I am so excited for my second year teaching 5th grade here at Akers Elementary! I have been a military spouse for over 10 years and have two of my own children attending Akers in 1st and 3rd grades. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2005. This is my second year teaching 5th grade and I previously taught 1st and 2nd grades in Corpus Christi, Texas.
- This year the goal for my students is for them to deeply engage in their learning through a variety of resources. Through various technologies, students will be able to collaborate with one another and connect their learning to both themselves and their world. We will utilize the applications on our iPads to focus on our critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity in order to become 21st Century learners. Our school district follows the California Common Core State Standards in all subjects and more information can be found by visiting http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/
- Our morning at school begins with Reading and Language Arts. We will be following our newly adopted California Wonders ELA resources, as well as reading and studying literary novels through literature circles. We will explore the ideas of “Team Work,” “Taking a Stand,” and “Conflict Shapes Character” through a variety of informational and literary texts, videos, and classroom activities. In addition, we will be writing narrative, informational, and opinion essays that are integrated with material throughout our curriculum.
- In Social Studies we study U.S. History, focusing on early civilizations and exploration, colonial settlements and causes of the American Revolution, and our country’s independence and western expansion. In addition, we will learn to spell and identify all fifty states and capitals on a map of the United States. We will also have the opportunity (tentatively this spring) to ride the train to Sacamento, California to visit the state’s capitol and Old Town Sacramento.
- In Math our resources will be the My Math book by McGraw-Hill, Mathematics Georgia Standards of Excellence, and the Engage NY curriculum. The subjects we will be learning will be the Order of Operations, Decimals, Multiplying and Dividing Decimals, Add/Subtract/Multiply/Divide Fractions, Volume and Measurement, Geometry and the Coodinate Plane, and 2D Figures. We will be learning how to connect math to our every day lives and gain a better number sense. Students will be encouraged to continue to work on their multiplication math facts throughout the year.
- In Science students will be focusing on Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Physical Sciences through our text and online, interactive resources on Nearpod. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on experiments and will complete projects building a plant and animal cell.
- For homework this year, students will only be required to read a minimum of 30 minutes a night and answer one reflection question, at least five times a week. This will be a great way to log our reading throughout the year and my hope is for students to gain a love for reading. This will also improve their comprehension and fluency. In addition, students will be asked to study their spelling words. My hope is for students to enjoy time at home with their families discussing their learning and reinforcing a positive school-home connection.
- I expect students to follow both school and classroom rules and use positive reinforcement as my classroom discipline procedure. I utilize a clip chart where students have the opportunity to "clip up" or "clip down" throughout their day. When students reach the top of the clip chart, they can receive incentives to reward their positive choices.
- 5th Graders will have the unique opportunity to be part of the concert band, meeting three times a week. They will attend P.E. two times a week, art once a week, and will visit the library once a week. We will be participating in the Accelerated Reader program daily within our classroom.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with your amazing students this year! My favorite thing about teaching 5th grade is watching the children become such deep thinkers, begin developing their own opinions and ideas, while learning how to effectively work together with peers in a collaborative setting.