Welcome to 5th Grade!
|Mrs. Frazier's Web Page||Mrs. Sumbera's Web Page|
|7:40-8:00||Sign in/Get contract folders and supplies|
|11:30-11:35||Prepare for lunch|
|12:20-12:30||Pack for Large Groups|
|3:20-3:30||Pack to go home|
Mass Days - Morning Schedule:
Reading - Mrs. Sumbera
Most of the work will be done in their workbook. Daily work may be done in pencil, however, all tests must be completed in ink. Ten points will be deducted for test not in ink and any work not in cursive. For the reading grade, 10% is based on contract work, 30% on daily work, and 60% on tests.
There will be an assigned book report almost every month that is due at the end of the month. The form of the book report and the type will vary each month. The book report will count as a reading test grade. See below for list of due dates and type of report.
The students are expected to do two daily analogies in their reading spirals every morning. A daily grade will be taken on these analogies each week and a test will be given once every 9 weeks. It is important for students to master the art of analogies because they appear on many standardized tests.
AR points will be used only as Bonus Points. Bonus Points will be added to the Daily Average.
The students will be given vocabulary words to study that are independent of the story they are reading. They will be given assignments that cover these words during contracts and as homework. They will have a test over these words about every 2-3 weeks.
There will be one novel assigned each nine-week period. These will be read as homework assignments and tests will be given periodically during the reading as well as the end of each novel.
|Math - Mrs. Frazier
The textbook used in math class is Progress in Mathematics published by Sadlier-Oxford.
The students can take home the textbook and workbook whenever they choose. Homework will be assigned most days and will come from the workbook and occasionally the text. All work must be done in pencil. Ten points will be deducted for work done in ink. Any work done in the spiral as well as loose-leaf paper must have a complete heading. Ten points will be deducted for incomplete, missing or incorrect headings.
|Math grades will be calculated as follows:
60% on test and quiz scores
30% on daily work and participation
10% on contracts
Each student has drawn two chapters, in a random drawing. They will be responsible for a project on each of those chapters. Two types of projects will be done. Some students have drawn bulletin boards. These will be due at the beginning of each chapter and will be displayed during the studying of the chapter. The other projects will be tabletop projects (not posters or written reports.) These projects will be presented at the end of the chapter. Both types will be presented with a 2-3 minute oral presentation.
|Religion grades are calculated as follows:
50% - tests
50% - participation and homework
|Science grades will be calculated as follows:
60% - tests
40% - daily grades, lab investigations and participation
|Catch'em Being Good
Catch'em being goods may be given as a reward to students for:
1. Following classroom rules
2. Being helpful/courteous
3. Keeping desk and/or lockers neat
|-NC||Not Checked||10 pts each lesson|
|-C||Corrections||5 pts each lesson|
|-H||Heading||1 pt each lesson|
|-NCC||Not checked correctly||20 pts each lesson|
|-O||Out of order||5 pts off contract grade|
|-FD||Not following directions||5 pts each lesson|
|-INC||Incomplete||4 - 15 pts|
|-RC||Corrections not rechecked||12 - 15 pts|
|-N||Neatness needed||1 - 5 pts|
|10-17||N (Needs improvement)|
|Every homework assignment, whether written, read, or studied, is expected to be completed on time and done well. If written work is not completed satisfactorily or on time, 25 points will be deducted from the assignment grade. The assignment must be turned in on the next day or the student will receive a "0". In addition, the student may have to stay after school or miss Art/P.E. on Friday.
|0 - 9 signings||S (Satisfactory)|
|10-17 signings||N (Needs Improvement)|
|18+ signings||U (Unsatisfactory)|
|0 - 3 signings||S|
|4 - 7 signings||N|
****Any students with an unsatisfactory conduct grade will NOT be eligible for the honor roll.
Honor Roll is determined in the following manner:
* High Honors - overall average between 94 and 100 with no subject average below 90
* Honors - overall average between 85 and 93 with no subject average below 85
Since Mrs. Kubenka and Mrs. Mason will only see the students approximately 40 minutes each day, these teachers will give a separate conduct grade. It will be determined as follows:
It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all assigned work. The student is required daily to record all assignments in the school assignment book. On the day of an absence, assignments will be sent to the office and should be picked up after school unless other arrangements have been made.
Students who do not follow classroom rules sign the "Behavior Book".
Homework assignments serve 2 purposes: the assignments reinforce the classroom instruction, and the assignments measure how well the instruction has been absorbed. Parents should emphasize the positive aspects of homework and demonstrate an active interest in the student's day-to-day assignments. However, this means the student does his/her own homework. An atmosphere conducive to study should be provided for the students in the home.
