Independent Reading and Homework
5th grade is a very important year in that students have three End of Grade tests for the first time: reading, math, and science. Daily practice in these three areas is absolutely pivotal to your students' growth and success. Every night, your student will have math and science homework practice.
This year your student will also be challenged to read many books at home and at school. Our goal is to help your student develop a lifelong love of reading, and lasting skills in reading, by exposing them to a variety of genres and books. Parents play a huge role in helping students develop their reading habits, and we look forward to working with you throughout the year to develop a love of reading in your student. You can expect that your student will have a library book they bring home each night to read, and homework will consist of independent reading. They should be reading every night for at least 20 minutes.
It is my priority that our class is a safe environment where students feel empowered to express themselves and to learn in the most focused way possible. It is also my priority as a teacher to work to grow my students into well-rounded, responsible human beings. With these two goals in mind, my classroom expectations are grounded in these five character traits:
5th Grade Chameleons Are Expected to Show….
Consideration: We treat our peers, teachers, and school property with respect.
Self-Control: We follow all directions the first time.
Grit: We persevere and work hard through challenges.
Curiosity: We own our learning. We inquire, imagine, innovate, and inspire. We come prepared.
Optimism: We stay positive in our actions, words, and attitude.
All of your child’s behavior will be tracked using the Class Dojo system. When your child makes a positive choice, they will earn points on Dojo related to the character trait they demonstrated with that choice. When your child makes a wrong choice, they will lose points on Dojo related to the character trait they did not show. Each week on Fridays, your child will receive a printed report from Class Dojo of their behavior for the entire week. We ask that your child take this report home to you, you read over it, sign it, and have your child return it to school on Monday. You can also use the Class Dojo app to keep track of your child’s daily progress in addition to receiving the Friday reports.
Tests, Quizzes, and Projects: 40%
Classwork and Exit Tickets: 40%
-(2) composition notebooks
-(1) 1.5 inch binder
-(2) pocket folders
-(1) pack of pencils
-(1) pair of hand-held scissors
-(2) glue sticks
-(1) pencil pouch or pencil bag
As always, I seek to have close communication with parents and view you as an important partner in your child’s education. I look forward to getting to know you and your student this year. If you have any questions about our class, please don’t hesitate to contact me.