand figurative language, such as similes and metaphors
  • Compare and contrast characters, setting, and events
  • Quote accurately from a text, and make inferences
  • Make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections
  • Practice phonics and word recognition
  • Build fluency in oral reading


  • Write informative/explanatory texts, narratives, persuasive speeches, poetry, speeches, and research papers
  • Use mentor texts to model writing after
  • Create introduction, body, and conclusive paragraphs in an essay
  • Organize information, use graphic organizers, and develop ideas
  • Revise, edit, and publish final copies for self and peers
  • Perform, dramatize, and create videos from writing


  • Memorize multiplication and division facts to 12×12
  • Multiply and divide (long division) single, double, and triple digit numbers
  • Analyze patterns and relationships in various formats, including order of operations
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
  • Be able to read, write, and say decimals from the thousandths to the millions
  • Use estimation, rounding, and properties to simplify computation
  • Learn algebra, measurement, and geometry (including concepts like volume)
  • Solve word problems


  • Systems of Living Things (body systems, cells, plants)
  • Weather and Space (weather, water cycle, solar system)
  • Matter and Energy (atoms, elements, light and sound, resources
  • Investigation and experimentation in labs
  • Know and use the steps of The Scientific Method
  • Use science journals


  • Mapping skills
  • American Indians (how climate and geography influenced them, customs, economies, governments)
  • Routes of early explorers
  • Colonial era
  • American Revolution (causes, course, consequences)
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Know all 50 states, capitals, and abbreviations
  • Colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of Americans


  • Memorize the Old and New Testament books of the Bible
  • Study various books throughout the year
  • Memorize Bible verses weekly
  • Daily devotions
  • Learn how to do S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) journaling