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January 26-January 30

University Elementary School

Mrs. Kinkead's 5th Grade

All students are expected to go outside every day and to be dressed properly for the weather.  Teachers are on duty outside, and cannot supervise students in classrooms or library. To play in snow students are expected to have waterproof boots and mittens/gloves. If the wind chill is below 15 F degrees  students will have inside recess.  Otherwise families should plan on outdoor activity.



Important  Announcements and Dates

Monday, January 26 -

Tuesday, January 27 - 

Wednesday, January 28 - All Human Rights Essays ready to be printed

Thursday, January 29 - Spelling Bee for 4-5-6 Cafeteria 1:30 PM

Friday, January 30 - Vocabulary Quiz - Floating and Sinking and a few Colonies


Vocabulary Quiz this week:  Combines Floating & Sinking as well as Colony things missed last time

  1. Archimedes' Principle-The rule that an object is equal to the weight of the fluid it displaces.
  2. buoyancy -The ability of fluid to push with an upward force when something pushes down on it
  3. density- The amount of matter in a given volume
  4. mass- The amount of matter in an object
  5. matter- Anything that has mass and takes up space
  6. marsh- swampy area. Jamestown was built along one, causing saltwater illness and diseases from mosquitoes.
  7. settlement- A permanent collection of buildings and inhabitants.
  8. John Smith- English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia
  9. John White-Roanoke's colony leader who returned to England for more food and tools--when he finally returned to Roanoke the colony had vanished--the only clue he found of Roanoke or the "Lost Colony" was the Native American tribes name "CROATAN"
  10. Roanoke- Established in 1587. Called the Lost Colony. It was financed by Sir Walter Raleigh, and its leader in the New World was John White. All the settlers disappeared, and historians still don't know what became of them.
  11. Jamestown- 1st permanent English settlement
  12. St. Augustine -First Spanish settlement. Florida 1565 First European settlement in the new world.
  13. Plymouth- Colony settled by the Pilgrims. It eventually merged with Massachusetts Bay colony.
  14. volume - The amount of space an object takes up
  15. The Starving Time- Winter of 1609-1610: Settlers in Jamestown weren't used to working so that they could eat and so they began to starve. Some resorted to cannibalism and others joined nearby tribes.




January 29 - School Spelling Bee


February 17 6th Math League Contest (by math grade)

March 10 - MAC

March 13 - Field Trip to IU Art Museum

April - 5th Grade Math League Contests



University School Events

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



In Class Assignments and Homework Assignments are grouped below. Homework appears on daily Homework slide - study for Vocabulary (on Quizlet), study for tests, and anything not completed on time during the class day.

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

Language Arts -Reading

Students should have plenty of time to complete reading logs during Daily 5 Class time. Reading response books will be collected each week.

Reading Logs Turned in once a week on your assigned day (numbers are students' class numbers):  Note this week Monday books are due on Thursday due to MLK Day.

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

Language Arts Writing: (I am teaching this in class and it should appear in writing)

1.  Writing short responses to test questions

2.  Writing to persuade

3.  Topic sentences, theme, closing sentences

4.  Using sentence variety including: compound sentences, appositives, dependent and independent clauses, advanced vocabulary, precise vocabulary.

5.  Determining the MAIN IDEA


Language Arts: Vocabulary and Grammar

Word of the Day

Poetry Study

Vocabulary for content

In class we are:

Constantly reviewing: parts of speech and sentence structures in grammar lessons.  We are also working on good transitional words and how to use them and putting "said to bed" by enhancing tags in dialogue.

Charge Time:  Reading Groups and working on reading passages; Close readin


Social Studies:

DISCOVERY and Colonization: Chapter 6:

St. Augustine was the first European colony in the New World founded by the Spanish.  Our focus will now be on the first three English colonies: Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth Colony (Massachusetts Bay.)

Students will be able to focus on which ones were successful and why; the impact colonies had on their environment, and the Native Americans, and benefits to Europe.

We are working on this through a simulation called DISCOVERY.

colony -A settlement ruled by another country.

settlement -permanent collection of buildings and inhabitants
Roanoke- established in 1587. Called the Lost Colony. It was financed by Sir Walter Raleigh, and its leader in the New World was John White. All the settlers disappeared, and historians still don't know what became of them.

Jamestown -1st permanent English settlement in North America

Plymouth -Puritan colony founded in 1620; first New England colony; led by William Bradford
marsh -swampy area which is often a breeding place for small animals and insects; mosquitoes were a problem
colonist -a person who lives in a colony

democratic -(Citizen participation) -- Power is in the hands of the people. The people elect leaders and participate in government. (U.S., U.K., Canada)

ally -(n.) A person or a country who is on your side or helps you in a situation.

freedom -Being out from under the control of something or someone; liberty

religious- having to do with religion or beliefs in that religion

cash crop -Crop grown to be sold.

Pilgrim -a person who travels for religious beliefs

Puritan -A religious group who wanted to purify the Church of England. They came to America for religious freedom and settled Massachusetts Bay.

