Curriculum Night 2013 2014

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Curriculum Night 2013 2014

  1. 1.  This presentation will be available on the class website.  Questions/comments can be written on the note cards on desk  Turn in at the end and we will get back to you ASAP  Q/A at the end of the presentation. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
  2. 2. Mrs. Willis & Mr. Cornwall
  3. 3. Be Safe  Use Common Sense  Follow Rules  Don‟t Talk to Strangers  Walk in Hallways and Classrooms Be Kind  Include People  Be Nice  Say Please and Thank You  Help, Even When it is Not Your Responsibility  Be a Good Sport Be Productive  Actively Participate  Work Hard and Keep Trying  Being on Task  Start and Finish Tasks  Pay Attention
  4. 4. Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 9:15-9:45 Morning Work Morning Work Morning Work Morning Work Morning Work 9:45-11:15 READING READING SCI/TECH ROTATIONS READING Class Meeting (9:45-10:15) Reading Workshop (10:15-10:45) 10:55-11:35 Recess/Lunch Recess/Lunch Recess/Lunch Recess/Lunch Recess/Lunch 11:40-12:55 MATH MATH EXTRA TECH MATH MATH 12:55-1:25 PE MUSIC SCI/TECH ROTATIONS PE MUSIC 1:25- 1:55 SOCIAL STUDIES SOCIAL STUDIES Planner (1:15-1:20) SCIENCE LIBRARY 1:55-2:15 Recess Recess Pack Up (1:20-1:30) Recess Recess 2:15-2:25 Snack Snack Snack Snack 2:25-3:25 WRITING WRITING WRITING WRITING 3:25-3:40 Planner & Pack Up Planner & Pack Up Planner & Pack Up Planner & Pack Up
  5. 5. Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 9:15-9:45 Vocab. Meaningful sentences Water ecology/tech Mountain language Vocab test 9:45-10:55 Reading Reading Tech/water ecology Readers workshop Class Meeting (9:45-10:15) Reading Workshop 10:55- 11:35 Recess/lunch Recess/Lunch Recess/Lunch Recess/Lunch Recess/Lunch 11:35-12:05 PE Music PE Music Jobs and animal care 12:05 – 1:15 Math Math Water ecology/ tech Math Math 1:15-1:55 Social studies Social studies science Science Library/ shaun 1:55- 2:15 Recess Recess Recess Recess 2:15-3:15 writing writing Library 2:15- 2:45 writing 3:15-3:30 Planners/Pack Up PlannerPack Up Planners/Pack Up Planners/Pack Up HOME
  6. 6.  Dividers  Used to hold notes, long term papers  Unfinished Work Folder  Planner  Weekly Signature  Math Spiral  Class notes- helpful with homework  Vocabulary  Reading Spiral  Response journals
  7. 7.  What is it?  ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators  Student/Parent Codes  Rewards = Shark Bucks  Try to relate it to the behaviors on the report card.
  8. 8.  Absences – contact office in addition to teachers  Send in lunch money before school  Music –  4th Graders learn the recorder  5th Graders learn the guitar  5th Grade Orchestra (forms online – please ask for a hard copy if needed.)  No cell phone policy at school for parents and students  Call office for messages to students. We don‟t always answer phone or check voicemail before school is out.
  9. 9.  Planners done each day. This is a STUDENT responsibility. Help your child make it a habit to check off each item in the planner.  Typical nightly homework should take around 45 minutes (excluding major projects).  Homework Hotline is 425-837-6236. (This is a student job each day.) This is to hear the nightly homework assignments.  Students may not call parents to bring in late work.  Work needs to be neat and organized with proper heading (name and number).  When possible, emailing homework will be rewarded with shark bucks! (Keepn’ it Green)
  10. 10.  Most nights there will be a math Study Link or iXL.com practice.  Word Work- See later slide  Reading homework –read 20 minutes each night. First priority lit. circle book or book project books.  Every Friday Literature Circle job is due, starting in November.  Unfinished work will be sent home to complete.
