5th Grade at Cotswold Elementary Ms. DeBerry 2014-2015 Room MC460 What Your Child Will Be Studying All lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (math, reading, writing) and the NC Essential Standards (science , social studies, health). (Click here to see the standards). As is appropriate in the IB curriculum, literacy is integrated into all subjects. 5th graders take an EOG in science, in addition to math and reading. What Your Child Will Be Studying Math: Multiplication Division Decimals Fractions Volume of 3D objects Geometry (classifying 2D shapes) Graphing points on a coordinate plane Line plots Measurement (standard and metric) For a complete list, look at the Common Core State Standards What Your Child Will Be Studying Reading: Quoting accurately from the text Determining the meaning of figurative language Narrator’s point of view Comparing and contrasting genres Analyzing multiple accounts of the same topic Using information from multiple sources to answer or solve a problem (research) Using strategies to define unknown words For a complete list, look at the Common Core State Standards What Your Child Will Be Studying Writing: Opinion pieces Narratives Explanatory Texts Using evidence to support statements Recording events in a clear, logical order Using dialogue Using descriptive language and details Proper English conventions For a complete list, look at the Common Core State Standards What Your Child Will Be Studying Science: Forces and Motion (Newton’s Laws) The interactions of matter and energy and the changes that occur (solids, liquids, gases) Conservation and transfer of energy (types of heat) Predicting weather patterns using weather data Human body systems Ecosystems Genetics (inherited traits) For a complete list, look at the North Carolina Essential Standards What Your Child Will Be Studying Social Studies: Native Americans and European Exploration Colonies Revolutionary War and Civil War Positive and negative effects of human activity on the physical environment of the US Branches of government Bill of Rights How history and culture have affected our lives For a complete list, look at the North Carolina Essential Standards What Your Child Will Be Studying Programs/curriculum that we use: Math- Investigations Reading- The Daily Five, Balanced Literacy Reading Workshop (Lucy Calkins), Making Meaning Writing- Being a Writer, Balanced Literacy Writing Workshop (Lucy Calkins) Science- McGraw-Hill “Science” North Carolina Social Studies- Social Studies Alive! (America’s Past) What Your Child Will Be Studying Connect (Specials) Media Technology Lab Art Music P.E. Spanish The IB Program PYP (Primary Years Programme) Units of Inquiry (Academics), Service/Action (Leadership), Language (Spanish), Character Education (IMIB Lessons/Learner Profile) For more information on the PYP, please visit the IBO's website. Units of Inquiry: Who We Are Where We Are in Place and Time How We Express Ourselves How the World Works How We Organize Ourselves Sharing the Planet The IB Program/Exhibition Exhibition: an inquiry project 5th graders are required to complete as part of the PYP Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry (topic: human body systems) Will take place in January/February (TBD) Similar to a “Senior Exit” in high school Product: Written research paper, visual presentation (video, tri-fold poster, experiment, etc.), presentation at Exhibition Night Group project Research-based SS/Science/Writing grades Work daily in school and at home MORE INFO TO COME THROUGHOUT THE YEAR! Field Trips Liberty Walk field trip October 24, 2014 Students will compete in an “Amazing Race” type scavenger hunt in uptown Charlotte using clues to find sites related to the American Revolution that are right here in Charlotte! Chaperones needed (form sent home in Cougar Folders already) More information to come Field Trips Camp Hanes field trip November 5-7, 2014 YMCA camp near Winston-Salem, NC Zip Lining, Nature Walks, Group Interaction Course, Wilderness Survival, Team Building; all activities have an emphasis in ecology (science) Forms in Cougar Folders and meetings very soon! Chaperones needed!!! Please let me know if you are interested! Field Trips Washington, DC field trip April 14-16, 2015 Informational session held at Curriculum Night All activities have a Social Studies emphasis Forms and information will be coming home in Cougar Folders very soon Let me know if you’d like to chaperone!! Special Topics RHASE (Reproductive Health and Safety Education) Second semester This program is for a grade, however, it is optional if parents do not want students participating. If students opt out of the program, they must complete an alternate assignment for a grade. Safety Patrol Several students from each 5th grade class will be chosen each quarter for Safety Patrol. It is likely that all students will be able to participate by the end of the year, however, students must EARN this opportunity. Academics and behavior must be maintained. Carowinds field trip for patrols at the end of the year. Grades Grades: Class work Quizzes/Tests IB Projects IB unit summative assessments Notebook checks Math speed drills Flocabulary vocabulary packets Reading think marks/sticky notes during independent reading time Grading System Scores: Mastery, Partial Mastery, Does Not Master I do not record letter or numerical grades on student papers, but rather their mastery and understanding of the concept being assessed Focuses on mastery of the concept/skill, rather than the number of questions students miss Scores correlate to numerical grades in gradebook and on PowerSchool *Log in to PowerSchool to view student’s grades & attendance* Mastery (A: 100, 93); Partial Mastery (B/C: 92, 85, 77); Does Not Master (D/F: 76, 70, 69) Please see me if you want more explanation on this grading system! Behavior School-wide behavior system: Students must follow the “Essential 20”, Cotswold’s essential rules If these rules are broken, students will receive: Reflections, parent phone calls, office visits (based on offense) House Points (positive behavior rewards): More information on House Points coming next week! My classroom: We follow the school-wide behavior system for positive and negative behavior Positive reinforcement is also offered in class through rewards and praise (candy/treasure box, “good behavior tickets”, positive notes/calls home, star student, IB profile rewards, certificates) Communication Notes in agendas Cougar Folders (Mondays) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: kdeberry.weebly.com (updated weekly with info!) Phone: 980-343-6720 (office) PowerSchool (grades) Questions? Please email me with any questions about the topics presented in this PowerPoint. As always, visit our class website weekly for the most upto-date information! This will be a great year!