Welcome to Fifth Grade!<br /> I am happy to be able to share your child’s fifth grade experience with you this evening! <br />This is an important year for you and your child. <br />I will give you an introduction to 5th grade and to our classroom.<br />2<br />
Visitors must obtain a sticker from the front office for safety and security.
Checkout must be before 3:00. Please park in the side parking lot not the front. </li></li></ul><li>Volunteers<br />6<br /><ul><li> Please consider helping academically by being a guest reader, practicing math flash cards, or as a science force volunteer
Costco Buddy Reading- 1 hour a week to strengthen a child’s reading skills
Assist a teacher at home or school in various ways
Volunteers will be contacted very soon </li></li></ul><li>7<br />Daily Schedule<br />8:20 Arrival / Morning Work<br />8:50 Announcements<br />8:50-9:00 Word Work<br />9:00-10:00 Reader’s Workshop<br />10:00-11:00 Writer’s Workshop<br />11:00-11:30 Social Studies<br />11:32-12:02 Lunch (Table 1)<br />12:02-12:22 DEAR time<br />12:22-12:42 Teacher Directed P.E.<br />12:45-1:40 Math<br />1:40-2:10 Science<br />2:15-3:10 Specials (Music, PE, Art, Tech)<br />3:15-3:20 Bus Call<br />
Promotional Requirements <br />Requires achievement of Meets or Exceeds on the GA CRCT in Reading and Math<br />Requires a passing score on the GA 5th Grade Writing Assessment<br />Requires demonstration of proficiency of the 5th Grade AKS<br />8<br />
9<br />Goals<br /><ul><li>To give your child the academic tools he/she needs to be a successful leader.
To make new friends and discover new interests.</li></li></ul><li>Curriculum<br /> Rigorous curriculum<br />I use:<br />County textbooks, <br />Reader’s Workshop<br />Writer’s Workshop<br />Guided Math<br />Interactive Notebooks <br />Other methods and materials, <br />including trade books, videos, lectures, and <br />demonstrations.<br />10<br />
Assessments <br /> Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)<br /> Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)<br /> Writing Gateway<br /> Criterion Referenced Competency Test (C.R.C.T.)- Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies <br />11<br />
12<br />Attendance<br /><ul><li>Students arriving after 8:50 AM must be brought into the front office for check-in by a parent/guardian. Otherwise, the student will be marked absent for the day.
Students arriving after 8:35 AM will not be served breakfast.
Checkouts before 12:15 PM will count as a school absence for that day.
Check-ins after 12:15 PM will count as a school absence for that day.</li></li></ul><li>13<br />Attendance Continues…<br />This is defined as when a parent, guardian, or other person having charge or control of a student authorizes a student to leave the facility before the end of the school day (3:20 PM).<br />ONLY PREVIOUSLY authorized people will be able to check-out a student---a Photo ID is REQUIRED.<br /><ul><li>We request that early check-outs be kept to a minimum to avoid disruption of the instructional day.
When checking your child out early, please do not park in front (use the side parking lot).
Once buses are on the curb, you are not able to pass the buses and will be detained from leaving.</li></li></ul><li>14<br />Make-Up Work<br /><ul><li>Absent work will be given to the child when he/she returns.
All work will be assigned when the child returns to school.</li></li></ul><li>Positive Climate….<br />Teamwork <br />Rewards <br />Extra Behavior Cash<br />Quarterly Auction <br />Quarterly Awards<br />Wildcat Social (7 out of 9 weeks E’s)<br />Class rewards <br />Compliments <br />Positive Notes <br />COR Celebrations<br /> School wide Behavior Rewards<br />Compliments <br />VIP Table in the lunchroom<br />Class achievement awards <br />15<br />
Behavior Bucks<br /><ul><li>We have incorporated the Social Studies finance component into our behavior management plan.
Students will earn positive and negative bucks for behavior and academics.
Students will have an opportunity to purchase rewards at the end of each quarter.
Students must be present at school to earn behavior bucks.
Money is recorded in the checkbook on Monday when Friday Folder is returned.</li></ul>16<br />
Classroom Behavior<br /><ul><li>Students are expected to follow classroom rules
If the student continues to break a rule, he/she will have dollars deducted from the total behavior bucks and receive a ✓ in the appropriate conduct area on the Choice Card so that you are aware of the situation and can reinforce good classroom behavior at home.
