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Welcome to 5th Grade Reading

Mrs. Libby Smylie

Creekview Elementary School

Phone:  281-357-3070 Ext. 5275

Room # 506


This is the place you can find important information about 5th grade reading.  

Use the links to the right to help you find what you are looking for!

Teaching is my passion, and in my opinion, the best job in the world. I am so excited to join the amazing staff at Creekview Elementary School! Through my teaching, I hope to serve the students in my classroom, and provide them with tools that will make them learners, today and forever. I strive to make everyday in the classroom an enjoyable and thought provoking experience for my students. As a veteran teacher of 25 years, I love the adventure each new school year brings, and I look forward to working with my students and parents to make this the best year possible. As we go through this school year together it is going to be smiles for all in Mrs. Smylie's classroom.

Recent Posts

Upcoming in Smylie's 5th Grade Reading Classes updated February 23

February 23 - March 7 our focus is on understanding, making inferences, and drawing conclusions in works of drama.  We will be reading and analyzing many dramatic pieces in class.  At home talk with your child about the elements of drama in television dramas and comedies.  Have them identify and explain the different elements of drama he/she see represented in the program.  Feel free to review the drama vocabulary taped in the INB. 
On Wednesday, March 7 we will have a test that includes one literary nonfiction passage, one drama, and 10 drama vocabulary words.
On another note, we are beginning new literature circle books on Wednesday, February 28.  I will guide them in the book choice selection.  In class that day each student will plan a calendar of the reading he/she will do between February 28 and April 16.  In Google Classroom, I have uploaded the calendar for parents to see, a rubric for the presentation each student will create, the Google Slides doc for the actual presentation, and thinking stems for your child to use while stopping and jotting about his/her reading.  Please note that each student is expected to keep up with the chapters he/she assigns on the calendar.  Random checks will be made to determine that the reading is happening.  Google Slide Presentations which should be completed during class by April 19.

Creekside Park Junior High School Course Verification

Please return all course verification sheets to Mrs. Smylie by Monday, February 26.  The form does indicate that if no changes are needed you do not need to return it, but we would prefer that they be signed and returned with or without changes.  Thank you so much for helping us out with this.

I hope you have enjoyed the reading of The One and Only Ivan over the last few weeks at home.  Students should have the book finished by Tuesday, February 20.  We will take a quick assessment over it on Wednesday, February 21.  If your child has not finished it yet, please encourage him/her to do for the assessment.
Read Across America Week
February 27th - March 2nd
2/27:  Sleepy Tuesday - wear your comfy pajamas
2/28:  Wacky Hair Wednesday - let's see your wackiest hairstyles.
3/1:  Two Thursday - grab a friend and dress up as twins
3/2:  Friday "Read Across America Day" - dress as your favorite book character

The Creekview County Fair - Spring Fundraiser

Dear 5th Grade Parents,

Please Save The Date for our school’s Spring Fundraiser “The Creekview Country Fair” will be held on the evening of April 27TH. This will be a family event you won’t want to miss with food trucks, games, entertainment, a raffle, and silent auction. More information will be coming home in Wednesday folders regarding the event.

As the Creekview PTO begins preparing for this event, each grade level has been asked to contribute to the raffle and silent auction to help make this event a success.  

The 5th grade room parents will be collectively creating a NERF themed baskets , acquiring a Drone as a raffle item and funds will also be used to purchase a gift card for the Grub Grab. In order to do this, we need your help. We want to make this as simple as possible for parents. If your family is willing to contribute to this fundraiser we are asking that each student bring in a minimum of a $5 donation to assist with the costs of purchasing the items needed. Please send your monetary donation in an envelope marked “Room Parent” by February 20th

Should we have any additional funds not needed for our grade level purchases, they will be given to the PTO to be used at their discretion to help fund the grade level classroom experiences and costs associated with the fundraising event. 

If your family or business would prefer to make a larger contribution and purchase a specific item on the list for a themed basket or raffle item, please contact me Kandis Meleski directly. Also, if any of you have connections to a local business that may want to make a tax deductible contribution of an item, service, or make a financial contribution to the auction or raffle, I can put you in touch with the Creekview Silent Auction Committee. I am sure they would appreciate the help.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kandis Meleski

We will take our class picture on Thursday, February 15.  Envelopes came home last Wednesday to purchase one for your child.

Reminder - Please order a T-Shirt for Creekview Kickball!

The deadline to order the class kickball shirt is this Wednesday, February 14th  The store is open at


The t-shirt is $10.10 and with tax is $10.93.

Please let us know if you have any questions, need assistance, or if you are unable to order the shirt.  We will do our best to make sure all students are included.

Thank you for your support! 


Upcoming in Smylie's 5th Grade Reading Classes updated February 9

In reading from February 12 - Feb 23 we will continue working on a study of literary nonfiction.  This includes biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.  Literary nonfiction is such a great genre because the texts read like a story (literary) but present true information (nonfiction).  To encourage comprehension of literary nonfiction, please read literary nonfiction selections at home and use the link on the right for "Reading Questions for Parents to Use."

Upcoming Events

Feb. 14: Valentine Party
Feb. 14: Deadline to order 5th Grade Kickball shirt 
Feb. 15: Spring Pictures
Feb. 16: Student Holiday
Feb. 19: Student Holiday
Feb. 23: All Box Tops due to the Library

Gifted & Talented parent Recommendation Window

The Gifted & Talented parent recommendation window for spring testing is now open for students in grades 1 - 5. If interested in testing, please pick up a permission form & parent survey from the front office or send your request to  Deadline for receiving recommendations is March 9th.  Please contact Ms. Sims with questions. Test results will be available in late May. 


Message about our Valentine's Party

Hi Parents!
Hope you’re new year is off to a great start!
Our class will be having a Valentines party for the students (only, no parents/siblings this time) on Wednesday, February 14th from 2:45-3:30If your child opts to bring Valentines, they should bring one for each student in the class (we have 22 in our class) with your child’s name on it so we know who the Valentine is from. Mrs. Smylie will send a list of first names in the Wednesday folder on January 7 if your child wishes to address the Valentine's individually.  Students will need to bring a box or bag to collect Valentines.  It doesn’t have to be decorated but should have your child's name clearly labeled.  Mrs. Smylie has some bags available if needed.
We plan on having snacks and games for the students. This will require a small donation, please send $5 to school with your child for the Valentine’s Day Party (any extra money will be used for our end of year class party).

If you have any questions please feel free to email Kandis Meleski,
Kandis Meleski

Upcoming in Smylie's 5th Grade Reading Classes updated January 29

In reading from January 25 - Feb 15 we will be working on a study of literary nonfiction.  This includes biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.  Literary nonfiction is such a great genre because the texts read like a story (literary) but present true information (nonfiction).
On Wednesday, February 7  students will take a district reading benchmark assessment that covers the following:
  • Vocabulary development
  • Fiction Texts
  • Poetry
  • Literary Nonfiction
  • Informational Text
  • and Text Connections
The benchmark will be given in each student's homeroom classroom at the beginning of the day..