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1 Mrs. Bacon’s 5th Grade Class
Curriculum Night 2014

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

3 There are 6 Fifth Grade Classes at Grand Ridge
Mrs. Bacon Ms. Gahnberg Mr. Huttle Mrs. Marsh Mr. Nichols Mrs. Woodard Our Class Website-

4 About Mrs. Bacon 17th year teaching, 14th year teaching 5th 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 3-11. I enjoy hiking, reading, sports, and spending time with family and friends.

5 Class Guidelines and Goals
Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Resourceful And… Always try your BEST! An overarching GOAL for 5th 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 Classroom Management 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 Schedule and Routines Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Arrival First Bell 9:05 School Start 9:15 Specialist Schedule Music 10:00-10:30 PE 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 Dismissal 3:40 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:30 Wednesdays 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.

8 Organization… The Binder! The Planner!
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 and Communication
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 Math 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 For student access to on-line Student Reference Book and on-line games: IXL Student log in information will be sent home.

11 Math Topics 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 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 Writing 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 Science 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 Social Studies 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 Health 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 Technology 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 Fieldtrips & Events 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. 5th Grade Moving up ceremony & 5th grade end of the year party.

19 Assessments 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 9th-May 29th).

20 Helping Students Achieve
ISF Curriculum Night Power Point - Elementary Helping Students Achieve

21 Things to Note Parent-Teacher Conferences are on December 3rd & 4th.
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 Things to do Please Take home the Comfort Kit.
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 Mrs. Bacon’s 5th Grade Class
Thank you- Curriculum Night 2014


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