Ms. Reid's Class

5th Grade

NO reading log during Break

I want to make sure I clear up any confusion in advance about reading over the break. I did give my reading students a new log today. Although I would encourage all students to read over Fall break, they are not required to complete a reading log. They should keep it in their home reading journal to use during the week when we return.

If you are not traveling, I would also encourage them to begin work on their book report that is due Friday, 10/5.

Have a great week!

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Heritage Day Details

Friday, 9/21/18

11:00 – 12:00

 *The food will be served in the gym.  Please drop off food between 10:50 and 11:00 on your way to the K Building so our volunteers can get it organized ahead of time.

*If you aren’t able to come, your child may bring in their dish when they come to school, but it will need to be something that can be served at room temperature, as we don’t have an oven or a refrigerator to store it.

*Please bring your food in a disposable container with disposable serving utensils, unless you know you can stay the entire hour and take your container home with you at that time.  This will take the burden off of the kids to take the unwashed containers home on the bus, etc.

*Since most of the kids have water bottles that they bring to school, we are just asking that you bring your own drink with you.

*Since every student is bringing in a dish, there is not a need for you to make enough to serve 100+ people.  Not everyone will try everything.  There is always plenty of food!

*Include a folded index card (or other label) to include the name of the dish, country of origin, and any allergens (peanuts, nuts, shellfish, dairy, wheat, etc).

*The program is ending at 12:00, so you are welcome to check your child out afterward.  I’ll have a sign-out sheet in the classroom.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Week of September 17th

Sorry to be a little late this week! I had a fun weekend in Athens with my family!

Remember that we have no school the week of 9/24-9/28. Enjoy your fall break!

We have PE Wednesday and Thursday this week.

IOWA test: The kids have done a great job and worked very hard! We have two more days of testing. Monday is the math and Tuesday is science and social studies.

The Heritage Project is due Wednesday. Students will share them with the class. Parents are invited to come for our Heritage Day on Friday from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Please bring a dish to share. You can deliver it to the gym between 10:45 and 11:00. Then come to our room at 11:00 to enjoy the food and see the students’ great work!

Math: My math class will continue working on multiplication. I am teaching the standard algorithm, but I know it will take some students time to master it. We will complete an activity for a grade on Thursday or Friday. I will allow them to use whatever strategy works for them. However, my goal is that they eventually master the standard algorithm before middle school. After that we will begin working on division.

Science: We will be learning about plate tectonics and earthquakes. Our class visits the science lab Thursday. The secret word is two. There will be a bonus for anyone who can figure out why I chose that word. 🙂

Social Studies: We will have a brief review of the Civil War and Reconstruction before beginning our next unit. We will begin by learning about westward expansion and cattle drives in the 1800’s.

Language Arts: We are working on vocabulary and reading using Wordly Wise lesson 1. We will also be applying strategies to answer questions based on a text.

Look for information to come home about the book report due 10/5. Students will be required to read a fiction book. They will have to answer some written questions and create a wanted poster based on one of the book’s main characters.

Writing lessons will focus on parts of speech and conventions of writing.

Have a great week!



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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Friday, September 21st

 Next Friday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”).  Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  To celebrate this wonderful day, Kincaid staff and students are participating in several activities.

  • Teachers will be delivering lessons and activities to promote kindness and acceptance. For 5th grade, this will coincide with our Heritage Day celebration.
  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear “Peace” themed clothes to school. Break out your tye-dyes, headbands, bellbottoms etc. to celebrate peace at Kincaid and in our larger world.

Ms. Rausch will create “Pinwheels for Peace” with all students to display outside on the front lawn.  These pinwheels will be put out on the afternoon of September 20th. You and your student are welcome to view the display on the evening of September 20th or on September 21st.

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5th grade t-shirt

This is a reminder that t-shirt orders are due on Wednesday. They are $10 cash only.

Click on the link below to download an additional copy of the form:

5th Grade T-Shirt Order Form 2018-2019-1g6uri6

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Week of September 10th

We have a lot planned again this week!

The students will begin taking the IOWA test on Thursday. It is extremely important that students arrive at school on time on testing days. We will begin promptly at 8:00am. Students who are tardy will be kept out of the classroom until we are finished and will have to make the test up on another day. The testing schedule is:

Thursday – reading

Friday – language arts

Monday – math

Tuesday – science and social studies

We have PE Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, our lunch and enrichment schedule will be the same during testing.

On Monday morning, we will be attending a special program that focuses on bus behavior and safety.

Math: My math class will be working on multiplication of whole numbers.

Science: We will begin the second part of our unit on constructive and destructive forces. This section will focus on how plate movement changes the Earth.

Social Studies: The citizenship test is Wednesday. Please be aware that I will be teaching a lesson on the events of 9/11 on Tuesday because it is a part of our social studies standards. It is a difficult subject, so I choose the content very carefully. I plan to focus on just an outline of the most important points.

Also, students have had 2 days to work on their Heritage Project research in class. The tri-fold board will now be completed at home. It is due Wednesday, 9/19. Look for an official invitation to our Heritage Day celebration to come home this week! Choose the link on the right side of this page for another copy of the project instructions and a picture of an example tri-fold board. The secret word is sunshine.

