Welcome to Curriculum Night. Welcome/Introductions Important Dates Attendance/ Tardies Parent/Teacher Communication Curriculum Information OLEWUS Bullying Program STAAR Testing A Time for Questions. Welcome to Mission Control. Important Dates for the First Part of the School Year.
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Welcome/IntroductionsImportant Dates Attendance/TardiesParent/Teacher Communication Curriculum InformationOLEWUS Bullying ProgramSTAAR TestingA Time for Questions
Welcome to Mission Control
There will be a Thursday Folder sent home each Thursday. Please make sure to look through the Thursday Folder for graded papers, information from school/office, grade level correspondence, and behavior documentation.
The Folder will contain a Behavior/Work Skills documentation form that will include note of any behaviors that were noticed that week during class. These comments will also be reflected in the student planner.
The planners are sent home daily and include daily assignments, important announcements, and behavior/work skills documentation.
PLEASE SIGN THE PLANNER DAILY (MONDAY - FRIDAY)
Readers Workshop is a method of teaching that provides students with a variety of learning opportunities.
The following components are included in the workshop:
* Read Aloud
* ShareReaders Workshop
* Read Aloud – students enjoy quality literature that allow them hear fluent examples of reading; we read both teacher-selected and student-selected (teacher-approved) pieces of literature
* Minilesson – students are taught skills and strategies that will help them become stronger, better readers; students are engaged during the lesson, often trying out the skill or strategy right along with the teacherReaders Workshop
guided – students are in a small group where they are taught skills and strategies for reading using text on their instructional level
independent – students practice skills and strategies taught during the minilesson using text on their independent level
**text levels are determined by the teacher using running records and reading conferences**
* Share – at the end of the workshop, students have the opportunity to share their experiences had during the workshopReaders Workshop
Parents can help in the following ways to make sure your child is practicing becoming a better reader at home too!
* Make sure your child is reading as much as possible every day. Some days are super busy, but encourage your child to read whenever they can on those slower days Your child will have a reading log on which they should record any books they are reading (home or school). This log will be analyzed from time to time to see how much their reading life has grown!
* Ask your child to talk to you about what they are reading. Having conversations about reading is the best way to boost their comprehension. Encourage them to do more than just retell the story…talk about character changes/motivations, predictions about future events, synthesizing new learning with what they knew before, recognizing themes that fit the story.How Parents Can Help
Writing instruction will encourage students to add a variety of strategies and skills to their “writer’s toolbox.” Students will be engaged in writing through a variety of genres, including personal narrative, fiction, essay, poetry, and memoir. Students will also be expected to reflect a variety of traits in their writing, including ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.Writing
Our social studies theme this year will be learning all about American History. Your child will gain an understanding of map skills as well as the history of settlement into the United States from the native times to present day. Additionally, we will study influential leaders who have impacted our lives.Social Studies
The development of a positive attitude toward problem solving is crucial to student success.
Problem Solving requires:
UPS√ is a strategy to help students solve problems. It is not the only strategy that students can use, but it becomes valuable when students get stuck and do not know that to do with the information given. Teachers will be modeling and guiding students through this process daily.
It is a four-step problem solving model that includes:
Understand the Problem
Make a Plan
Carry Out the Plan: Solve
Evaluate the Solution for ReasonablenessUPS√
Math STAAR Test
Spelling instruction will be ongoing, daily, and purposeful. The primary focus of instruction will be teaching a variety of effective spelling strategies, rather than memorization of a list of words. You may notice a difference between fourth and fifth grades with the major change being the implementation of Latin and Greek word parts. Knowledge of meaningful affixes, particularly from Latin and Greek, can help students determine the meanings of words not previously encountered. The purpose of incorporating a word study approach in spelling is based on research that indicates over 90% of English words with two or more syllables are of Latin or Greek origin.
Due to the increased rigor of fifth grade spelling instruction, the challenge words have been replaced with bonus words which correlate with the weekly spelling lists. Bonus words will not be given during the pretest. However, they will be sent home with students along with the regular list of words. The bonus words will be offered to all students on the final test for extra credit.
Spelling Homework will go home with spelling list at the beginning of the week to help students study their words for Friday’s assessment.Spelling
Classify matter based on physical properties
Identify boiling, freezing, melting points of water
Force, Motion, and Energy
Explore use of energy; mechanical, light, sound, heat/thermal, electrical
Electrical circuits can produce light, heat, and sound
Design experiment to test affect of force on an object
Reflected and Refracted light
Organisms and Environments
Plants – life cycle of plants/inherited traits
Animals – food chains, food web
Life Cycle – praying mantis
Structure and functions of species
Inherited traits/Learned Behavior
Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis of Insects
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