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1 Welcome, Families! Mrs. Rahmann– 4 th /5 th Grade

2 Welcome to Our Class! Please browse through your child’s desk and the classroom before you leave tonight.Please browse through your child’s desk and the classroom before you leave tonight. Take a moment to write an encouraging note to your child on the half-sheet provided on his/her desk.Take a moment to write an encouraging note to your child on the half-sheet provided on his/her desk. Please use the 3x5 index card on your child’s desk to leave me any question you have regarding your particular student. Please include your . Please use the 3x5 index card on your child’s desk to leave me any question you have regarding your particular student. Please include your . Please sign the consent forms on the desk.Please sign the consent forms on the desk.

3 IntroductionsIntroductions Goals/Objectives for the YearGoals/Objectives for the Year What is a GATE combo class?What is a GATE combo class? Curriculum 4 th and 5 thCurriculum 4 th and 5 th Classroom Community-Rules, Homework PolicyClassroom Community-Rules, Homework Policy CommunicationCommunication Special Events- Field TripsSpecial Events- Field Trips VolunteersVolunteers QuestionsQuestions Tonight’s Agenda

4 About Mrs. Rahmann – I was raised in San Diego, California. – I have a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Irvine, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley. – I have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Irvine – I am currently working on a Masters in Educational Administration. – Husband, two daughters My experience – Eleventh year as an educator. – I have taught both 4 th and 5 th grades. – GATE Certified

5 Goals for the year Provide a supportive, engaging, fun, and safe classroom environment where students feel confident to take risks. Provide a supportive, engaging, fun, and safe classroom environment where students feel confident to take risks. Nurture and help develop students’ innate exceptional abilities, and encourage each student’s best individual performance. Nurture and help develop students’ innate exceptional abilities, and encourage each student’s best individual performance. Focus on Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity Focus on Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity “Teacher as Facilitator” Strategies “Teacher as Facilitator” Strategies Foster excellent study skills, work habits, social skills, and responsibility. Foster excellent study skills, work habits, social skills, and responsibility.

6 Gifted: the innate, exceptional ability of a personGifted: the innate, exceptional ability of a person Talented: exceptional performance of a personTalented: exceptional performance of a person Gifted and Talented: the innate exceptional ability AND performance of a person Visit for excellent resources for gifted students. What is a “Gifted Student”?

7 Demonstrate independence.Demonstrate independence. Build strong content knowledge.Build strong content knowledge. Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline. Comprehend as well as critique.Comprehend as well as critique. Value evidence.Value evidence. Use technology and digital media strategically and capably.Use technology and digital media strategically and capably. Come to understand other perspectives and cultures.Come to understand other perspectives and cultures. Students Who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Speaking, Listening and Language:

8 –Students Questioning Students will ask as well as answerStudents will ask as well as answer –Differentiate Content, Process, and Product Offer students OPTIONSOffer students OPTIONS –Depth and Complexity –H.O.T.S. – Higher Order Thinking Skills –Promote the Habits of Mind –Collaborative Learning Discussions –“Flipped” Lessons –Technology Integration Facilitator Strategies

9 Whole class instructionWhole class instruction Teaching by tellingTeaching by telling Silent classroomsSilent classrooms Worksheets and seatworkWorksheets and seatwork ‘Covering’ content‘Covering’ content Memorization of factsMemorization of facts Single answersSingle answers Collaborative learning process/projects Questioning to guide discussions (students asking questions, too) Discussions and argument JUSTIFYING ideas Integrated content Application of understanding Students self-reflect Multiple answers OPEN ENDED! Challenging Students to Think means Less More

10 Curriculum Curriculum

11 Class Subjects Graded subjects in both 4 th and 5 th grade are:Graded subjects in both 4 th and 5 th grade are: –Reading –Writing –Conventions/Grammar –Spelling –Math –Science and Science Lab –Social Studies –Music Effort Grades in the following: Reading Writing Conventions Spelling Math Science Social Studies Health P.E. Technology Music Art Social Skills Work Habits Listening & Speaking Skills Report cards – December, March, & June

