Ms. Lindsay Williams

5th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies


About the Teacher/Welcome Msg


Hello There!

 My name is Lindsay Williams and I am a 5th grade teacher at HLIS.  This is my fifth year at HLIS and also my fifth year in Desoto County Schools.   I am so excited to be here and can't wait to see the student's grow and learn new things everyday.

I know things still may look and feel  a bit different this year but I will do all I can to make sure you all feel safe and loved!  I know each of you can do your best and I look forward to making new memories with each of you!

I have been teaching for 21 years.  I knew I wanted to be a teacher at an early age.  I feel so lucky to be able to live my dream.  I started my career in Okolona teaching Kindergarten.  I then moved to Southaven where I taught in Shelby County Schools for 13 years.  I moved to Virginia where I taught in Private School for 3 years.  I recently moved back and I am so happy to be home.

I have a son who is 10 years old and is the light of my life.  He just started fifth grade and loves being back in Mississippi.

Please feel free to contact me anytime through email.  My email address is

I look forward to a fantastic year!  Here's to raising the bar!

Class Schedule

7:40 - 7:50 Announcements/ Morning Work/ Morning Meeting

740-910 ELA/Writing Instruction

910-955 Activity

Switch(teacher moves to then next room) 955-1005

1005-1035 ELA mini lesson

1040-1100 Recess

1105-1205 ELA/Writing instruction

Switch(teacher moves to the final rotation) 1205-1210

1210-1230 ELA mini lesson

1235-100 Lunch

105-215 ELA/Writing instruction

220 clean up/prepare for dismissal

220-230 5th grade bus and walker dismissal

(instead of the students switching, the teacher go to different classrooms.  This helps with safety and following CDC guidelines)




Comprehension Questions for D.E.A.R Time(Drop Everything and Read Time)

Comprehension Monitoring Informational Text:

1. Is the author trying to persuade or inform you in the passage? How do you know?

2. What facts can you identify about the topic of the passage? What evidence does the author use to support those facts?

3. What new information did you learn? How can you apply this information to an issue or problem in today's world?

4. How did this new information change your way of thinking about this subject?

5. What words, phrases, or statements does the author use that caught your attention? Why? How did they make you feel? What did they make you think?

6. Did the author state his or her opinions in the passage? How did they support their opinions with facts?

7. Were there any photographs, illustrations, charts, graphs, or diagrams that were important? Select two or three and show what you learned from them and explain why you believe each one was important.

8. Do you still have questions about the topic of the passage? If yes, what are those questions?

9. How can you relate to topic of the passage? Is it something that is personal to you? Is it an issue in the community? Is it an issue in the world? Explain.


Comprehension Monitoring Questions Literary Text:

1. Where and when does the story take place? What clues in the story help you to identify the setting?

2. Who are the main characters in the story? Why are they important to the story?

3. Who is telling the story? What clues in the story help you identify who is telling the story? What is the point of view of the person telling the story? (think about feelings, actions, voice)

4. What important events are happening in the story? Include the conflict.

5. What language is the author using to help you visualize the events in the story?

6. How is this story similar to other stories you have read?

7. How are you alike or different from the main character in the story?

8. How does connecting to the story help you better understand the story?

9. What lesson(s) did you learn in the story to help you in your own life?



At HLIS, we all have the same expectations for our students. The following procedures are expected from students:

HLIS Students SOAR
Classroom (Including Activity and Intervention)

Stay in designated area

Follow directions

Keep hands, feet and objects to self


Be prepared

Use I statements

Keep your area clean

Use materials appropriately


Keep a positive attitude

Stay on task


Allow others to learn

Use appropriate language, tone, and volume


The first nine weeks our students will be breaking apart our standards and dig deeper into what we will be learning.  Our standards will be both informational and literary. 

 We will also be writing throughout each nine weeks on opinion, narrative, and informative.  I love reading through their writing and seeing what they are able to come up with.  

All of my classes, including myself, have established a social contract. This contract is an agreement between us all on how we want to be treated by one another. If I observe a student NOT upholding our contract, I will remind/redirect their action. I will ask: What are you doing? What are you suppose to be doing? Are you doing it? What are you doing to do to correct your actions? If further redirection is needed, a TDR (teacher discipline referral) will be given. Various consequences are associated with a TDR ranging from silent lunch to activity detention.

Students that are observed modeling expected behavior and stick to our social contract, will be rewarded.  Any adult working in our school has the ability to give students compliments.  That means, no matter where they are in the school, if they are doing good, it WILL be noticed! :) 

Here's to a great year!  

I am so excited to be your child's teacher and I look forward to a great year! Thank you for all of your support!



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