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Title: 5th Grade Curriculum Night

5th Grade Curriculum Night
  • Mrs. Vallory Darting Mrs. Kim Fognani
  • Together We S.O.A.R.

Teachers/Staff To Know
  • Homerooms-
  • Mrs. Fognani (and all of science)
  • Mrs. Darting (and all social studies)
  • Resource- Jennifer Rule Sandy King
  • ESL- Janet Fichter
  • Band/Orchestra- Mark Miller
  • Music- Jennifer Baker
  • P.E.- Andrew Schilling
  • Art- Diana Garren
  • Library- Lin Wareham-Morris
  • Counselor/Psycholoigist- Lisa George
  • Principal- K.C. Somers

Learning as a 5th Grader
  • Dependence
  • The attitude of you take care of me
  • Interdependence
  • The attitude of we can do it together as a team
  • Independence
  • The attitude of I can do it!

School and Classroom Respect Plan
  • S.O.A.R./ Our Signed Posters-
  • S- Show Integrity
  • O- Own Your Learning
  • A- Accept Responsibility
  • R- Respect Others and Self
  • Behaviors need to be observed in hallway,
    cafeteria, classroom, restroom, playground,
    bus/field trip, and assemblies
  • Ladder of Success

Respect Plan (continued)
  • S.O.A.R. Rewards
  • S.O.A.R. Tickets or raffle tickets
  • Meaning rewards and motivators
  • S.O.A.R. club once a month
  • Individual and group positive rewards
  • Prizes from S.O.A.R. tickets can be redeemed for
    events such as lunch with a teacher or playing a
    game with a friend
  • S.O.A.R. Compliments

  • Misconception My child can make up all the
    learning missed.
  • While written assignments can and must be made
    up, learning takes place both verbally and in
    hands-on activities that can not always be
  • Misconception My child can get homework before a
    trip, and well schedule time during the trip to
    complete the assignments.
  • Work is not always available before an absence
    the student is responsible for getting missed
    assignments after he/she returns. Students have 2
    days to make up work for each excused day missed.
  • Misconception It wont hurt if my child returns
    from vacation a day or two late or leaves for
    vacation early. They wont be doing anything
    important anyway.
  • Learning is significant EVERYDAY! Often times we
    are wrapping up units and assessments are given
    before breaks. Illness and doctor appointments
    should be the main reason why a child is absent.
  • Misconception Attendance during CSAP testing is
    not important to our family.
  • When a child misses a CSAP test, he/she receives
    a zero score which impacts Blue Herons overall
    rating and can be significantly reduce the school
    score, which is directly related to our federal

Class Schedule
  • 855 Opening
  • 900 Tardy Bell/Attendance
  • 910 Math
  • 1000 Specials
  • 1045 Math Small Group Work
  • 1055 Interventions
  • 1125 Science/Social Studies (homeroom)
  • 1205 Lunch/Recess
  • 1245 Science/Social Studies (rotation)
  • 125 Daily 5/CAFE (Writing/Spelling/Reading)
  • 320 Planners and Clean Up
  • 330 Dismissal

Literacy Overview
  • Daily 5- a management and organizational system
    that teaches and practices skills until behaviors
    become habitual, default behaviors
  • 5 Components of Daily 5-
  • Read to Self
  • Read to Someone
  • Work on Writing
  • Listen to Reading
  • Spelling/Work Work
  • CAFÉ- mini lessons, seat work, and goals focus on
    comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding
  • Curriculum aligned with all literacy areas and
    other subjects

Reading Curriculum
  • Word of the Week
  • Read Aloud- read to whole class to model and
    focus on the many other elements of reading
  • Fluid Guided Reading Groups (based on class test
    scores, body of evidence, and CSAP)- small groups
    to teach specific comprehension strategies
  • Shared Reading Groups- practice reading
    strategies in groups of similar interest and
    level (lit circles)
  • Independent Reading- silent, individual reading
    to develop stamina, practice reading strategies,
    and learn about a variety of genres
  • Reading Logs (150 minutes/week) and Reading
    Contract (800 pages and 3 books for the first
  • Library
  • 2nd Grade Buddies and Buddy Assistants
  • (Please see the reading and writing literacy
    statements in the school handbook.)

Writing Curriculum
  • Rebecca Sitton Spelling
  • Implement with fidelity/research-based (may look
    a little different)
  • Individualized spelling lists
  • Research has shown that if spelling is studied
    exclusively in isolation (weekly tests,
    memorizing lists), it is not as effective as
    spelling studied with a context.
  • Spelling worksheets for reading centers or home
    practice on website
  • 5th grade No Excuse words First 150 core words
    from previous grades plus new core words from our
    weekly spelling lists
  • Learn about 6 Traits 1 as we compose stories,
    poems, and research on both paper and computers
  • Craft Studies of 6 Traits 1
  • Writing Workshops- review of writing process and
  • Multiple Forms (including) journals, poetry,
    explanations in math and reading, observations in
    science, recipes, letters
  • Functional/Procedural Texts instructions,
    brochures, how-to essays
  • Persuasive (including) opinion, book review, or
  • Reflection Memoirs
  • Handwriting on final copies 50 cursive and 50

