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Curriculum Night 2014.  Agenda ◦ Information about 5 th grade & Mrs. Bacon ◦ Classroom guidelines, expectations, and routines ◦ Assignments and Parent/Student-Teacher.

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1 Curriculum Night 2014

2  Agenda ◦ Information about 5 th grade & Mrs. Bacon ◦ Classroom guidelines, expectations, and routines ◦ Assignments and Parent/Student-Teacher Communication ◦ Curriculum Overview ◦ Fieldtrips & Events ◦ Assessment Information ◦ Things to Note

3  Mrs. Bacon  Ms. Gahnberg  Mr. Huttle  Mrs. Marsh  Mr. Nichols  Mrs. Woodard  Our Class Website- Our Class Website-

4  17 th year teaching, 14 th year teaching 5 th grade in the Issaquah School District.  Master’s Degree in Technology and a B.S. in Earth Science from Western Washington University.  My husband Matt and I have 3 kids ages  I enjoy hiking, reading, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

5  Class Guidelines ◦ Be Respectful ◦ Be Responsible ◦ Be Resourceful ◦ And…  Always try your BEST!  An overarching GOAL for 5 th grade is to prepare for middle school. To help students do this we work on the following areas of growth all year: ◦ Academic Content ◦ Organization ◦ Study skills ◦ Social Skills ◦ Responsibility

6  We have our class guidelines to help our class run smoothly.  We have routines to help us know what is expected.  We have great curriculum that not only teaches content but also helps build our social skills and study skills.  There is also a strong sense of “Finding the good and praising it.”  We try our best to focus on learning and helping each other…this is where being positive is helpful.  Friday Notes, Great Kid, and the Line Board are all ways I communicate student behavior and strengths to parents and students.  I do my best to follow Love & Logic to help manage our classroom.

7  We have a morning routine to help us get started as close to 9:15 as possible.  We do planner together every day except Friday. On Friday students use their Friday Notes to help them plan their weekend.  Test and project due dates should be in their planner.  I try not to give homework on the weekend, although occasionally there may be math homework. Reading logs are due each Monday morning as well as Friday Notes/missing work. MondayTuesdayWednesday Thursday Friday Arrival First Bell 9:05 School Start 9:15 Specialist Schedule Music 10:00-10:30 PE 10:00- 10:30 Music 10:00-10:30 A Week- Technology B Week- Library 9:30-10:30 PE 10:00-10:30 Lunch & Recess Times Recess and then Lunch 12:30-1:10 (Lunch 12:50-1:10) PM Recess 2:50-3:10 Dismissal3:40 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:30 Wednesdays

8  The Binder! ◦ Students are to keep an organized 3-ring notebook (binder). ◦ It is to go to and from school daily. ◦ This is similar to what they will need to do for middle school. ◦ Papers to be brought to and from home tend to go in the front pocket. ◦ On Fridays, the front pocket should have returned work and the Friday Note.  The Planner! ◦ Students are to write in their planner daily. ◦ This is similar to what they are expected to do in middle school. ◦ Nightly homework as well as long term due dates and school events should be written in their planner. ◦ Friday would be the only exception and that is due to the Friday Note and/or that we have already written down some other due dates.

9  Assignments are due on the due date.  There is often a combination of nightly homework and more long-term assignments.  Each Friday, work will be returned along with a Friday Note. ◦ Each Friday Note will indicate student behavior and missing work. ◦ If a student has missing work they need to turn in the missing work by the following Monday morning. Name ________________________ Date_______ __Behavior __Missing Work Parent Signature _____________Date ____________

10  Everyday Mathematics is our district math program. More information about Everyday Mathematics can be located from the school district website or my website.  For the Family Letters: h/elem/EMLetters.aspx h/elem/EMLetters.aspx  For student access to on-line Student Reference Book and on-line games:   IXL Student log in information will be sent home. 

11  Number Theory  Place Value & Number Operations  Geometry  Division  Fractions & Decimals  Addition & Subtraction of Fractions  Exponents & Negative Numbers  Fractions & Ratios  Coordinates, Area, Volume, & Capacity  Algebra Concepts & Skills  Problem Solving and Communicating Mathematical Thinking will be woven into each unit throughout the year.

