5th Grade News for October

Science tools. See info below.

5th graders have begun Unit 2, Wild Encounters, in reading. We are discussing how each of us have been touched by nature and how this might have affected how we feel about all of creation. 

What are some situations during which you night experience a wild encounter?

What might you learn from a wild encounter?

At the end of the unit, students will think about the texts we have read and then write an informational essay about how people have worked to protect animals in the wild.


On October 29th the 5th graders will be attending the Topeka Performing Arts Center. “Spooky Symphony” is the theme for this year’s concerts and the orchestra will be performing classical Halloween favorites along with music from the movies. There is no charge to the students. We then will tour our beautiful State Capitol building.

Volunteers are welcome and needed. Please contact Ms. Jackson at AliciaMJackson@usd475.org to volunteer

October also kicks off BOOK IT!!

The Book IT Program is used to encourage your child to find the joy in reading. The mission of the program is to turn “have to read” into “want to read” and the only way to get better at reading is to take the time to do it!

From October through March, I will set a monthly reading goal for your child. When your child meets their reading goal, I will celebrate their reading achievement by awarding them with a Reading Award certificate!

What can you do at home you ask??

Please review your child’s monthly reading goal and set aside daily reading time at home. Be a reading role model and showcase how reading is a daily part of life – cookbooks, magazines, comics, instruction manuals, etc. Celebrate your child’s reading accomplishment by redeeming their Reading Award Certificate at Pizza Hut for a free, one-topping Personal Pan Pizza and a Reading Journal.