Science Curriculum
  • 5th Grade Curriculum Units
  • Human Systems
  • Heat and Change
  • Force and Motion
  • Weather
  • Growing and Changing
  • 5th graders will go to the Denver Museum of
    Nature and Science on October 28th.
  • Objectives To learn to make observations, gather
    data, collect specimens, state hypotheses,
    investigate, construct explanations and models,
    identify features, ask questions, make
    predictions, compare properties, and conduct
    research to formulate conclusions
  • Jefferson County Science Curriculum Online

Social Studies Curriculum
  • Study of Economics, Geography, History, and
  • Units
  • World in 1492 (Ancient Civilizations)
  • Exploration fo the Western Hemisphere
  • Colonial America
  • American Revolution
  • 5th graders attend Young AmeriTowne on February
    23rd (need volunteers for interviews and to
    attend YAT with us)
  • Jeffco Social Studies Curriculum Online

Math Curriculum
  • Investigations (2nd Edition)
  • 5th grade curriculum focus Develop a repertoire
    of problem solving strategies and ability to
    communicate mathematical knowledge orally and in
  • Units Factors, Multiples, Multiplication,
    Division, 2-D and 3-D Geometry, Algebra,
    Decimals, Fractions, Percents, Data Analysis, and
  • Students have text booklets for each unit
  • Differentiated Instruction (including Inside
  • Visit the Jeffco Math page for more information,
    the Investigations curriculum site, or the
    information page for Parents for more info.

Blue Heron Homework Philosophy
  • 5th graders should have 30-60 minutes of homework
    a night (including 30 minutes of independent
    reading 5 times a week)
  • What if students are not done in that time?
  • Extension/completion of classroom work
  • Typically there will be homework in math
  • Log (class work takes first priority)
  • Reading Log (150 min./week)

Importance of Independent Reading
  • "The amount of free reading done outside of
    school has consistently been found to relate to
    growth in vocabulary, reading comprehension,
    verbal fluency, and general information,"
    explains Bernice Cullinan of New York University
    in an article on independent reading and school
    achievement in 2000 (Anderson, Wilson, and
    Fielding 1998 Greaney 1980 Guthrie Greaney
    1991 Taylor, Frye, Maruyama 1990).
  • She continues by explaining that research shows
    the more students read outside of school, the
    higher they score on reading achievement and
    standardized assessments (Anderson, Fielding,
    Wilson 1998).

Homework, cont.
  • Students are responsible for asking teachers
    about homework missed in class.
  • Set aside a quiet place to study at home
  • Our hope is that you make it a priority and make
    it the students responsibility
  • Planners
  • Please check and initial planners every night.
  • Homework is not due until the next day, so they
    need to show you.
  • A tool to build study skills and independence

Grades/Report Cards
  • 4s Advanced/Above Grade Level Expectations
    (similar to an A)
  • 3s Proficient/Meeting the Standard, where we
    strive for all students to be at or above
    (similar to an A)
  • 2s Partially Proficient/Making Progress Toward
    the Standard, students work is not quite
    satisfactory (similar to a C or D)
  • 1s Unsatisfactory/Lacking Adequate Progress,
    student needs to redo (similar to an F)
  • Look at our Jeffco Report Cards online
    Intermediate by Number Grade, Trimesters with
    Spelling Tests

Special Dates
  • Flex Days
  • Fall- August 20th and September 17th
  • Spring- April 29th and May 3rd
  • Conferences
  • Fall- October 12th and 14th
  • Spring- February 15th and 17th
  • Report Cards Home
  • Trimester 1- November 19th
  • Trimester 2- March 4th
  • Trimester 3- May 27th
  • Trip to Denver Museum of Nature and Science on
    October 28th
  • CSAP First few weeks in March (please plan for
    students to be in class, all day, every day)
  • Young AmeriTowne February 23rd

5th Grade Web Site
  • Please visit www.dartingteacher.com for classroom
    newsletters, homework, and links that support our
    classroom work.
  • Also links to Blue Heron, the new math
    curriculum, the Student Internet Use Policy, and
    Jeffcos Connections page
  • Students are required to look at homework page
    every night, along with filling out planners
  • Updated nightly

  • SOAR Club trinkets and little prizes
  • Donors Choose www.donorschoose.org (projects,
    put Blue Heron in keyword)
  • Scholastic online book orders www.scholastic.com

How to Contact Us
  • Send a quick note with your child to school in
    his or her planner, send us an e-mail, or arrange
    for a short meeting for after school
  • Mrs. Kim Fognani- kfognani_at_jeffco...
  • Mrs. Vallory Darting- www.dartingteacher.com
  • Please dont forget to leave us your e-mail on
    the sign in sheet before you leave!

I Dreamed
  • I dreamed I stood in a studio
  • And watched two sculptors there,
  • The clay they used was a young child's mind
  • And they fashioned it with care.
  • One was a teacher
  • The tools she used were books and music and art.
  • One was a parent with a guiding hand
  • And a gentle, loving heart.
  • And when at last their work was done
  • They were proud of what they had wrought.
  • For the things they had worked into the child
  • Could never be sold or bought.
  • And each agreed she would have failed
  • If she had worked alone,
  • For behind the parent stood the school,
  • And behind the teacher stood the home.
  • -Ray A. Lingenfelter

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