Hello new students and guardians/parents! My name is Lacey Mayer and I am your student's fifth grade teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca. There, I attended El Camino Real High School where I started my first endeavors to becoming an elementary school teacher: I coached elementary and competition cheerleading at the local elementary school and stayed with that group of students for a total of 9 years. Developing a love for teaching, I started pouring my heart and soul into tutoring full time and going to California State University Northridge to attain my BA and Teaching Credential. Prior to coming to O'Farrell Elementary School, I worked within the Chula Vista Elementary School District as a fifth grade teacher. I am very happy to be here at O'Farrell and extremely motivated to help your student succeed during their fifth grade year.
During this fifth grade year we will divide up instructional time between English language arts (ELA), mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, and physical education.
ELA consists of reading, grammar, language, and writing classes. Answering questions using a strategy called RACE will be a highlight of fifth grade. RACE is 'restate the question', 'answer the question', 'cite your evidence', and 'explain how your evidence helped you answer the question'.
Mathematics will be taught sequentially starting with base ten numbers, then moving into how to manipulate decimal numbers and fractions. Word problems are an essential component of fifth grade. Students will be expected to use a strategy called CUBES for each word problem and then RACE the word problem to explain their answer. CUBES is 'circle the numbers', 'underline the question', 'box key words and annotate', 'evaluate annotations and draw a picture/model/visual representation of the problem', and 'solve and check'. RACE comes directly after CUBES.
Social studies will be taught by me and science will be taught by Mr. Jones: email@example.com. In social studies we will be working on collaboration skills and proper group work methods in order to complete group projects in class. We will be learning American History starting with Native Americans, going through to the Revolutionary War, and ending with how the new nation was strategic in building it's government and industrializing.
Music is taught by Mr. Rauh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical education is taught by Ms. Yeager: email@example.com
Students are going to need to prepare for the fifth grade Common Core end-of-the-year test. To help better prepare your student, visit the SmarterBalanced website and take some practice tests with a pencil and paper ready. Students may want to work with a parent/guardian or tutor to help them understand the concepts, language, and technology.
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Please keep in contact! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to Email or call me.
Study Guides for the END-OF-UNIT 5 test will be given tomorrow. Please review and bring questions ASAP back to class. Also, email me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Test time will be next Thursday and Friday. Please check if your student has Saturday School forms to sign or late work to do. Check PowerSchool grade book.
Test tomorrow - finish study guide and get signed. 40% AR goal by Friday.
40% AR goal by next Friday. Enjoy your weekend!
20% AR goal by tomorrow :) READ
Due tomorrow (will have some time in class): Opinion essay and summary of "Asparagus" writing; Finishing the ELA end-of-unit 4 test tomorrow so please study tonight to be prepared to submit.
Test tomorrow; Study the study guide, complete the front and back questions, and have guardian sign. 100% AR goal due Friday.
Front side of Study Guide due tomorrow, bring questions for review. Test Thursday and whole study guide due Thursday (40 points and signed by guardian); Work on Opinion Essay -Due Friday; 100% AR goal due Friday!
Study guide due Thursday, signed and completed (40points); Finish Do/What chart for writing prompt; 100% AR goal by Friday
100% AR goal - one week left for make ups! Unit 4 Study Guide complete and get signed due Thursday (40points). Saturday School is tomorrow from 8-11, please go and check your PowerSchool grades -grades are due next week. Redo Tests, Essays, and complete/turn in late work.
Finish Pyramid Words,
100% AR goal by Friday,
Saturday School forms, Check PowerSchool grades and see if you owe any late work.
80% AR goal by Friday;
Test Unit 4 Week 2 on Friday;
Sign Study Guide and study Study Guide;
Finish idioms work in journal;
Finish Summary and Qs for Cornell Notes.
AR goal 80% by next Friday, UCSD Field Trip slip due, Late hw log written letters signed (if necessary), HW logs/ABOVE THE LINE logs from this week are due SIGNED on Monday! Please do not forget - this is very important! :)
HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!
Test tomorrow, Study the study guide and get it signed, UCSD Field Trip form return, late work due (pyramid words and spelling word long vowel sound sort), 60% AR goal by tomorrow :) READ READ READ!
Finish Spelling Pyramid words in journal. Study guide given today (if printed on time) and if not, tomorrow. Unit 4 Week 1 Test is on Friday.