Ms. Morris's Class News

5th grade Language Arts/Social Studies 2016-2017

Welcome to Language Arts/Social Studies!

Hello! My name is Brittany Morris, and I'll be teaching your kiddos language arts and social studies. Our year will be filled books, authors and history...all things I'm passionate about. I really think this is the year I can spark a love for reading and the events that shape all our lives. We are interconnected and the best way for our kiddos to understand this is to learn from other's mistakes and see human struggles in the safest environment possible: books.

I'm looking forward to an amazing year!! I can only do this with your help. We're a partnership in your/our child's learning. We *will* do this together.

Classroom Wishlist

  • Clorox Wipes
  • Glue sticks
  • Page Protectors
  • Headphones

What're We Up To?

Week of 9/19-9/23:

Essential Question: What do good problem solvers do?

Language Arts:

Unit 1 Test (M/T)

U2W1 (W-F)

Comprehension Strategy: Reread

Text Structure: Problem and Solution

Genre: Informational Text

Vocabulary Strategy: Context Clues

Grammar: Nouns (proper/common; abstract/concrete)










Social Studies

Let's Explore America! (map skills)

Regions of America


Unit 1 test 9/19 and 9/20

Map Skills 9/26 (tentative)


7:35 – 8:00 Morning Procedures/Silent Sustained Reading

8:00 – 8:20 Language Arts whole group

8:20 – 8:55 PE

8:55 – 10:50 Language Arts whole group/small group

10:50 – 11:15 Social Studies

11:15 – 11:20 Switch Homerooms

11:20 – 11:50 Language Arts whole group

11:50 – 12:20 Lunch

12:20 – 2:00 Language Arts whole group/small group

2:00 – 2:30 Social Studies

2:30 – 2:40 Switch Homerooms

2:40 – 2:45 Dismissal


  • Wednesday – Art/Music (10:20 – 10:50)

  • Wednesday – Exploratory Class (1:55 – 2:35)

  • Thursday – Counseling (1:25 – 1:55) Week B

Upcoming Dates

Sept. 23 Horizon Hustle

Oct. 3 - 7 Fall Break/No School

Nov. 10 Half day

Nov. 11 Veteran's Day/No School

Nov. 23 - 25 Thanksgiving Break/No School

Dec. 16 Half Day

Dec. 19 - Jan. 4 Winter Break/No School

My Philosophy in Two Simple Videos

I show both these videos in the first week of class. I honestly believe Kid President is an inspiring, uplifting and intelligent young man who is an example of a True Leader that our kiddos can relate to. I want him to get them pumped and excited about our brand new school year. I don't care about what a child has done in previous years, this is a brand new year which means a brand new you. Only you can change you.
Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!
A Pep Talk from Kid President to You