Dunsmore Fifth Grade Mr.McGrath 2012-2013

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year here at Dunsmore Elementary School. My name is Mike McGrath and I am honored to be your child's teacher this year. I will do my best to motivate encourage and teach your children to the best of my ability. I am expecting a great year full of growth and fun!  I have a unique approach to teaching in that I give students freedom to organize and complete their asignments in the way they choose. They will be completing weekly assignments in Language Arts and alternating weekly assignments in either Science or Social  Studies. In Math students will be receiving daily instruction/ note taking/ practicing and preparing for Everyday Math (EDM) assessments. I encourage technology, teamwork, and responsibility.


8:15-8:30 Opening (SSR)

8:30-10:15 Math

10:15-10:30 Recess

10:30-12:00 Language Arts

12:05-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Read Aloud

1:15-2:30 Science/ Social Studies

2:30 2:38 Homework/Planners/Dismissal



Homework: Daily homework (M-F) will be assigned--Expect 30 Minutes of reading and a Math handout each day. In addition Study Island Math and Reading is encouraged to be done at home and at school ( 1 ribbon per night as a general guideline---)  Remember incomplete classwork is automatically assigned as homework.

On this site I will be posting weekly assignments so that you will be able to know what's happening at school. I hope that you will use it to monitor your child's progress.



9/6/12 Back to School Night 6:45 --room 6102

I encourage all students to participate in Orchestra or Chorus.

Important Due Dates:

8/31/12  All beginning of school forms/emergency kits/chorus/orchestra/student council forms--

8/31/12  Language Arts "Rope Burn" and Science Chapter 1 lesson 1 (Packets Due) Neat and Complete

8/31/12  Extra credit presented/submitted