SPECIALISTSMonday- Library (5Z) Music (5M)Tuesday- Gym (5Z) 2:30 to 3:15 Computer (5M) Everyday!Wednesday- Computer (5Z) Gym (5M)Thursday- Music (5Z) Art (5M)Friday- Art (5Z) Library (5M)
DAILY SCHEDULE9:00 to 9:30 - Spelling/Grammar9:30 to 10:30 - Science/Social Studies10:15 to 11:15 - Reading11:15 to 11:35 - Recess11:35 to 12:45 - Math12:45 to 1:15 - Lunch1:20 to 2:30- Writing2:30 to 3:15- Specials
MATHEMATICS In fifth grade we use theInvestigations program inconjunction with a traditional mathbook to learn about math andproblem solving. We will be usinga variety of manipulatives such as;blocks, dice, spinners, andgeometric shape pieces to guide usthrough the problems to thesolutions. We will work withgroups and use computers to helpwith these tasks. Some of thetopics we will cover are;Multiplying and Dividing Fractionsand Decimals, Geometry,Measurement, and Probability.
READINGThis year your child will bereading a variety of textsincluding realistic, historical,and nonfiction stories. Theywill be working with thewhole class as we read fromour anthology as well as withsmall groups reading inliterature circles.Vocabulary, grammar, andspelling lessons will beintegrated into each thematicunit of study.
BOOKREPORTS What, I don’t have to read 25Students will perform books, readingat least one oral IS fun!!!bookreport eachquarter.Reports should befrom differentgenres.
WRITINGThis year we will be workingon a number of differenttypes of writing. We will bestudying how authors maketheir writing interesting toread, and we will practiceand refine our proofreadingskills. We will be writingresponses to literature,narrative accounts,procedures, persuasiveessays, and reports. Aportion of our writingprompts will be done inconjunction with our readingprogram.
SCIENCEOur focus on Science thisyear is “Health and theHuman Body”. We willlearn about the differentsystems of the body andand how to keep thosesystems healthy. We willalso learn about solarenergy and explorevariables through ourF.O.S.S. science kits.
HOMEWORKHomework is usually given every night.Homework is written down in the student planner (or studychart). It is your child’s responsibility to write it down.If homework is not completed, a Blue Homework Alert is senthome to be signed. After two alerts in the same subject,you will be contacted by phone. Further missed work resultsin a principal referral.Homework is 15-20% of the student’s final grade.
Remind me to check myassignment book, I don’t want ANY blue slips!
Incomplete or missing homework will result in incomplete or missing recess. Trust me,you don’t wantto miss recess!
ADDITIONAL HOMEWORKIn addition to the dailyassignments, your childwill be responsible forreading at home. Thisshould be done five timesa week in approximaitely20 minute intervals. Yourchild’s readingaccomplishments shouldbe listed on his/herbookmark. The bookmarkmust be handed in eachFriday and a parent’ssignature is required forcredit.
PSSA STATE EXAMSThe PSSA is a set of 3comprehensive standard-based We will beexams of student knowledge given ready!during the second semester.Testing Windows: March 14- April 1(Reading/Math/Writing)Plan vacations accordingly!The PSSA tests students onmathematics/problem solving skills,reading/writing knowledge, andwriting skills.
Each child entering 5th grade starts with a clean slate.It is up to them to make wise choices about how they behaveand perform academically.Encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity!
Classroom Management Let’s hope no one takes homeClassroom rules are the same a pink slip!for 5M & 5ZClassroom misbehavior willresult in a Pink Parent Alert.Misbehavior outside of theclassroom is directed to Ms.Moran as Code of Conduct.
Classroom Management Plan Expected Behaviors: Be RespectfulSounds easy! Be Kind Be Honest Be Ready Be Responsible
Consequences Listen and follow directions, and this won’t be a problem!1) Verbal warning2) Student-Teacher Conference3) Detention (recess)4) Pink Slip Sent Home5) Code of Conduct
CHARACTER EDUCATION1. Focus on your child’s strengths.Whenever they come up short,remind them of their pastaccomplishments. It also helps toshare with your child a time whenyou experienced a shortcoming, butlearned a valuable lesson from thesituation.2. Encourage your child to try newactivities that will benefit them.Again, share with them anexperience in which you werehesitant to take a risk, but wereeventually successful.
CHARACTER EDUCATION Give a boost to my self esteem! 3. “What do you think?” By asking this question, you show your child that you care and respect their thoughts and opinions. 4. Have your child think of the consequences of his/her decision before acting.
SUPPLIES It’s easier to concentrate whenThree Spiral Notebooks I’m prepared.Colored PencilsGluePlenty of pencils
You may send a simple,nutritious snack eachday with your child.Good ideas to send for Yummy!a snack would be fruitor veggies, cheesesticks, or crackers.Please, no candy.Your child should beable to eat his/hersnack in about 10minutes during morningbreak. It is notmandatory for studentsto bring a snack, butfifth grade lunch is at12:45.
STUDENT BIRTHDAYSPlease send a note a few days inadvance so that we can include it inour daily schedule.Please provide individualservings/treats, rather thansomething that must be cut andserved.If you choose to send drinks with thetreats, please send juice boxes.To avoid hurt feelings, please do not send private birthday invitations to school. Studentswill not be allowed to pass them out in class or deliver them to other classrooms.Addressing envelopes is a great learning experience and everyone likes to get mail!