Language Arts: In reading, we will focus on setting. The students will compare and contrast the two settings in our novel study book. Please make sure your child has their own book with them every day for reading time! The reading log will be due Friday as usual.

We will begin our first vocabulary unit with Wordly Wise this week. The students will write a compare and contrast paragraph. They will also continue to review parts of speech and sentence structure.

Have a wonderful week!


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Week of September 4th

I hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day weekend! September is finally here and we are already almost 1/2 way through our first 9 weeks of school.

We have PE on Tuesday.

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 21. Parents are invited to come for our Heritage Day celebration from 11:00-12:00. Check your child’s binder Tuesday for detailed information. The students will be required to make a tri-fold board about their country of origin or any other country. Most of the research will be done at school, but the board will be created at home. On 9/21, families are asked to bring a dish from that country to share at a huge buffet in the gym. We will display the students’ work in the classroom for you to see!

Math: We will continue working with place value and expanded form of whole numbers.

Science: The students received a study guide last week for weathering, erosion, and deposition. The test is Thursday. Our class visits the science lab Thursday afternoon.

Social Studies:  We are finishing up our unit on citizenship. The secret word is jump. I will send home a study guide on Tuesday that is due by Friday. The test is scheduled for Wednesday, 9/12 (next week).

Language Arts: Reading lessons will focus on theme. This week the students have one new requirement for their home reading log. They should write down some of their thoughts about the reading on the page next to their reading log. I am asking that they have at least 3 sentences by Friday.

We will spend some of our reading and language arts time doing research for the Heritage Project.

In writing we will work on opinion writing and verb tenses. There will be a quiz on verb tenses Wednesday. We will also work on vocabulary development.

Have an amazing week! 🙂

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Week of August 27th

We have another busy week coming up! As a reminder, picture day is Wednesday. All students will have their photo taken for the yearbook. If you would like to purchase a package, see your child’s folder or binder for the order form that was sent home last week.

Wednesday is also an early release day with students being dismissed at 12:15.

We only have PE on Friday this week.

It is hard to believe, but next week is Labor Day already! There will be no school next Monday, 9/3.

Math: On Monday we will review order of operations and expressions. The students will have a test Tuesday. On Wednesday, we will begin a review of whole number place value.

Science: This week we will finish our unit on weathering, erosion, and deposition by learning about how humans try to control these forces. The secret word is pizza. The students will get a study guide later this week, and the test will be Thursday, 9/6.

Social Studies: The students will learn about the amendment process and important voting amendments in the Constitution.

Language Arts: In reading we will continue to learn how to use different thinking strategies to understand text. Remember that students should be reading 20 minutes per night at least 5 nights per week. Sign their home reading log every Thursday night. They will complete the written response in class Friday. Also, please make sure your child brings their book with them to school each day for reading time in class.

We will continue our novel study of Esperanza Rising. There will also be some lessons to practice making inferences.

In writing we will begin to work on opinion writing. There will be a language arts test Thursday on nouns and verbs.

Have a great week!


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Week of August 20th

I enjoyed seeing everyone at our Open House last week! Thank you so much for coming! If you were not able to make it, your child brought home a packet on Friday. Please note that our independent reading requirements have changed. Feel free to email me or Mrs. Williams with any questions.

We have PE Thursday and Friday this week.

Math: The students took a quiz on order of operations Friday. I will be returning it on Tuesday. They can earn points back on their grade by reworking any missed problems on a piece of notebook paper. This week we will work on writing mathematical expressions. On Friday we will begin Hands on Equations and take a multiplication facts test.

Science: We will continue learning about weathering, erosion, and deposition. The students will complete a classwork activity for a grade on Tuesday. We visit the Science Lab Thursday.

Social Studies: Lessons will focus on our rights protected by the Constitution. The secret word is shark. We will begin with a review of the Bill of Rights.

Language Arts: In reading the students will work on using strategies in reader’s workshop. This week we will focus on asking questions and making connections to the text. The home reading log should be signed and returned on Friday, but the response will be written in class.

The students will continue writing their personal narrative in class.

Have a great week!

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Week of August 13th

Our first full week of school was great! We got a lot accomplished and I am impressed by the students’  hard work!

We have PE Wednesday and Thursday.

Open House for grades 3-5 is Thursday starting at 6:30pm. There will also be a second session at 7:15. Ms. Williams and I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Math: My math class will continue to learn how to use the order of operations. The secret word is turkey. We will also begin using our new online program called “Education Galaxy.”  I will have more information on that at our Open House.

Science: We will continue our unit on constructive and destructive forces. This week we will learn about erosion and deposition.

Social Studies: Our focus is citizenship. We will spend time learning about the rights and responsibilities of citizens and our rights protected by the Constitution.

Language Arts: As a reminder, the home reading log and a written response is due every Friday. I ask that the students read for 20 minutes at least 5 nights per week. There will always be a choice of 2 responses. One will be a summary of what was read during the week. The other option will change from week to week. I can go over this in more detail at our Open House.

The first AR test needs to be completed by Friday, August 24th. I will also send home more information about the book report due in September.

We will review genres and have a genre quiz Tuesday. We have our first Media Center lesson with Ms. Perisino Wednesday. Then we will continue setting up Reader’s Workshop and work on building our reading stamina.

Language arts and writing lessons will focus on the traits of good writing and we will begin to work on narrative writing.

Have an amazing week!






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