 John White -Roanoke's colony leader who returned to England for more food and tools--when he finally returned to Roanoke the colony had vanished--the only clue he found of Roanoke or the "Lost colony" was the Native American tribes name "CROATAN"

John Smith -1580-1631 An English colonist who came to America in 1608 and helped to create the Jamestown Colony. He made an agreement with the Powhatan Indians. He encouraged settlers to work harder and build better housing. No work = no food Hard work = more food.

Sir Walter Raleigh -An English adventurer and writer, who was prominent at the court of Queen Elizabeth I, and became an explorer of the Americas. In 1585, Raleigh sponsored the first English colony in America on Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. It failed and is known as " The Lost Colony."

 King James- 1566-1625 King of England who, in 1606, gave the Virginia Company of London a charger to set up a colony in Virginia

Squanto -Native American who helped the English colonists in Massachusetts develop agricultural techniques and served as an interpreter between the colonists and the Wampanoag.


Massasoit -Chief of the Wampanoag Indians who helped the Pilgrims survive. They had peace for 40 years until his death.

 Pocahontas -A Powhatan woman (the daughter of Powhatan) who befriended the English at Jamestown

Powhatan-An Indian chieftain who dominated the peoples in the James River area. All the tribes loosely under his control came to be called Powhatan's confederacy. The colonists inaccurately called all of the IndiansPowhatans.


Indiana Standards

Historical Knowledge:
Ways of Life Before and After the Arrival of Europeans to 1610
5.1.1 Identify and describe early cultures and settlements that existed in North America prior to contact with Europeans.

Examples: The Anasazi (100 B.C./B.C.E. – 1300 A.D./C.E.) and Mississippian culture at Cahokia (600 A.D./C.E. – 1400 A.D./C.E.)

5.1.2 Examine accounts of early European explorations of North America including major land and water routes, reasons for exploration and the impact the exploration had.
Examples: The Viking explorations and settlements in Greenland and North America;
Spanish expeditions by Christopher Columbus, Hernán Cortés, Hernando de
Soto and Francisco Vásquez de Coronado; expeditions by French explorers
Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain; and expeditions for England and
Holland by explorers Henry Cabot, Henry Hudson and John White

5.1.3 Compare and contrast historic Indian groups of the West, Southwest, Northwest, Arctic and sub-Arctic, GreatPlains, and Eastern Woodlands regions at the beginning of European exploration in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Examples: Compare styles of housing, settlement patterns, sources of food and clothing,
customs and oral traditions, political and economic organization, and types and uses of

5.1.4 Locate and compare the origins, physical structure and social structure of early Spanish, French and British settlements.

Examples: St. Augustine, Roanoke Island, Santa Fe and Jamestown



Floating, Sinking and Buoyancy

The Nature of Science
Students gain scientific knowledge by observing the natural and constructed world, performing and evaluating investigations, and communicating their findings. The following principles should guide student work and be integrated into the curriculum along with the content standards on a daily basis.
Make predictions and formulate testable questions. Design a fair test. Plan and carry out investigations—often over a period of several lessons—as a class, in small groups or independently. Perform investigations using appropriate tools and technologies that will extend the senses. Use measurement skills and apply appropriate units when collecting data. Test predictions with multiple trials. Keep accurate records in a notebook during investigations and communicate findings to others using graphs, charts, maps and models through oral and written reports. Identify simple patterns in data and propose explanations to account for the patterns. Compare the results of an investigation with the prediction

Content Standards
Standard 1: Physical Science
ore Standard:
Describe the weight and volume and measure the weight and volume of various objects.
(5.1.1, 5.1.2)
Core Standard:
Demonstrate that mass is conserved even when a substance has undergone a change in its state. (5.1.3, 5.1.4)
5.1.1 Describe and measure the volume and weight of a sample of a given material.
5.1.2 Describe the difference between weight and mass. Understand that weight is dependent on gravity and mass is the amount of matter in a given substance or material.
5.1.3 Demonstrate that regardless of how parts of an object are assembled the weight of the whole object is identical to the sum of the weight of the parts; however, the volume can differ from the sum of the volumes.
5.1.4 Determine if matter has been added or lost by comparing weights when melting, freezing or dissolving a sample of a substance.


HEALTH: 9, 5, 2, 1, 0

Average of 9 hours of sleep is required for students in elementary and middle school.

5 Servings of fruits and vegetables daily

2 hours or less of screen time

1 hour a day of active outdoor play

0 sugar drinks




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. . .

September 15  Abandoned Farm

September 22: Scranimals

September 29 - No poem this week due to BW

October 13 - Nature poems - snow, tigers, and Native American poem.

October 20: -Writing and typing up our own poetry for books.

October 27 - Haunted House

November 3 Kokopelli

November 10 Remnants, Ghost Warrior

November 17 Caged Bird

December 3 - Every Cat Has a Story

January 5 - Victory

January 9 - The Poison Tree

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 9:35) No Specials

Thursday -  Library Checkout;  Computer Lab: printing and working on writing.

Friday - Music & PE; Legal Literacy








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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