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This shift focuses on writing arguments – from sources. Once students have closely read and understand one or more pieces of text, they need to be able to communicate their understanding by sharing it in writing – and of course, using evidence from the text(s) to support their arguments and claims. This type of writing mirrors the types of writing used in college and careers.
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5th grade curriculum chatfinal
5th Grade Curriculum
Welcome to Mrs. Zitiello’s and Ms. Southworth’s Class
▪ All About Us!
▪ Florida Standards/New State Assessments
▪ Content Areas
▪ Late/Missing Work
Please jot down burning
questions on the index cards
provided at your table; we will
answers questions at the end
of the presentation or post
▪ From Ocean Palms Elementary where I taught 5th grade gifted/blended.
▪ A Florida State Grad.- Go Noles
▪ I have lived in Ponte Vedra for over 10 years.
▪ I have 4 children, all whom have or are attending school at VRA and PVHS.
▪ If I haven’t taught it, I’ve lived it. So, don’t ever hesitate to come to me for
▪ My goal as your child’s teacher is not only to expose them to the best in
academics but to prepare them for the future in middle school and beyond.
▪ I love 5th grade, and I love teaching.
▪ This is my 8th year teaching, and 7th year at a K- 8 school; I was part of the
inaugural team at Liberty Pines Academy, too.
▪ My certification is in K-6 Elementary Education and K –12 Exceptional
Student Education with Endorsements for Reading, ESOL, and Gifted
▪ I was raised in St. Augustine and attended SJCSD schools from
Kindergarten through college. I love my hometown.
▪ My daughter is a 9th grader in the Pre-IB program at Nease High School.
▪ My goal is to be the teacher for your child that I want for my own, caring,
compassionate, creative, and challenging.
▪ Please read weekly updates sent via email, and
check school and our class homepages weekly.
▪ If you haven’t received an email, please let us
▪ Weekly papers are in take-home folders (school
news, graded assessments & quizzes); graded summative
assessments need to be signed and returned
▪ Check your child’s planner/Edmodo frequently
▪ HAC (Home Access Center) check for student
progress-all grades/assessments are posted
within one week
Email is the best way:
School phone number:
(904) 547- 4090
(not the best form of communication during the
day unless it’s an emergency)
Home Access Center (HAC)
•Web based application engineered to help parents monitor their child’s academic progress.
1.Provides parents/students with a summary of student information.
2.Schedules, attendance, discipline referrals and test scores posted for parents.
3.Parents/students have access to view records to stay informed with academic
•Report Cards will still be sent home.
•Interim/progress reports will not be sent home. You will have constant access to your
child’s progress with this great at-home tool.
•If you do NOT have HAC login info, please email your child’s homeroom teacher.
5th Grade Curriculum
▪ English/Language Arts
▪ Social Studies- American History through
▪ Digital Citizenship and Technology
▪ Character Counts!
A Word on Homework:
▪ Approximately 50 minutes per night- does
not include Independent Reading time (20
▪ Assigned as needed
▪ Serves two purposes:
1. Practice skills/strategies learned in class
2. Reinforces responsibility
▪ Homework is always posted in the
classroom and your child should write
homework in their planner exactly as it is
written; also posted in Edmodo and/or class
▪ Homework is subject to change
• Guide our instruction
• Tests/projects (80%)
• Classwork/quizzes/projects (20%)
• Unit tests with scores of 70% or
below are eligible for reteach/retest;
maximum grade of 70%
– Formative Assessments- tools to
guide our instruction (Discovery
Education, classwork, pre-tests,
writing prompts, journals, etc.)
– Summative Assessments- graded
▪ tests (80%)
▪ classwork/quizzes (20%) - includes
grades assignments not in the test
category, such as vocabulary
– Retake only on tests (70% or
below); student must meet with
teacher to make a plan for
The Florida Standards reflect the expectations of what ALL
students should know and be able to do in each grade from
kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Florida Standards are designed to ensure that ALL students
reach their greatest potential.
They were adapted from the Common Core Standards and adopted by
the Florida State Board of Education in February 2014. All
schools state wide will be implementing them in 2014-2015.
For more information go to:
So, what about standardized testing?
http://www.fsassessments.org/ AND http://www.fsassessments.org/wp-content/
5th graders will take the computer-based AIR test for ELA and Math;
5th graders will take the FCAT 2.0 Science test
1:1 Digital Pilot
Laptops assigned to each student
Used daily in class across the curriculum
Focus on responsibility and digital
Laptop Use and Care Policy
5th graders will keep at school
Technology Lessons in class weekly:
keyboarding, Word, Excel, Powerpoint,
Digital Citizenship, and more.
Student passwords are in
textbook usernames and
passwords are the 55
student number and
▪ Science Text: www.pearsonsuccessnet.com
▪ SS Text: www.successnetplus.com
▪ Study Island: www.studyisland.com
▪ Edmodo: www.Edmodo.com
▪ Keyboarding Skills: http://www.typingweb.com/tutor/
▪ Microsoft Office Suite
▪ And more!
Math and Science
▪ Go Math Textbooks
▪ (class book, homework book, and online)
▪ Nightly Homework
– Matches and reinforces skills learned that day
Your child must have multiplication and
division facts (0-12) memorized! The
complexity of math problems in 5th grade
requires that they know these facts with
fluency so they do not get “bogged down” with
simple facts. This will allow them to focus on
the bigger, more complex problem.
▪ National Geographic Textbook
▪ Science Labs
▪ Process Skill Practice
▪ Cooperative learning based
▪ Vocabulary/Journals entered as quizzes
▪ Units/Themes are entered as Summative
▪ STEM Challenges/Independent Projects
▪ STEM Fair – May
Mathematics – 2 Big Shifts
1. Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major
2. Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual
understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and
English/Language Arts and Social Studies
We will be implementing reading, writing, research, and
study strategies throughout all subjects.
▪ Readers/Writers Workshop
▪ Reading Goals- 5 books each quarter; 1 in-class novel
study per quarter/Students should be reading at
home everyday (min. 30 minutes)
▪ Vocabulary quizzes are entered as classwork (20%)
▪ Opinion and Text-based written response
▪ Research Skills
▪ Grammar and SWAG focus on all work product,
including Edmodo posts
▪ Tropicana Speech Contest in Feb. and Spelling BEE
▪ Pearson Workbook/Textbook, “My
World-Building our Country”
▪ Curriculum focuses on American
▪ Social Studies is integrated into the
Reading Curriculum and classroom
▪ DBQs (Document-Based Questions) –
1 each quarter, all parts including the
essay are entered as summative
assessment grade for Reading and
THE HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR COMMON CORE
“…read closely and
STUDENTS WILL READ LIKE A DETECTIVE!
• Use clues / evidence
• Make non-trivial
inferences based on
• Use information
from multiple sources
within or between text
to make arguments
Focus on Writing Arguments from Sources
You will see
▪ Students required to use more
than one source for their
▪ The majority of writing will use
evidence to inform or make an
▪ Evidence from text required in
writing assignments and oral
You will not see
▪ Writing only in Language Arts
▪ Writing assignments that are
not tied to reading
Differentiation: A Blended Model
What is a blended model?
▪ In a gifted blended model, students
who are eligible for gifted services are
placed in classes with their high-achieving
peers and assigned a
gifted-endorsed educator (we are!)
▪ Differentiation happens through
content, product, and process.
▪ You can expect sensitivity to your
child’s unique learning style and
social emotional needs as well as
support for your child in leadership,
creative and critical thinking, and
SJCSD Gifted Services
your child is
▪ Please note, the deadline to request a
screening is 10/31. Please contact us
immediately if you would like your
▪ Did you child receive gifted services
in another state? Please let us know!
Some great resources for parents of gifted and bright children are:
hoagiesgifted.org, PrufrockPress.com, and http://www.davidsongifted.org/