Curriculum Info

Important Information:

 

Any time a student makes below an 80% on classwork or homework, he or she may come in for a tutorial session to make corrections and receive some credit points added to the original grade for a maximum of an 80%.

Make-up/Late Work Policy: The student is responsible for acquiring the missed work from the teacher. A student will have the number of days absent plus one to make up the missing work for an excused absence. Assignments made prior to the student’s absence are due upon the student’s return.

When students do not turn in homework or classwork unrelated to an absence on the due date, teachers will penalize the assignment, after grading for accuracy, and additional 10 points for the first day late, 10 more points the second day late, 10 more points the third day late, and on the fourth day the students will receive a zero.

An “M” will be entered in RenWeb to indicate an assignment is missing. After the fourth day, if the assignment is not turned in, the “M” will be changed to a zero.

Homework: Homework is a valuable aid in helping each student make the most of his or her studies. Homework reinforces what has been taught or discussed in class, prepares the student for upcoming lessons, and helps students develop self-discipline, responsibility, and organizational skills.

Homework is not assigned on Wednesdays. Some assignments are given days or weeks in advance and students may use the weekend time to work on them. For good communication and to avoid late homework, we ask that you review your child’s daily assignments and check RenWeb on a regular basis.

RenWeb: SRCS will utilize RenWeb, an online classroom system, so that parents may continually review and monitor the progress of each subject. Teachers will upload grades on a weekly basis.

Classroom Expectations: Students are expected to follow the rules and guidelines found in the SRCS handbook and maintain a Christ-like attitude at all times.

Birthdays: When sending goodies in for birthdays, please send enough for your child’s homeroom class or the entire 5th grade. Invitations to parties should be sent by mail.

Uniforms: Please review the SRCS Parent Handbook for uniform policies. Students are not allowed to wear tennis shoes in 5th grade (They may bring tennis shoes to change into for recess or if their enrichment class requires them).  Fifth grade students are required to follow Academy dress code.

Technology:  Our Family Handbook states that cell phones are permitted on campus, but they may not be seen or heard during school hours. Our 5th grade will follow this policy and ensure cell phones/Nooks/Kindles/Iwatches/etc. remain on silent and in book bags for the duration of the school day. If it is vital to get a message to your child, please email his or her homeroom teacher or call the front office: 678-833-1234.

iRock Café: Students may purchase breakfast items any morning. All breakfast food must be eaten in the cafeteria before the 8am bell. Students may also purchase items during lunch on Monday only. Any candy purchased may not be eaten at school. Students may not go to the iRock café after school unless they are accompanied by a parent.

 

Course Descriptions 2018-2019

Grade 5

 

Bible

In the Fifth Grade Bible course, the primary goal is to make the Word of God more meaningful to the life of each student.  By looking at basic principles, learning the history of the Bible, and memorizing Scripture, students begin to develop the confidence to share their knowledge and faith with others according to God’s Word.  The Bible (ESV) and Positive Action Bible Curriculum are our main sources of study.  Students use the entire Bible as their source with passages from various books used in each lesson.  Emphasis is placed on the Old Testament with character studies and lessons from The Fall of Man to the Minor Prophets.  It is our strongest desire that each student leaving the fifth grade will have a personal relationship with Christ, a deep knowledge of Scripture, a clear understanding of right from wrong, a developing confidence to share Christ with others, and a love for serving others as Christ did.

Bible Grading:

Classwork = 20%

Memory Verse = 40%

Test = 40%

Teaching Strategies for Bible:

Differentiation: Whole group, small group discussion, one-on-one conferencing, peer tutoring, shared inquiry, graphic organizers, reading aloud, vocabulary fold and cut, note cards, and illustrations.

Technology Integration: Smartboard applications, and PowerPoint.

Student Work: Assignments will include workbook activities, discussion, quizzes, and scripture memorization.

 

Reading- Mrs. Konas

The Fifth Grade Reading course emphasizes reading comprehension, analysis, and fluency.  Through novel studies, students take ownership of their reading, are held accountable for their level of comprehension, and are challenged with problem-solving developing higher-level thinking skills.  Students read novels that are appropriately leveled and learn and build vocabulary knowledge within different contexts. The course is also designed to prepare students for reading, thinking, and problem-solving in real-world situations.  The Accelerated Reader Program is used in addition to motivate students and personalize reading by allowing students to set individualized goals suitable for their reading level.

Reading Grading:            

Classwork/Homework = 35%
Quizzes = 30%
Tests = 35%

 

Teaching Strategies for Reading:

Differentiation: Whole group, small group discussion, one-on-one conferencing, peer tutoring, shared inquiry, graphic organizers, reading aloud, vocabulary fold and cut, note cards, and illustrations.

Technology Integration: Smartboard applications, and PowerPoint.

Biblical Concepts for Reading:

  • There is an order to how things happen, and one event can influence all the events that follow; therefore, we must be conscientious to make moral choices that please God.
  • God can teach us through trouble and tragedy because He alone is our hope.
  • The thoughts of God are specifically revealed in written form through Scripture.
  • Excessive devotion to books is tiresome, and it is wise to be selective in what we read.

 

Student Work: Assignments will include workbook activities, discussion, quizzes, and scripture memorization.

 

Language Arts

The Fifth Grade Language Arts course highlights and expands grammatical skills using Daily Grammar Practice created by Dawn Burnette and English for Christian Schools published by BJU Press.  Students build on prior knowledge to begin incorporating grammar correctly within the writing process.  The writing process focuses on organization, content, idea, word choice, and sentence fluency.  Students will be exposed to friendly letters, poetry, compare and contrast, narrative, expository, and persuasive writing, along with completing a research paper implementing the entire research process.

