Welcome to Fifth Grade!!!
I could not be more excited about this year, about this class, or about the exciting authentic learning opportunities that we are going to experience! I am certain that I will learn just as much from the fifth graders as they learn from me. Together, we are going to experience learning and discovery in project based, discussion provoking forums, where students and teachers alike will be able to collaborate , brainstorm and create! It is going to be awesome!
We are beginning the year with the class reading of the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. If you haven’t read it (yes, parents, I mean YOU!) I highly recommend it! It is an engaging, easy read, with powerful themes and . I would encourage you to read it, if you can. As the unit progresses, we will keep you updated on opportunities for you to contribute if you would like. It is going to be powerful.
Housekeeping for ELA Class
We will be doing a lot of our classroom activities using a classroom set of Chromebooks. They are essentially laptop computers. In doing so, we have access to countless resources, while discovering new and engaging technological methods for learning, communicating and producing. As a result, you may not see as much paperwork coming home from our classroom, and that is OK! It doesn’t mean that we are not producing quality work, it just may mean that you would need to look elsewhere to find it!
More on that in a minute!
Due to the nature of our project based learning and discussion rich ELA environment, you may not see consistent homework from me. In fact, it will most likely be a rare occurance. At times, your fifth grader may be inclined to further develop something that they are working on in class. That is great! Our projects will be student led, so sometmes students are motivated to keep on working even when it isn’t mandatory. THAT is the kind of homework I like! So, we will check agendas at the end of the day for Math and Science/Social Studies homeowrk, but do not be alarmed if you do not see homework for ELA listed.
I love to read, and I love to get mail! So, I will be offerening Scholastic order forms a few times a month. Feel free to order if you see something you like, but don’t feel pressured to. They are totally optional. You can send in one check for multiple orders, payable to Scholastic, or you can order online using the code P4VMG Please check due dates for orders. They will be noted on the top of the order form tally sheet.
In all of my years of teaching, I have discovered that less is more. I only have one rule in our classroom that must be followed, without exception. RESPECT. Here are our guidelines..
I encourage you to discuss them at home with your fifth grader, as I will also provide time to discuss them as a class. In addition, we will extensively discuss and integrate bullying, both its definition and how it relates to our own school community. Bullying and harassment will not be tolerated, and will result in immediate conversations with parents for both parties. Every student will feel welcome and accepted within our classroom. Period.
It’s so exciting that we have created a fifth grade website with a link to the fifth grade blog! The website will provide static information for each individual classroom such as daily schedules, broad unit or topic information and classroom expectations. The blog will be updated daily with relevant and changing information such as upcoming events, band and chorus rehearsals and homework assignments. We are hoping that this allows for a constant and consistent home to school connection. The website can be accessed through our district page at candor.org, and then using the Teacher Websites tab on the left side of the screen. In addition, you are always welcome to contact me here at the school at (607) 659-3935 or through email at email@example.com.
Thank you for sharing your child with me. I do not take my responsibility to them or you lightly. I am honored to be their teacher and am consider myself truly blessed to spend each day with them. A great year lies ahead!