Ms. Lindsay Williams
5th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies
About the Teacher/Welcome Msg
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to a fantastic year! Here's to raising the bar!
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
Keep hands, feet and objects to self
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
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!