5th Grade: Mrs. Kitzman

Welcome to the Fifth Grade Classroom at FLS!

My name is Diana Kitzman. My Elementary Education B.A. degree from Gustavus Adolphus College led me to a Lutheran elementary school in N. Hollywood, California before my husband brought me to Faribault and FLS.

I have taught for 27 years at many grade levels.  This is my tenth year teaching fifth grade. I especially love teaching children at this grade level because of their excitement and enthusiasm for learning and their willingness to take on the challenges this grade and their age presents.  They are beginning to become independent, but still appreciate adult guidance.Their insight into God’s word and what Jesus has done for them as their Savior enlightens me daily. To be allowed to help them grow in faith is a blessing and honor.

My husband Chris and I have lived in Faribault for 25 years.  We have two boys; one at FSHS and the other in college in California.  The best dog in the world, Mazely, also lives at our house.


During your child’s fifth grade year, your child will experience:

1st Grade

Spiritual Development

  • Daily Bible study focusing on Old and New Testament stories and how to apply them as we live as Christians in the Faribault community
  • Weekly worship at chapel services
  • Planning of and participation in at least one chapel service within the school year
  • Leading of classroom prayer and devotions

Social Development

  • Classroom meetings on a regular basis
  • Whole brain teaching strategies
  • Small group learning activities

Physical Development

  • Physical activity breaks throughout the day
  • Ed. classes
  • Daily active recess
  • Cursive handwriting practice
  • Friday Fitness

Unique Opportunities

  • Leaf project
  • Setting personal and class reading challenge goals
  • Writing a biography
  • Demonstration speech
  • Independent learning activities and projects
  • Field trips to River Bend Nature Center and theater productions

Parental Partnership Opportunities

  • Assignment books used daily
  • Weekly classroom newsletters and emails
  • Multiple volunteer opportunities

Academic Development

  • Multiple novel studies, writing and grammar lessons
  • Study of American history up to the Revolutionary War
  • Introduction to increasingly difficult math concepts
  • Daily spelling activities
  • Experiential learning in science