October 19

Red Ribbon Week in STEM

We are very excited the fifth graders will be “planting the promise” for red ribbon week next year. We do want to let parents know the kids will be outside digging, in case they get messy, they can dress accordingly. Our STEM Red Ribbon Day is Friday, October 26th.


October 14

Early Release Week October 15-19th

I look forward to seeing everyone at our assigned Parent Teacher Conference. If you need a reminder of your date and time please email me.

The Book Fair is going on this week. Feel free to drop by after your conference.

Homework This Week:

Monday: Worldy Wise 2D

Tuesday: Wordly Wise 2C

Wednesday: Wordly Wise Spelling Choice Board

Thursday: No Homework

Things to put in your calendar:

Thursday: Wordly Wise 2 Vocab and Spelling Test

Reading/ELA: We are finishing Esperanza Rising Monday and taking a test on the book! The rest of the week we will be focusing on reading informational books. We are also going to be talking about writing an informational piece of writing. Students will be writing about the country they researched for the Heritage Report.

Social Studies: Students will be learning about the reasons why people immigrated to the United States. We will also be talking about the rise of cities like Chicago and Pittsburgh in the early 1900s. We will be testing on the Turn of the Century next week.

Science: We are learning about the classification system. Students will be studying about invertebrates and vertebrates.

October 9

October 9-12

The quarter is almost over! Thursday starts the new 9 weeks!

Wednesday the Wanted Reading Project is due!

Homework this week:

Tuesday: Reading Project and read the rest of Los Aguacates from Esperanza Rising.

Wednesday: Complete reading Los Esparragos in Esperanza Rising.

Thursday: Wordly Wise 2C

We are finishing Esperanza Rising this week. We won’t be done by tomorrow so the test on the book will be on the 2nd 9 weeks Report Card. Students should be working on studying their Wordly Wise 2 List words. The vocabulary and spelling test will be next Thursday.

We are spending this week discussing what informational writing looks like. We will be unpacking our rubric for informational writing and then next week working on writing an informational paper on the country we researched about for our Heritage Project.

Students did a great job on remembering Phylum, Kingdom, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. We are talking about this week 6 Kingdoms and their similarities and differences.

Social Studies: Today we finished learning about the Spanish American War and Panama Canal. This week and next we will be learning about why people immigrated from European countries to the United States in the 1890s.

September 28

October 1-6

I’m excited to get back to work this week! I enjoyed my week off in Birmingham but I definitely missed everyone and ready to get back to work! I cannot wait to hear all about everyone’s vacation.

Monday your student will be bringing home their Conference Week Letters. This will have the date of our Parent Teacher Conference. They are due to me Friday, but turn them in ASAP. If the date that I picked doesn’t work please let me know. Just write down a better date and time and we will reschedule.

Monday students will also be nominating a few fellow students to represent our class at student council! If they are nominated they will bring home a letter with their instructions for campaigning and the date they will present their speech to the class.

Students should be spending this week working on their Reading Projects. Attached are the instructions if anyone needs a second copy. They are due on October 10th! Wanted Book Report Project-1u5zisz

Put in your calendar:

Monday: Parent Conference Letters
Wednesday: Esperanza Rising Quiz
Thursday: Wordly Wise 1 Vocabulary & Spelling Test

Homework this week:
*tentative may change

Students should always be reading 20 minutes everyday as homework. Students also should be working on their Wanted Reading Project.

Monday: Wordly Wise 1C
Tuesday: Wordky Wise 1D
Wednesday: USA Studies Week 7 Think & Review
Thursday: Wordly Wise 2A

Reading: During our snack time we are reading Esperanza Rising. Students may have assigned reading as homework on what we are not able to complete in class. That reading may be done at school or at home. There will be a Quiz on Chapter 9 & 10 on Wednesday. We will be working in reading groups reviewing identifying theme, inferences, and working on comprehension. Thursday we will have a spelling and vocabulary test on Wordly Wise 1 word list.