 

Language Arts Grading:

Classwork/Homework = 35%

Papers = 35%

Quizzes = 30%

Spelling Grading:

Classwork = 25%

Homework (contracts) = 35%

Test = 40%

 

Teaching Strategies for Language Arts:

Differentiation: Whole group, small group discussion, one-on-one conferencing, peer tutoring, shared inquiry, graphic organizers, reading aloud, vocabulary fold and cut, note cards, and illustrations.

Technology Integration: Smartboard applications, kid-friendly search engines for research, ELMO for peer review.

 

Biblical Concepts for Language Arts:

  • Mankind was created to communicate in ways that are clear, interesting, and easily understood.
  • The human ability to use language is a reminder that we have been made in the likeness of God for the task of ruling in the earth, with the capacity to manage abstract thought and process creative reasoning.
  • People have the capacity to praise and magnify God through thought, speech, and written language.
  • When people use language to communicate, they are following a logical process that God thought through beforehand.

 

Student Work: All major writings (essays) will be completed in class. Journals, however, may be assigned for homework.  Assignments will include unit quizzes, DGP quizzes, student or group essays.

Mathematics—Mrs. Pitman

In the Fifth Grade Mathematics course students review and advance in general concepts: whole numbers, place values from billions to thousandths, graphing, decimals, fractions, measurement, and geometry.  The course gives an introduction of algebraic concepts and further development of ratio, variables, probability, averages, and order of operations.  Real-world applications and problem-solving logic are used to build math confidence and provide an enjoyable learning environment.  EnVision Math and numerous learning manipulatives are the primary resources used.

 

Math Grading:      

Classwork/Homework = 35%

Quizzes = 30%

Tests = 35%

 

Teaching Strategies:

Differentiation: Whole group, small group discussion, one-on-one conferencing, peer tutoring, shared inquiry, graphic organizers, reading aloud, vocabulary fold and cut, note cards, and illustrations.

Technology Integration: Smartboard applications and ELMO for peer review.

Biblical Concepts for Math:

  • Two-step equations remind us that we live in an intelligently designed and ordered world.
  • God is the ultimate designer of symmetry, and lines of symmetry reveal His love for balanced design and orderliness.
  • God’s attribute of infinity is seen in mathematics.
  • Mathematics reminds us that we live in an intelligently designed and ordered world.

 

Student Work: Student will learn through lots of collaborative learning, small group and independent math tasks, math games, homework, exemplars, formative assessments through the use of manipulatives, quizzes and end of unit tests.

 

Social Studies—Mrs. Howard

The Fifth Grade Social Studies course is a study of the history of the United States beginning with the Civil War and ending in the 21st century with current events.  Houghton Mifflin’s United States History is the course’s primary resource along with secondary sources that allow students to survey the influence of historical perspective and point of view on issues, decision making, and actions of the past. Students review and expand their knowledge of basic geography, relate geography to a people’s way of life, trace the development and advances made, and develop a basic understanding of economics.  The course also provides students with an opportunity to identify players, locations, and circumstances of World War I, analyze major causes of the highs and lows of the pre and post-Roosevelt eras, and describe the conditions which gave rise to WWII and America’s role in bringing resolution.  Finally students survey major themes, ides, conflicts, and movements of the 21st century and beyond. Critical thinking skills, discussion, note taking, role playing, and persuasive writing are implemented as students actively participate in learning significant events in history.

Social Studies Grading:  

Classwork/Homework = 35%

Quizzes = 30%

Tests = 35%

Teaching Strategies:

Differentiation: Whole group and small group discussion, shared inquiry, graphic organizers, reading aloud, vocabulary, maps, charts, and illustrations.

Technology Integration: PowerPoint Presentations, Smartboard applications, Discovery Education videos, and ELMO.

Biblical Concepts:

  • Leaders are influential beings, whether the choices they make be good or bad. They have a moral responsibility to know that the decisions they make affect the entire nation. (Romans 13:1-7)
  • God governs the rise and fall of governmental leaders. (Proverbs 8:15-16)
  • Opposition to God affects historical events. (Romans 1:18-22)
  • Moral order is clarified through biblical examples of good and evil. (Psalm 119:104)

 

Student Work: Students will take notes in class by following along with a PowerPoint presentation.  Assignments will include current events, projects, creative writings, in-class group projects, quizzes, and tests.

 

Science—Mrs. Kingsley

In the Fifth Grade Science course students are presented with various ways to explore, discover, and investigate the world around them.  By utilizing BJU Press, students develop a basic understanding of geology, examine animal/plant classifications, explore electricity and magnetism, and learn about microscopic life.  Opportunities to conduct experiments as each topic is explored provide the students with an exciting learning environment.  The scientific method and the use of scientific equipment provide a hands-on approach to learning about God’s design of the world around them.

Science Grading:            

Classwork/Homework = 35%

Quizzes = 30%

Tests = 35%

 

Teaching Strategies for Science:

Differentiation: Whole group and small group discussion, shared inquiry, graphic organizers, reading aloud, vocabulary, charts, illustrations, hands-on learning/experiments.

Technology Integration: PowerPoint Presentations, Smartboard applications, Discovery Education videos, and ELMO.

Biblical Concepts for Science:

  • God is the Creator of all things and reveals Himself through creation. (Genesis 1:1)
  • The nature of the sciences is to reveal God, and the purpose of science is to glorify Him. (Romans 1:20)
  • The creation of God is orderly, purposeful, and intelligible. (Psalm 119:90-91)
  • The purpose for all things centers in Christ. (Colossians 1:16-18)

 

Student Work: Students will take notes in class by following along with a PowerPoint presentation.  Assignments will include current events, projects, creative writings, in-class group projects, quizzes, and tests.

 

 

 

 

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