In order to help students become more responsible for their actions and to be proud of their accomplishments, we use a Responsibility Book. The following are items the students will need to be responsible for:
* Turning in signed papers, tests, and contracts. Contracts only need to be signed if they are under 70%
* All signed papers are due on Tuesday
* Signing up for lunch
* Following uniform policy
* Having correct materials for class
* Keeping up with their property
* Keeping books covered at all times
* Completing homework
The students are allowed 9 signings of the responsibility book per month with no consequences. The end of each month will be their "Pay Day". Those students who signed 9 or less times will be treated to a party as their reward. However, all marks for the grading period will accumulate and be included on their report card as follows:
Once a student has accumulated 5 they can "cash" them in for one of the following:
1. Remove one responsibility book signing (1 per grading period)
2. Remove one discipline book signing (1 per grading period)
3. One free homework assignment (with teacher approval)
4. Drop a low daily grade (1 per 9 week grading period per subject)
Contracts are given out on Mondays and are turned in on Fridays. Contracts do not need to be signed and returned unless the grade is below 70.
There are a total of 5 lessons on each contract. Each lesson is worth 20 points. Deductions are made for the following:
Extra credit will be announced throughout the course. If at any time your child needs extra help please let me know. I will arrange a time after school to work with them.
Corrections are expected to be made on all tests with scores below 70. The corrections must be made on a separate piece of paper with a complete heading. The missed or skipped questions and correct answers must be written out completely. These corrections must be stapled to the signed test and returned to the teacher the next morning before class begins. Test corrections returned late or incorrectly done, will not receive any extra points.
Language Arts - Mrs. Kubenka
Language Arts is a 40-minute class that meets daily. It includes English and Spelling/Vocabulary. The English textbook is Language Arts, McGraw-Hill. Each student will use a classroom textbook and have a consumable workbook. Daily work, or homework, will be done in the workbook or a designated spiral notebook.
**Language grades will be calculated: 60% tests and 40% daily work.
Spelling is included in the 40-minute class. The students will use a consumable workbook entitled Everyday Spelling, Scott-Foresman-Addison Wesley. Workbooks will be graded before the test and daily grades will be taken. Spelling tests are generally given EVERY Friday.
**Spelling grades will be calculated: 75% tests and 25% daily work.
Science - Mrs. Mason
Science meets every afternoon for 40 minutes. Each student has been issued a Harcourt Science textbook. They will use a spiral for writing vocabulary, taking notes, and for all other assigned daily work. A daily grade will be given for the science spiral in order to encourage organizational skills. Workbook copies will be issued for class work, homework, and laboratory investigations.
Two tests will generally be given for each chapter. A vocabulary test will be given at the beginning of the chapter. It will require the students to match science vocabulary words with their definitions. These words will be in the text as well as in the student's spiral. At the end of the chapter a test will also be given; it will include vocabulary. Each chapter will take approximately two weeks to cover. Students are expected to make corrections on test scores of less than 70. The corrections must have the question and answer written out in complete sentences. Corrections need to be stapled to the signed test and returned the next morning in order to receive extra points.
Laboratory investigations will be assigned to teach the students basic skills necessary to do experiments, follow scientific procedures, and interpret data.
There will also be a research project assigned this year. Mrs. Kubenka and Mrs. Frazier will be working together on this project and both will be taking grades on different aspects of the work. More information will follow.
Grades will be calculated as follows:
60% test scores and projects
40% daily work and participation
Religion - Mrs. Sumbera
We have Religion class everyday. Our textbook, which is published by Sadlier, is called We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments and teaches the students about the sacraments of the Church. The students will be writing notes in their sprials. These notes are to be used when studying for Religion tests.
The students will have projects to do throughout the year. They will be given ample time to do these.
An important facet of our religion is service. Your child will be encouraged to participate in class service projects from time to time. We urge you to set an example for them. They will have a service journal and will be responsible for doing at least one service project a week. They need to do one service project a month that is not for a family member. You will need to sign their service journals weekly. The blue service journal will be handed in on the last Friday of each month.
Social Studies - Mrs. Frazier
The textbook used is Social Studies in the United States, published by Scotts-Foresman. Each student will be issued a textbook and a workbook. Notes and vocabulary will be kept in a spiral. The notes will serve as a study guide and are extremely important. Content tests and vocabulary tests will be given at the end of each chapter. All tests are announced and posted at the beginning of each chapter.
Students will be given 8 geography questions to complete each week. The questions will be written and answered in a spiral. Time is allowed for answering these questions in class; however the students are encouraged to complete them at home as needed. A daily grade will be taken on these each Friday. A test will be given every 4 weeks consisting of 20 questions from the previous 4 weeks. The students will be allowed to use their atlas for the test.
We will check and review homework at the beginning of each class. New concepts will be introduced and discussed. Homework will then be assigned and the students are expected to use any remaining class time to begin work. Quizzes will be given after every two or three lessons and a test will be given at the end of each chapter.
Most days a Mad Minute, or time multiplication test, will be given. The students will be given 1 minute to complete 30 multiplication facts. As the year progresses, 50 facts will be worked in 1 minute. A daily grade will be taken from these tests each week.