Fifth Grade Syllabus
Welcome to fifth grade at The Academy for Teaching and Learning. We are looking forward to a great year and are excited about working with you and your child. Below is an outline of our philosophy of teaching, ways of communication, programs, projects throughout the year, and homework. We hope you will find the information helpful.
Philosophy of Teaching
- Cooperative Learning
- In addition to independent work, the students will be engaged in a significant amount of cooperative learning. This focus on interpersonal skills will help strengthen the students’ abilities to share roles, listen respectfully, express ideas clearly, and work well with others.
- The students will participate in reading and math workshop. Workshop involves rotations, which allows each student to work with the teacher independently or in small group every day. Students are also able to work independently and with other students to strengthen math skills and practice reading skills.
- Students are expected to exhibit behavior that will promote exploration, learning and safety in the classroom and out of the classroom. Each day, students will start with a clip on “Ready to Learn.” As your child makes good or bad choices throughout the day, the clip will move up or down. At the end of the day, your child will receive a certain number of Popsicle sticks that corresponds with the amount of times he/she moved up or down. Once a predetermined number of Popsicle sticks have been awarded, he/she may “cash” them in for a prize.
- Rules for both classrooms are the same. The Rules are as follows: 1. Respect one another and their property. 2. Do your best at all times. 3. Follow directions the first time they are given. 4. Stay on task and focused. 5. Work quietly and do not disturb others. These rules are posted in both fifth grade classrooms.
- Fifth grade students will be graded on a ten (10) point grading scale. These grades will come from homework, quizzes, classwork, major tests and projects. These grades are weighted as follows: Tests: 30%, Quizzes: 20%, Projects/Rubric Assignments: 20%, Classwork: 20%, Homework & Participation: 10%. Mr. Jackson (Math and Science) will drop the 2 lowest scores of any CLASSWORK ASSIGNMENTS and 1 low QUIZ grade. Ms. Duncan (Language Arts/Reading and Social Studies) will drop the lowest QUIZ grade. We hope you find this helpful as you get papers from your child.
10 Point GRADING SCALE (adopted by Chester County School District, 2016)
100 – 90: A 89 – 80: B 79 – 70: C 69 – 60: D BELOW 60: F
- Wednesday Folders
- Your child will receive a Wednesday folder. This folder will contain important information from us or the school. Please check this folder every Wednesday and complete/sign papers as needed. You will also receive graded papers for the week. Please leave these papers stapled together, initial each paper, and return them to school on Thursday.
- Behavior Chart
- The students’ behavior is monitored on a daily chart. Each day, your child will bring home a behavior chart reflecting the day’s behavior. Please initial and return the chart each day.
- Students will bring home their agenda each night. The agenda will have the homework written down for the night. Parents are not required to sign the agendas.
Programs and Projects
- English/Language Arts
- The students will be exposed to the Journeys Literacy Program, Reader’s Workshop, and Writer’s Workshop. In addition, students will continue to use CAFÉ (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary) strategies and participate in Daily 3. Daily 3 allows students to choose one or more of the following: Read to Self, Work on Writing, and Word Work. For homework, students will be required to complete a reader’s response or an activity that will allow them to review and /or practice the strategy we are working on. They will also complete a spelling menu every other week. Grammar/English will be done the opposite week. A spelling test will be given on the Friday of the spelling week.
- Research Projects
- Students will be assigned at least four research projects. The students will need to have access to books and the Internet. There will be time provided in class, but most of the research will need to be completed at home.
- Students will be assigned different genres of writing throughout the year and asked to write several essays using the writing process. Once again, time will be provided in class, but students may have to complete some assignments at home. During the writing process, the students will conference with Ms. Duncan and other students to get additional ideas or help with editing or revising.
- Students in fifth grade study four units. Life Science, Earth Science, Forces and Motion and Properties of Matter. Inquiry standards will also be taught throughout each unit. Students will also complete a science fair project using the scientific process. These projects will be completed at home. The students will present them in class where their project and oral presentation will be graded. The project will be assigned in ample time for true science to take place.
- Math Games
- Fifth grade My Math is an extension of My Math from fourth grade. Each unit will consist of basic skills instruction, word problem-solving strategies, fractions, geometry, measurement and test-taking strategies. Students will work independently and in group rotations during each lesson.
- Social Studies
- Students in the fifth grade will explore United States History starting with Industrialization and ending with present day. This will be taught using the textbook, Social Studies Weekly, videos, etc. Students and the teacher will read the weekly and students will complete assignments independently. Many of the assignments will be completed at school. These will be worked on as a part of the notebook units. These newspapers are a wonderful resource for students and parents. They correlate with the learning in class and help students and parents have another source of information.
- We want our parents to be informed about what their child is required to learn in fifth grade and what the teachers are required to teach. This link to the SC Department of Education allows parents to see what their child will be learning this year. http://ed.sc.gov/
- Research states that the appropriate amount of homework for an average 5th grader is 45-60 minutes per evening. If you find your child is finishing much earlier or later than an hour, please let us know. Regularly assigned homework will include a math worksheet/game, word study/grammar, reading, social studies, and science. Each night your child will complete math, reading, and spelling. Social Studies homework will be given on Mondays and Wednesdays and Science homework will be given on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Homework is mandatory and all students are expected to complete each assignment. If homework is not finished, students will complete a form and a copy of the form will be sent home in the Wednesday folder. Any missed homework assignments will have to be made up during the student’s free time during class the next day.
- Fifth grade teachers take (3) field trips for the year. We understand that all students may not be able to attend all of the field trips. The dates for these trips have not been scheduled and may change. The field trips are as follows: Camp Thunderbird, Jr. Achievement,and Manchester Theaters.
- Students will be given time each morning to have a snack. Please send a healthy snack to school with your child each day. Examples of healthy snacks are fruit, veggies, granola bars, cheese sticks, small bags of chips and yogurt.
- Students may have water or Gatorade/PowerAde throughout the day. Energy drinks and sodas are not allowed during the day. However, students are allowed one soda during lunch.
- Students may use the refrigerator that is in the classroom; however, it is a small refrigerator, so please pack refrigerated foods sparingly.
- Students have access to a microwave, and will be allowed to heat their food before lunch.
- We love to party! We will find any reason to have a learning celebration in the classroom, so a volunteer sheet for parties for the year will be sent home asking for donations. Please donate items for the party you have signed up for. Do not feel as if you have to donate every time we have a party. We understand that there are times when a donation cannot be made.
- You will be asked to sign up for one or two holiday parties. When it comes close to the holiday you have chosen, you will receive a sign-up sheet for that party. Please send the donations for the party that you volunteer for. We will only have 5-6 parents donating for each holiday party, so your contributions are important.
- The fifth grade teachers team-teach. This means that your child will be taught by Ms. Duncan and Mr. Jackson. Ms. Duncan will teach your child English/ Language Arts and Social Studies, and Mr. Jackson will teach your child Math and Science. Your child will move between the two classrooms throughout the day. Your child will still participate in all fine arts.
- We love to keep in contact with our parents. However, we will not be able to keep in contact through social media. We will not be able to answer any questions or reply to any comments on Facebook, Instagram, Snap chat, etc. If you need to get in touch with us, please call the school at 803.385.6334 or email us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.