Syllabus

Marshall Math Science Academy
Mrs. Simone Heisey
 5th/ 6th Grade English Language Arts

Phone: 703-1400

Required Materials for class:

  • Pencils, pens, case
  • Bookbag
  • Binder, looseleaf paper, 2 pocket folders with holes, composition book (2)
  • Agenda Planner (provided by school)
  • Flashdrive

Grading:
Students will be graded on a variety of criteria, including response journals, test and quiz grades, book reports, weekly reading logs, participation in class, and research projects.

Reading:
Students will participate in read alouds, paired reading, guided reading and independent reading (SWAGR- Sit With A Good Read) throughout each week.  Daily homework includes reading a book of one’s choice for  a total of 75+ minutes by each Friday.  Research has clearly shown that when a skill is practiced often there is great improvement. 

We will use a combination of textbooks, class sets of literature and poetry.
I have a classroom library, from which students may borrow books, but I additionally highly recommend that students have regular access to a public library to choose books for silent reading.
 

Writing:
Students will write in all subject areas.  They will also use journals for creative writing and responses to literature.  Throughout the year there will be instruction and practice in different types of writing, including descriptive, narrative, informational and persuasive. Students will use these basic skills to research and produce quality final projects and reports.

Field Trips:  
Class trips are an integral part of your child’s education.  The trips recommended for 5th-6th grade are instrumental in helping children better understand what we have studied and read.   Our school fundraisers help defray some of the costs. Please assist your child in participating.

 
Some of the educational trips planned in the past have included going to see plays, experience the Harrisburg Symphony orchestra, Messiah College, poetry workshops at the Civil War Museum, Broad Street Market and/or PA Farm show, Baltimore Aquarium and others.
Parent involvement is key in making these trips a success.  Please contact me, if you are interested in chaperoning.

Parents, you are essential in your child’s education and I encourage you to come on field trips, share your talents with the class and visit your child during lunch.  Ask them to share what they are learning.  Listen to them read.  Read with them.  They still need and value your interest and guidance as they travel the rough road of adolescence.  I am honored to work with you, this year, to help your son/ daughter grow.