Class Expectation/Syllabus 5th Grade
Mr. Deaton Rm. 14
• Thursday Envelopes: These envelopes are to keep you in touch with your child’s weekly progress and performance.
• Ask your child first: Please address any homework or procedure questions towards your student. This helps to establish the expectation that the student is responsible for what goes on in class. If there are any remaining questions or uncertainties, feel free to email me: email@example.com
What Will Be Expected From Students
• Responsibility- Acceptance of responsibility and accountability for schoolwork and learning.
• Quality -Best efforts on all work.
• Honest, responsible, respectful and caring behavior in the classroom.
What You Can Expect From Your Teacher
• A dedicated, well-planned approach to State and District curriculum standards.
• A commitment to every student and his/her individual needs and strengths.
• High expectations for students and their learning.
• A strong desire to work with parents as partners in your child’s learning.
What Will Be Expected From Home
• A quiet place to do homework and ample time to do it, including nightly reading.
• Constructive Encouragement! Please look over your child’s work and help as appropriate, but also keep in mind that your child’s work should be a reflection of his/her abilities.
• A quick turnaround of home-school communications, whenever possible.
• A well-rested child who has eaten a good breakfast will have the best day in school.
Rules and Consequences
Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Productive.
When a student breaks a rule, he/she will reminded what the proper procedure is and asked what better choice would be that they could make the next time. I emphasize the positive behaviors that the students are doing rather than pointing out the distracting ones. I have found this technique to be much more effective in classroom behavior management. Restorative justice through the use of a consequence wheel and Council in the classroom which supports student's social-emotional well being.
• Class and homework assignments may be done in cursive or printing. Pencil is to be used unless otherwise specified.
• Math assignments should always be done in pencil. All math assignments should have work to support the answer. Calculators should not be used unless specified. This helps students practice their basic math facts on a daily basis.
• Homework is assigned daily, students are expected to check the homework and assignment due dates posted on my class website: DEATONK.WEEBLY.COM
• It is a student’s and parent's’ responsibility to complete and turn in work on time. Much of the homework this year will be computer-based. Your child will need access to a computer on a daily basis. If you do not have access to a computer, one can be checked out through the Tech. Dept. (see Mrs. Butler).
LATE OR MISSING WORK
• Homework is due every morning when assigned.
• Late assignments will be marked -10%/day unless prior arrangements are made with the teacher.
• Absences do not excuse a student from required assignments, but a grace period equal to the number of days absent is allowed to complete the work.
• Long-term projects assigned before the absence needs to be turned on the date due.
• It is the student’s responsibility to gather work missed during an absence. This may require a student-teacher conference at recess or after school and should be initiated by the student/parent.
• A copy of the report card used in 5th grade can be found on the district webpage. www.unionsd.org
• In academic areas students are graded on a rubric of 4 to 1
4 Exceeds Grade Level Standards
3 Meets Grade Level Standards
2 Approaching Grade Level Standards
1 Below Grade Level Standards
• In social skills and work habits students can earn the following
N Needs Improvement
Common Core is a list of skills that every student will be taught, broken down by grade level and subject. You can view the list here. http://www.corestandards.org/
ReadingOur reading program will be based on both shared and independent reading. A variety of text materials will be used:
- Literature Adoption: Houghton Mifflin Reading
- Literature Circle Books: novels read and discussed in small groups
- Supplemental selections designed to enhance shared reading or writing lessons for any curriculum content: science, literature, history, language, math, etc.
There are three primary areas of reading for students in the fifth grade:
- Independent Reading: Reading done in class and under supervision. A student must be prepared with a book in class, every day. The book should be appropriate for school and support the student’s reading level.
- Shared Reading: Shared reading is done in class, when all students read the same text, or small groups of students read the same book in Literature Circles. Students will be required to respond to the literature selections in writing to demonstrate their learning and analysis.
- Home Reading: Reading is required as part of a student’s homework. I will not be checking this daily; instead I will spot check by asking students to provide written responses that directly correlate to what they’re reading at home.
Writing will be done frequently in many areas of the curriculum, including math, throughout the year. Grammar components will be taught within the context of the stories we read and student writing assignments. Additional language lessons are used for editing, usage practice, and drill.
Writing assignments may include journals, autobiographical essays, descriptive essays, expository pieces, poetry, and other genres. In Union School District the fifth grade students are given a rubric scored writing assessment in each trimester. Writing pieces are scored using the 4-point District Writing Rubric. Recent research tells us that students need the most support in writing for information or expository writing, just as they need the most support in reading non-fiction. Therefore, you will see many examples of note-taking, outlining, summarizing, and reporting, as students work on developing these skills.
Spelling and Vocabulary: Spelling lists may be assigned from the reading anthology, content areas such as social studies or science, or may focus on specialized spelling skills such as homonyms or syllable structure. There may be classroom activities during the week to facilitate learning the words and meanings. Spelling is also assessed in writing assignments.
Vocabulary: Vocabulary will be covered mainly in your child’s RtI reading class. In addition, students will learn to use base words, root words and origins, prefixes and suffixes, and context clues to help identify unknown words. They should become more comfortable with homonyms, synonyms, antonyms, and words with multiple meanings. A variety of strategies will be used such as charts, games, posters, etc.
Speaking and Listening: Students will have many opportunities to practice and refine their speaking abilities. Most class projects include an oral presentation element and other spontaneous occasions or formal group presentations will occur. Students are evaluated based on the presentation, content, and preparation where appropriate.
Eureka Math is our main text; however, other resources may be used to help build skills in different strands of the math standards. For example, materials such as Mountain Math and Math 4 Today are chosen for drill and review. Problem Solvers, or Daily Word Problems may be selected to extend learning in problem solving strategies. ‘Hands-on’ activities such as our Algebra Kits and math games provide another method for teaching new concepts.
Please note that 5th grade level math assumes students are already fluent in basic math skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. If this is not true for your student, please begin regular practice to develop fluency as soon as possible, as the lack of these skills puts them below grade level and will slow down development of all fifth grade level math operations. This is really important for your student’s success.
Math homework is intended to reinforce or extend daily math instruction and review. Credit is given with an emphasis on neat and complete work as well as thorough corrections done in class. Less emphasis is placed on number of correct problems since homework should be a learning exercise. However, homework and practices assigned at the end of a unit may be graded for correctness.
Union School District is currently in a transitional period in regards to the science standards. We will be utilizing FOSS California, Mystery Science (online curriculum), and the STEAM lab to learn about and explore the new science standards.
Outdoor Science School at Walden West is another wonderful element of our fifth grade Science Curriculum. This year’s trip is scheduled for the week of January 8-12, 2018.
Fifth Grade social studies content is wonderful. We use a Harcourt text called Reflections and History Alive. Our studies will range from the time of Pre-Columbian Native American Studies, through early explorations to North America, the European colonization of North America, the development of our government, the growth of the United States, and the migrations westward. In fifth grade the focus is also directed to regional geography and this regional view will be repeated throughout the year’s studies.
States and Capitals
California fifth graders are required to learn our states and capitals. They will get four evenly spaced assignments and each test will cover the new and previously assigned states. By June they are tested on all 100 states and capitals! The first assignment was given August 21st, with the test scheduled for October 3rd.
Field Trips are intended to complement the curriculum content as educational opportunities outside the classroom. Outdoor School is the most ambitious undertaking for the 5th grade year, but we are planning other experiences both at school and away from school. The currently scheduled fifth grade field trips are listed below:
- Westward Ho October 5, 2017
- Walk Through the American Rev. January 30 & February 1
- Walden West- Science Camp January 8-12 (about $310)
- Walk to Union Late May
- Year-end Belwood Swim Party June (parents plan)
Outdoor Science Camp and other field trips can be paid for with funds donated by students and their families. Because of the cost of Science Camp, many students participate in fund-raising activities. You will be informed about these activities as they are developed by the parent planning group. It may be possible to get additional assistance from funds earned through Home and School Club, but one should not assume that will be the case. For other field trips, you will be informed well in advance through classroom Newsletters.
My student’s writing has a ton of spelling and grammatical errors. Why aren’t they all marked?
The short answer:
We may have been focusing on a different skill with that piece of writing.
The long answer:
Noddin is using a writing program called 6 Traits. The premise of this program is to focus on only a few traits at a time to develop writing. The 6 Traits are Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. For example, when students wrote their autobiographical poem, we focused on Word Choice, Ideas, and Voice. The lessons leading up to the writing, the editing and grading was based on those select traits. If we are studying a particular grammar skill, I may use their writing as an assessment for that subject.
I never see writing come home in the Thursday Envelope, where can I see their progress?
Students keep their writing in their writer's journal. This is a cumulative body of work. Mentor texts and writer's craft lessons expand on the student's repertoire of literary techniques.
Can my student bring in treats to celebrate his/her birthday?
Only a class set of pencils.
Homework is a battle and consistently takes hours for my student to complete.
According to Union School District, homework for a fourth grader should take about 40 minutes each night to complete. This is 40 minutes of continuous, focused, learning time. It can be hard for students to get into the routine again and especially learning the ropes for the ABC book. If after the first few weeks, homework time consistently drags on, please let me know and we can work out an alternative plan. I do not want homework time to be an excruciating battle.
Homework is a breeze and takes 15 seconds for my student to complete.
Perfect! What a great problem to have! There are so many wonderful resources to extend learning. First, please remind your student to review and show their work, remind them to work on their ABC Book, and to complete silent reading if applicable. After that, the sky’s the limit! On my website I have many links to extension challenges. Here is a brief list of a few favorites.
Between yard duty schedules and conferences with individual students, popping in before and after school is not the most reliable way to get ahold of me. Let me know if you would like to sit down one on one and I’ll make sure to set aside time.