12 Reading Both grade levels will read several novels and various short stories including ones from Junior Great Books. We will focus on in-depth literary analysis and critical thinking through Shared Inquiry.Both grade levels will read several novels and various short stories including ones from Junior Great Books. We will focus on in-depth literary analysis and critical thinking through Shared Inquiry. Balanced Literacy Program – shared reading, guided reading, independent readingBalanced Literacy Program – shared reading, guided reading, independent reading Wordly Wise Vocabulary/Houghton-Mifflin VocabularyWordly Wise Vocabulary/Houghton-Mifflin Vocabulary Daily Reading at homeDaily Reading at home Book ReportsBook Reports Reading Strategies and Comprehension Skills through Houghton Mifflin TextbookReading Strategies and Comprehension Skills through Houghton Mifflin Textbook Reading CountsReading Counts

13 Language Arts - Writing Writing will occur across the curriculum where authentic opportunities present themselves. Fourth and fifth graders will have different writing assignments, topics and rubrics.Writing will occur across the curriculum where authentic opportunities present themselves. Fourth and fifth graders will have different writing assignments, topics and rubrics. We will use the writing process integrating depth and complexity.We will use the writing process integrating depth and complexity. Focus on expository, persuasive, narrative, summary, and Response to Literature essays.Focus on expository, persuasive, narrative, summary, and Response to Literature essays. Students will be expected to edit and revise drafts to improve meaning, organization, focus, fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions.Students will be expected to edit and revise drafts to improve meaning, organization, focus, fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions. Spelling program will follow Houghton-Mifflin series and will include academic vocabulary.Spelling program will follow Houghton-Mifflin series and will include academic vocabulary. English-Language Conventions (Grammar) across the curriculum.English-Language Conventions (Grammar) across the curriculum.

14 Math Focus on real world applications of math using computational skills and problem solving strategies.Focus on real world applications of math using computational skills and problem solving strategies. Basic facts must be automatic for greatest success in upper grade. (Goal: Mastery by December… 95% accuracy on 100 facts in 5 minutes)Basic facts must be automatic for greatest success in upper grade. (Goal: Mastery by December… 95% accuracy on 100 facts in 5 minutes) Facts Wise and Timez Attack Basic Facts Online ProgramFacts Wise and Timez Attack Basic Facts Online Program Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions text book = consumable workbookHoughton Mifflin Math Expressions text book = consumable workbook Zaccaro Challenge Math problems and activities.Zaccaro Challenge Math problems and activities. IUSD resources online at resources online at First in Math online self-paced programFirst in Math online self-paced program Other online Math enrichment resourcesOther online Math enrichment resources

15 4 th Grade Focus on living things and their environment, rocks & minerals, changes to the Earth, and electricity and magnetism Science lab – 2x per week with Ms. Hayes Science class – 1-2x per week with Mrs. Rahmann Science Homework: 1-2x per week Hands-on approach using the scientific process 5 th Grade Focus on living things, human body, water cycle, weather, solar system, matter and energy Science lab – 2x per week with Ms. Scott Science class – 1-2x per week with 5 th grade team. Science Homework: 1-2x per week Hands-on approach using the scientific process Science

16 4 th Grade California: Past and Present California Geography- regions Focus on building our state- Spanish Exploration, Missions, Ranchos, Statehood, State Government Mission Research Report Current events Social Studies instruction 2-3x per week Homework 1-2x per week 5 th Grade United States: Past and Present U.S. Geography – states and capitals Focus on building our nation- Exploration, English Colonies & Revolutionary War, and Westward Expansion State Report Research Project - Spring Current events - Scholastic News Social Studies instruction 2-3x per week Homework 1-2x per week Social Studies

17 Music and Art Taught by music and art specialistsTaught by music and art specialists Music:Music: –40 minutes/2x weekly –4 th Tuesday 8:20-9:00 and Friday 2:00-2:40 –5 th Tuesday 9:05-9:45 and Friday 1:15-1:55 Art:Art: –60 minutes/6x year –Schedule TBD

18 Focus on physical fitnessFocus on physical fitness –Cardiovascular fitness = mile run –General fitness = sit ups, push ups, & flexibility State-wide assessment in 5 th grade - March 2014State-wide assessment in 5 th grade - March x per week2x per week –Monday morning: 5 th grade Mile Run –Thursday: TBD fitness –Tennis shoes, appropriate clothing, mat or towel, and water P.E.

