A Note From Our Media Specialist…

Dear Parents, 

In preparation for computer-based Milestones testing in April, third and fifth grade students are receiving extra instruction in typing.  Each student has been given an account and assigned lessons at Typing.com.  During their first lessons, all students received logins and passwords.  Students will practice during weekly typing instruction but are also highly encouraged to practice in the classroom, computer lab, ASP and at home throughout February, March and Spring Break.  Practice can only be completed on a laptop or desktop computer.  Tablets and smart devices will not work.  We want our third and fifth graders to feel successful and self-assured before the test begins.  Please allow them to practice as part of their weekly homework.  Thanks!

February 11, 2019

Welcome to the last week before our February Break!  Our Valentine’s Day card exchange is Thursday.  We have 22 students in our class.  Students will also have time to exchange cards with other 5th grade friends.  Our STEM Expo is               Friday!!  All parents are welcome to join us in the Media Center from 10:30 – 11:15!

This Week…My class will begin the geometry unit and classify 2 dimensional shapesWe will focus on locating information to answer questions quickly from multiple print and digital sources.  Students will write a narrative essay in response to the Greek Myth, Pandora’s Box.  We will also continue to learn about Greek and Latin affixes and root words and focus on prefixes and suffixes.  Students will have a root word quiz Monday.We will begin the Matter unit and focus on states of matter and physical and chemical changes.Students will take a short 1930’s matching quiz on MondayTwo Social Studies Weekly activities are also due on Monday.  Cultural Development flip chart is due on Tuesday.  We will also begin learning about the causes of World War II.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference:-)

5th Grade Milestones Schedule

Parents, please mark your calendar as you are making appointments/plans –

This year the EOG Milestone Test given to grades 3-5 will be taken entirely on laptops over a period of weeks.

5th grade will take the EOG Milestone Test on the following days:

Wednesday, April 10th

Thursday, April 11th

Friday, April 12th

Monday, April 22nd

Tuesday, April 23rd

Thursday, May 2nd

Friday, May 3rd

Testing will begin promptly at 8:00am each day.

February 4, 2019

It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  On Tuesday, students zoned for Dodgen MS will be escorted by parent volunteers and visit the school in the morning. This Week…We will complete the fraction unit and create line plots to display a set of measurements in fractions and then use operations to solve problems and find the fair share.  We will assess the skill on Friday.Students will continue learning how visuals and multimedia affect tone, beauty, and meaning of written text.  We will focus on the difference between tone and mood and students will write a response using the last event they read about in their independent reading book.We began learning about Greek and Latin roots and will complete the unit this week.  In lieu of the next Wordly Wise unit, we will focus on 15 common rootsStudents will make flashcards and work on several activities throughout the week.  We will test the skill on Thursday.  We will also read a short version on Pandora’s Box and students will respond to the text and write a point of view narrative essay.We will complete the cell unit this week with microorganisms.  Students were given a study guide last week that is due and will be reviewed Wednesday.  The unit test is scheduled for Thursday Students will continue to learn about the 1930’s and our focus is the New Deal.  We will learn about the government programs implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  At the end of the week we will begin learning about cultural elements of the 1930’s and discuss Duke Ellington, Margret Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference! 🙂

January 28, 2019

It’s KINDNESS WEEK!  Each day we will challenge each other to show random acts of kindness. 

To support our efforts students can show school spirit during kindness week: Monday -Hats off to kindness (wear hats)
Tuesday -Being kind is groovy (wear 70’s clothes)
Wednesday -Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)
Thursday -Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)
Friday -Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)

This Week…

Students will complete the fraction unit this week and learn about dividing fractions.  We will divide whole numbers by unit fractions and divide unit fractions by whole numbers using models and the standard algorithm.  Ask your student what it means to keep it, change it, flip it.  Students will compete a study guide on Thursday and take the end of unit test on Friday.
We will complete the informational Point of View unit with an assessment on Monday then learn how visual and multimedia affects tone, beauty, and meaning of written text.Students will write a short essay that compares and contrasts plant and animal cells.  We will also complete Wordly Wise Lesson 8 and test vocabulary and spelling on Thursday.  Spelling activities are also due on Thursday. This week we will review plant and animal cells and then learn how microorganisms can be both helpful and harmful.  Cell project are due on Thursday and we will visit the science lab on Thursday too!We will continue learning about the Great Depression and focus on the Dust Bowl and the New Deal.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference 🙂

Kindness Challenge

As part of our “No Place for Hate” program, we are looking forward to participating in the Kindness Challenge from January 28th– February 1st.

The students will work together as a class to complete activities to show kindness such as, asking a new friend to play, helping someone, writing a thank you note, or performing a kind act of their own design. Teachers will have daily discussions, read stories, and watch short video clips about showing kindness, inclusion, and respect.

