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Mrs. Bennett – Social Studies Mrs. Lump – Science Mrs. Saltarelli – Math Mrs. Whalen – Language Arts. Welcome to Curriculum Night. Ride the Wave into 5 th grade. Video – A Vision for K-12 Students Today – 21 st Century Learners. Did You Know?. At Canyon Ridge – We are:.

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welcome to curriculum night

Mrs. Bennett – Social Studies

Mrs. Lump – Science

Mrs. Saltarelli – Math

Mrs. Whalen – Language Arts

Welcome to Curriculum Night

Ride the Wave into 5th grade

at canyon ridge we are
At Canyon Ridge – We are:
  • An integrated learning community of lifelong learners.
  • Committed to preparing capable citizens with a strong academic foundation, a positive self-concept, and an understanding of the individual’s responsibilities within the larger society.
  • Organized around real-world problems for curriculum.
  • Collaborative, problem-based, and innovative in our teaching practices.
language arts
Language Arts
  • What do we do in Language Arts?
    • Reading
      • Whole class instruction - read aloud with modeling of reading strategies
      • Small reading groups
      • Differentiated assignments
    • Grammar
      • Parts of Speech
      • Spelling Strategies
      • Vocabulary
    • Writing
      • 6 Traits and Paragraph editing
      • Writing Draft book
      • Writer's Workshop
      • Reporting on Books
typical day in mrs whalen s class
Typical Day in Mrs. Whalen’s Class:
  • Students utilize reading notebooks to deepen and challenge their understandings of reading strategies and story elements while working in cooperative groups.
  • Students will quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts,building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • What does small group instruction look like?
      • Inquiry circle – book clubs
      • one on one conferencing- teacher with student
      • Reading strategies - 6 strategies
  • What do we do in Science?
    • Inquiry-Based Learning
    • Support Math and Reading
      • Vocabulary
      • Readings
      • Reflective Writing
      • Data Interpretation
      • Activities
      • Team Discussions
  • Current Area of Exploration: FOSS Kit – Solar System
    • For more information on FOSS you can go to http://www.fossweb.com/
typical day in mrs lump s class
Typical Day in Mrs. Lump’s Class:
  • Students begin their day with a focus question to help guide group discussions/activities. All activities, charts, graphs, investigations are documented in each individual’s Science Notebook.
  • Students will use the Scientific Method when doing investigations-design, test and communicate; complete hands-on project based learning projects- help grasp each unit being taught
Students are investigating mathematical relationships

Students are constructing and testing conjectures.

They are justifying their approaches to solving problems.

Math Goal:

Develop a sense of mathematics as a logically interconnected body of ideas to be explored rather than a set of discrete facts and procedures to be memorized.


Math Journals:

Students answer proposed mathematical questions using words, pictures, and justify their conjectures.


Students utilize these to deepen and challenge their understandings of math concepts while working in cooperative groups.

Spiral Review:

Students are constantly revisiting those important concepts that carry throughout all levels of mathematics.

Typical Day in Mrs. Saltarelli’s Class:


Indigenous People & Exploration

American Colonists

5th Grade Social Studies

American Revolution


US Government

Civil War


Current Events

a typical day in mrs bennett s class
A Typical Day in Mrs. Bennett’s Class:
  • Students begin each block with daily geography questions. This reviews basic geography concepts and reinforces language with the development of sentence structure.
  • Students create a living textbook through note-taking, activities, and discussions showing complete understanding of the topic.
  • Students receive weekly homework in the form of a Question of the Day (QOTD). The QOTD reinforces concepts taught in class, but can also preview new information
5 th grade goals for 2011 2012

Seven Collaborative Norms

  • Achieving OYG (One Year’s Growth) in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grade 5 or higher text complexity band independently and proficiently.

5th grade Goals for 2011 - 2012

Ride the Wave into 5th grade


Parents’ Best Resources

Parent Portal

Assess from Dysart website

User name and password-same as last year

Send one of us an email with request if you misplaced assess codes

  • 5th grade Website
  • This is accessible from any of the icons located on the Teacher Pages on the Canyon Ridge Website:
  • Go to Dysart.org
  • Schools
  • Canyon Ridge
  • Teacher Pages (located across the top of the page)


Parent Initials

Parents are required to sign each and every night that they have reviewed their child’s homework for completion.

This includes reading minutes also.

Where to find Homework if your student has not written it on their AGENDA. (Writing in agenda is a requirement).

Web Link

Student Agenda Sample