New Common Core Standards and State Testing
The subjects of Math, Reading, and Science will be tested in the 5th grade. We will be teaching the common core standards in Math and Language Arts.
Grading: Grades will be based on whether or not students are proficient at the standards taught across all subject areas:
4 ADVANCED: Work at this level exceeds the standard.
3 PROFICIENT: Work at this level meets the standard.
2 DEVELOPING: Work at this level shows basic, but some mastery.
1 BEGINNING: Work at this level needs considerable development before reflecting the proficient level of performance.
Communication is our way of helping your child do their best! Please stay in touch and communicate about your child’s progress at school. The best way to reach me is by email. If you would like to speak with me about anything, please feel free to call. I am more available to chat after school. If you need to get a hold of me right away or need to leave a message for your child, please call the office.
Mary Woodward Office: (503) 431-4700
My Classroom: (503) 431-47xx
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Planners: Please note upcoming assignments in the Planner.
Monthly Newsletters: Almost each month, an electronic newsletter with information about big events and what we are learning will be available. Please read these with your child. You may receive a hard copy if desired.
I expect students to behave in a way that is safe, respectful, and responsible in all school settings. I expect students to treat one another with kindness. I expect students to do their best always. Students with inappropriate behavior may often work by themselves instead of with a group, or take a trip to the office for further discipline. I have a firm, but fair approach and want my students to solve and work out their own problems whenever possible.
Technology in the Classroom
The fifth grade team is excited to be a part of Tigard Tualatin's Digital Learning Collaborative. Our class sets of Macbook Airs will be used across the curriculum to enhance learning and to strengthen technology skills. As a part of this grant, our team is engaging in action research to learn specifically how the 1:1 use of Macbook Airs will affect student writing. We believe that using Google Docs will help students in three ways:
1) It will reduce the challenge and time it takes when physically writing, revising, editing, and re-writing a final copy.
2) Using the computer will motivate students to write more often and to compose longer pieces of writing.
3) We will be able to provide feedback to students in amore timely manner using the comments feature of Google Docs. Students can also peer edit using this feature.
To learn more about the grant, please visit:
http://www.ttsdschools.org/pages/ttsd/District/Curriculum_Instructionand click on the Digital Learning Collaborative in the content menu
Basic Curriculum Information
Reading: Reading is a process, a skill, and a vital tool for learning. The students will be in our homeroom classroom for a portion of Reading, where we read the weekly selection form the Journeys textbook. We will work with vocabulary words, reading & comprehension skills, and spelling in this setting. Students travel to their “Walk to Read” class, a flexible grouping to help students further apply the skills they are learning in reading homeroom. Students will also learn grammar in their Walk to Read class. Book Reports will be assigned periodically.
Writing: A thoughtful reader becomes a meaningful writer. Students will develop their skills through a variety of writing experiences. They will be using Macbook Airs to facilitate and enhance the writing process, including using spreadsheets, presentations, documents, and learning research skills.
Math: Concepts will be taught through simulations, direct instruction, and problem solving with our new Math Expressions curriculum. Access to the student text is available online at www.thinkcentral.com. T.A.I. is an individualized computation program that supports specific skill practice at each student’s level.
Social Studies: The emphasis of study for fifth grade is the United States. The students will study geography, exploration, settlement, conflicts, and government of the United States. Students will develop their research and presentation skills.
Science: Science is taught with the Interactive Science curriculum. 5th grade topics include earth in space, weather and climate, gravity, friction and magnetism, ecology and scientific inquiry.
Health: Our health curriculum is entitled The Great Body Shop. In it we will cover the following topics: First Aid, The Nervous System, Nutrition, The Respiratory System, Emotions, Growing Up, The Danger of Drugs, The Skeletal and Muscular System, and Communicable Diseases.
Second Step/Stop Walk Talk: Second Step is a part of our social skills education. Through regularly taught lessons students learn about empathy, problem-solving, and anger management. Stop Walk Talk is a bully prevention program.