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All About Fifth Grade
Transcript of All About Fifth Grade
Parents and teachers play a vital role in a child's success in school.
Therefore, I think it's important that...
Parents are active team members in their child's learning,
Parents and teachers communicate often,
Parents display a positive attitude towards students learning,
Parents maintain an open mind,
Parents reinforce concepts taught in school at home,
Parents understand the importance of education and don't
make excuses for their child,
Parents talk to their child about what they learned in school, and
Parents review their child's homework and sign their child's agenda nightly.
Just as I hold high expectations for my students,
I also hold high expectations for myself. Therefore,
I will give 100% to ensure I am teaching the students what they need to know to successfully complete fifth grade and be productive citizens when they grow up,
I will work to meet the needs of each student by differentiating instruction and assisting students in anyway I can,
I will develop lessons that are interactive and stimulate learning,
I will stay in communication with parents about their child's progress,
I will respect students for who they are, and
I will continue to learn and employ new teaching methods.
In order to have a safe environment where
students can take risks while learning, it's important
that students follow the classroom rules and procedures.
If students do not follow the rules or procedures,
First Offense: Get a Warning
Second Offense: Loss of five minutes of recess
Third Offense: Loss of whole recess and a note/phone
Fourth Offense: Principal's Office
Currently the math program we use is Everyday Math.
This program is a spiral curriculum focusing on beginning,developing, and secure skills.
A lesson may take one to three days depending on students' needs.
Unit Tests- One per unit
Unit Quizzes- Two - three per unit
Math Manager- One weekly
In order for your child to be success
in math, it is vital they:
Practice their multiplication facts nightly,
Review math vocbaulary,
Incorporate math problems in their daily routine,
Have a positive attitude towards math,
Participate in class by asking and answering questions, and
For homework, students will complete a study link, a review of the the concept taught in the lesson, and a math box, a review of previously learned materials, the concept taught in the lesson, and a glimpse of a concept they will see in the future,
Students will complete a math manager problem weekly.
They are given the problem on Monday and it is due Friday.
These problems are word problems and require multiple steps and students must explain how they were solved.
The concept is one they are currently working on in class.
With all this said, there should be NO EXCUSE they are not completed and ready to be turned in Friday.
Students will study cells, matter, and earth’s structure.
They will perform experiments and investigations to gain further knowledge on the subject matter.
There will also be individual and group projects students will complete, as an assessment, in addition to chapter quizzes and tests.
Study guides will be provided for all quizzes and tests.
In Social Studies, students will
Learn about the thirteen colonies, the Revolutionary War, and The Constitution of the United States
Have individual and group projects to gain further knowledge on the subject matter and to be used as an assessment in addition to their chapter quizzes and tests, and
Be provided with study guides for all quizzes and tests.
Writing is an essential part of your child’s learning. Research has shown that the better writer you are, the better reader you will become and vise versa.
We will conduct reading/writing workshop four times a year to practice writing narratives, informational essays, and persuasive essays.
There will be a reading/writing workshop with mini-lessons on the components of each genre.
Students will write a rough draft and take it through the writing process.
Students will then have a theme writing test where they will apply what they learned in reading/writing workshop.
In addition, we will incorporate writing throughout the curriculum.
Students may be asked to complete writing assignments at home. If you have a computer, they may type their assignment, but please make sure they save in on the computer hard drive or a flash drive so they can go back in to make any necessary revisions.
If you do not have a printer, they can bring in the flash drive or e-mail me their writing and I will print it out. It must be saved as a Microsoft Word Document.
In addition to classroom based assessments, students will also be tested using:
Dibels, is a test to measure student’s fluency or rate of reading.
This is given three times a year.
Pennsylvania State Standards Assessment (PSSAs) are given in March this year to assess your child’s performance on the fifth grade standards.
They are tested in reading, writing, and math in fifth grade.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
I am requiring students to read at least 3 books a quarter and take an AR test on each book.
The key to a successful school year is communication from home to school.
