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"The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder." - Ralph M. Sockman
This year, I'm moving up to 5th grade! This will be such an exciting year teaching a different grade level, and some of the students that I was lucky enough to teach in other grade levels! The 5th and 6th grade classes function on a "middle school plan" where the students rotate classes
between the 5th and 6th grade teachers for their grade level subjects. So, all classes will go to one teacher to learn their grade-level materials in one subject, to another teacher for another subject, etc. This will be different from earlier grades where one teacher taught all of the core
subjects. Please ask any of the 5th/6th grade teachers if you have any questions.
1. We'll be continuing Common Core State Standards (although the state of Alaska has not yet adopted these standards, the Anchorage School District has chosen to adopt the CCSS). If you have any questions about this, please google it, check the information on the asdk12.org website,
or talk with staff. Thank you for your support with these standards at home also.
2. MATH -- We will continue to use the Everyday Math program. One of the 6th grade teachers will teach both 5th and 6th grade math to all classes.
3. SOCIAL STUDIES - We will continue working on SEL (social-emotional learning) skills to help the students grow in this area. Also, one teacher will teach the content lessons for social studies for both 5th and 6th grades.
4. READING - Although we will continue to use the Houghton-Mifflin texts in the upper grades this year, along with Direct Instruction, the emphasis will be on non-fiction reading. Please monitor your child's reading this school year to help build critical literacy skills. If you have questions,
please contact me, or other staff, with questions about changes in this program for this year. One teacher will teach all classes reading/literacy lessons at either the 5th or 6th grade levels.
5. WRITING - Our writing program is the Step-Up-To-Writing program. Please read your child's writing papers and discuss their choices of topics, sentences, handwriting, and drawings. Ask your child to tell you about their work, it might surprise you! Although writing is used in all subjects
(so individual teachers will monitor/build skills in their content area), one teacher will be teaching the writing program to both 5th and 6th grade students. Writing, however, is not a "stand-alone" subject. It will be continually utilized in all subject areas (math, reading/literacy, social studies,
science, etc.). You can help strengthen your child's writing skills by asking your child to help write lists (groceries, tasks to be completed, daily schedules), thank you notes to anyone who gives gifts or services, requests for items (ask them to write a letter to you explaining exactly what they
want/need, why they want/need the item, expected cost, and how they might help earn part of the money needed for the item. Ideas could include helping with siblings, chores around the house, yard work, or many other ideas).
6. SPELLING - In 5th grade, we will emphasize not just memorizing a list of words, but learning the patterns of the words and how spelling "works". This spelling program will assist students in developing a better understanding for spelling patterns and phonemic awareness. These ideas
are based on a multi-sensory approach to learning and the Orton-Gillingham Program. If you have questions, please google "multi-sensory" and "Orton-Gillingham". However, if one of the other 5th / 6th grade teachers will be your child's spelling teacher, please ask that teacher about their
expectations. I will use this method in both spelling content language, and vocabulary words used in our classroom. Please ask me if you have any questions.
Remember that you are always welcome to help your child/all students in the classroom when you have the time. We especially enjoy it when family members share cultural traditions with us! We will look forward to having all of the families join us for activities throughout the year.
Please be sure you read the class newsletters for updates, check out the monthly calendars sent home, ask your child about his/her activities in the classroom each day, and volunteer in the classroom whenever you have time.
Let us know in advance, and we'll be certain to schedule you into our daily routines! My email address is at the top of this page, and on the front of your child's homework folder.
PLEASE help your child with showing you the homework/communication folder daily, and return the folder to me EVERY morning. This is the main classroom way of communicating with parents/family members.
We will always be in need of the following:
1. Classroom volunteers
2. Parent/guardian chaperone(s) for field trips (be sure you check for, and return, signed permission slips quickly!)
3. Healthy Snacks (please be considerate of possible allergies)
4. Supplies for your child and/or classroom
5. Parent support at home
Thank you for your support at home in helping your child be successful in school! Don't forget to check out the rest of the website -- just click on the links listed on the right side of this page.