5th GradeG.A.T.E. 10Curriculum Night Hart Elementary – Cyndi Anderson & Jaci Baxter Lovejoy Elementary – Dallena Nash & Sandra Dennis Puster Elementary – Caroline Garcia & Grant Kuneman
Questions? If you have questions, please write them on a sticky note, and place them on the questions paper. We will answer all the questions in a newsletter by Friday, September 21st.
Mission Statement Mission Statement The mission statement of the GATE 10 Program is: We believe in persevering through the rigor of true learning in order to: expand individual boundaries, develop character, and thrive in a competitive world.
Curriculum Overview • Parallels the standards (TEKS) of a regular classroom while embedding rigor, depth, and complexity • Integrated Unit Studies • Novels and Humanity Circles • Non-fiction • Art • Music • Social Studies • Latin • Grammar • Writing Workshop
Fifth Grade • Universal Theme: Diversity Brought About by Conflict • Declarations • Johnny Tremain, Forbes • George vs. George, Schnazer • Explorers, Colonial America, American Revolutionary War, Slavery • Disenchantment • The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster • Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, Bill of Rights, Constitution • Diversity • The Cay, Taylor • WWI, WWII
A Day in the Life… • A typical class incorporates every subject. A day in the IS classroom might include: • Reading Workshop • A short read-aloud from a companion novel. • Reflection • Read-along with annotations (student note-taking) • Reading Skill Lessons (Mini-lessons) • Humanity Circles • Writing Workshop • 2 Minute Memoirs • Writing Process • Grammar • Latin • Mini-lessons • Social Studies • Integrated with Reading and Writing Workshops • Primary and Secondary Sources • Collaborative Learning • Engaged students focused on reading, writing, conversation, open-ended questioning, and connecting to the Depth and Complexity icons.
Humanity Circles • “Humanity” or “Literature” Circles are flexible groups of students who have read the same book, and meet weekly to discuss it. • Books provided by the school. • Humanity Circles… • Promote a positive attitude toward reading • Provide a choice and encourage responsibility • Encourage extensive/intensive reading • Invite discussions that lead to inquiry and critical thinking • Support responses from multiple perspectives • Foster interactions and collaboration • Nurture reflection and self-evaluation • (Owen, 1995)
Outcomes of I.S. • Inspire Confidence • Fostering Participation • Build for Success • Making Connections Across Disciplines • Developing Metacognition (self-thinking) at a Depth and Complexity level
MATH BASICS • Everyday for 90 minutes • The accelerated curriculum is enriched with depth and complexity. • In Grade 5 – Review 5th, learn 6th and many 7th grade TEKS
Daily Math Lessons • We teach the TEKS through problem solving and hands on experiences. • Examples: • Manipulatives • Analyzing data to determine meaning of words and how to build conceptual knowledge • Variety of strategies
Independent PracticeLooks Like… • Playing Math games • Problem solving in groups, with a partner, or independently • Small group teacher sessions • Journal reflections • Practice applying skills at a deeper level
Homework • Problem solving (some non-routine such as used in Math Olympiad) • Opportunity to share strategies and attempts—even unsuccessful ones—with classmates on due date • Skill review/practice as needed • Expectation for improved success as the year progresses • Time commitment: Max. 15-20 mins per night unless by choice
Lovejoy Gifted Association • The LGA is a not-for-profit advocacy group for all gifted children in Lovejoy ISD. Membership is open to all persons interested in the mission of the organization. • Academic Enrichment: http://www.lovejoyisd.net/MP.cfm?P=6566
GATE 10 Thank you for sharing your brilliant children with us this year! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions throughout the year, or write it on a sticky note if you have one tonight.