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5 th Grade Curriculum Night

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  1. 5th Grade Curriculum Night At Prairie View, we believe . . . . . . kids come first. . . . we must provide a safe environment for students. . . . parent involvement is crucial to student success. . . . all students have the ability to achieve at high levels. . . . in high expectations for all stakeholders.

  2. How can you help your child be successful this year? • Set a time in the evening specifically for homework. If they don’t have homework, they should still read for at least 30 minutes. • Check newsletters and websites for information about upcoming events. • Find areas where you can volunteer at school. We have volunteer forms available tonight.

  3. Grading • District requirement is 8 grades per six weeks in language arts and math; at least 6 grades per six weeks are required in social studies and science. • Summative assessments or quizzes will be weighted at 60%. Of the total required, at least three will be summative with at least one summative given every two weeks. • Formative assessments that are daily assignments, quizzes or class work will be weighted at 40%

  4. Management System in 5th Grade • Reward System Students who are caught being good receive tickets. These tickets are saved up and then used to buy items from the 5th grade store or for entrance into special 5th grade events. • Consequences of inappropriate behavior include loss of recess time and lonely lunch.

  5. Workshop Terminology The introduction of workshop procedures into our curriculum has given us new terminology! We’d like to share this terminology with our parents so that you might better understand your student when he/she uses the terms in discussing what’s going on in school with you.

  6. Listen for these terms in conversations with your students… • Routines—individual course timelines; even as student schedules change, the routines in each class will remain the same. • Rituals—the practices; how we do what we do. Rituals are in parentheses and yellow text in the following slides.

  7. Language Arts/Social Studies • Essential Learning for Fifth Grade • At the end of the fifth grade, students should be able to demonstrate mastery of the following: • In Reading (READERS’ WORKSHOP) • Analyze a speaker's or author's purpose • Comprehend increasingly complex text, including fiction and nonfiction. • Judge the internal consistency or logic of text. • Analyze literary elements such as characters, plots, settings, climax and • resolution of stories. • Draw inferences in conclusions and generalizations and support them with text • evidence and/or personal experience. • Predict, based on textual evidence. • Analyze the way authors organize information. • Summarize from listening and reading.

  8. Readers’ Workshop • Routine • Opening lesson (10-15 minutes) • Work period (20-30 minutes) • Closing—Reader’s Chair (10-15 minutes) • Opening Lessons • Strategies for selecting books • Strategies for identifying genre • Reading strategies (KWTC--Know, Wonder, Think, Connect) • Prediction • Inference • Context Clues • Reading for detail • Summarization • Figurative language • Work Period • Reading Log (self-monitoring) • Independent, paired, or group reading • Reading Response Notebooks (journaling) • Closing (Reader’s Chair) • Presenting • Predicting • Questioning • Discussion

  9. Writing • In Writing (WRITERS’ WORKSHOP) • Select and use a variety of domains of writing. • Vary sentences and combine ideas to develop a writer's voice. • Use literary devices appropriately. • Revise writing for ideas, focus, and conventions. • Edit for error-free written compositions, including spelling, capitalization and punctuation. • Research, using a variety of sources, to explore concepts.

  10. Writers’ Workshop • Routine • Opening lesson (10-15 minutes) • Work period (20-30 minutes) • Closing—Author’s Chair (10-15 minutes) • Opening Lessons • Strategies for generating ideas • Organizational strategies • Editing practices/grammar/conventions • Revision strategies • Work Period • Planning (Thinking maps, webbing, T charts, Venn diagrams)—(Writer’s Sourcebook “Ideas”) • Prewriting and Research— (Writer’s Sourcebook “Ideas”) • Editing and Revision— (Writer’s Sourcebook “Try it”) • Graded Draft (Composition Notebook) • Closing (Author’s Chair) • Presenting • Publishing

