October 27 - October 31
University Elementary School
Mrs. Kinkead's 5th Grade
Important Announcements and Dates:
October 27 Bring back signed purple folder for your sticker .
October 29 - Picture Retake Day and candid shots for the year book will be taken. If you want a retake bring back your package. If you are new since first photos were taken in September, your photo will be taken.
October 31 Halloween. Students will be permitted to wear school appropriate costumes - no weapons or masks - all day. Do remember we have PE on this day.
Parent Conferences as scheduled: October 28-November 6. Please let me know if you cannot attend your assigned times.
University School Events
September 29-October 31 - Fall Campaign Fundraiser - please return your signed form so we can 100% participation.
February 19, 6:30-7:30 PM “How to Support Writing at Home” Grades K-6
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-Beginning on October 13 students will be writing on a specific strategy for information texts assigned for reading responses.. 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.
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
Language Arts: Writing: Realistic Fiction
Setting: Bradford Woods
Plot - student choice
Realistic Fiction - no supernatural, super powers, or aliens
Make certain you have addressed - main characters and traits
What is the problem? All stories have a problem the character must overcome.
How does the main character (and others) solve the problem?
What is the resolution or the solution to the problem?
Language Arts: Vocabulary and Grammar
Environments, habitats, ecosystems
Ecosystem - places where living things interact with each other and with non- living components such a as soil and water.
Habitat – is made up of abiotic factors such as soil, moisture, range of temperature, and availability of light as well as biotic factors such as the availability of food and the presence of predators. A habitat is not necessarily a geographic area—for a parasitic organism it is the body of its host or a cell within the host's body.
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 Point of View (first, second or third person; if third person: objective, limited, or omniscient?)
Quoting Accurately from Text
Native Americans - CH 2 - How Native Americans adapt to their environment.
Ch 3 Differences among Native American groups.
Key vocabulary: migration, land bridge, environment, adaptation, desert, grasslands, arctic, mountains,
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)
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.
Environments and habitats
Observing plant growth
Observing isopods and darkling beetles
Vocabulary: biotic, abiotic, predator, prey, populations, habitats, biomes
Terrestrial Biomes: Deserts and Tundra Grasslands and Savanna, Forests: temperate, deciduous, coniferous,boreal; Rainforests: temperate and tropical
Students will be studying the different biomes and creating creatures and plants that could be found in those regions based on the characteristics one needs to survive in these conditions.
Standard 3: Life Science
The Nature of Science
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
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
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ~Albert Einstein
Usual Weekly schedule for Specials:
Monday PE & Music;
Wednesday (Late Start) No Specials
Thursday Library Checkout; Computer Lab Printing and working on writing.
Friday Music & PE,
GRADING RUBRIC FOR STANDARDS
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