Additionally, we will show kindness in our community by hosting a toiletries drive to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults AND SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. With the help of our Student Council, we will be collecting items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. These items will go to children in our community.  A flyer with more information will come home about this.

We will also have some fun by dressing up to the following themes each day.

Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)

Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70’s clothes)

Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)

Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)

Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)

January 14, 2019

Welcome to another busy week!  Report cards went home Friday.  Please review the information then sign and return the envelope.  The report card is yours to keep!

Target students will have class with Mrs. Robertson on Friday.
This Week…We will continue to learn about fractions and focus on multiplying fractions by fractions using models and the standard algorithm.  Students will then learn to multiply mixed numbersA computation assessment is scheduled for Friday.  This assessment will focus on adding / subtracting fractions and multiplying fractions by a whole number using models and the standard algorithm.

We will continue to focus on Point of View.  Students will begin the week interpreting pictures and writing short paragraphs from a variety of perspectives.  Students will then listen to a Folktale and continue the story from a different perspective.   We will investigate the usage of a Thesaurus and work on synonyms and antonyms.

Students will also complete spelling activities for Wordly Wise 8Vocabulary and spelling tests are scheduled for Thursday.  We will also review Lesson 9 words.This week we will begin the Cell unit and learn about plant and animal cells.  Students will learn the parts of the cell and visit the science lab on ThursdayAs we continue with the Roaring 20’s we will focus on economic concepts and investigate Ford’s assembly line as students work on a create a paper chain assembly line.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference 🙂

January 7, 2019

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break filled with both fun and relaxation.  I am excited to begin the second half of the school year with your child.  We have a lot of material to cover before the Milestones test but we also have many special activities planned for this half of the year.  Our first special activity takes place this Tuesday when the Harlem Globetrotters come to Kincaid for an assembly for 2nd – 5th grade students!

Report cards go home on Friday.  Please review the information then sign and return the envelope.  The report card is yours to keep!

Students will participate in Human Growth and Development on Thursday and Friday.

This Week…We will begin the quarter multiplying and dividing fractions. We will focus on multiplying fractions and use models to see the relationship between multiplying fractions and division.  We will then learn how to multiply fractions and whole numbers using repeated addition models and the standard algorithm.  Students are encouraged to take home their math journals and review material each day.Our mini lessons will focus on point of view skills.  Students will also set reading goals for the week then read their independent book and take stop and jot notes.  These stop and jots will be used when students write their weekly reading response letter.

Students will work on dictionary skills and writing conventions / editing.

We will begin Wordly Wise lesson 7.  This week students will complete vocabulary activities.  We will test the vocabulary and spelling unit next Friday.Our focus will be on post WWI and the Roaring 20’s.  Students will learn about cultural development and the individual contributions of Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, Babe Ruth, Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh.  By the end of the week students will create and complete a foldable activity that highlights important historical figures.

Let me know if you have any questions. Together we can make a difference! 🙂

A Message From the Counselor

Just a reminder that on January 10th and 11th, 2019, a health-care professional from HealthWise Developmental Education  Specialists, Inc. will present a program on human growth and development to the 5th grade students.  This program meets the quality core curriculum requirements in health, which relate to the onset of puberty. 

A parent preview has been planned on Monday, December 17th from 7:30am-2:45pm .  Please sign in at the main office, and we will direct you to the location.  You may preview the material at any time during the school day.  You do not need to make an appointment to view the material. 

Reminder that Parental permission must be granted for student participation in programs dealing with puberty education.  Students not participating will work on activities in another area.  If you haven’t already, we ask that you sign and return the permission letter by Monday, December 17th if you approve participation.  No student will be permitted to attend unless written parent permission is received.

December 10, 2018

Only one more week before winter break!  This Friday, Sprayberry students will be at Kincaid to lead our 4th and 5th grade students through Junior Achievement, a program about financial literacy and business concepts.

This Week…

We will continue working on the fraction unit and focus on adding and subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping and renaming.  Please continue to review past skills with your child as we spiral through the curriculum. We will continue reading informational text unit and focus on main idea and details.  We will also look at how different points of view influence the same event.

Students are reading and responding to informational text.

Wordly Wise Lesson 6 vocabulary activities are due on Thursday and spelling activities are due next Wednesday (no center square activity is required). Because of next week’s schedule changes Wordly Wise test will be next Wednesday.   We are working towards completing the Inherited Traits unit and we will test the unit next Monday.  Students should use their interactive notebook as their study guide.Students have been enjoying the WWI unit which we will complete this week.  I will provide a completed study guide in preparation for next Tuesday’s test.   

Let me know if you have any questions.  Together we can make a difference 🙂