You can reach me by:
Written notes, and
If I have a concern, I will contact you by:
I will be informing you of your child’s progress through:
Remind 101 text messages,
Progress reports on Edline (refer to the sheet that gives your username and password),
Report Cards, and
You can also find information of upcoming events through:
The school newsletter,
School Website, and
Look for information in your child’s Take-Home folders
Homework is essential to your child’s success for it is an extension of what was taught in class. Therefore, please set aside a time and place for your child to complete his or her homework.
Homework is also a great way for parents to get to know what their child is studying in school.
Students will be given homework Monday-Thursday. Occasionally, homework will be given on the weekends.
Students homework will usually consist of math boxes, study links, practice book pages, writing, math managers, and study guides for homework.
In addition, students are required to practice their multiplication facts nightly and read for 20 minutes.
Students are expected to write their homework in their agenda each day.
Homework assignments are also posted on my class website.
Please make an effort to check over your child’s homework and sign the agenda only if ALL homework was complete.
I do not accept excuses for homework not being done. Your child will be in detention to complete the assignments they missed. This is to prepare them for their future in the work force.
Other Important Events
The Riverside School District offers a breakfast program to all students.
Please be sure your child has money on their account since it is a cash free service.
Lunch menus are sent home monthly and can also be found on the Riverside website.
If your child is late, they must sign in.
If your child misses school, please send in a doctor’s excuse or note explaining the absences the following day
Please have a designated person to take home your child’s work for the day they missed school
School Nurse Information:
Please be sure to sign in any medication to the school nurse.
Students are not allowed to have medication on them during the school day.
The dress code is strictly enforced, so please be sure you follow the guidelines in the student handbook.
Please send in a note if your child has a change in transportation.
Please remember if you are picking up your child, bring your driver’s license to be scanned.
Our reading curriculum is Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt combined and our series is now called Journeys.
It is broken down into 6 units.
There are five lessons per unit.
Each lesson lasts 5-7 days.
On the final day, students will be tested on the strategy and skill using the weekly selection, selection vocabulary, grammar, structural analysis, and spelling.
Students should use packets and practice books to study.
At the end of the fifth lesson, there is a lengthy unit test that tests students knowledge on the strategies, skill, vocabulary, grammar, structural analysis, and spelling form the whole unit.
The strategy and skill will be tested on cold reads.
In addition to the adopted series, we also practice reading through read alouds and literature circles.
It is your child's responsibility to read the assigned pages nightly for literature circles and practice their strategies.
The only way to become a better reader is by reading.
Students should be reading nightly for 20 minutes.
So, again as a parent, it is crucial that you take the time to read to your child, have your child read to you, and ensure they are reading nightly.
I have high expectations for all my students both academically and behaviorally. Therefore:
I expect students to give their 100% by attending school daily, participating, asking questions, and completing homework,
I expect students to follow the rules and procedures I have set forth, and
I expect students to have a willingness to learn.
I graduated from Riverside in 1996.
I attended the University of Pittsburgh where
I earned a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Education.
I earned my Master's in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University in December 2012.
I taught four years at Sanders Elementary in Austell, Georgia.
I taught second grade for three years and third grade for one year.
This is my ninth year at Riverside as a fifth grade teacher.
I was nominated as Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and was named as one of the 12 semi-finalists in 2012.
This year we are piloting a different approach to teaching math known as flex grouping.
The goal is to reach students at their level to improve their understanding and build their confidence in math.
Each unit they will be given a pretest to assess their knowledge level of the content that will be taught in that unit. The tests will be graded and students will be placed. However, each unit this process repeats, therefore, they have the ability to change groups based on their pretest performance,
For more information,m refer to the flex grouping brochure.
School Wide Positive Behavior
This year we are using a School wide Positive Behavior Plan.
Each room has a behavior chart.
If students choose not to follow the rules and portray what it means to be a VIKES (Values, Integrity, Kindness, Example, and Self-Control) they will be asked to move their clip.
If throughout the day, their behavior improves, they will have a chance to move their clip back up.
At the end of the day, a note will be sent home to notify you what color your child landed on and the reason why she/he had to move their clip.
Students who did not move their clip or had a minimal of 3 clip movements throughout the month, will be rewarded on the first Friday of the following month.
Students also have a chance to be picked for the student of the month if they portray various positive character traits.