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1Eric Schuh Lydiksen Elementary 2014-2015 Welcome to Fifth Grade!Eric SchuhLydiksen ElementaryThank you for supporting your child and letting them know how important their education is.This is a year of responsibility. Please encourage independence.?Changes in your Fifth grader?
2About Me Originally from San Lorenzo, California Teaching since 1996 (15th year here at Lydiksen)Master’s Degree in 2003Continuing Professional DevelopmentPleasanton resident since 2002Married with two sons
4Special Year Instrumental Band & Strings DARE Kindergarten Buddies Outdoor EducationLeadership Opportunities
5PhilosophyI believe that it is my duty to encourage students to take an active approach to their learning.I believe that every single one of my students is capable of succeeding.I believe that students who do not take an active role in their own education will miss out on opportunities.I believe that no matter what you are doing, you should do your best.“Good enough” never is.
6Expectations Come to school prepared Follow directions the first time they are given.Respect others and their propertyStay on taskFollow classroom and school rulesListenTryBe Nice
7CHANGES YOU MIGHT NOTICE IN YOUR 5TH GRADER Exaggerated emotions may be expressedMore conscious and judgmental of own appearanceConforming to peer expectationsHas secret codes, meeting places, cliques, etc.Able to be responsibleIncreased activity and appetiteAttempting to conform to societal and peer expectations (which may be in conflict)*Independence from parents begins and child may challenge authorityAdmits interest in opposite sexTeases and shows off for the opposite sexNeeds to be noticed
8Goals for the Year Independent learners Critical thinkers Excited seekers of knowledge!Meet the California state standardsDevelop life long skillsPrepared for middle school
9Curriculum/GradingThe Curriculum is based on the California State Standards Individual student progress will be assessed each trimester in accordance with established grade level standards. Students who are at risk of not meeting district standards will receive notification and the opportunity to participate in school intervention programs.Can refer to parent handbook for standards or State of California websiteSee handout -- Parents’ guide to Standards-Based ReportingDescribes what students should know and be able to do by the end of the year
10Language Arts Reading Writing Written and Oral English Language ConventionsSpeaking and ListeningReading to learn, not learning to readReading – Word Analysis, Fluency, Systemic Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Literary Response and Analysis-Literature Circles-Anthologies (short stories) from Houghton Mifflin-Novels: Bridge to Terabithia, Sign of the Beaver, Tuck Everlasting and others-Independent Reading:*Students are required to read one book per month.-Wordly Wise – 15 words, nightly activities, weekly testsWriting – Writing Strategies, Writing Applications (Organization and Focus, Research and Technology, Evaluation and Revision, Narratives, Responses to Literature, Research Reports, Persuasive Letters)Written and Oral English Language Conventions (Sentence Structure, Grammar, Punctuation, Capitalization, Spelling)Spelling – 20 words, nightly activities, weekly tests, EnrichmentListening and Speaking – oral reports, presentations
11Mathematics Place value and decimal fraction Whole number and decimal fraction operationsAddition and subtraction of fractionsAddition and multiplication with volume and areProblem solving with the coordinate plane
12History/Social Science American Indians to Westward ExpansionU.S. GeographyStates and CapitalsSocial Studies is integrated with reading and language arts program.Pre Columbian SettlementsEarly Explorers of the AmericasAmerican IndiansThe Colonial EraCauses of the American RevolutionCourses and Consequences of the American RevolutionThe U.S. ConstitutionAmerica: from 1789 to the mid 1800’sTo make history come alive, I have developed exciting thematic units that will include literature, crafts, cooking, looking at artifacts/primary sources, role playing and writing.
13Science/Health Physical, Earth, & Life Science Investigation and ExperimentationHuman Growth & DevelopmentOutdoor EducationPhysical Science: Elements and their combinations account for all the varied types of matter in the world.Life Science: Plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials. DARE and Human Growth and Development education is taught.Earth Science: Water on Earth moves between the oceans and land through the process of evaporation and condensation.Investigation and Experimentation: Ask meaningful questions and conducts careful investigations.Twice a week your child will go to the science lab. Integrated demonstrations and student experiments in the science lab are used throughout the units.
14P.E., Music and LibraryP.E. is planned twice per week. Students should wear comfortable shoes and clothing.Music is scheduled one day per week. Band is available for students who are interested.Library is scheduled every week. Library and research skills will be taught.
15Computer Lab Computer lab is scheduled once per week. Students will work on keyboarding skills and curriculum support activities.Students will be introduced to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and similar program applications.
16Character Education Compassion- be kind to self and others Honesty- tell the truthResponsibility- always do your bestRespect- use good mannersIntegrity- do the right thingSelf-discipline- set goals and work towards themCharacter in Action Monitors
17Policies Attendance Discipline Praise and Rewards Students are responsible to make up any missed work. They will have the number of days absent to make up the work.DisciplineLoss of Recess, SentencesPraise and RewardsPositive feedback, Table Winners, Auction, Friday FundayStudents are responsible to find out what assignments they missed. They will need to make up any missed work. They will have the number of days absent to make up the work.
18Homework Policy Consistently Monday-Thursday. minutes, on averageLate work will not be accepted without prior arrangement.Homework will be assigned consistently Monday-Thursday.Generally, students should spend minutes on homework per night.At times, research and writing will be necessary outside of class.20 spelling words a week - enrichment15 vocabulary words a week –Tests on FridayStudents are encouraged to take trips to the library. We require that students read a minimum of 20 minutes independently at home.
19Field Trips Lawrence Livermore Lab The Tech Museum of Innovation Outdoor SchoolEnd of the Year Swim Party at the Aquatic CenterWe need drivers$Outdoor Ed Parent night - November
20Supporting Your ChildPraise children for completing their responsibilitiesEncourage daily practiceAssist with remedial math concept workPose higher-order questions about what your student readsSet up a quiet, comfortable study area with good lightingPractice -- flash cardsOnlineintervention -- click on homework. Don’t go ahead, just for remediation
21Supporting the Classroom Room ParentClass PhotographerAuction representativeComputer HelperInk Cartridges (HP, Dell, & Lexmark)Donating to the HELP FundWish List items?
22Ways to Contact Me Email (email@example.com) Send in a note with your childPhone ( )When sending s, put your child’s first name in the subject line, otherwise your may be deleted.
23Thank You for coming! I am looking forward to a wonderful year! Questions?