12 Reading: Our reading curriculum is called Making Meaning and we use a balanced literacy approach for reading instruction. Our goal is for students to enjoy reading and to read a variety of genres.  Focus Lessons: we will be discussing and applying reading comprehension strategies to a variety of texts throughout the year.  Independent Reading: students will be applying comprehension strategies to the books they are reading at their reading level.  Guided Reading Groups: occur throughout the year to help students with various reading strategies or focus on specific texts or genres.  Shared Reading: occurs during reading lessons and other curriculum areas when both student(s) and teacher share the same reading materials.  Read Alouds: are a great way for us to enjoy literature together and explore reading comprehension.

13  Our writing curriculum is called Writing Pathways. We have four units of study in this order: ◦ Personal Narratives ◦ Research-Based Information Writing ◦ Research-Based Argument Essays ◦ Memoirs  Each unit has several bands or phases: ◦ Gathering ideas or drafting phase ◦ “Moving through the writing process” phase ◦ Analysis phase where we learn from mentor texts to make our writing more powerful as we publish our writing.  Writing convention lessons are laced throughout the phases of each writing unit.

14  Our science for this year is based out of the National Geographic and STC (Science & Technology for Children) science curriculums.  Our units are as follows: ◦ Life Science, we will study heredity and adaptations and structures & behaviors of living organisms. ◦ Physical Science we will study heat, light, sound and energy along with electrical circuits and measurements of force & motion. ◦ Earth Science we will have a focus on fossils.  Throughout the year, our curriculum incorporates the three cross-cutting ideas of systems, inquiry, and application in our science lessons.

15  To help us learn about the history of the United states, we will be using the History Alive Social Studies text, USA Social Studies Weekly, projects, class discussions, maps, and timelines.  Our topics of study include: ◦ United States Geography ◦ Native People of North America ◦ Early American Explorers ◦ Colonial America ◦ The Revolutionary War ◦ U.S. Government

16  Our Health curriculum is taught by both the classroom teacher and by our PE teacher Mr. Hogle.  Health topics include: ◦ Nutrition ◦ Decision-making ◦ Making healthy choices ◦ Exercise ◦ Goal-setting ◦ The FLASH curriculum

17  Students will use various software programs to work on their typing and research skills and use technology to help integrate fifth grade curriculum.  Using the computer as a tool, we will help students build technology skills to help them make the switch from the MSP to the computer based Smarter Balanced testing this spring.  One great addition to our technology plan is that you can now use Type to Learn 4 at home.

18  One hands-on lab for each science unit with SciToGo (throughout the year)  An Energy and Electricity workshop with The Toyman (in March)  A nutrition lab with Beecher’s Pure Foods Kids  Environmental Camp, Camp Colman, on May 4, 5, and 6. More information will be given in November.  5 th Grade Moving up ceremony & 5 th grade end of the year party.

19  Each curriculum has built in assessments to help us see student progress and guide classroom lessons. Projects, assignments, group work, writing, and class discussions also help me see student progress.  The Grade 5-Stanford 10 in math and reading (testing window is January 26-February 6).  The Science MSP and Smarter Balanced Test in Language Arts and Math (testing window is March 9 th -May 29 th ).

20 Helping Students Achieve Helping Students Achieve

21  Parent-Teacher Conferences are on December 3 rd & 4 th. ◦ In our class, we will do teacher led meaning just parents and teacher will be at our designated time. ◦ Sign-ups will be in October. Look for more information in the GR E-News.  Report Cards will be on-line this year. More information will be given soon via GR E-News.

22  Student Information Form: ◦ Please verify the information and fill out the Emergency Dismissal section of the Student Information form, sign and leave on desk.  We are putting together a Class Contact List: ◦ Please mark that you are willing to share your students name, phone number, and an list with our class. ◦ If not, you will not be listed per your request.  Please Take home the Comfort Kit. ◦ Directions attached  If you are interested in volunteering, our class volunteer list is in the back of the room.

23 Thank you- Curriculum Night 2014


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