Mr. Turner's Math

Hello! My name is Rick Turner, and I will be teaching math this year for all of 5th grade at Bradford Woods, as well as science and social studies. I went to Clarion University and graduated with a mid level teaching certificate, specializing in math. I've also focused my grad work on math, science, and understanding how the brain learns! I am passionate about teaching and learning, and I love to help students discover how brilliant they really are. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me an email!


Grades will be based off of chapter tests, quizzes, student involvement, completion of homework, and class projects. Chapter tests will make up close to 50% of the student's grade per 9 weeks.


I do not like to assign a lot of homework, but what is assigned is expect to be completed. It will be a review of what we learned in class that day, and shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes. It will be checked for completion the following day and worth 2 points if every problem is attempted, 1 point if more than half complete, and 0 points if less than half is attempted.


5th grade will be using a three strike policy this year, and each teacher will communicate any issues. Recess can be lost after three strikes. If a problem persists, I will contact you to see how we can remedy the situation. If there is an issue you are seeing at home, please let me know as soon as possible.

Please check in often, especially if you happen to miss a day or two of school so that you can stay caught up!

Your kids had a good time trying to answer these questions today. See how you can do and ask them to explain why we used these specific questions, and how it relates to thinking fast and thinking slow.

How much is the ball?

If you go to a store and spend $1.10 on a ball and a bat, and the bat costs $1.00 more than the ball, how much was the ball?

When is the lake half full?

On a lake, there are lily pads growing. Every day the amount of lily pads doubles. If the lake is full on day 40, on what day was it half full?

How long to make 10 widgets?

5 machines can make 5 widgets in 5 minutes. How long would it take 10 machines to make 10 widgets?

Cultivating an environment where we embrace challenges and learn from our failures.