5th Grade Social Studies Syllabus
5th Grade Syllabus
Mr. Farrell’s Class
5th and 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Any District Elementary School
Hi everyone! My name is Mr. Robert Farrell. I am very excited about teaching you Social Studies and I know you will all enjoy this engaging and somewhat challenging class! I began my teaching career recently, but I have many years (some may say too many) of real-world experience that has a direct bearing on this important subject and I am excited to begin the new school year with you in my class.
I believe learning is a life-long journey . . . It starts when you are born and continues throughout your whole life, not just when you are in school. I also believe that the best way to learn is to push the boundaries of what you already know into areas that might feel uncomfortable – but that is where I come in to help you make sense of it. In this class I will help you develop a framework that will enable you to understand how the past can help you understand current events and, perhaps, what will happen in the future too!
Important Things You NEED to Know
I have a passion for teaching and for Social Studies and I hope to make that passion contagious! My goal is to help all of you understand the importance of Social Studies by exploring some of the exciting events of the past and how they relate to your daily lives. Thomas Jefferson, one of this Nation’s most influential Founding Fathers, believed that an effective Democracy required well-educated Citizens who could make wise decisions in choosing their leaders. It is still true today! We are beginning the journey together to explore how people like Thomas Jefferson influence our country and our world even in 2017 more than 200 years later.
You can contact me through the Class Dojo App. This is normally a quicker way to reach me. Please see your code on the Class Dojo papers and sign up immediately.
Also, feel free to email me at ANY time. I check my email regularly DURING THE WEEK, but less frequently on the weekend; therefore, if you email me over the weekend, I most likely will not see it until we come back to school on Monday. Also, I usually stop checking email at 6:30pm on weeknights. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
However, in the event on an emergency or if your parents need to urgently contact me, they should contact the School Administration who can handle the matter or relay information directly to me.
4 – Exceeds Standards
3 – Meets Standards
2 – Progressing Towards Standards
1 – Below Standards
Homework is VERY important in exploring more about what you have learned in class. I feel that if you WANT to do BETTER, and you DO your homework to the BEST of your ability, you will BE BETTER at Social Studies. Learning Social Studies facts and theories is key in your foundation in understanding Social Studies concepts. Therefore, this year homework will be rewarding! When turn in your complete homework assignment you will receive a ticket. This ticket will be put into a box for a drawing at the end of the week. Since there will be a MINIMUM of FIVE homework assignments each week, I will pick five tickets from the ticket box weekly. The students who get picked will select a prize from one of the three prize boxes based on the number of complete homework assignments submitted. Students who submit all 5 assignments will select from the First Prize Box - if you submitted 4 assignments, you get to select a prize from the Second Prize Box – if you submitted 3 or less, you select a prize from the Third Prize Box. If you miss a homework assignment, you can submit it late, along with an extra credit assignment and still participate in the drawing; provided that the homework and extra credit work is submitted by the Friday of the week it was due.
Class Dojo is an online behavior tracker for teachers, parents, and students to all see and keep track of our student’s behavior. Students can design their own little monster in the app. I give and take away points for good or bad behavior during the school day. Parents can download the app, use it contact me, and keep track of how their child has behaved throughout the day. I also use this to keep track of homework, participation, as well as behavior. On the app you can contact me via message and I can quickly respond.
We have a four-step consequence ladder in 5th grade. Since we expect older students to already understand the classroom rules, consequences escalate quickly. Each step is as follows:
Step One – Warning
A verbal warning will be given to the student;
Step Two – Time Out
You must move your desk out of your group and remain in isolation on the side of the class for at least 15 minutes or longer as I determine based on the behavior;
Step Three – Go to Administrators Office
Failure to follow direction or further disturbance after Time Out requires you to report to the Administrators Office for a minimum 30-minute Time Out;
Step Four – Behavior Essay, & Call Home
You now will report to the Administrators Office until a behavior essay is written completely. I will call home or send a class dojo message to notify parents/guardian of your behavior during the day and tell them of the disruptive nature of your behavior and the impact on the class and the school.
NOTE for Parents
This year in Social Studies, we are venturing into some areas that have direct relevance to our current polarized political environment. I will do my very best to present information to students in unbiased and balance way. It would be enormously helpful is that theme is carried over into discussions at home of our classroom learnings. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but we must respect each other views and always leave open the possibility that our own beliefs can be influenced and nuanced. I will work my hardest to ensure that your child succeeds in Social Studies this year and make sure they are prepared for their future school years. Your help at home to ensure that our students understand the homework assignments and are not otherwise falling behind is critical. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I will do my best to keep you updated on any information that is given to me as it comes my way via class message on Class Dojo.
The Class Projects will require some research and coordination with teammates. Anything you can do to facilitate these activities after school will ensure that the Projects are successful and more meaningful to your children.
If you would like to look up the curriculum that we are using, you can go to http://www.nyed-prod.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-resource-toolkit-grades-5-8 .
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Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with your child! I look forward to an awesome school year!
Mr. Robert Farrell
Any District Elementary School
5th & 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher