BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 5th Grade Expeditionary Learning with Todd H. Bellinger
TONIGHT’S TOPICS 1. TB Personal Introduction 2. EXL Principles 3. Common Core 4. Curriculum 5. Homework 6. How to Participate 7. Parent Volunteers - complete forms on desks 8. Field Trips 9. Questions
EXPEDITIONARY LEARNING PRINCIPLES Learning is active. Learning is challenging. Learning is meaningful. Learning is public. Learning is collaborative. www.elschools.org
COMMON CORE Communication + Collaboration + Creativity + Critical Thinking ___________________________________ = ENGAGED STUDENTS & DEEP LEARNING EXL adds exploration & personalization = more interest = more learning
CURRICULUM: What We Study & How * Twin Hills Ready! * Writing: Paragraph to Essay, Poems, Stories * Reading: Intense Literature Study - DEJ’s, Poetry, Biographies & Texts * Math: Develop Number Sense foundation, Problem-solving, writing, $ * History: Articles, Research Projects, video note-taking * Science: Scientific Method for Hands-on Labs, text note-taking * Physical Fitness: Daily workouts for strength & endurance * Art: Close collaboration with Sally Briggs for History & Performances * Band, Choir, Gardening, Story-telling * Technology: Daily computer use with Chromebooks, 2 x’s weekly lab
HOMEWORK * GOAL = Self-management of tasks Home Reading Log * Finish classwork & Overlapping assignments * Math: Weekly Skill Packs, WIMPS (problem-solving & writing) * Parent Edits * Agendas-Planners = $ 6 * Research Projects: Fall Science - Planets, Spring - Historical Biography, Computer Lab nights * Homework Club” Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 - 4:15 pm
HOW TO PARTICIPATE * Conferences: Parent - Student - Teacher in November (clipboard) * Chaperones * Fundraising: Taylor Maid (2), Kozlowski Farms, Sees? * Clerical * In-class tutoring, novel study * Share your hobbies & interests * Community Involvement: Service Projects * Video recording, musical accompaniment * Dance, yoga, sports, cooking, pottery, finance...
PARENT VOLUNTEERS Please complete blue forms on desks. Add ideas!
FIELD TRIPS AUGUST Field Trip Florence Ave. & SuperPark $ 5 SEPTEMBER Field Trip Sebastopol Public Library $ 4 OCTOBER Field Trip SF Maritime – Balclutha $ 90 NOVEMBER PerformanceGratitude Night $ 1 DECEMBER Field Trip Seb. Ballet Nutcracker $ 6 FEBRUARY Performance Let It Shine! $ 2 MARCH Field Trip Angel Island $ 70 APRIL Field Trip Doran Beach $10 MAY Field Trip PEEC $ 215 TOTAL ESTIMATED COST = $ 403 - Less money from fundraisers * Scholarships * Pay ahead of time to reduce # checks
QUESTIONS * Smarter Balance Testing? *
THANKS for the gift of working with your children. 1. THE KIDS COME 1ST! 2. I am here to serve you by serving your children. 3. Help me help your kids.