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September 29- October 3

University Elementary School

Mrs. Kinkead's 5th Grade



Important  Announcements and Dates:

September 29 Bring back signed purple folder for your sticker

Take your luggage to the front of the building and leave it by the name of your Cabin.  Then come back to the classroom for the first half hour while we get name tags on, allow the seniors to load your luggage on the buses, and get ready to meet your trail groups.

September 29 - October 1   Bradford Woods.  Parents need to pick you up at 11:30.  They should park in the North Parking lot and walk over to get you, your luggage and your medications before going home for the day.

October 2 - Back in School for Sleep Presentation Practice

October 3 - Sleep Presentations

October 6-10 - Fall Break - No School.


No Reading Notebooks will be collected next week due to Bradfor Woods.  Next Reading Notebooks due October 13 when we return from Fall Break




Only one week 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 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

Saturday October 18 - Fundraiser for Playground

September 29-October 31 - Fall Campaign Fundraiser

 Thursday, 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 stratefy 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.

Beginning again on October 13. 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. 

Language Arts: Writing:  We are finishing 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

Review of prepositions and quotations Monday and Tuesday;  Shurley practice

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 terminology.)  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.

Creating presentations for younger students about Healthy Sleep and the need for 9 hours average. Due Thursday, October 2.  Presentations Friday, October 3.

Social Studies:

Native Americans - CH 2 - How Native Americans adapt to their environment.

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.


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 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. . .

September 15  Abandoned Farm

September 22: Scranimals

September 29 - No poem this week due to BW

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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