Welcome to room 128! Our fifth grade classroom is a very busy place. From the time the children enter at 8:20am, they are actively participating in all regular subject areas and also some unique areas to fifth grade like Health with Mrs. Gallagher and Writers Workshop. Lunch bunch is held for any students who need to get caught up on any incomplete work. We eat in the classroom so anyone can get help if needed also. After school sessions may also be necessary.
We will be piloting a new math series this year called Go Math. The children will have two different workbooks in place of a text book. I will also be teaching a writers workshop daily.
Our field trips this year will be lots of fun. The fifth graders are treated to an end of year picnic and a Buffalo Bisons Baseball game. We will also have a graduation celebration and a yearbook signing time.
Our fifth graders will be taking NYS tests in math and reading/language arts. The ELA and Math tests are in April/May. Many demands are placed on the children in preparation for sending them over to the Middle School next year. I will do my best to prepare your children to be successful in their next educational experience. Email me any time with questions, concerns, or good news!
Middle School will be here before we know it! The 6th grade counselors will be visiting us in April and we will be visiting and touring the Middle School also. The children will be able to ask any and all questions they may have. They are both very worthwhile experiences.
The Bisons Game is in June. Any parents who would like to attend must purchase their own tickets. Call the office for our sections and seat numbers. Our award ceremonies are scheduled for Monday and Thursday,June 25th and 28th at 9:00 am. Thursday is designated for only fourth and fifth grade!
Study Island and IXL Math are web sites that I highly recommend for children to practice their math skills. Remember to use math flash cards daily! The class will earn ice cream cones for knowing their math facts. Mrs. Litwin's computer lab site will give them many opportunities to practice their skills. Also, check out my interactive websites link.
Also, please encourage your children to read, read, read! The state recommends 25 books a year for fifth graders. Starting in October, the children are required to read 2 books per month of over 100 pages. The report itself will be explained on the first day of every month. Look for them in their take home folders each month. The children have also received a log to keep track of books read throughout the year. These do require parent signatures. Awards will be given in June to students who meet the 25 book expectation. Extra credit opportunities are offered every month to all students who are interested. They will also be explained on the first of every month.