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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com
Physical education is taught by Ms. Yeager: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Readin should be at 60-90% of personal AR goal depending on if student is going for extra credit or not. Library fines due or cannot graduate on stage. Community service due Wednesday for exhibition portfolio. If comm serv is not done, cannot promote on stage. Legoland $5 donation due. Get rest! Testing math starting Monday of next week.
AR reading 90% by next Friday if you are striving for EC. 60% if you are not going for EC.
Reading goals 40% by Friday if do not need/want EC, 60% by Friday if need/want EC.
AR Goals chance to get extra credit points. Please complete up to 150% of your AR goal for up to 50 extra credit points. (120% = 20 EC points for example). You MAY work on your opinion essay and research at home if you would like to get ahead or if you feel behind. 20% AR goal due Friday (30% if you are going for the extra credit).
AR Goal 100% by Friday; deadline is Friday. Results will be updated and recorded within their ELA grade. Graduation photos/money are due Wednesday or ASAP.
Unit 7 Week 1 Test is tomorrow. Study Guide due tomorrow: Main Idea & Key Details, Context Clues, Strategy Questions, and Sound-Spelling Patterns. Read for 100% AR goal by Friday.
Finish journal entry on paper or online. Study Guide: context clues and key events due tomorrow. Entire Study Guide due Wednesday. AR Goals due Friday 100%.
8-% of AR goal by next Friday. READ. Optional: Work on summary and previous essays to resubmit for a better grade. Unit 6 Week 2 Test is on Wednesday. The study guide has been given out and it it due Wednesday before the test.
-READ -60% AR goal by tomorrow. -Unit 6 Week 2 Test on Wednesday; Study Guide given today (Due Wednesday also) -Tonight: Read and Annotate "Gold Rush" page 20 in Unit 6 Text Booklet. -Sign HW log
20% AR goal by Friday = HW
ELA: 20% AR goal by Friday. Think about a story that is fiction and think about the research that possibly went on behind the scenes. For example: "Holes" needed research to bring in the deadly lizard or else how would the author have known about that lizard? Bring your ideas tomorrow.
AR goal due Friday. Do as much of the Study Guide as possible and bring questions to class tomorrow.
Start Study Guide. Bring questions for Thursday's review. Friday is the Unit 6 Week 1 test. Read 1 hour tonight. AR goals are due Friday.
Read 30 minutes. AR Goals are due on Friday 100%. Read to catch up on this AR goal or to get ahead for the next AR goal. ELA Test for Unit 6 Week 1 will be on Friday. Study Guides to come.
100% AR goal by Friday. 1/3 of the study guide should be done tonight. Entire study guide is due on Thursday (test day). Have a conversation with someone tonight and try to identify a new word you didn't know before. Try to figure out the meaning of the word before you research it or ask someone the definition. Bring that new word to class tomorrow.