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October 20 - October 24

University Elementary School

Mrs. Kinkead's 5th Grade



Important  Announcements and Dates:

October 20 Bring back signed purple folder for your sticker .

Acuity Math testing will be with Math Group 1-2 PM:

               10/23 Kinkead

October 20  Bring back signed Report Card envelope

October 29 - Picture Retake Day and candid shots for the year book 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 20-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?


  • Does your writing include detailed character descriptions, figurative language and dialogue to "spice it up?"
  • Does your writing have a great beginning that introduces the story plot, and hints at what will happen in the story?
  • Does your story have closure - a real and believable ending?



Language Arts: Vocabulary and Grammar

Root Word:  Mit, Mis - to send

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



Social Studies:

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,


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.


Environments and habitats

Biological Sciences

Building terrariums

Observing plant growth

Making predictions

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
Core Standard:
Observe, describe and ask questions about how changes in one part of an ecosystem create changes in other parts of the ecosystem.
5.3.1 Observe and classify common Indiana organisms as producers, consumers, decomposers, predator and prey based on their relationships and interactions with other organisms in their ecosystem.
5.3.2 Investigate the action of different decomposers and compare their role in an ecosystem with that of producers and consumers.

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.

The Design Process:
As citizens of the constructed world, students will participate in the design process.

  • Students will learn to use materials and tools safely and employ the basic principles of the engineering design process in order to find solutions to problems.
  • Identify a need or problem to be solved.
  • Brainstorm potential solutions.
  • Document the design throughout the entire design process.
  • Select a solution to the need or problem.
  • Select the most appropriate materials to develop a solution that will meet the need.
  • Create the solution through a prototype.
  • Test and evaluate how well the solution meets the goal.
  • Evaluate and test the design using measurement.



HEALTH: 9, 5, 2, 1, 0

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




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.

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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