Mrs. Coelho - Second Grade

Welcome to 5th grade! My name is Jillian Coelho. This is my fifth year of teaching 5th grade at Akers Elementary. I graduated from Fresno State University with a Bachelors of the Arts in Liberal Studies. I then went on to receive my Multiple Subject teaching credential from Cal State Teach, Fresno State. I am very happy to be here working with your students and I look forward to a great year.

Reading: Our reading curriculum for the district is the McGraw Hill “Treasures” English-Language Arts program. We will be using the district adopted curriculum along with other supplementary materials that fit the needs of the Common Core State Standards. Students receive daily instruction in reading comprehension strategies and fluency, along with grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Additionally, students receive individualized instruction utilizing ExCEL—language arts instruction in leveled reading groups. During this time, students are taught specific reading strategies and comprehension skills in small groups, based upon their particular needs. We will pay particular attention to incorporating close reading skills using fiction and nonfiction reading selections. 

Writing: Writing is taught in a variety of genres throughout fifth grade. Narrative Stories, Response to Literature, and Persuasive Writing are the focus of fifth grade. Students continue to perfect their use of the writing process—pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Math: The basic areas of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are reviewed. Students are required to know their basic math.  In fifth grade, students are taught division, fractions, measurement, algebra, geometry, and word problems. We will be using the district adopted curriculum, McGraw-Hill "My Math,  Engage NY, and Georgia Department of Education document to guide our daily instruction.

Science: Utilizing Harcourt Science students will be focusing on a different theme each trimester. These include: weather, solar system, chemistry--atoms, molecules, and compounds, plants, and the human body.

Social Studies: This year students will be discovering explorers, Native Americans, the thirteen colonies, Revolutionary War, and will be required to learn the fifty states and capitals. There are tests and graded activities for each chapter studied. The fifth grade textbook used is Harcourt Brace Social Studies.

PE: Physical education will be taught 3 times each week. Students will assess and maintain a level of physical fitness to improve health and performance. Each student will be required to pass the fifth grade physical fitness test consisting of various performance measures and a one-mile run completed in less than 12-minutes.

Art and Music: Students receive weekly instruction from specialists in each of these areas.

Accelerated Reader: Each trimester students will be assigned a reading goal based upon their particular reading ability, along with their reading range. Students are expected to read Accelerated Reader books within their reading range at school and home. After a student has finished reading a book, they will take a multiple choice comprehension assessment on the computer. Points are awarded based upon the complexity of the book and the student’s success on each test.

Homework: Homework is assigned each evening to reinforce the day’s instruction. Assignments will be given Monday-Thursday evenings. Additionally, students are expected to read for a minimum of 20-minutes each evening.

Fifth grade students will be expected to know, understand, and be able to complete fifth grade level work according to the Common Core State Standards.

Here's a look at our daily schedule:


8:00-  Morning Bell Rings
8:00-8:15-  5 a Day Warm-up
8:15-9:15-  Excel
9:15-10:15-  English Language Arts
10:15-10:30-  Recess
10:30-11:00-  Social Studies/Science
11:00-11:45-  Band/P.E.
11:45-12:30-  Lunch
12:30-1:30-  Math
1:30-2:10-  Science/Social Studies
2:10-2:25-  Clean up/ Dismissal

Special Activities:
Band- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Art-  Wednesday
Library-  Wednesday
P.E.-  Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday