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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Please keep in contact! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to Email or call me.
Read Read Read; 40% AR Goal by next Friday (20% by today, so if you're behind, read double this weekend. Enjoy!); Math extra credit -10 prime factorization problems = 10 points; Hats Off to Drugs Monday! On Monday please wear a crazy hat to show your support to live a healthy and clean life. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
ELA: Read 30 minutes; 20% AR goal due Friday, Cornell Notes redo for better grade; MATH: WB Pg 83; HOMEBASE: Health Questionnaire due tomorrow - please fill out for your students; Make-up Picture Day is tomorrow - please follow the free dress guidlines if you'd like your student's picture redone; Fall Festival = October 31; ATTENDANCE RACE IS ON AGAIN!!! Shaw's class won last time, Student individual reward for coming to school every day from October 26-January 26th is an extra end-of-the-year field trip!, Class reward = donut party; Check your student's Above the Line for today.
ELA: 20% AR goal by Friday; Read 30 minutes; Finish Cornell Notes Redos;
MATH: WB pg 81;
HOMEBASE: Health Questionnaire due tomorrow; Fall Festival October 31st; Attendance Race; Show guardians above the line for the day; JEANS DAY: YES
Have a good night!
AR goal due tomorrow 100% (I was wrong and it is due this week, not last week).
Sorry about not sending HW on this site everyday. I was absent for two days but I am still trying to remember to type this in every day. If I ever forget and you need it, please call, text, or email me and I'll send it on over. (818)836-4090 email@example.com
. Great job today on the Chapter 1 test. I will grade tonight. We are annotating and drawing our strategies for understanding and planning very well. Grades come out the 13th. All late work is due the 12th. Thanks and have a good night!
Math WB pg 66: MUST HAVE these to be complete= annotations, drawing/chart/diagram..., solve, check, RACE answer in paragraph form that explains rationale for how you solved the problem that shows why the answer is correct. Please let students have productive struggle time. That is a good thing. They will eventually come to the moment where the problem makes more sense and they can solve it confidently. AR Reading Goal is due tomorrow. Grades come out the 13th so please have all late work turned in by the 12th. Substitute tomorrow and Monday. Students will be given a study guide for the place value chapter 1 test that will be on Wednesday. We will review the study guide on Tuesday together, so please come prepared with questions. We will be working 3 more days on word problem comprehension, understanding, planning, solving, checking, and RACE-ing (writing about the planning and answer). Please come prepared with questions each day on how to understand, plan for, solve, check, or write about word problems. Thanks! See you Tuesday.
Math page 63. ABC Order Spelling worksheet. 100% of AR Goal due Friday = 100 points. Grades come out October 13th. All make up work is due by October 12th. We're collecting Box Tops. If you have any, please bring them in! :) Reminder: Reading independent books is mandatory and if students are not reading and taking tests on the books they read, it will affect their ELA grade. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!
Community Service opportunity: Collect Box Tops! Bring them in to help the school raise funds and you can earn some community service hours as well. Sheets in student binders. Want to join ASB, our student body government? Elections are on October 11th. Please see the flyer in the student binder. ELA: reading goals due Friday!!!!! I cannot stress enough how important it is that we are reading and taking tests to accomplish this goal. Grades will be put on our report card. Have your student log on to their AR goal and show you where they are. It will tell you what books they need to be reading. Please call, text, or email if you have any questions. ELA: Word Search worksheet. Have a good weekend and remember to read! Read! Read!
Ordering Picture Day photos: Visit www.mylifetouch.com
and put in the Picture Day ID: CK907429Y0 . If you have any questions, let me know.
Math page 57-58, grammar worksheet run-on sentences, reading goal due next week!!!!!!!!!!, pop-up grammar book due tomorrow morning at 8:00 (presentations at 8:05 to high school buddies).
Sorry about the late notice! Last night's homework was to make sure reading goal is almost finished. 1.5 weeks left. Pop-up grammar book is due Friday morning 8:00. Presentations will be at 8:05. ELA: There was a spelling/vocabulary worksheet last night. Math: WB pg. 53-54. Science: Finish coloring your cell worksheet front and back. Jeans Day: Yes.
Math WB pg 51-52, ELA Reading for AR Goal -30minutes - 2hours (each student is different depending where they are in their goal). We went to the library today so they have books they should be reading. Have your student log on to show you where they are in their goal. Students should be at or past 75% (3/4) of their goal.
HW + Monday = Picture Day
Monday is free dress for Picture Day. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or text (818)836-4090 if you have any questions about the free dress guidlines.
If you would like to order pictures, go to www.mylifetouch.com
and input the Picture Day ID: CK907429Y0 (all the 0s are the number zeros; there are no letter Os in this ID). There you may customize each sheet of your package online. If you have any questions, please let me know.
***Please keep reading this weekend! AR is due in 2 weeks. Be ready to take tests on Monday.
Please ask your student what their Accelerated Reading (AR) goal is tonight. Then ask them how many points they currently have AND what book they are currently reading. Most students are currently behind on their AR goal (reading goal). Students should know how much time they should be reading each night to catch up. Most students will say 1.5-2 hours per night for the next two weeks to catch up. Please work with them on this. If you have ANY questions about AR, please call, text, or email me. Thanks for your help on this! This is a big part of making their brain stronger for this year as well as their English Language Arts grade. Thanks!
Everyone needs to read longer than 30 minutes tonight and for the rest of the 2.5 weeks to reach their goal. We need to be at 60% of our goal or higher by now. This goes in your grade as ELA homework based off of your percentage. When you meet 100% of your reading goal, you get 100/100points. Math page 45-46 in your workbook. Please do your best, slow down, and make sure you understand. If you do not understand, write your question on the workbook page to be answered the following school day. Have a good night!
Read at least 1 hour depending on how behind you are on your AR goal. 2.5 weeks left to make your goal. Grade is dependent on your percentage of goal made. For example, 100% of goal made = 100/100. Please log on, check your goal, and show your guardian. Math Workbook page 44. Community service. Still in the Attendance Race. Minimum days all this week. No Jeans Day tomorrow.
Late HW logs signed due tomorrow. No belt or shirt untucked after 1 warning = uniform violation. ELA: Read 30 minutes - start taking AR tests in class. Math Workbook "Check My Progress" pg. 35-36 is mandatory HW and a study guide for tomorrow's assessment for ch.1 L1-4. Math Extra Credit = pg. 33-34. Late PALs forms due ASAP. Opt-Out form due before the 15th. i6 hrs community service. We are still in the Attendance Race! Keep being here :) Have a good night.