The student may also earn or lose a privilege, have silent lunch, or study hall.
The studentsknow the rules and consequences, so they are in control of their own behavior. </li></ul>17<br />
Cafeteria Behavior<br />Students will enter and exit the cafeteria quietly.<br />Positive behavior will be rewarded with extra behavior bucks. <br />Inappropriate table manners will result in a Choice Card check or yellow consequence note. <br />Sharing food is not permitted.<br />No restaurant food may be brought to lunch (example: McDonald’s, Chick-fil-a, etc)<br />You may check your child’s lunch account from the web site. Just ask your child for their student identification number. <br />18<br />
Weekly Conduct Grades<br />E No checks <br />S 1 – 2 checks <br />N 3 - 4 checks <br />U 5 or more checks <br />19<br />
Grading Continues<br />There are times when a student will not do well on an assignment, and I may write a note on that piece of work to correct it or redo the work and return it to me. If you see this note on a piece of work in the Friday folder, please help your child to correct the work over the weekend and return it to me on the following Monday.<br />When the work is returned, I will review the work with the student to ensure understanding. <br />23<br />
Homework Policy<br /><ul><li>All class work that is notcompleted or graded becomes homework each day. If this becomes excessive, please call to schedule a conference.
I ask that you view and sign the agenda book and reading log each night.
The assignments are expected to be completed and returned the next day unless otherwise noted.
If the work is not completed, it will result in study hall.
It is possible that work not turned in or completed in an unsatisfactory manner could result in a lower grade.</li></ul>24<br />
Agenda<br />Students are expected to copy agenda assignments from the board. <br />A parent must sign the agenda daily. This allows you to know what curriculum we are working on and any test information at the present time.<br />Great place for notes.<br />25<br />
Notes<br />We will do our best to respond to all notes or e-mails from parents as soon as possible within 24 hours. <br />26<br />
AKS<br />Academic Knowledge and Skills are what drive our curriculum. These are the skills that a student must learn at each grade level. The AKS book lists all the county objectives broken down by subject area.<br />GPS (Georgia Performance Standards) is the State’s requirement for the grade level.<br />27<br />
Cooperative Learning<br />Working in groups<br />Emphasize such ideas as everyone in the group making a contribution (listen to others ideas and opinions, and learn different ways to solve a problem.) <br />Each child is individually held accountable for his/her work and will receive the appropriate grade.<br />28<br />
Language Arts<br /><ul><li>Students will continue to learn reading, spelling, grammar, and writing through a variety of activities.
Those activities may be, but are not limited to:
Weekly Reading Logs<br />Students are expected to read four nights a week, Monday thru Thursday, for 25 minutes each night.<br />Each student is required to write a response to that nights reading. The type of response will change periodically throughout the school year.<br />Parents, please sign the entry daily. <br />The journal is due every morning and counts as part of the reading grade.<br />32<br />
Community of Readers (C.O.R.)<br /><ul><li>Students will participate throughout the year in C.O.R.
Weekly reading summaries will help students be successful with this assignment.
Each student will read all genres. After the completion of 5 genres the student will receive a free book ticket from the Media Center.
Students must read a book from each genre and have their C.O.R. form complete by December 16th.</li></ul>33<br />
Language Arts Domains<br />Grammar/Sentence Construction<br />Research and Writing Process<br />34<br />
Gwinnett County Public Schools Language Arts is transitioning from spelling instruction in isolation to spelling instruction as part of word study instruction. Word study is a conceptual way of thinking about how to read and spell words and knowing what those words mean. It is a richer and more rigorous way of thinking about words and how we use them.
Word study has three components: phonics, spelling, and vocabulary.
