Every student will fill out their assignment book on a daily basis. A teacher will review the assignment book and sign it at the end of the day. Please make a point to look at the assignment book each evening.
Goals & Reflections
Each week, the students will write a student goal for the upcoming week. They will be encouraged to think about how they might meet these goals (lead measures), what they will need in order to do so, and whether or not they need teacher support in meeting them. They will also reflect on how they did with their previous week's goal. The students will communicate about this through their leadership notebooks. Please take this opportunity to review your children's goals and reflect on their areas of growth.
The fifth graders are working on a variety of reading skills and activities, including fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. They will do this through a variety of instructional materials and activities. They will be exposed to increasingly complex texts and vocabulary and will do work that requires them to truly understand what they have read. While homework is often only sent home when an in-class assignment is not finished, it is important to have your 5th grader read for 20 minutes each evening. You can have them read silently, read to you or another family member, read to them, read the newspaper, cookbook, TV guide, etc., but please have them engaged in reading for 20 minutes every day.
Your child will have an individualized list of words which they will manipulate through word sorts and activities. The words will be introduced through classroom work, but much of the written work will come home as homework.
5th grade promises to be a year of mathematical growth. Your child will continue to hone his/her multiplication and division skills. There is no question that these are easier tasks, when the students are fluent with their math facts. The new curriculum is very rigorous. As we work through the lessons in class, the teachers will determine whether or not students require homework for that evening. There might be unfinished work sent home, but not in excess of one or two pages. Please work on math facts each evening. It is always helpful to continue working with money and time as well.
Social Studies / Science
Most of this work will be completed in class. However, your child will occasionally bring home a worksheet or incomplete work from the day’s lesson.