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Grade 5

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Our goal is to encourage every student to perceive learning as a continuing process. Education should prepare children to be productive and responsible members of our local and global communities. Students should recognize that learning is relevant and meaningful, and a life-long process.

In the fifth grade, the staff strives to promote student confidence and independence in order to begin the process of preparing students for the middle school. Students follow a daily schedule and switch classes for the core subject areas and related arts. Each student is assigned a locker and an assignment pad to develop organizational skills and study habits.

Fifth grade students are important members of the GHR community as they are role models for younger students. To foster good citizenship, students are expected to follow these guidelines:

  • Respect classmates and teachers.
  • Cooperate and help others.
  • Be responsible and organized.
  • Have a positive attitude and do their best.

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Language Arts

Topics of Study

Writing
  • Expository
  • Editing/Revising
  • Poetry
  • Grammar
  • Research
Reading
  • Literature (Variety of Genres)
  • Text Connections
  • Inferencing
  • Sequencing
  • Summarizing
  • Character Analysis
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Literary Devices

Math

Eureka Math Parent Resources

Science

Topics of Study

  • Science Process Skills
  • Microscope
  • Brain & Sense Organs
  • Earth/Moon
  • Sound
  • Light

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Social Studies

Topics of Study

  • Geography/Mapping Skills
  • Explorers
  • Colonial America
  • Pre-Revolution Era
  • The American Revolution
  • Government

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Homework Policy

Homework is an important extension of activities begun in school by students under the guidance of their teachers and continued at home. Working together, home and school can guide students as they develop their learning capacities by making possible experiences which foster learning.

Homework provides for practice of skills and application of principles based upon work begun in the classroom. It may enrich school experiences and promote a permanent interest in learning. A secondary goal of homework is to stimulate individual initiative, personal responsibility and self-direction.

Listed below are the responsibilities of teachers, students and parents with regard to homework.

Teachers will:
  • Assign homework that is meaningful and useful to individuals.
  • Provide appropriate and timely response to all homework assignments.
  • Monitor long-term assignments in order to avoid last minute student efforts.
  • Provide a balance between long-range and short-term assignments.
  • Give clear, concise directions; allow time for student questions, consider availability of materials; provide legible worksheets when used.
  • Ensure that students who are absent know how they may make up homework.
Students will:
  • Record the directions for homework.
  • Ask questions when necessary to clarify the assignment.
  • Follow a schedule and keep materials in order.
  • Hand in, on time, neat, accurate and meaningful products.
  • Plan time for completion of long-term assignments.
  • Determine and complete homework assigned during absence.
Parents will:
  • Provide a suitable place for study.
  • Help students develop routine home study habits.
  • Ensure that absence does not interfere with academics.
  • Assist and correct, but not do the actual work and notify the teacher if students experienced extreme difficulty.
  • Be aware of long-term assignments and assist students in learning to budget their time accordingly.
  • Check the assignment pad if he/she observes an absence of homework.

Because the time required of individuals to complete assignments varies, homework activities must, therefore, be planned to meet each student’s individual learning profile. Though it is impossible to predict the time necessary for all students to complete assignments because of different learning rates and age levels, the following is suggested:

  • Monday – Reading, Math, LA, Science
  • Tuesday – Reading, Math, Social Studies
  • Wednesday – Reading, Math, Science
  • Thursday – Reading, Math, LA, Social Studies

Organization Guidelines

Necessary School Supplies:

  1. Silent reading book
  2. Sharpened pencils with erasers
  3. Loose leaf binder or trapper with lined paper
  4. At least 5 folders for loose leaf binder
    1. Math
    2. LA/Reading
    3. Social Studies
    4. Science
    5. Homework/Notices
  5. Assignment Pad – This will be provided by the fifth grade teachers.

The above materials should fit neatly into the binder.

Suggestions for Supplies to have at home:
  1. Supply of lined paper and pencils with erasers
  2. Crayons and colored pencils
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Calculator
  6. Dictionary

The teachers would appreciate it if parents would…

Help students organize binders and folders at least once a week.

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