Mrs. Hilton's Crew

Learn, Discover, Explore

Voter Advocacy Service Project

As part of our expedition “More Power to You” students studied the importance of voting. Through this study they discovered that voting is not only a right, but a significant responsibility of American Citizens. After researching the history and importance of voting, they created an informative, eye-catching voter advocacy flyer to encourage college students to fulfill their civic responsibility to vote. Students took these flyers to Weber State University to encourage college students to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election.

Fieldwork to the State Capitol

As part of our expedition “More Power to You” we are studying the Power of Government. Students toured the Utah State capitol to gain a better understanding of how government works on a state level.

Team Building Overnighter

Our crew spent 2 days and 1 night at Curlew Campground in Stone, Idaho. While there, students participated in team-building activities. These activities challenged students to communicate effectively to reach a common goal and work as a team. Students were able to build positive relationships with their classmates through these challenges, as well as swimming, fishing, setting up and taking down camp, etc. Students had multiple opportunities to reflect on each experience and how they could apply what they learned to everyday situations.

Marshmallow River Infinite Circle Slack Line Shrinking Island

Expedition: More POWER to You!!

A study of power and influences, focusing on the history of democracy and the power of the individual.

Guiding Questions:

  • Where does power come from?
  • What responsibilities accompany power?

Case Study 1: The Power of Government

Long Term Learning Target:

  • I can analyze key events that were important in acquiring and sustaining power in the early United States.

Case Study 2: The Power of Voting

Long Term Learning Targets:

  • I can explain how the right to vote is an important responsibility of American citizens.
  • I can develop a plan to demonstrate my individual power.

Case Study 3: The Power of an Individual

Long Term Learning Target:

  • I can explore the powerful traits of influential individuals.

Tower of Books Reading Challenge

Our class is starting our Tower of Books Reading Challenge! I am challenging your fifth or sixth grader to read 30, 35 or 40 books (they get to choose their level) by the end of the school year. I know they can do it!

The goal of the Book Challenge is to get students to leave their reading comfort zone, to read MORE, and explore new reading genres. Ultimately, I would love to see my students’ love of reading flourish, as well as for students to make big academic gains in reading. Let’s face it – the best way to become a better reader is to read!

Although it may seem like a lot of books, students will only have to average one book a week. This can be accomplished by reading during our independent reading time at school and spending at least 30 minutes reading daily at home. By making the right book choices, I am confident that all students will be able to achieve the goal of reading 30 “just right” books in class and at home this year. The students will be keeping track of the books by creating a Tower of Books, which is in their reader’s notebook.

If we work together, I’m sure we can get them pumped up to make this their best reading year ever. Please encourage your child to read each evening. This is part of their daily homework.

The Rules:

  • Books should be picked that are on your child’s level.
  • Only 3 picture books will count toward their goal.
  • Books they read in class or those that are read by a teacher will count towards their goal.
  • Students must use the Record Sheet listing the genres (see the genre checklist links below). The books do NOT have to be read in order.
  • Books (except picture books) must be a minimum of 100 pages.
  • Books that are over 350 pages MAY count as two books. Your child will need to talk to me about these books BEFORE they are counted as two!
  • Your child will be completing a skills-based entry task, that will be added to their reader’s notebook each week. I will respond weekly.
  • When they finish a book they can either write a summary or share it with me verbally.
  • Your child has a set day each week for submitting their Reader’s Notebook.

Remember, the purpose of this challenge is to get your child reading AND reading books they might not normally choose. They will NOT be graded on how many books they read, but the quality and appropriateness of their book choices, their weekly entries in their notebooks, and their obvious efforts to accept a challenge to improve their reading skills. The last point is FAR more important to me than the number of books that they complete.

Thank you for your support at home! I look forward to working with you to watch your child’s reading SOAR!!!!

Mrs. Hilton

30 Book Genre Checklist Tower of Books

35 Book Genre Checklist Tower of Books

40 Book Genre Checklist Tower of Books

Daily Schedule 2018-2019.docx

Here is what our daily schedule looks like. Keep in mind it is subject to change, and changes often.

Team Building Cup Challenge

Back to School Night Fun!!

Back to School Night

August 15th 5:30-7:30

To help with traffic & crowd control, we are asking families to come at the following times based on last name:

A-E 5:30 PM F-K 6:00 PM L-O 6:30 PM P-Z 7:00 PM

In an effort to make Back-to-School night as effortless and painless as possible for you, I am trying to limit the amount of papers you have to fill out and take home by going digital. Hopefully, this will make things go faster and smoother for you. If you prefer paper copies, please let me know and I will be happy to provide those for you. If you would like to get a head start, I have provided some of the steps you will need to complete at Back-to-School night below, you are welcome to complete these ones from them from the comfort of your home, that way you won't have to fill out any papers (for me) at Back-to-School Night :)

Get a Jump Start on Back to School Night

Let’s Connect

Step 1:

  • Use the links to fill out your contact info. and some information about your student using Google Forms. You may do this using your phone, ipad, or computer.

Parent(s) please fill out this form:

Student, please fill out this form:

Step 2: (For parent(s) and student)

Please take a few minutes to explore the website, completing the items below:

  • Read the “About Me” section. Leave a short comment.
  • Read the “Hilton Handbook” section. Leave a short comment.
  • Explore the rest of the site.
  • Create an app for the website on your phone or other device by following the directions below (for iphone -- sorry, I only know how on an iphone)

•Open the website in your browser.

•Click on the box with the arrow at the bottom of your screen

•Click on the “add to home screen” option

Please still plan on coming to Back-to-School night. There will be important information about our overnight fieldwork, as well as some other fun things. Plus, I would really like to meet each of you in person. See you soon!!

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Fifth/Sixth Crew!! I am so excited to have you in my class! This is an exciting time to learn all sorts of things, not just school subjects, but life skills as well. It’s a great time to develop skills such as cooperation, courage, curiosity, flexibility, friendship, initiative, integrity, organization, responsibility, perseverance, and problem solving. Students need to develop successful study habits, good attitudes, and the desire to do things to the best of their ability. Sometimes we think a good student always gets 100%. Instead, a good student is responsible, stays on task, is respectful, perseveres through struggles, and always does their best.

Let’s have a great year and become the best that we can be!!