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1 Curriculum Night Presentation MRS. MCGRANE5TH GRADE TEACHER
2 About Mrs. McGrane… Grew up in Eden Prairie, Minnesota Attended the University of IowaReceived my Bachelors of arts Degree in Communication studies (emphasis on journalism/mass communications) and a minor in Dance in 2005Worked as an assistant loan trader in Lake Forest, ILReturned to school to pursue my Master’s in Education, and Special Education Roosevelt University (graduated in 2011)Worked as a 5th Grade parapro last year at DuJardinLive in Palatine, IL with my husband of 3 years and bulldog named Elwood
3 Teachers Working With Students: Tina Kolzow, Kathryn McGrane, Dina Tenerelli (5th grade teachers)Danielle Fishleigh, Sue Hanneman, Lisa Thompson (paraprofessionals)Karen Patelle and Betsy Jannush (supportive reading services/interventions)Charla Treanor (Social Worker)
5 MAP Testing What is MAP testing? Results determine… Computerized test in the areas of Reading and Mathematics for students k-5Allows for immediate feedback on areas of strength and weaknessAdaptively branched/questions differentiatedResults show what students are ready to begin learning, not what they have mastered.Fall (Aug. 20th)Group goals for reading and mathDiscussed at PT conferencesWinter (Nov. 26th)Individual goals for readingSent home to review with your childSpring (April 8th)Analyze growth targets for reading and mathAs a school we believe that 70% of our students should meet their growth targets.
6 MAP Testing Cont…*** After the fall MAP test is given, students will be given individual goals in literacy and group goals in mathematics. These goals will be discussed with parents at the November conferences. ***
7 Additional Testing ECRA testing – Week of April 1st OLSAT testing – First week in FebruaryISAt testing – Week of March 4th
9 Pearson Scott Foresman’s Reading Street Reading Part #1Balanced Literacy ModelPearson Scott Foresman’s Reading StreetShared ReadingTeacher model skill and strategyDirect vocabulary instructionBuilding background knowledgeGuided readingSmall groups based on guided reading level, and skill knowledgeSkill and strategy revisitedVocabulary revisited (except for advanced readers – new vocab. Integrated)Independent ReadingApplication of skill and strategy on your ownGraphic organizer to show understandingExit tickets to gauge comprehensionOn-line test to show comprehension of skill and strategyLiterature is more nonfiction based to give readers as much experience with real world textsStudents progress is monitored to provide remediation and/or needs for greater challenge and differentiationBaseline test: reading placement given at the beginning of the school yearFormative assessment: weekly selection test with online results for students, teachers, and parentsSummative assessment: given at the end of the reading unit (usually after a 5 week interval)My Sidewalks: Alternative program from struggling readers/Tier III intervention
10 Reading Part #2The Reading Street series provides explicit, systematic, high quality instruction focusing on five critical elements of reading that have been identified by research:Phonemic AwarenessPhonicsFluencyVocabularyText Comprehension
11 Common Core Extensions Reading Part #3Common Core ExtensionsExtension BreakdownWith the development and adaptation of the new common core state standards, students will be asked to complete weekly writing and mini-research inquiries in addition to reading work during the reading block.Mini writing assignments and research projects will be completed on a weekly basis in relation to the weekly reading theme and/or skillDuring the unit period students will also gain exposure to 3-5 informational texts as well as 3-5 works of poetryMini-ResearchStudents will be asked to develop their own inquiry questions pertaining to a given subject, and research the answers to their questions.Mini-WritingStudents will be asked to compare multiple texts with a common theme in writing pieces to support and clarify their knowledge of a given topicInformational TextsStudents will be exposed to numerous informational text pieces, familiarizing themselves with the look and purpose for such texts.They will be asked to use what they know and have read to formulate responses and deeper thinkingPoetry WorksStudents will read poetry relating to the weekly theme/topic. They will then write their own poetry to expand upon what they have learned
12 READING FLUENCYThe National Reading Panel has noted that 80% of reading comprehension problems result from a lack of reading fluencyStudents will be given grade level benchmark tests 3x/year (fall, winter, spring)If the target is not met on one of the 3 the benchmark test given, computer based interventions and/or PMM’s will be given and monitored throughout the year (Tier II)INTERVENTION PROGRAMS:Tier II interventionsPMM’sRead Naturally (oral fluency)Reading Plus (silent fluency)
13 Spelling & Handwriting Cursive letter formationSpelling Structure:Practice Test at beginning of weekWorkbook pages due at the end of the weekChallenge activity for those who have tested out of the spelling list for a particular weekMastery test at the end of the weekIn order to help with cursive mastery, students will complete their spelling tests in cursive
