Welcome to 5th grade Social Studies! I am delighted to start a new school year. I have many exciting lessons planned for your student designed to engage and enrich their learning. We will have a rewarding and successful year!
The 13 Colonies
The American Revolution
Pioneers and Westward Movement
Studies Weekly is a newspaper students will complete on a semi-regular basis. It is an excellent source of information and primary documents in American history that will prepare your student to be successful in the classroom. The students typically complete their newspapers during class. They will only take them for homework if the student does not finish during class time.
Students will not usually have homework in social studies. I only assign homework two times throughout the school year. The students will be required to memorize two passages from important historical documents. They will memorize the Statement of Rights from the Declaration of Independence and the Preamble to the Constitution. Copies of these passages will be sent home at least a week in advance.
Grading Procedures & Evaluation:
F=59 & below
Tests are worth up to 2 grades.
At least ½ of an assignment must be completed in order to receive a grade. If not, students will have an opportunity to complete these assignments at home.
1 day late- up to 80%
1 week late- up to 70%
Lowest grade on any completed assignment- 50%
After two weeks- zeros are entered into the gradebook.
All students will be allowed the opportunity to redo class assignments, quizzes, and tests to increase their score. If the assignment is never returned redone the student will receive the original score in the gradebook. Additional help on assignments will be available at student’s request.
***Before every test we will complete a Study Guide in class and your student will have a couple of days to study at home as well.
In our class we work hard to be positive, encouraging, and respectful. However, if a student is struggling to follow expectations, he/she will be given a verbal warning first, and if the student continues to not follow expectations he/she will be given “strikes.” After receiving three strikes, the student will be assigned an after-school detention. I will contact parents to make arrangements.
Strikes carry over into other core classes for Team 5W (Social Studies, Science, ELA, Math). Our team will keep track of student behavior together. Also, strikes start back at 0 (a fresh start) every 2 weeks. Please check with your student’s other teachers to see how their discipline plan may vary.
Website - Class information can be located on my website. Go to www.mustangps.org. Click on “Teacher Sites” and type in my name. I will update this on a weekly basis.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask. The easiest way to contact me is through email, but don’t hesitate to call if you feel the need. I am looking forward to working with your student this year!