19 Technology – integrated in all areas of curriculum, IpadsTechnology – integrated in all areas of curriculum, Ipads Word processing, Excel, Power Point, internet safety and research skillsWord processing, Excel, Power Point, internet safety and research skills Lab class – 50 min/1x per week on Thursday afternoonsLab class – 50 min/1x per week on Thursday afternoons 4 th /5 th grade pod lab – 2/3x per week4 th /5 th grade pod lab – 2/3x per week Edmodo student siteEdmodo student site Library – 30 min/1x per week with Mrs. VanceLibrary – 30 min/1x per week with Mrs. Vance Library Media skills will be taughtLibrary Media skills will be taught Library day is Monday.Library day is Monday. Three book limit (adjustments made by student needs)Three book limit (adjustments made by student needs) Technology and Library

20 TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday 8:15 (8:30-9:20) HM-4 th Mile Run-5th Music-4 th (8:20-9:00) Reading-5th 8:30-9:00/JGB 4/5 HM-4 th Novel -5th HM-4 th Novel -5th 9:20-10:30 Grammar/WWMusic 5 th(9:05-9:45) Reading 4th HM 4th HM 5th Writing 4/5Grammar 4/5 Reading-5thLanguage ArtsWing Computers 9:10-10:10 Writing 10:10- recess4th 10:30- recess5th Math-4th Math-5th Math 4/5 Math 4/5 Math 4/5 10:50Math -5th 11:50 5th 4 th 11:20-12:10 Wing computers Library 11:40 12:10-lunch4th 12:35-lunch5thSocial Studies 4/5 Wing Computers 11:20-12:10 Social Studies 4/5 Social Studies 4/5 1:15WritingScience in Class 4 th /5 th 1:15-2:15 Computer Lab 4/5 1:15-1:50 Music 5 th (1:15-1:55) Social Stud.4th 1:50-2:50Science Lab 4/5Writing Science Lab 4/5Music 4 th (2:00-2:40) Social Stud.5th Class Schedule

21 Our Classroom Community

22 Behavior Plan Our classroom community follows our classroom behavior matrix. It is aOur classroom community follows our classroom behavior matrix. It is a set of rules to establish a positive learning environment. Class rules encourage students to be responsible, be respectful, be kind, and be safe. It is imperative that every student stay motivated to follow them at all times. With that in mind, we will be using classroom money, marbles, and table points as reinforcements. Consequences such as loss of class money, benching, and Notices of Inappropriate Behavior will be used to discourage less desirable conduct. 1.Be respectful. 2.Be responsible. 3.Be Kind and Helpful 4.Be Safe Rahmann Classroom matrix Rahmann Classroom matrix

23 4 th Grade About 45 minutes Monday - Thursday nights Reading: 20 minutes daily Homework due daily unless otherwise specified Long term projects may require weekend time Daily Communication - Student planner/Website/Edmodo Weekly communication – Friday Folder Missing homework: notice home, loss of privilege 5 th Grade About 60 minutes Monday - Thursday nights Reading: minutes daily Homework due daily unless otherwise specified Long term projects may require weekend time Daily Communication - Student planner/Website/Edmodo Weekly communication – Friday Folder Monthly communication – Hall of Fame notice Missing homework: notice home, loss of privilege Homework

24 We have several special field trips and events scheduled this year: Mission San Juan Capistrano Field trip (2/26/14)Mission San Juan Capistrano Field trip (2/26/14) Gold Rush Night (May 2014)Gold Rush Night (May 2014) A Walk Through California History Event- TBDA Walk Through California History Event- TBD Field Trips/Special Events 4 th grade

25 Field Trips/Special Events - 5 th Grade We have several fifth grade traditions planned for this year!We have several fifth grade traditions planned for this year! –Riley’s Farm: May 2014 (approx. $40) –Walk Through the American Revolution ($12) –State Festival (on campus)

26 Communication Note to school with childNote to school with child Class Website: Website: Direct phone/voic Direct phone/voic

27 Please visit our class website at (Bookmark or put it in your Favorites!)Please visit our class website at (Bookmark or put it in your Favorites!) Homework PolicyHomework Policy Reading CountsReading Counts Online TextbooksOnline Textbooks Meaningful Literature DiscussionsMeaningful Literature Discussions CalendarsCalendars Scholastic Book OrdersScholastic Book Orders Important HandoutsImportant Handouts Website Attachments

28 I will put together a schedule soon P.E Reading Counts Recording cursive Library (2) Yearbook ALEKS Math Fluency Practice Math facts support Field Trips GATE Parent Rep. (Thank you, Mrs. Gallon) Clerical Volunteer Opportunities

29 Thank you very much for coming! Let’s Have a Great Year!


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