Shoesmith Room 202 - Literacy
with Mrs. Wesson
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~Friday, June 1~ Science of Architecture Walking Tour (Field Trip)
~ Wednesday, June 7 ~ Mini Monster Clinic @ Shoesmith, 12:30-2:00
~Monday, June 11 ~ Walkathon
~Wednesday, June 13 ~ Field Day
~Friday, June 15 ~ Quarter 4 Awards Ceremony, 1:30pm
~Monday, June 18 ~ Grade Walk
~Tuesday, June 19 ~ School Picnic/Report Cards Distributed/Last Day of School!!
Current Unit: Inventions that Changed People's Lives
This module begins with a brief study of the importance of sports in American culture over time. The heart of this module is a whole class study of the short but challenging biography Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by his daughter, Sharon Robinson. (Students will read selected segments; some of these will be read aloud.) Students will analyze Jackie Robinson as a specific example of an athlete who served as a leader who broke barriers in society. They will also begin to study argumentative writing, analyzing how the author Sharon Robinson provides evidence to support her opinions. In Unit 3, students then choose to learn about one of three other respected sports figures (Roberto Clemente, Babe Didrikson, or Jim Thorpe). Students will develop their understanding of the cultural context in which these athletes competed and the barriers these athletes broke during the times in which they lived. Students will build their research skills by reading biographical articles and other informational texts and by participating in Webquests. They also will continue to build their skills to write arguments based on multiple sources, focusing on crafting clear opinions and providing sufficient reasons and evidence. For the final performance task, each student will write a letter to a publishing company explaining the need for a biography about their selected athlete, in which they discuss the athlete, evaluate the barriers that he/she broke during the era in which he/she lived, and give an opinion about the importance of that athlete’s impact on American society. They must support their opinions with evidence from their research. This task centers on NYSP12 ELA CCLS RI.5.9, W.5.1,W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.7, W.5.8, W.5.9, L.5.1, L.5.2, and L.5.6.
Dear 5th Grade Students and Families,
I am Mrs. Wesson, Shoesmith’s 5th Grade Literacy teacher. I am excited to start the 2018-19 school year with you! I would like to tell you a few things about myself.
The 2018-19 school year will be my fifth year at Shoesmith School. Prior to Shoesmith, I spent the last nine years teaching in Eau Claire, MI. In Eau Claire, I taught Kindergarten, First, and Fifth Grade. I have a real passion for teaching reading and writing to students of all ages! I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary School Teaching with an emphasis is English, Science and Math from Western Michigan University. I have also earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.
When not at school, I enjoy reading books, cooking, and gardening. I spend as much quality time as possible with my husband and our two children, Stella and Briggs. We love to go for long walks throughout the city. We also love to travel back to Michigan and Ohio to visit our relatives as much as possible.
I look forward to getting to know more about you and your family this school year!
The following information will be helpful to ensure the school year runs smoothly:
Homework and Planners
- Students will be assigned homework on a daily basis. Homework assignments should be written in student planners
- Please be sure to check your child’s planner and homework.
- Homework is a very important part of the learning process. It is imperative that students turn in completed homework ON TIME. Homework assignments are an extension of skills covered in class that day.
- Students may request homework help. This help will usually be provided before or after school. If your student is struggling with the assignment, he/she should first try to complete the work as best to his/her ability. This will help me to see how the student is thinking and how to best help.
- We will engage in many great novels and activities that will challenge your student to be creative in demonstrating an understanding of skills and concepts covered through the school year.
- Feel free to visit the Common Core Standards website to see which areas we will be focusing on in Fifth Grade! http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL5/L
- Shoesmith is a uniform school. Each student is required to wear a uniform Monday through Thursday.
- Proper uniform attire consists of a gold, white, or black collared shirt and khaki slacks with a belt.
- Casual attire is permitted on Friday.
- Students are required to wear their gym uniform for gym class. Students should wear their gym uniform under their school uniform, as there will not be enough time to change clothes between classes.
- Should your child be absent from school, please send a note detailing the reason for the absence.
- Upon return from an absence, it is your child’s responsibility to get the missing assignments from his/her mailbox and arrange to meet with me before or after school to get an explanation of the missing assignments.
I thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation. Again, I would like to welcome each of you to a brand new school year!!