  11. Social Studies • In Social Studies • Identify and explain events surrounding major eras in American • history from colonization through the 20th century. • Use geographic skills to gather, analyze and interpret data. • Describe the US free enterprise system; explain past and present • economic patterns; identify and explain important ideas or • functions of US documents, the three branches of government • and the federal system. • Describe the fundamental rights of American citizens; identify • national leaders; explain important US landmarks, symbols, • celebrations and customs. • Explain how selected works of art reflect the times in which they • were created; summarize contributions of different groups. • Explain how inventions and discoveries have shaped our country. • Use critical thinking to sequence, categorize, summarize, and draw • inferences and conclusions

  12. Science • Physical Science (physical properties, states of matter) • Energy (light, heat and sound) • Earth Science (rock cycle, water cycle, weather) • Space Science (Earth, Moon, Sun and the planets) • Life Science (Life Cycle, Food Chain and Ecosystems) • Webpage • Ask to see student notebooks!!!

  13. Math We will be working from the Investigations curriculum this year. This is a hands on and exploratory approach. It gives the students a chance to make sense of mathematics and build on the ideas that they already have. They are then able to apply these ideas to new situations.

  14. Math • Place value and numeration • LCM and GCF • Fractions and mixed numbers • Word problems • Multiplication and division • Model transformations – rotations, reflections, and translations • Geometric definitions • Elapsed time and temperature changes

  15. Standard Based Bulletin Boards • Quality Student Work • Standards (TEKS) • Description of the Task • Rubrics • Insightful Teacher Commentary

  16. STAAR Please join us at 7:00 for more information on the STAAR test What is STAAR? -State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness -The state’s student testing program (previously TAKS) -Rigorous program that will focus on readiness for success in subsequent grades, and ultimately, college and career How does STAAR differ from TAKS? -STAAR is more rigorous (requires deeper understanding and more critical thinking) -More test questions -Time limit (4 hours) Parent Guide: Texas Education Agency Texas Education Agency – Welcome

  17. STAAR • April 2nd – Math STAAR • Retest – May 14th and June 25th • April 3rd – Reading STAAR • Retest – May 14th and June 26th • April 24th – Science STAAR • Students must pass both Math and Reading to be promoted to 6th grade.

  18. GATES testing • Gifted and Talented Education • We will be glad to take parent nominations • Teachers will be nominating students over the next month

  19. What does it mean to be a Title I School? • Being a Title I school means receiving federal funding (Title I dollars) to supplement the school’s existing programs. These dollars are used for… • Identifying students experiencing academic difficulties and providing timely assistance to help these student’s meet the State’s challenging content standards. • Purchasing supplemental staff/programs/materials/supplies • Conducting parental Involvement meetings/trainings/activities • Recruiting/Hiring/Retaining Highly Qualified Teachers

  20. What is a CIP? • The CIP is your school’s Continuous Improvement Plan and includes: • A Needs Assessment and Summary of Data • Goals and Strategies to Address Academic Needs of Students • Professional Development Needs • Coordination of Resources/Comprehensive Budget • The School’s Parental Involvement Plan

  21. NORTHWEST ISD Community Flyer Page ON NISD DISTRICT WEBSITE (on the top left under community/community folder) Flyers about after school programs offered through out the district CHECK OFTEN!!-New opportunities posted every 3-4 weeks EXAMPLES OF FLYERS NOW ONLINE BOY SCOUTS GIRL SCOUTS FITNESS CLASSES VARIOUS COMMUNITY EVENTS

  22. SPECIALS CLASSESMUSIC-Mrs. Nassiff ART-Mr. BrownP.E.-Coach Gage Curriculum Overview and Grading Policy If you are interested in private piano or guitar lessons check the Community Folder on the district website or email Mrs. Nassiff for opportunities in our area.

  23. CHOIRAVAILABLE FOR ALL 4TH AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS • REGISTRATION DEADLINE-SEPT. 21ST • For more information and to register ONLINE go to or • See Mrs. Nassiff for a paper registration form.

  24. RECORDERS • All 4th and 5th grade students will be learning to play the recorder. • Each student will need 2 recorders-1 for school and 1 for home practice. • Recorders may be purchased from Mrs. Nassiff • Send $5.50 CASH for 1 and $11 for 2 in an envelope with your child’s name and homeroom teacher’s name. • For more information contact Mrs. Nassiff or go to