Curriculum and Policies

 

 

5th Grade

 Mrs. Mason

Wildewood Elementary

 

Contact Information

Wildewood telephone number:  (402) 331-6475

Email:  carrie.mason@ralstonschools.org

 

Math:  Our math series is Math Expressions.  Students will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers and decimals.  They will also be studying fractions, geometry, and measurement.  Problem solving will be a part of math throughout the year. It is important for your child to complete his or her math homework.  This will help prepare him or her for quizzes and unit tests.

 

Science:  In science, students use consumable textbooks they can write in and keep at the end of the year.  This series focuses on scientific inquiry and utilizes many reading strategies.  Family Life Education (FLE) will also be part of science this year.  You will receive more information about FLE second semester.

 

Social Studies: Your child will be learning about United States geography, map skills, explorers, and American history this year in social studies.  Mrs. Malone will be teaching social studies to both fifth grade classes.

 

Reading:  Our reading series, Storytown, focuses on important reading strategies and skills that will improve student comprehension.  Fluency, spelling, and grammar are also part of this series. 

 

Spelling:  Students will be given a spelling pretest consisting of 20 words on Friday of each week.  We will use the pretests to determine your child’s spelling list for the week.  Each child will have a slightly different list of 10 words depending on his or her spelling ability.  A list will come home with your child each Monday.  It’s important for your child to spend a little time each day studying his or her spelling words.  Students will also be assigned spelling activities throughout the week.  Final tests in spelling will be given on Friday. 

Writing:  Fifth grade is piloting a new writing curriculum this year – Being a Writer. We will be focusing on reflective, opinion, and expository writing.

Speaking:  Students will have two district speaking assessments this year.

Testing: MAP testing will take place at the beginning of the year, mid-year, and end of the year.  This helps focus our teaching around your child’s instructional needs. Science, reading, and math NeSA testing will take place in March and April.

 

Additional Information

 

Homework and late assignments:  It is important that your child complete his or her assignments on time.  Many assignments will be able to be completed during class time.  Any assignments not completed at school will need to be finished at home. Any assignment not completed or at school on the due date will be considered a late assignment. Each Friday, students will have an extra recess if they do not have any missing assignments.

 

Assignment notebook:  Your child will fill out and take home his or her assignment notebook each day. I will check and sign the assignment notebook before he or she leaves school. I try to make sure each child has all the materials needed, but ultimately it is his or her responsibility to make sure all necessary items are taken home. A parent signature is not required unless your child is struggling to complete his or her work on time.

 

Birthday treats:  Birthday treats are welcome as long as they are store-bought and easy to distribute to students. 

 

Take-home folders:  Students will take graded work and school mail home on Fridays in their Friday folders.  Please look through the mail and sign the sheet inside the Friday folder.  Empty folders should be sent back to school each Monday.  This is a way for me to know you are receiving school mail and your child’s graded work. 

 

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