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Welcome to Fifth Grade Curriculum Night. By Teri Griffin & Teri Cahill. What do we teach in fifth grade?. Writing : Narrative, Informative/Explanatory (informational article, research), Opinion (persuasive essay, literary analysis) Very structured, use of graphic organizers

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welcome to fifth grade curriculum night

Welcome to Fifth Grade Curriculum Night


Teri Griffin


Teri Cahill

what do we teach in fifth grade
What do we teach in fifth grade?
  • Writing: Narrative, Informative/Explanatory (informational article, research), Opinion (persuasive essay, literary analysis)
    • Very structured, use of graphic organizers
  • Grammar: Major parts of speech, capitalization and punctuation
  • Science: Earth Science topics

Science is a review from every year until now and a few new topics (matter, force, energy, organisms, heredity and

diversity/interdependence, space).

  • Social Studies: U.S. Geography, History, Economics, and Government

U.S. history – exploration, colonization, The Equal Rights Movement, The Dust Bowl, The Revolution, government and economics.

  • Technology: integration in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies
fifth grade curriculum
Fifth Grade Curriculum
  • Math: Bridges / Number Corner
  • Math is all about multiplication, division, algebraic thinking{patterns and functions}, order of operations, data analysis, area, perimeter, computation, numbers to 1,000,000, transformations, congruence, symmetry, angle measurement, volume, surface area, fractions (models, meanings, adding and subtracting), graphs, theoretical and experimental probability, decimals, percent, properties of operations, equations and experimental design .

(Students should have already come to us knowing ALL of their multiplication/division facts – Common Core does not allow for review)

fifth grade curriculum1
Fifth Grade Curriculum
  • Reading: Whole class and small groups
    • Using Scott Foresman, chapter books and novels
    • Writing is embedded in the reading
    • We are synthesizing and evaluating
    • Participation and deep Socratic discussions
    • Reading is about fluency, vocabulary, decoding multi -syllabic words, and layered comprehension.
state tests
State Tests
  • Math & Reading: Just like last year, students will get only one chance to take a computer test to meet benchmark.This year’s state test is called Smarter Balance.
  • Science, still called OAKS, is in the spring, unless they let us take it sooner (so we have a lot of science to cover between now and then).
common core state standards ccss

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Information for Families

Portland Public Schools

September 2014

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s0rRk9sER0&safe=active
more on ccss curriculum alignment
More on CCSS & Curriculum Alignment
  • Aligned with college and work expectations
  • Focused and coherent
  • Includes rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking and reasoning skills
  • Intentionally benchmarked so all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society
  • Students’ reading, writing, and speaking skills are grounded in evidence and research
more information
More Information
  • Families will soon be invited toParent Academies to learn more about the Common Core
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium www.smarterbalanced.org - for sample assessment questions (beginning 2015)
  • Oregon Department of Education CCSS site:

http://goo.gl/4ppgPfor FAQs, the

standards themselves, and other resources

smarter balanced assessment consortium
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • www.smarterbalanced.org- for sample assessment questions (beginning 2015)
oregon department of education ccss site
Oregon Department of Education CCSS site:
  • http://goo.gl/4ppgPfor FAQs, the standards themselves, and other resources
what can we do together to help the students meet the common core state standards
What can we do together to help the students meet The Common Core State Standards?
  • Come to school on time and every day. (We start teaching at 8:40 and learning happens right up to 3:00.) NO Supervision before or after school hours.
  • Come to school prepared.
  • Encourage students to follow classroom and school procedures. (See Parent & Student Handbook.)
  • Support students with class assignments and homework. (Notes and phone calls are always welcome.)
positive behavior interventions and supports
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Faubion is a PBIS school. One of the foremost advances in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.

Our four school-wide expectations are: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be a Professional Student

my expectations
My Expectations


  • Active listening / Active participating
  • Study habits: Class participation, study for success (This year we will be teaching the students how to study.)
  • More independence as we move through the school year
speaking of homework

Speaking of Homework

Under a new state law (HB 2220), student grades must be solely based on whether students have mastered the academic skills covered in class. This law requires teachers to accept homework, even when it is late. This is a large culture shift for students and educators. We still value homework that is completed in a timely manner and believe students should learn the value of deadlines, but we will not penalize students for work that is late or missing. (Again, the state law still requires academic mastery, regardless of homework completion.)

We are asking students to read for 20 minutes five nights a week and complete a reading log (signed by parents). We will also give your student homework four nights per week, to practice skills covered in class. Keep in mind, students who do their homework, and turn it in on time, tend to master academic subjects more effectively and contribute to a culture of learning in the classroom.

how do i make sure everyone spends the most time learning
How do I make sure everyone spends the most time learning?
  • I give several verbal reminders to redirect off-task behavior/not following classroom (or school) rules.
  • After multiple verbal reminders, students are sent to a time-out in another classroom
  • If disruptive behavior persists, a Behavior Report is filled out and filed, and the loss of a “Brain Break”will result. (Student will be requested to silently walk laps during their recess time.)
  • If the Behavior Reportis not returned with a parent/ guardian signature, then a call home will be made at the end of the day.
  • If these intervention don’t result in students making better choices, the student will be sent to Mr. Thompson along with a Behavior Report or referral.
  • If further action is needed, parents may be asked to attend a meeting to discuss ways of stopping the behavior.
how do we encourage maximum learning time with on task behavior
How do we encourage maximum learning time with on-task behavior?

Students who consistently arrive to school on time, who are prepared to learn, who turn in all assignments, and follow positive expectations will become…

Student Leaders!

what s so great about being a student leader
What’s so great about being a STUDENT LEADER?
  • Attending field trips
  • Participating in Study Buddy Time
  • Choice time
  • Cafeteria Duty
  • A successful fifth grade year!
quick reminders
Quick Reminders
  • Fluoride Tablets (daily)
  • Schedule/enrichments
  • Brain Breaks (earned)
  • PTA Memberships
  • TAG Coordinator: Jamie Makara
  • 2 Hour Late Opening Mornings

(3rd Wednesday every month / except November)

  • Future Field Trips and Classroom Visits
what s great about 5 th grade
What’s Great About 5th Grade?
  • P.E.
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Counseling
  • Mandarin
  • Library
  • Nexus 7
  • Starbase
  • Sellwood Bridge Project
  • Architects in Schools
possible field trips and guests
Possible Field Trips and Guests
  • OMSI
  • State Capitol
  • Books 2 U
  • Whitaker Ponds
  • Play?
  • Clean Water Festival?
  • Waste Water Management
  • Newport Aquarium?
title 1
Title 1
  • Title One School Guidelines
  • Well stocked library
  • Compacts - to be signed at conferences
  • High levels of support for all students
    • Extra staff: classroom teachers, instructional specialists who work with staff and students, and educational assistants
    • Pre Kindergarten program
thank you for attending curriculum night
Thank you for attending Curriculum Night!

Don’t forget to sign up for conferences.

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Our classroom website is updated every month

-Teri Griffin