Welcome to the school year!
Your child is now a fifth grader - one of the big kids of Appleby! I look forward to getting to know your child and providing guidance and support as he/she faces these challenges head on.
We will work together to ensure the success of your child. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me. I ask that you help to support your child's learning by making sure your child attends school daily and is organized, well-rested, and nourished. Most days, students will be given homework in one or more subjects for extra practice at home. It is the student's responsibility to complete and hand in homework on time, but you can help your child be successful by setting up a quiet and well-lit area for your child to do his/her homework.
Our science program consists of hands-on activities and experiments. The topics are Mixtures and Solutions – where students delve into chemistry and learn about the physical properties that make up our universe;Living Systems – where students take a look at life at every level of organization to acknowledge that it involves multiple parts working together in systems; and Earth and Sun - where students study the atmosphere. Teacher observation, questioning, lab participation, quizzes, and tests will be used for evaluation.
In mathematics, we will study from the Math Expressions program, which uses an exploratory approach to learning concepts. We will learn concepts in geometry, division, fractions, decimals, percents, algebra, probability, ratios, rates, and more. Students will build upon previously learned information and expand their mathematical knowledge. Math quizzes and chapter tests will help determine mastery of concepts.
In social studies, students will focus on learning American history. We will use Joy Hakim's book series The History of US as a backdrop to study Native Americans, colonization, the Revolutionary War, and the formation of our government. We will also explore westward expansion, slavery, and the beginning of the Civil War. Document based questions and historical analysis of primary sources will form a major part of learning and evaluation.
In language arts, we will start off the year reading The Orphan of Ellis Island, and progress through the first marking period reading various types of literature from the Harcourt Collections anthology. As the year progresses, we will get into studies of novels and drama. Among those books studied are Number the Stars, Holes, The Iliad, (from a translation created especially for children), and The Odyssey (also a children's translation). Chapter tests and vocabulary quizzes will be given, as well as end of the story tests. There will also be literature circles assignments, as well as independent book projects, throughout the year. In writing, students will be working with Harcourt Grammar and Sadlier Oxford vocabulary.
This year students have the following specials: art, gym, music, library, and computers. In addition to specials, the children will also have world language lessons through the year.
I am privileged to be your child's teacher this year, and I thank you for your continued support.
Mrs. Lisa David