Required Materials for class:
- Pencils, pens, case
- Binder with loose-leaf paper, 2 pocket folders with holes and 2 composition books
- Agenda Planner (provided by school)
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.
We will use a combination of textbooks, class sets of literature and poetry to learn and practice a variety of reading strategies.
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 15-30 minutes each evening. Research has clearly shown that when a skill is practiced often there is great improvement.
I have a classroom library, from which students may borrow books. I would also encourage students to have regular access to a public library to choose books for silent reading.
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, persuasive and text dependent analysis. Students will use these basic skills to research and produce quality final projects and reports.
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.
Some of the educational trips planned for this school year are for 6th graders to read their books to Melrose students, and poetry workshops at the Midtown Scholar and Broad Street Market for 5th graders and the Farm Show for 6th graders.
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 or recess. There are many other ways that you can enhance your child’s learning this year. For example, you could ask your student to share what they are learning, listen to them read or even read with them. It is an honor to be working with you and your child this year.