Our fifth grade curriculum is comprehensive and challenging. We continue with our SRA math series which utilizes a variety of methods and activities to focus on whole number, decimal and fraction operations, geometry, measurement, story problems, and math communication. Our strong language arts program includes our McGraw-Hill Language computer based spelling/vocabulary program, and a wide variety of trade books. Using our Faith First religion series and Benzinger family life materials, we study the Sacraments, prayer, moral decision making, and Catholic social teaching as we continue to grow in our faith, to worship together, and to serve others. Our 5th grade Social studies work takes us through time and across continents as we learn about the history and geography of our country. Classes in physical education and fine arts provide an important strand supported by daily immersion in technology, including student lap tops and computer lab access. With a multitude of interesting and engaging activities in all of our subject areas, fifth grade is a year of unbounded academic, spiritual, and social growth.
Why I assign homework:
I believe homework is of value as it reinforces the material learned in class and allows students to practice and internalize new information and skills; it prepares students for upcoming lesson; it teaches responsibility; and it helps students develop positive study habits.
When homework will be assigned:
Homework will be assigned throughout the week. Assignments should take less than one hour to complete each night, not including studying for tests or working on long term reports/projects. A spelling test will be given each week. Students will receive advance notice of other tests. Monthly book reports will be assigned.
Student’s Homework Responsibilities:
• Complete all assignments to the best of your ability, if you are having difficulty, see me for help
• Complete all assignments neatly; put your name/heading on each
• Bring completed work to school and have it ready to turn in
• Write your assignments down in your assignment notebook and check them off as you complete them.
• Return signed folders, papers, tests, etc. by the due date
Teacher’s Homework Responsibilities:
I will check all assignments. Work that is not up to standards will need to be corrected or redone. I will post daily homework assignments at www.schoolnotes.com. Because I believe in the value that positive support plays in motivating good study habits, I will provide the following:
• Daily- sticker on homework card
• Weekly- positive note with folder
• Whole class for the day- bonus student sticker- star towards a class reward
Parents’ Homework Responsibilities:
Parents play a key role in making homework a positive experience for their children. Therefore, I ask that parents make homework a priority. It is important to provide a quiet homework environment, necessary supplies, a set homework time, and lots of praise and support. Parents should contact me if they notice a problem. Daily assignments may be accessed after 4P.M. each day on www.schoolnotes.com
If a Student Doesn’t Complete Homework:
If a student chooses not to do his/her homework, it will be noted on the weekly folder, no homework sticker will be earned that day, and the following consequences will result:
Day 1 Work marked “Late”, completed and turned in by the next day
Day 2 Recess time used to complete late assignment
Day 3 Phone call to parent plus Day 2 consequences
Day 4 Prior consequences plus a parent conference and initiation of a homework contract
Mrs. Janice Walsen