Word Study<br />38<br />Please see Parent Letter from Dr. McCartney.<br />
Math<br />We use the Harcourt Math series, Think Math, Exemplars, Big 20, and Daily Review information.<br />Guided Math instruction (Math Workshop)<br />Students will learn skills in the areas of computation, geometry, problem solving, measurement, time, fractions, area rules, and decimals. <br />They will have hands-on practice during mathematics instruction.<br />39<br />
Math Domains<br />Measurement<br />Number and Operations<br />Geometry<br />Algebra<br />Data Analysis<br />40<br />
Math Technology<br />If your child forgets his/her textbook, you can view or print pages from the on-line site. <br />http://www.harmonywildcats.org/Harcourt_E-textbooks_login.html<br />Tutorial Links<br />Passwords are posted on the school’s web site. <br />User Id:5elementary and Password: v9v4 <br />41<br />
Science<br />Our science series is McGraw Hill. <br />We will cover:<br />Classification of Plants & Animals<br />Plant & Animal Cells, Microorganisms, Genetics<br />Earth’s Surface Features & Human Intervention<br />Properties of Matter, Electricity & Magnetism<br />42<br />
Social Studies<br />Our textbook is called “Growth of a Nation” by Scott Foresman. <br />We will use the textbook, Nystrom maps, Atlas, USA Short stories, Articles, and supplemental materials to support instruction. <br />We will study American history from the election of Lincoln (1860) to present day.<br />44<br />
Economics</li></li></ul><li>Social Studies Text book Online<br />http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com<br />Passwords and Ids are in student’s agendas' and a parent letter with login information will come home soon.<br />
Media Center<br />Times will be available during the day for students to return and check-out books.<br />If a book is misplaced, the student may not be allowed to check-out a book until it is returned.<br />48<br />
Computer Labs<br />Weekly lab times<br />Utilized to reinforce skills<br />SME practice<br />Power points<br />Education City<br />Mega Math<br />CRCT practice<br />And much more <br />50<br />
Teacher Directed Physical Education (T.D.P.E.)<br /><ul><li>During T.D.P.E. (recess), students’ will select a game for participation. The games will be kickball, jump rope, four square, or walking.
Three teachers will be outside to supervise activities. One teacher will remain inside with study hall students.
Study hall students will remain inside to work on incomplete work.
Students must wear closed toed shoes (preferably tennis shoes) to participate in organized games (kickball, four square)
We will have about 20 minutes daily for T.D.P.E.
Weather may prevent us from being outside. On that day, activities will be inside. These activities may be games, instruction, or curriculum based videos.
Students must dress appropriately for the weather. </li></ul>50<br />
Testing<br />CogAT- September 19-23<br />ITBS– October 17-21<br />Writing Exam— March 7<br />CRCT — April 23-27<br />51<br />
Early Release Conference Days<br />October 3rd and 4th<br />February 27th and 28th<br />Please remember day selected in the Fall will be the same day in the Spring. <br />We try very hard to schedule sibling conferences on the same day. The sibling day will be October 3rdand February 27th<br />More information will be sent in September and January <br />52<br />
Frays or tears </li></ul> Refer to handbook (front of agenda or on-line) for further dress code guidelines.<br />56<br />
Birthday<br />Please let me know if you plan to send in a birthday snack. <br />Precut or Individually wrapped snacks may be brought for the his/her class. <br />The snack may be passed out at the lunch table. <br />57<br />
Broadcast Team<br />Students will tryout for positions.<br />Good character, behavior, listening and following directions, and academic skills are encouraged.<br />A classroom rotation will be established.<br />Any questions about Broadcast Team may be referred to Mrs. Kennedy. <br />Marie_Kennedy@gwinnett.k12.ga.us<br />58<br />
Clubs or Activities<br />Clubs meet either before or after school. More information will be sent from the organizing teacher.<br />Fitness Club- Mr. Corley<br />Chorus Club- Mrs. Hower<br />Book Club- Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Craven<br />Chess Club- Mrs. Arnette<br />59<br />
Events<br />Growth Talks- November 8th<br />“And Then They Came for Me” Play March 26th<br />Kickball Tournament And Picnic- May 4th<br />Sock Hop- May 18th<br />Yearbook Signing- May 21st<br />High Touch High Tech (August, October, January, March)<br />Fifth Grade Signature T-Shirt <br />Celebration- May 22nd<br />60<br />
Save the Date!<br />October 3rd and 4th : Early Release<br />November 21st -25th : Thanksgiving Break <br />December 19th – January 3rd : Winter Break<br />February 27th & 28th : Early Release<br />March 7th : Georgia Writing Exam<br />April 2nd -6th : Spring Break<br />April 23rd – 27th : CRCT<br />May 4th : Kickball Tournament and Picnic<br />May 7th – 11th : Field Day<br />May 18th : Sock Hop<br />May 22nd : Celebration<br />61<br />
Questions?<br /><ul><li>Please feel free to ask questions at any time during the school year.
I will send home weekly electronic newsletters, as well as the Choice Card in the Friday Folder. Please sign and return the Friday Folder Monday morning.
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