  11. 11.  Curriculum is based on Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes ( feel free to peruse the curriculum on back shelf)  putting the pieces together to make new words, decode, expand vocabulary  Fourth and fifth graders have the same words  HOMEWORK-Monday-flash books – Tuesday - meaningful sentences, Thursday study for test, Friday test. The spelling lists have been eliminated off the website.
  12. 12.  Seek your child‟s input and help them make the decisions about where and how to do their work in a way that is best for them (with parameters).  Tell them you trust them to stay on track and check-in to make sure they are following the plan.  Help them with strategies to solve problems when they are stuck. (Tools like dictionaries, ruler, sharp pencils, online, etc.)  Support your child in their decisions, but clearly establish consequences when they do not follow through. Don‟t engage in the battle!  Establishing routines quickly is very helpful.  CONSISTENCY! This does not happen over night.
  13. 13.  Here are some other things to try when your child is still struggling with homework:  Do it in the morning when they are fresh  Offer fewer choices  Homework Play-date or Homework Club  Model (read together, pay bills while they do math)  Front load the work (spelling on a calmer day)  Incentives  Stay in close proximity  Vary homework location (KCLS)  Try „chunking‟ (breaking up the different assignments into smaller time increments)  Half-hour of time to stay up later IF they read in bed.  Shut it down…try again tomorrow! Send us a note and we will help!
  14. 14.  To keep kids safe on the internet, keep all computers in a public place in the home.  Limit time screen time (T.V., video games, and computer) – if a constant battle, limit to weekends only.  Limit and monitor your child‟s social networking. Online bullying is becoming a prevalent issue in our society.  We do not „friend‟ students or families on Facebook or other sites.  We value and respect the families in our classroom, and do not publicize any information or opinions about our students or their families. We‟d appreciate the same courtesy from you.
  15. 15.  Get plenty of sleep, tired students have a hard time concentrating and retaining information. Studies have shown children need 9-11 hours of nightly sleep!  Have students check off homework in planner AS they finish.  Pack backpacks and water bottle the night before, things get forgotten in the shuffle in the morning.  Use rubrics to ensure students have included all info for projects.  Have students be accountable for their work, questions, and concerns…you are off the hook!
  16. 16.  Valuable information is located there  Important dates  Newsletters  Lit. Circle jobs, math homework and other assignments  Helpful info for homework and projects  Student work  Pictures of class activities  Volunteer schedule  Phone numbers and e-mail addresses for us!  Link
  17. 17.  Newsletters and the class website have tons of info - please check there first   Please e-mail BOTH teachers  One of us will respond within 72 hours  Please CALL with any serious concerns – we are very dedicated to our students and are always open to talking to families. The best way to do this is on the phone or in person, e-mails can easily be misunderstood.  We love to hear positive stories too!!
  18. 18.  Local walking hikes  Mountain to the Sound Stream Restoration - TBD  Camp Coleman 5th graders October 23, 24, 25  Washington State History Museum  Discovery Days Engineering/Tech fair University of Washington 4/25  Sound Exploration – Exploration of the Puget Sound Water Quality (May)
  19. 19.  Forms:  1 – Volunteer Release / Hold Harmless Agreement  2 – Washington State Patrol Form  Morning HW checkers  Lit. Circles- Friday at (10:00-10:55) – Need about 8  Please try to find someone to fill your spot if you cannot make your commitment.  Wednesday Stations  2 Science  1 Tech  Link for a GOOGLE DOC will be sent out to a signup Tomorrow! Volunteer Form LINK
  20. 20.  Science –science experiments from ISD kits  Technology – various computer projects  Water Ecology – year long focus VOLUNTEER TRAINING ATTENDANCE ENCOURAGED! (Date forthcoming)
  21. 21. Temperature Probes 45 Probes (15 per program) Dual Range Force Sensor 45 Sensors (15 per program) TI Light Probe 45 Probes (15 per program) Lego Mindstorm NXT Sensor Adaptor 15 Adaptors (5 per program) Go!Link 45 Links (15 per program) Elementary Science with Vernier 6 Books (2 per program STEM 1 With Vernier and Lego Mindstorms NXT 3 Books (1 per program) STEM 2 With Vernier and Lego Mindstorms NXT 3 Books (1 per program) Latitude Netbook 2120 (1) 30 Latitudes (10 per program) Netbook Cart (Holds 10 per cart) 3 Carts (1 cart per program)
  22. 22.  Standards-based  4 = Exceeds Standard  3* = Meets Standard (exactly where your child SHOULD be)  2 = Approaches Standard  1 = Below Standard  No plus or minus  Numbers do not correlate to traditional letter grades  Rubrics used when appropriate  Students with below standard work will be required to correct it and turn it back in.
