5th Grade Syllabus
Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School
2020-2021 School Year
Mrs. Elizabeth Nessler Mrs. Lisa Gonzalez
Welcome to fifth grade! Our goal as fifth grade teachers is to guide the students in a faith filled journey to live in the image and likeness of God while providing a rigorous curriculum that will enhance and develop skills and concepts in all academic areas. Students will do this through a variety of activities including analysis of text, writing workshop, and hands-on learning. Please keep this syllabus to refer to with any questions throughout the year. E-mail is the best way to reach us, and we will make every attempt to respond within 24-48 hours during the school day. We are looking forward to a fabulous year with you and your child! Please note that we are all about to embark on an unchartered safari ride through an exciting jungle of learning that will look different for all of our 5th grade kids! Please be patient and understanding as our safari ride is one that we have never experienced before and there may be a lot of twists and turns along the way, but if we work together, we will all arrive at our destination as we cross the bridge to middle school.
SUBJECT: Literature & Language Arts
Textbook: Houghton Mifflin Journeys
Reading Course Division
First Trimester: Sequencing events, elements of plot, character traits, setting, context clues, poetry, figurative language, compare/contrast characters, formal and informal language, story structure, irony, point of view, theme, narrative pacing, cause and effect, author’s purpose, analyzation and evaluation, quotes and description, conclusions and generalizations, main ideas and details, domain-specific vocabulary, infer/predict, summarize, and visualize through details.
Second Trimester: Historical Fiction, determining fact from fiction, Compare and contrast main characters, character map, theme, compare details in novel to history, character motivation, infer and make predictions, context clues, geography, investigate the historical events of the book, point of view, elements of plot, simile, personification, metaphor, symbolism, hyperbole, idiom, analogy, onomatopoeia , pun, story details, author’s purpose, text evidence, and time period vocabulary.
Third Trimester: symbolism, character maps, plot elements, themes, quotes, analysis and evaluation, character motives, author’s purpose, cause and effect, images, compare and contrast characters, text evidence, making conclusions, map the setting, answer central questions, analyze character feelings, idioms, adages, context clues.
Textbook: Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop Level Blue (Consumable)
Writing and Grammar
Textbook: Sadlier Grammar Workshop & Cursive Handwriting Practice Book (Consumable)
The Theory and practice of writing will be taught using the 6 + 1 Traits and Writing
English Grammar Course Division
First Trimester: Writing sentences correctly, capitalizing proper nouns and proper adjectives abbreviations, titles, commas, parts of a letter, quotations, words often misspelled, and words often misused
Kinds of sentences, complete subjects and predicates, simple subjects and predicates, subjects in imperative sentences, compound subjects, compound predicates, simple and compound sentences, complex sentences sentence fragments and run-ons
Second Trimester: Common and proper nouns, singular and plural pronouns, irregular plural nouns, possessive nouns, and appositives, action verbs, direct objects, present tense, past tense, future tense, linking verbs, verb phrases, main verbs, helping verbs, progressive forms of verbs, perfect tenses, inappropriate shifts in verb tense, irregular verbs, contractions, misused verbs
Third Trimester: adjectives, articles, demonstrative adjectives, comparing with adjectives, comparing using the words good and bad, adverbs, using good, well, real, and very, negatives, conjunctions, prepositions, prepositional phrases, subject pronouns, object pronouns, using I and me, we and us, possessive and demonstrative pronouns, relative pronouns, relative adverbs, contractions with pronouns, writing sentences correctly
Textbook: Reader’s Notebook (Consumable)
Textbook: Elevate Science (Consumable)
Science Course Division
First Trimester: Reasons to classify, energy in food, process plants use to make their own food, ecosystems, organisms within ecosystems, changes within ecosystems, matter and energy transfer within ecosystems, inner solar system, outer solar system, the sun and the stars, Earth’s gravitational forces, Earth’s movements in space, and patterns over time
Second Trimester: The hydrosphere, Earth’s natural resources, Earth’s energy resources, Earth’s systems, Protection of Earth’s resources and environments, biosphere, atmosphere, Interactions among Earth’s systems, water cycle, freshwater, ocean water
Third Trimester: Properties of matter, observing matter, states of matter, physical change, chemical change, mixtures, and solutions, compounds and elements, measuring properties, finding a surface area, finding volume, conductors of heat and electricity, atomic theory, finding mass
Textbook: Sadlier Math Hard Back
Sadlier Workbook (Consumable)
Online Resource: Sadlier Connect (information will be given during the first full week)
Mathematics Course Division
First Trimester: Order of operations; Division; Operations with Fractions
Second Trimester:; Operations with Fractions; Operations with Decimals
Third Trimester: Measurement including conversion of units; Volume; Geometry; Data & Statistics; Coordinate Plane; Introduction to Algebra enrichment.
