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.

August 20

August 20-24th

Things to put in your calendar:
• Thursday:
o Esperanza Rising Quiz in Reading
o Citizenship Test in Social Studies

I am so excited to begin reading Esperanza Rising. This is an amazing book that students will be reading in class, but also reading at home for homework. On Thursday we will have a 10 question comprehension quiz on chapters 1-3.

This week we will begin our narrative writing. Students will be making up a story based on a roller-coaster. Students will be working on our graphic organizer and begin their rough drafts of the story.

Social Studies:
We are almost done with our government and civics unit. Students will be learning about voting rights on Monday. Tuesday we will begin our study guide on the unit and Wednesday we will play a review game. Students may bring their BYOD on Wednesday to play the review game. Thursday we will test on Citizenship.

The kids will be learning about Human Interventions and create a class chart in science this week. We will also be learning about the Layers of the Earth. They will have an experiment in Science Lab on Thursday this week too.

August 12

August 13-17

I hope everyone is having a wonderful restful weekend. I have to admit I was so tired from the full week I didn’t do anything Saturday except clean and read. I was very lazy!

Students need to make sure that their Behavior Sheet is signed by tomorrow. The Behavior Sheet is in the front cover of their agenda.

Target begins on Friday for any Target student.

Things coming up:

• Weathering & Erosion Quiz in Science
6:30 3rd – 5th Parent Night
7:10 Repeat Session

Math: Look at teacher’s blog tab.

Students did a great job talking about books they loved to read and what is means to be accountable in reading groups. Monday we will be setting reading goals for ourselves. I will be asking students to think how long it takes them to read without taking a break. We will be establishing some exercises on how to refocus after reading for so many minutes.
The rest of the week we will be learning what the differences between retelling a story and summarizing it. The best way to describe retelling would be the movie version of a book, and summarizing would be the trailer. Next week we will begin our book study on Esperanza Rising.


In writing we will be learning about the 7 types of writing. We will be going through what are informational writing, narrative writing, research writing, and reflections this week.
Social Studies
Last week we discussed what the rights and responsibilities of a citizen are. This week we will be reviewing the Bill of Rights. We will be talking about what Due Process is and that it is protected under the 5th Amendment. Then we will be learning about the amendment process, how amendments are changed and created.


We are continuing our study on weathering and erosion. Weathering is the breaking down of rock and erosion is the movement of rock and sediments. Thursday we will have a quiz on identifying the differences between Weathering and Erosion.

August 5

August 6-10th

We had a great start to the school year last week. I keep bragging to everyone that I have the best 5th grade class. They are truly amazing students. Here are a few pictures of the kids doing their team-building exercises.

This week is our first week of math. Please make sure you know who your student’s math teacher is and go to their blog to see what’s going on it their math class. Go here to find out what’s going on in my math class.

Monday students will receive the 9 Weeks Reading Requirements sheet. I have uploaded the Reading Requirements to my blog. The sheet the kids come home with in their Parent Folder they need to get it signed and returned to me ASAP!

Here’s what’s going on this week:

Math: Look on Math Tab.

This week in Reading we will be setting up our Interactive Reading Journal. We will also be discussing what Reader’s Workshop is and what our procedures will be with it. The end of the week we will be talking about how to paraphrase the stories we read.
Students should begin their Reading Log this week! Students must read 30 minutes for 4 days! Logs are done in their Agenda, and they are due on Thursday. Make sure your student is reading every day and recording it because it is the EASIEST grade the students will get. Read for 4 days and record it and complete a response in class on the book, then students will get a 100% Reading grade weekly.


The kids will take the RI on Monday during our writing block. The RI will determine their reading level. I will write down their Lexile level on their Reading Requirements sheet for you to see.
The rest of the week in writing class we will be working on short writing responses and working on our writing fluency. We will also be discussing how to use strong vocabulary in our writing.

Social Studies:

Our first few lessons will be discussing the 4 domains of social studies and the different themes we have in social studies. The rest of the week we will begin our unit on Citizenship. The kids will be learning on what the difference between a right and a responsibility is.

In Science we will begin our unit on Constructive and Destructive Forces. We will be talking about weathering and erosion.