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September 15- September 19

University Elementary School

Mrs. Kinkead's 5th Grade



Important  Announcements and Dates:

September 15 Bring back signed purple folder for your sticker

Bring back Bradford Woods Registration as soon as possible.  Please advise if you need a campership form:  Georgia Koushiafes/Social Worker:   gkoushia@mccsc.edu

September 17  Late Start Wednesday



Only Two weeks left to do this before report Cards:

States and Capitals or Physical Features Re-Test.  Blank map, a list of numbered features plus a few bonus, and you have covered all levels to reach a 3.  President quiz is optional - talk to Mrs. K. if you want to accept the challenge: last names, spelled correctly in correct numbered order from Washington to Obama.  You should be able to give initials to presidents with same last name: example J. Adams and J. Q. Adams)

Blank maps for practice under "FILES" tab.  Flash cards/Scatter and spelling games are in quizlet.



September 19  Vocabulary Word:  DICT - to speak

September 19 - All Bradford Woods Forms

Bradford Woods Checks made out to Monroe County Outdoor Education Program

September 29-30-October 1 Bradford Woods cool

October 6-October 10  Fall Break

October 17 - Report Cards sent home

Parent Conferences as scheduled.


University School Events

 September 29-October 1 Bradford Woods Camp for Fifth Grade

Thursday, October 2, 6:00-7:00 PM (Library) “How to Support Reading and Literacy at Home” Grades K-3

Thursday, October 2, 7:00-8:00 PM (Library) “How to Support Reading and Literacy at Home” Grades 3-6


Thursday, February 19, 6:30-7:30 PM “How to Support Writing at Home” Grades K-6


Click on tabs for links to study capitals and states


IMPORTANT NOTE: Students are expected to be unpacked and in their seats when the bell rings at 8:35;  students who walk in the door as bell rings will be sent for a late pass.



Please Note: The new Indiana Academic standards for Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary are in a PDF file under Files.

Language Arts -Reading

Reading- We are working on writing a proper response to reading a book of our choice.  Students have a due date assigned by class number. Students have a rubric and questions to guide them in their reading notebook.

Students should have plenty of time to complete this assignment during Daily 5 Class time.

Beginning September 2 reading response books will be collected each week:

Reading Logs Turned in once a week on your assigned day (numbers are students' class numbers):

Monday - #1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33

Tuesday - #2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34

Wednesday #3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31

Thursday #4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32

We are working in class to learn how to write these logs this week and to conference with Mrs. K.  The actual collection will begin on September 2nd.

Language Arts: Writing:  We are working on personal narratives.  Students brainstormed ideas in a heart shape - things that are close to our hearts; we sketched out ideas in pictures and words.  We are writing about a special moment we shared with someone (includes pets.)

We have done a writing assessment and quick writes.


Language Arts: Vocabulary and Grammar

We are learning; prepositions, prepositional phrases, and objects of the preposition;  this is in addition to identifying articles, adjectives, subject noun, verb, and adverbs in sentences.  Students are expected to identify parts of speech in a sentence.


There is a link for access  in the links section.  We are also going to add some number words as prefixes including: uni, mono, di, bi, tri, quad, quint,octa, deci, centi, milli (all words that should also be familiar in math trminology.)  No testing on later but reviewing.

In addition we are reviewing parts of speech and sentence structures in grammar lessons.

Charge Time

NonFiction: text features; quoting accurately from text to support your ideas; main ideas of a non-fiction text; comparing points of view of different authors on same topic.

Social Studies:

Learning Geographical terminology:

  • creating maps using correct terminology and knowing the different lines of latitude and longitude including equator and prime meridian. Knowing where Northern and Southern Hemisphere and Eastern and Western Hemispheres begin and end.
  • playing latitude and longitude bingo


States and Abbreviations -

first quiz Monday August 11:  Can you label the abbreviations correctly on a map of the United States?  Level 1

second quiz Monday August 18:  Do you know the capital of every state - spelled correctly Level 2

third quiz Monday August 25: Can you label all the physical features of the United States listed on your study sheet? Level 3

Challenge: any time this week or the week of September 1 September 19:   Can you list the presidents of the United States in correct order and spell last names correctly? Level 4



Indiana Standards

The World in Spatial Terms


5.3.1             Demonstrate that lines of latitude and longitude are measured in degrees of a circle, that places can be precisely located where these lines intersect, and that location can be stated in terms of degrees north or south of the equator and east or west of the prime meridian.

5.3.2             Identify regions of the United States and explain the advantages and disadvantages of using maps, globes and photographs to locate and describe these regions.

Places and Regions

5.3.3             Name and locate states, regions, major cities and capitals, major rivers and mountain ranges in the United States.

5.3.4             Locate Native American Indian and colonial settlements on maps and suggest reasons for the locations of these places. (Individuals, Society and Culture)


Physical Systems


5.3.5             Locate the continental divide and the major drainage basins in the United States.


5.3.6             Map and describe the characteristics of climate regions of the United States.


5.3.7             Identify major sources of accessible fresh water and describe the impact of access on the local and regional communities.


Sun, Moon and Stars

Phases of the Moon


SCI.5.2 2010 - Earth Science


Observe, describe and ask questions about patterns in the sun-moon-earth system.


SCI.5.2.1 2010

Recognize that our earth is part of the solar system in which the sun, an average star, is the central and largest body. Observe that our solar system includes the sun, moon, seven other planets and their moons, and many other smaller objects like asteroids and comets.

SCI.5.2.2 2010

Observe and use pictures to record how the sun appears to move across the sky in the same general way every day but rises and sets in different places as the seasons change.


SCI.5.2.3 2010

In monthly intervals, observe and draw the length and direction of shadows cast by the sun at several chosen times during the day. Use the recorded data as evidence to explain how those shadows were affected by the relative position of the earth and sun.


SCI.5.2.4 2010

Use a calendar to record observations of the shape of the moon and the rising and setting times over the course of a month. Based on the observations, describe patterns in the moon cycle.




HEALTH: 9, 5, 2, 1, 0

September 15 - September 19: reading articles about the need for an average of 9 hours of sleep.

September 22-27: Preparing iMovies and talks for other students about Sleep Needs

October 2 and 3 - Presenting information to classes that signed up.



News and Notes

POETRY:  Students should practice reading their poem each night to a family member.  We are mining poems for words, themes and writing poems similar to these for our own poetry.


A Poem a Day increases fluency.

August 11-15: HOMEWORK I LOVE YOU!

August 18-22:  My Shadow

 August 25-August:  The Spinning Earth

September 2-September 5  Latitude and Longitude

September 8-12  I am From. . .

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.   ~Albert Einstein

Usual Weekly schedule for Specials:

Monday PE & Music;

Tuesday Art

Wednesday  (Late Start) No Specials

Thursday  Library Checkout;  Computer Lab Printing and working on writing.

Friday Music & PE,








Above Expectation:  In addition to exhibiting Level 3 understanding goes beyond what was taught in class and applies to diverse situations.  Does additional research and thinking about the topic. Expands answers/projects to address this. Shows creative thinking skills and unusual but appropriate ways to apply learned information.  "Thinks outside the box."



Proficient/Mastery: No major errors or omissions of information, ideas or processes that were explicitly taught. Is able to complete all parts of assignments independently.



Basic:  No major errors or omissions for simpler ideas BUT errors or omissions regarding complex ideas. May need help from teacher/adult for more complex parts of assignment.



Below:  Shows partial knowledge of simpler and complex ideas. Needs help to complete assignments.


Incomplete: Even with help does not complete work, shows little understanding of concepts or skills needed. Needs help to complete assignments.



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