SUBJECT: SOCIAL STUDIES
Textbook: Pearson Social Studies My World Grade 5-Building Our Country (Consumable)
Social Studies Course Division
First Trimester: Geography and Map Skills, The First Americans, Age of Exploration, Settling the Colonies
Second Trimester: Life in the Colonies, The American Revolution, A New Nation
Third Trimester: Life in the Young Republic, Westward Expansion, Civil War and Reconstruction
SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN FORMATION
Textbook: We Believe
Christian Formation Division
First Trimester: Mission of the Church, Living as prayerful people, Baptism
Second Trimester: Reconciliation, Eucharist, Advent, Anointing of the Sick
Third Trimester: Holy Orders, Matrimony, Family Life
Homework & Grading
- Will be given Monday-Thursday
- Will consist of practice sheets/pages, reading or studying for upcoming assessments
- Student’s responsibility to record it in the planner every morning from Teams and/or board and make any potential changes that may occur during the day
- Will be checked regularly but will be recorded as an ATL in the absence of it
For Our Distance Learners
- Sadlier Connect and/or SAVVAS platform assignments will be turned in within the platform.
- Homework can be turned in by inserting a scan, picture or the actual file onto a page in their One Note under the given subject tab
Formative & Summative Assessments
- Account for 30% of the grade
- Examples, but not limited to, include:
- Entrance and/or Exit Tickets
- Class Assignments
- Study guides for Spelling quizzes
- Accounts for 70% of the grade
- Students will receive test dates and study guides in Social Studies, Science, Religion and Vocab at least a week in advance notice of the summative. Dates will be posted on the Parent Portal in RenWeb and on Educator Pages.
- Access through portal.office.com
- Student email is their first initial*last name24 @students.mtctampa.org
- Student passwords were created during the first week of school
- Students are able to access:
- One Drive
- One Note
- Students are only able to email internally
- Access through https://religion.sadlierconnect.com/@200937
- Student username is the username underneath their name on the label on the front of their planner
- Student password: MTC
- Students will use this platform for:
- Vocabulary Workshop, as needed
- Grammar Workshop, as needed
- Access via https://www.savvasrealize.com/index.html#/
- Students username: 1mtcusername!
- Student Password: Password1
- Will be able to access their Social Studies and Science book through the site as well as assignments and assessments
Intermediate Discipline Policy
Indicators of conduct and approaches to learning (ATL) are in the table below. When a student does not meet an expectation, an indication will be recorded in RenWeb and communication will be sent to the parents via email.
Approaches to Learning
1. Has a good attitude
2. Is respectful to adults and peers in speech and action
3. Maintains positive peer relationships
4. Respectful of personal, peer, and school property
5. Exhibits self-control
6. Follows rules and directions and does not need constant reminders
7. Socializes only at appropriate times
8. Takes ownership for behavior
9. Follows the uniform policy
1. Prepared for class
2. Homework completed
3. Classwork completed
4. Punctual with assignments
5. Participates in Class
6. Attentive and engaged during instruction
7. Demonstrates helpfulness and teamwork
8. Seeks help when needed (from teachers or peers)
9. Open to teacher help and correction
10. Makes effort to improve behavior/performance
11. Produces quality work
12. Makes time for personal study and improvement
Intermediate Discipline Policy
- Discipline will be used as a consequence for negative behavior with the purpose of the discipline being to change the negative behavior to a positive behavior.
- There will be at least two teacher interventions prior to a child receiving a detention as a consequence for negative behavior.
- Teacher interventions for behavior will be communicated to parents through the RenWeb Behavior Management System.
- Using the RenWeb Behavior Management System, parents access their child’s behavior history for all classes in a single location.
