Classroom Schedule 7:55 – 8:10 Morning Assembly in the Gym 8:15 – 8:25Morning Routine (break, lunch count, etc.) 8:30 – 9:40 Harkins kids go to Math/Wilkins kids go to science 9:40 – 10:10RTI 10:10 – 11:00Teacher Conference/PE/Music 11:05 – 11:45Reading/Social Studies 11:50 – 12:25Lunch 12:30 – 12:50RECESS 12:55 – 1:25Reading/Social Studies Continued 1:30 – 2:40Science/Math 2:45 – 3:20Tutoring/UIL/Team Building/Pack Up This is what a typical day in our classroom looks like.
Mrs. Harkins This marks my 17th year as an educator and my 4th year teaching in Tolar! I love being around kids, and I'm looking forward to another awesome year! I love science and have adventurous activities, labs, and projects planned! Science is all about curiosity and being able to become a critical reader and thinker. I will also be teaching reading, grammar, and social studies this year. These are other favorite subjects of mine. It's going to be a productive time!
I began my teaching career in Midland, TX at Travis Elementary. I have taught Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math. I obtained my bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and my master's degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix. My husband, Dewayne, is a middle school teacher and high school coach in the district. We have two kids. Johnna just turned five years old and Brayson will be four in February! I love to spend time with my family, do crafts, sew, and watch football! We are SO excited to be a part of this wonderful district! Mrs. Wilkins
Class Goals Learn new skills Discover new interests Make new friends Have fun and support each other
Classroom Community Our classroom rules help us get along with each other: Below are minimum Behavior Expectations for fifth grade: Be on time with all necessary supplies. Be polite and respectful. Do not disrupt the learning environment. Follow all directions the first time given. Be aware of Tolar Elementary Handbook rules. You are expected to follow all rules and procedures.
Discipline Procedures Students who violate the classroom rules will be required to sign their discipline page. They will move up the discipline plan based on the number of signatures. The discipline plan is as follows. 1 st offense – Verbal Warning 2 nd offense – Written Warning, possible loss of recess (teacher discretion) 3 rd offense – Phone call home, loss of Fun Friday 4 th offense – Office Referral It starts over each week! However, students who continually misbehave week after week will be referred to the office.
Class Subjects Reading and Writing/Grammar Math Science Social Studies Music and P.E.
Keep Up Folder Students have created a Keep Up Folder. They will bring this home each day. Please check your child’s Keep Up folder daily. Item in the Keep Up folder Schedule Calendar Assignment Sheet Homework or Information sent home for parents. This will be on the side labeled homework. Work that is not homework but not completed. This will be on the side labeled In Progress.
Reading Students have a STAAR folder and a journal for Reading/ELA. We will be taking notes in our journal and completing some assignments. We will have notes and quizzes/tests in our STAAR folder. This year we will be reading… Frindle City of Ember Night of the Twisters Sign of the Beaver
Math This year in 5 th grade math we will be building on your prior knowledge and learning new concepts. The following is a breakdown of what we will cover throughout the year. We will be doing hands on activities, games, and projects every six weeks to cover our content. The students will be completing notes in their math journal. They have a math folder that will contain their STAAR chart, homework, graded papers, and laminated multiplication chart. Please check their math folder daily. Please have them practice their multiplication facts on the laminated sheet. They need a dry erase or vis-à-vis marker.
Science Your child will be creating an interactive science journal this year. It will be full of notes, labeled drawings, foldables, and lab write-ups. Hopefully it will be a keepsake for when your child leaves 5 th grade. Fifth graders are taught general science this year. This includes: safety, tools, processes, physical, earth, and life sciences. Fifth graders will take a STAAR science test in April. It will contain many questions over the above sciences. It is critical that your child stay focused, work hard, study for tests, keep up with his/her journal, and use the strategies that will be taught this year. By doing these things, I know your child will be successful on this test! Science is my favorite, and I’m looking forward to working with your child!
Social Studies Fifth graders will study American History this year. We will begin with early explorers and end with the Civil War, and we’ll cover the “big events” in between! Your child will keep a social studies journal this year. This will be your child’s first introduction to our nifty-fifty states and how the United States came to be! Your child will learn about important documents and will be asked to memorize all /or parts of some of these.
Homework Students will have homework. Please check their Keep Up folder and math folder daily.
Field Trips We have lots of fun field trips planned for this year! Tarleton Music Class Camp Grady Spruce Dallas Love Field (possible) Collaboration with TCU chemistry classes (possible)
Camp Grady Spruce This is a wonderful experience for our students!!!
Fundraising We will begin fundraising for the trip soon! We will do different things to raise money. If you know someone who would like to donate money for our trip, please bring it to us and we will make sure they receive a thank you note from us! Any donations are greatly appreciated. Our hope is to raise enough money to go on the trip and to have some extra money to have shirts made for the kids.
Keep in Touch Visit our classroom websites! Read the newsletter in the Monday folders. These are written mainly for parent communication. Sign up for Teacher Text Messages! Mrs. Wilkins – TEXT @e60c5 to 817-405-2477 Mrs. Harkins – TEXT @88ebf to 832-786-2875 Please email us or call if you need to schedule a conference. Our conference time is 10:10 – 11:00 Monday –Thursday and Friday from 12:50 – 1:35.