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Ms. Wykes - 5th Grade - Morrish Elementary School

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A Little About Ms. Wykes

Hi! My name is Ms. Wykes, and I am SO excited to start my first year at Morrish Elementary School. Most importantly, I am THRILLED to be your teacher! It’s going to be a fun year full of lots of learning and new adventures. I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us. I want to know ALL about you, but first I’m going to tell you a few things about me.


I was born and raised in Clare, Michigan, which is right in the middle of the Lower Peninsula. I am the middle child of three girls. I have a younger sister named Jamie and an older sister named Pam. They are my BEST friends! After I graduated from high school, I moved to the south to attend the University of North Carolina. I majored in Psychology and Sociology. I went on to get my teaching certificate from the University of Michigan-Flint. When I finished my schooling, I was SO excited to begin teaching! After teaching for a few years, I went back to school and received a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching with a Major in Mathematics.


I am currently in my 13th year of teaching at Swartz Creek Community Schools. Throughout the past 12 years, I have taught art, technology, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade. For the past 4 years, I have taught split classrooms. I'm excited to adjust my teaching practice so I can focus on one grade level.


In my personal life I stay very busy with my 3 children: Erica, Logan, and Emma. Erica is currently enrolled in her senior year of college at Eastern Michigan University majoring in Dance Studio Management. Logan is beginning his sophomore year at Kettering University majoring in computer engineering. Emma is beginning her junior year in high school and has dreams and aspirations of becoming a professional dancer/performer. I have two fur babies…Bella and Cooper. Bella is a Maltipoo, and Cooper is a King Charles Spaniel. I love to play and snuggle with my dogs! I also love to walk/run, travel, read, scrapbook, and spend time with my extended family and friends.


I'm so excited to start the school year with all of my new students and their families!


Below is a sneak peak of the topics we will be exploring this year in the classroom.

Math

Unit 1: Addition/Subtraction with Fractions

Unit 2: Addition/Subtraction with Decimals

Unit 3: Multiplication/Division with Fractions

Unit 4: Multiplication with Whole Numbers and Decimals

Unit 5: Division with Whole Numbers and Decimals

Unit 6: Operations and Word Problems

Unit 7: Algebra, Patterns, and Coordinate Graphs

Unit 8: Measurement and Geometry

Reading

Unit 1: Establishing a Rich Reading Life

Unit 2: Using Reading Strategies to Understand Text

Unit 3: Identifying the Theme of a Fiction Text

Unit 4: Identifying the Main Idea and Supporting Details of a Non-Fiction Text

Unit 5: Identifying the Point of View of the Text

Unit 6: Compare/Contrast Characters, Themes, Texts from Same Author, Texts About the Same Topic, etc...

Unit 7: Describe the Text Structure of Non-Fiction Text


*Even though these are listed as unit topics, they are not necessarily taught in succession. These "big ideas" are woven together and taught continuously and often simultaneously through the art of reading and discussion.

Writing

Unit 1: Establishing a Rich Writing Life

Unit 2: Opinion and Persuasive Writing

Unit 3: Personal Narrative Writing

Unit 4: Informational Writing

Unit 5: Research

Social Studies

Unit 1: Our Government

Unit 2: Three Worlds Meet

Unit 3: Colonization and Settlement

Unit 4: Life in Colonial America

Unit 5: Road to Revolution

Unit 6: The American Revolution

Unit 7: A New Nation

Science

Unit 1: Forces and Motion

Unit 2: Dynamics of the Solar System

Unit 3: Survival of Organisms

Unit 4: Animal Systems