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August 25 - September 1

University Elementary School

Mrs. Kinkead's 5th Grade

Important  Announcements and Dates:

August 25 _ Bring back signed purple folder for your sticker (three in a row earns a prize today.)

August 25 - Physical Features Test.  Blank map, a list of numbered features plus a few bonus, and you have covered all levels to reach a 3. 

Anytime this week or next:  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.

August 26  All forms for strings are due to Ms. Olivo

August 27 - Late start

August 28- New Library Checkout Day - return your books on time!!

August 29 - Vocabulary quiz -  Review week for Ped and Man/Manu words (in your word study folder)

September 1 - Labor day in USA - no school


University School Events

Thursday, September 4 Open House & Pizza Supper 5:30-7:30; Classrooms opened 6-7 PM

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

September 29-October 1 Bradford Woods Camp for Fifth Grade

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- We are working on stamina to read for 30 minutes with no restroom breaks, practice  staying in one/assigned spot, not searching for books at this time (having three things to choose from already in book boxes at beginning of reading.). ELL readers may bring a book in their own language for sustained reading.  Ell readers have been given book bags of English books from Mrs. Eno.


Beginning August 25

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

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 8th.

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.)

Writing Notebooks will be collected on Fridays beginning September 12.

Language Arts: Vocabulary and Grammar

We continue word study this week with a review of ped and  man/manu - meaning hand and 10 words related to it.  Words and definitions are in yellow word study folder and practice flash cards will be on Quizlet. 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

Currently Grammar Boot Camp: Capitlizations, Commas for designating dates and cities, countries, Apostrophes, Prepositions, correctly used Quotation Marks in dialogue and for designating titles.  References are in our Shurley Gramamr Guide in Green Writing folder.

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:   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

This week:  The Sun and its shadows.  We will be using compasses and orienting to learn sun movements.

Setting up moon observation charts

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


News and Notes


A Poem a Day increases fluency.

August 11-15: HOMEWORK I LOVE YOU!

August 18-22:  My Shadow


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)  Library Checkout at 9:35

Thursday  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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