14 Language Arts (45 minute block) Three Modes of WritingExpository (analysis)Grades 3-512 structured mini-lessons to create a common vocabulary and structure/framework for writingResearch through inquiryPersuasive/OpinionNarrativePersonal narrativeGrammarSkills taught based on academic standardsPre-assessments given each unit
15 Science and Social Studies (4 ½ weeks of each grading quarter) Science – Mrs. McGraneSocial Studies – Mrs. McGraneOrder of Units:Unit C: Chapters 7-8Rocks, Minerals, and FossilsUnit D: Chapter 13Solar System: Seasons, Earth, MoonUnit A: Chapter 3Cells to Body SystemsUnit A: Chapter 1Plant growthUnit E: Chapter 14Properties of MatterTests and projectsOrder of Units:The Colonial and Revolutionary War time periodOur government and the westward expansion time periodThe Civil War time periodGrowth of our country – industrialization and immigrationTests and projects
16 Trailblazers: Mathematics (Kolzow, McGrane, Tenerelli) Emphasis in math is on concepts and thinking process.Pictures, acting out, models, and hands-on materials areused for the understanding of concepts and problem solvingDaily homework WILL be given and supported with examples in math logs/notesAssessments vary per quarter (not all homework will be graded but is expected to be completed)Common core had changed the way we use the series. We pull lessons from trailblazers and supplement materials to cover a wider range and difficulty of conceptsRocket Math: supplemental curriculum to support the acquisition of basic facts automatically, which is critical in order for students to apply higher order thinking in math
17 Technology In the Classroom With the advancement of technology, as well as the accessibility of it to many children, I feel as though technology is something that needs to be explored and utilized within the classroom. Therefore, we will be working with technology as much as possible!Projects and assignments will be typedStudents will use desktop computers, laptops, and netbooksTechnology programs may include:MS WordExcelPowerPoint (with and without hyper-linking)BloggingPhotoStoryAudacityWiki Pages
18 Common Core State Standards Common Core will be gradually introduced into the curriculum throughout the school year.Students will be exposed to difficult texts for analysis and responseStudents will also be expected to complete more rigorous assignments in all areas that require higher-level thinkingPreparing students for collegereadiness*** Please see pamphlet formore information! ***
19 Homework!!! Homework is an extension of the work we are doing in class Completed homework may or may not be gradedStudents can expect between 45 minutes – 1 hour each nightSeek extra help if needed – set up a time with me!Absent class work and homework will be received upon returning to school (student responsibility)Late work coupons – 2/quarterIf students fail to complete their homework, you will be notified via “late-work slip”Please note: ANY class work that is missed due to band, service worker duties, or bathroom breaks remain the STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY to find out what he/she missed.
20 *** check your child’s backpack and plan book daily *** Late Work PolicyStudents will be given TWO days to turn inany late assignmentIf handed in within the two days, a grade of “3”and no higher than a 70% is given on the assignmentIf the student does NOT have the assignment finished on the 2nd day, a grade of “2” and no higher than a 50% is given on the assignmentA “late-work” slip notice will be sent home the day of the missed assignment, and will need to be signed by an ADULTNotification of the late work policy (after day three) will be made by the child via phone so the home-school connection is upheld*** check your child’s backpack and plan book daily ***
21 ~ remember to mark YOUR calendars ~ School ImprovementDATE: The 1st Wednesday of each month, except for the month of MarchTIME: 1:40pm dismissal for grades 1-5PURPOSE: Used for staff development and school improvement opportunities~ remember to mark YOUR calendars ~
22 SIP Goals (School Improvement Planning) The school improvement goals for this year are to maintain student growth rates in both reading and math as measured by the MAP fall to spring assessment at 70% or greater.A second goal is to continue a composite ISAT score of 90% + in grades An additional goal will have to do with the common core and writing in grades K-5.
23 Special Events: Mark Your Calendars! Parent Teacher ConferencesPlease sign up for conferences online at:Sign-up starts September 13thDates: November 19th and 20thLoredo Taft Outdoor Education TripParent information meeting: TBDDates of trip: January 23rd-25th, 2013Robert Crown Health Center Field TripDate: April 2013Lifetime FitnessDate: ???Portfolio NightDate: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
24 Contact…Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments!The best way to reach me is through at:Thanks for your support in making this a great school year!