Shoesmith Room 202 - Literacy
with Mrs. Wesson
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~Monday, January 21 ~ NO SCHOOL, Observance of MLK, Jr. Day
~ Friday, February 1 ~ End of Quarter, NO SCHOOL for students
~Monday, February 18 ~ NO SCHOOL for students, Observance of Presidents Day
Current Unit: Stories of Human Rights
Students learn about new or improved technologies that have been developed to meet societal needs and how those inventions have changed people’s lives. They conduct authentic research to build their own knowledge and teach others through writing.
First, students read the graphic novel Investigating the Scientific Method with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Donald B. Lemke as well as several informational articles about inventions that have been developed to meet people’s needs. Students learn about and analyze structures and visual elements authors use to convey complex ideas. Then, they will write a short opinion paragraph about which of the inventions they learned about has been most important to people and why.
Finally, students will read The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull, focusing on how the television was invented to meet societal needs. Students will write an informative essay to explain why Philo Farnsworth wanted to invent television and how TV changed people’s lives. Students will then conduct research about an invention of their choice and research how it was developed to meet societal needs. Students will closely read and collect information about one of these inventions in order to develop a narrative in the form of a graphic novelette that explains why the invention they researched was developed and how it changed people’s lives.
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!!