Fifth Grade Science                                                                         Centerville-Abington Elementary 

    I am excited to be teaching 5th grade science. Science is often thought of one of the most enjoyable classes. Fifth grade science can be that subject. I will plan an exciting field trip, computer based projects, class participation, and multiple opportunities for hands on projects. However, there will be work, studying, note taking, homework, tests, and learning to do also.

    In my class, students will also be earning their grade for spelling. Spelling will come directly from the reading series. We must share the workbook with the reading teacher, Mrs. Kassens. This is why we will not tear the pages out of the book. Books will be collected and graded in class on Friday. Not every item will be graded, but a random selection to form a grade will be, and combined into one homework grade for the week.

    Each class will have an SSR time during the day. This will be conducted either during science or social studies classes. So some students will have me for SSR, and some will not. However, it is expected that you have your AR book at all classes even if you do not have assigned SSR time with me.

    Every classroom is different, and every teacher has different expectations. Here are the basics of what will be expected of students and parents in fifth grade science.

1.         One of the most unique things I will be doing this year in science class will be the participation/student behavior grades. This is the fifth grade version, but will be found in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science classes.

    We will be using Classroom Dojo on a daily basis to track participation and behavior in class. This will be made available to the students and parents through special codes online. Students will earn points for following classroom rules, earning good grades, and participation.  

    The Dojo Participation will be turned into a grade at the end of each nine weeks period. Students will be expected to earn 30 points each nine weeks for an “A” grade. This grade will count as much as two tests and is considered very important.

2.         Be prepared for homework and projects. These will be expected to be turned in on the due date given. Late or missing work will result in a card. I will accept late work if completed at home (not in class). Not all teachers will be willing to take late work. However, I will not ask for it. Students will need to be proactive and bring it to me.

     For my room, I will assign all normal homeworks on Monday, and they will be due on Friday.  So on Monday, you will know what homework will be due in my class, and I encourage everyone to plan accordingly.

3.         Every student needs to be responsible and organized. Students will need to take an active part in what they learn. I EXPECT YOUR BEST, YOU SHOULD GIVE BEST, PARENTS WILL PUSH FOR YOUR BEST, AND YOU CAN DO IT.

4.         All students are expected to come to class prepared. This will mostly include having a    sharpened pencil, assignment book, AR book, and text book. We will use other materials such as scissors or crayons on occasion and it will be posted outside my door on those days. They are expected to be in your lockers until then.

5.         Grades- Grades will be weighted based on the level of independent work. A test is taken without any opportunity for help and will be worth more than a homework assignment where students could have multiple opportunities for help.

    Grades will be posted as quickly as possible, but not until all students have completed and turned in the assignment. This can really slow down the posting if a student from any section is out sick for an extended amount of time.

6.             I will be using the Classroom Dojo to curb small behavior infractions, but the entire school will still be using the “card” system. This can be found in the student handbook.

7.             Each day will include a 20 minute SSR time. SSR has been said to mean self sustained reading (reading by yourself) or Self Selected Reading (reading what you have picked). Whichever definition you choose is fine, but each student will be expected to have an AR book every day. I have a modest classroom library that will not be open during our normal class period. If you do not have an AR book with you at class then a science book will be given to you at the cost of Dojo Points, pulling a card, or both.

8.             Assignment books- Students will be expected to bring these to every class. We will fill ours out for both science and spelling on Monday, and only occasionally add to it during the week. I will only sign it on Mondays. If parents send me a note, the student must make me aware of this, because I will not check them every day in class.

            



Contacting me—The best way to get to me is through e-mail. jtalbot@centerville.k12.in.us  I will of course respond to notes through students, or phone calls made to school, but e-mail is the easiest and most practical for me.