Conduct Reporting for Report Cards
- 0 – 3 Notifications = 4
- 4 – 6 Notifications = 3
- 7 – 9 Notifications = 2
- Greater than 9 notifications = 1
Intermediate ATL Reporting
ATLs are academic behaviors expected during the school day from the student as noted in the chart above. When a student neglects to exhibit the expected academic behavior in the classroom, a notification is made.
- ATL’s can be tracked by subject on RenWeb.
- All students will begin with a four and the grade will be reduced as infractions occur during the trimester.
ATL Reporting for Report Cards
- 0 – 3 Notifications = 4
- 4 – 6 Notifications = 3
- 7 – 9 Notifications = 2
- Greater than 9 Notifications = 1
Intermediate Retake Policy 2020-2021
The focus of our Catholic schools is to always encourage and support the learning process that leads to mastery. This retake policy supports this emphasis on learning and relearning. Teachers have the discretion to refuse retakes to students who do not fully engage in the learning process prior to the summative.
Criteria for Summative Retake Eligibility
- All students are eligible for a retake assessment.
- Retakes can earn up to an 85%.
- The higher grade (out of the retake or the original grade) will be recorded for credit in the grade book. The highest possible grade on the retake is 85%.
- The retake assessment will cover all of the same standards, but may not be the same format.
- The retake process must be initiated by the student or the parent/guardian.
- The Application for Retake should be completed and signed by both the student and the parent/guardian, and returned to the examining teacher no more than five (5) school days after the grade has been posted.
- Students may be required to participate in additional practice in order to qualify for a retake.
Limitations and Deadlines
- Only one retake is allowed per summative.
- All notes, assignments, and formative assessments must have been completed prior to the original summative assessment.
- The retake for any summative in a unit must be completed before the date of the first summative of the following unit.
- Semester/Trimester exams and summatives that are extended projects with ongoing feedback and clear completion deadlines do not qualify for retakes.
- The student will forfeit the retake opportunity if either the scheduled retake date or a scheduled teacher required additional practice is missed, unless excused or rescheduled by the teacher.
- Teachers reserve the right to deny a student from a retake before, during, or after the retake form is completed if the teacher can show due cause as to why there should not be a retake. This may include, but is not limited to, situations that involve academic dishonesty.
Retake applications are available in each classroom or can be completed electronically through the MTC Parent website.
5th Grade Retake Schedule and Procedures
- Teachers will communicate retake dates on Educator Pages.
- Retakes will be administered the Tuesday after the completed application and test corrections have been submitted.
- Retakes will take after school from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Any student that will be attending a sport, whether practice or a game, or a club, must take the retake in the morning session. (Phase 3)
- All in-person students will take the retake in their respective homerooms. Distance Learners will participate in the retake via Zoom. A link will be sent home the morning of the retake.
- In-person students will be walked to the front gate where they will need to be picked up by a parent.
- In-person students attending MTC Club will be released following all finished retakes.
Make-Up of Academic Work during Absence
Students who are absent are required to make up work missed in each class. If a student is out for only one or two days, upon return to school, the student should meet with the teacher about the work missed. The student will be given a deadline by the teacher to complete and turn in these assignments. It is the responsibility of the student to see that the work is completed. The student may log on to the portal to check the homework missed. If work is not made up by the deadline specified by the teacher, the grade for work missed will be recorded as a 50.
In the case of prolonged absence, three or more days, parents should call the office before 8:30 a.m. for missed class work and homework so that the work can be prepared and be ready for pickup at dismissal time or sent via e-mail. Based on the number of days absent and the amount of work missed, a reasonable amount of time will be allowed for its completion.
Homework assignments for extended absences should be arranged with the teacher. Parents may pick up textbooks, if necessary, at the end of the school day but should email the teacher by 9 am to arrange this. Requests for homework should be made by contacting the classroom/subject teacher. Due to teaching schedules requests may take up to twenty-four hours to be completed.
Make-Up of a Scheduled Summative Assessment during Absence
Any student who is absent on the day of a scheduled summative assessment will be expected to make it up upon his/her return to school. For every day a student is absent, he/she has that number of days to make up the summative assessment (Ex. 1 day missed = 1 day for summative assessment.) It is the student’s responsibility to speak with his/her teacher regarding missed assessments. In the event of multiple-day absences, the teacher will determine when all assessments will be taken.