Writing: We are finishing our Opinion Paper this week (if it’s the last thing I do lol)! The Iowas and Heritage Day put us a bit behind but we are completing them this week on Tuesday. Wednesday students will begin a short opinion writing assignment. They will choose an article they find interesting and write a short constructed response citing sources from the article to defend their argument.

Social Studies: We will begin studying one of the many wars we learn about this year, The Spanish American War. The students will learn about Yellow Journalism, The Rough Riders, and how we acquired the states of Hawaii and Alaska. There will be an open notes quiz on Thursday on what we’ve learned.

Science: We are beginning our unit on Classification. Students will be discussing why scientist classify things and how scientists group organisms. The kids will have a short project they will be given instructions on Thursday. It is due Monday, October 22nd.

September 20

Heritage Day & Lunch and Specials Change

One last reminder that Heritage Day is tomorrow from 11-12. Parents we will be getting our food from the gym at 11:15! It is International Peace Day too tomorrow, so if your student wants to they can dress like the 1960s!

Please feel free to check your student out after Heritage Day. I will have a sign out sheet ready with me.

Due to Heritage Day our lunch time has changed. We will have lunch at 12:35-1:05.

September 16

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.
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.

September 16

September 17th-21st

2 more days of testing! And even better only 5 more days and it’s September Break! This is going to be a short week because there is so much going on. We have the Iowa Test on Monday and Tuesday. Parents thank you so much for the snacks for testing. It really helps! Heritage Trifold Boards are due on Wednesday and then we have our Heritage Celebration on Friday. I am so excited to see everyone trifold boards and get to taste the yummy food! Monday I am sending home the project requirements for our first Reading Project Due October 10th.

Put in Calendar:

•Math portion of the IOWAS
•Wanted Project Poster sent home

•Science & Social Studies portion of the IOWAS

•Esperanza Rising Quiz on Chapter 8 &9
•Heritage Trifold Poster

•Social Studies Test (link to Quizlet study guide here)
•Science Test (link to Quizlet study guide here)


Homework this week:

•Complete final touches to Heritage Project
•Wordly Wise 1B
•Complete final touches to Heritage Project
•Study for science and social studies test.
•Worldy Wise 1 C
•Make food for Heritage Day

Last week students learned about identifying the theme in our independent reading. They discussed what the difference between plot and theme is and we made predictions on what we think the theme is in Esperanza Rising based on what we’ve read so far. This week we are learning about identifying the theme in poetry and discussing symbolism in poetry. We are still reading Esperanza Rising during our snack time and there will be a quiz on chapter 8 & 9 on Wednesday.

The kids are working on their opinion paper. I am really enjoying listening to them discuss their opinions on different subjects. I believe I have a paper on why technology is important in schools and another on why Whitney Houston is a better singer than Mariah Carey 🙂
We’re working on using transition words and writing a good hook and conclusion

Social Studies & Science:
In Social Studies we are reviewing for our test on Cattle Drives and the Inventors, and Science we are reviewing our unit on Constructive and Destructive Forces. Monday we’re working on our study guides and Tuesday we will review with a Kahoot. I have created a Quizlet on both tests to help students review. Students have their journals, study guide, and Quizlet to study for the tests on Thursday.

September 10

September 10-14th

Coming up this Thursday is the IOWA Test! There will be no homework besides reading during the IOWAS. Students should go to bed early and make sure they have a good breakfast before they come to school.

IOWA Schedule is as follows:
Thursday: Reading
Friday: ELA
Monday: Math
Tuesday: Social Studies & Science

We just received our new Wordly Wise books. Students will be working on the first list of 3 weeks. Normally we will only work on a list of words 2 weeks. However, since we have the Iowas this week and some of next week, we are going to spend a bit more time learning our new vocabulary words.

Homework This Week:
• Monday: Wordly Wise 1A
• Tuesday: Esperanza Vocabulary
• Wednesday-Tuesday: Students should be reading and working on their Heritage Project.

Reading: The strategy we are coming this next couple of weeks is finding the theme in our stories and poems. Students will need to know what the difference is between Plot & Theme. We will be continuing reading Esperanza Rising, but there will be no quiz this week.

Writing: Students are working on their opinion papers. We will be working on citing our sources in writing and writing a good conclusion. This week we will also have two days of research for our Heritage Project. Students should be working on creating their project board at home.

Social Studies/Science: In Social Studies students are learning about the inventors during the Turn of the Century: Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers. There will be a quiz on these inventors on Wednesday.

Students are finishing our unit on Constructive and Destructive forces this week. We are learning about the Ring of Fire and technology to prepare for destructive forces. Thursday we will begin working on a study guide and test next week after the Iowa’s.

September 3

September 4th-7th

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I’m looking forward to our short week, and it’s not too long till our September Break!

Please look in your student’s parent folder to find information on our Heritage Project. Students will complete this cross-curricular project through classwork and homework in language arts and social studies. In this project, students will research their country of origin or any other country from which people immigrated to the United States. Their Project Board is done at home and is due on September 19th.
On September 21st we will have a special event to help bring our heritage study to a close. Our Heritage Day will be a chance for students to share and celebrate their backgrounds and heritages with classmates and families. We would like to invite parents and family members to join us for a cultural experience! Each child’s presentation board will be on display for viewing. We are also asking each family to bring in a ready-to-serve dish related to their family’s heritage or their country of choice as part of a giant buffet. Please join us as we learn about each other and the differences that make us all unique!
All directions on our Heritage Project is coming home one tomorrow.
I also sent home 5th grade t-shirt forms last week. The t-shirts cost $10 and they must be paid in cash. Please have those turned in by September 12th.
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Things coming up:
Thursday: Esperanza Rising Los Melones Quiz

Homework This Week:

Tuesday: Esperanza Rising Compare & Contrast Sheet

Wednesday: Esperanza Rising Vocabulary Sheet


This week in class and at home students will be reading Los Melones in Esperanza Rising. We will quiz on it on Thursday. Students should be working on their Reading Response in class throughout the week. Our reading strategy this week is to recognize inferences in our reading.

The next two weeks we will be writing opinion pieces. This week we will be discussing what arguments we would like to make for our opinion writing, students will create a thesis statement, and then students will be working on creating an outline for their writing.

Social Studies/Science
In social studies students will be learning about the great inventors during the Turn of the Century. The inventors students will be learning about are: The Wright Brothers, George Washington Carver, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison.
On Tuesday students will present their Pangaea Project. The rest of the week we will be talking about Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Thursday we will be creating volcanoes in class.

August 26

August 25th -31st

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Wednesday will be a busy day this week. We will have early-release and picture day. Students will be released at 12:30 PM. We will be taking pictures at 9:57 AM.

Put in calendar:
• Wednesday
Early release
• Thursday
Esperanza Rising Las Guaybas Quiz
Narrative Writing Assignment Due

Homework this week:
*Independent Reading
*Esperanza Rising Vocab

*Independent Reading
*Social Studies Crossword Puzzle

*Finish reading Las Guaybas in Esperanza Rising

*Independent Reading

Students will be reading Esperanza Rising in class and discussing how the setting of the story influences the character’s decisions. We will also be learning about character traits. Students will be working on their Reading Response in class. Wednesday they will be assigned some reading on Esperanza Rising as homework, there will be a quiz on this reading on Thursday.

Last week we began working on our rough drafts for our narrative writing based on a roller-coaster. This week we will be editing our rough drafts looking at our ideas, voice, word choice, and conventions. Students final draft is due on Thursday.
Social studies
We our finally done with Citizenship and moving on to studying the Turn of the Century. We’re learning about the cattle trails and cowboys! Students will be learning about The Chisholm Trail and Black Cowboys this week.

Last week we had a great experiment in Science Lab about weathering and erosion and how they relate to constructive and destructive forces. Tuesday students will be assigned a take home project on Pangea. The project is due next Monday, September 2nd.