  23. 23.  Grade level standards for K-5 are available online.  http://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/tls/standa rds.asp  If you have any questions or comments please contact Teaching and Learning Dept.  425-837-7030
  24. 24.  “Making Meaning” new ISD curriculum  Learn comprehension strategies through reading short texts (in one lesson)  Literature circles – small group meeting to discuss novels  Need to keep up on reading assignment  Each student will be given a comprehension job each week to complete  Weekly comprehension quizzes  Fountas and Pinnell Testing-to check reading levels
  25. 25.  Students learn and practice the strategies proficient readers use as they read.  Making connections, finding evidence, summarizing, etc.  Whole group mini-lesson, followed by independent reading and response tasks.  Teachers pull small groups for targeted reading instruction and enrichment.  Teachers will conference with individuals to check in  Variety of genres and types of texts used.
  26. 26.  Writer‟s Workshop – a consistent time where strategies are taught and practiced. Driven by student choice and daily practice. (Lucy Calkins Units of Study)  Personal Narrative  Expository  Persuasive  Fictional Stories  Poetry  Blogs  Writing Journals  Pen Pal through Wiki and River Xchange
  27. 27.  Everyday Math Curriculum  Mental math, warm ups, active lessons, games, study links  4th Grade  Please see district regarding changes in units  5th Grade  Please see district regarding changes in units iXL.Com will be used for supplemental practice and homework.
  28. 28.  Prior to each unit a letter is sent home with concepts, vocabulary, and HOMEWORK ANSWERS!!!! Check over your student‟s work.  Homework not graded, just looked over to see how student is doing.  If you are working with your child, have them make corrections in a different colored pencils so that we can see where they need support.  It is ok if you don‟t understand!!!  Student Resource Book online.  Homework has a picture of a house on it.  iXL.com to practice basic math skills.
  29. 29.  ISD Science Adoption  New National Geographic textbooks  Ecology  Matter  Earth‟s Changing Surface  Water Ecology  Investigating Puget Sound water (fresh and salt)  Raise and release salmon  Partnership with River Xchange  School composting program
  30. 30.  Video Game Creation  Multi Media (prezi, animoto, etc.)  Microsoft Office  Computer Components (TBD)  Movie Maker  Picture editing  Internet safety  Search engines  Promethean ACTIVboard  Other programs (Scratch, etc.- if time permits)
  31. 31.  This year we are on the 4th grade cycle for social studies.  We will be studying Washington State history for the year.  Major themes include:  Regions  Explorers and Fur traders  Washington Becomes a state  Modern Times  Classroom Based Assessment (CBA)
  32. 32.  Monthly art linked to curriculum  Clay projects  Math and Art collaboration!  Docent Led lessons
  33. 33.  Weekly Class Meetings- Life skills, Compliments, Comments/Suggestions  Team projects  Team Work in table groups and station groups  Collaboration in pairs/buddies  Students encouraged to call one another for homework help.
  34. 34.  December 4th and 5th (No School that day)  Please sign up for a tentative time on the clipboards in the back  Please look forward to sign up online. (new system)
  35. 35.  Brown Bag Lunch – typically done last Friday of each month to celebrate student birthdays. (Parent led)  Please try to schedule appointments on Wednesdays or after school, we have a PACKED schedule!  Auctions (end of year) – we need donations
  36. 36.  Thank you for coming!  QUESTIONS:  Please fill out comment/question card and leave in green tray. We will get back to you by the end of the week. We can‟t tell you how much we appreciate you and we feel lucky to teach your students!

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