Phone: (208) 855-4090
Degrees and Certifications:
I am thrilled to have your child in my classroom for the 2018-2019 school year. This is my fourth year as a 5th grade teacher here at Discovery and I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Discovery Family. It's going to be a great year full of making connections, exploring new topics and enjoying new & old friendships.
Language Arts - Reading, Spelling, Grammar, and Writing are based on the same topic each week, so students will see the same vocabulary, skills and strategies in many different ways.
Math - We will build our number sense, hone our operations skills, think critically, and tackle contextual concepts. Our main resource is Engage New York math.
Social Studies - We will explore the colonization, revolution, westward expansion, and civil war of the United States. We will expand our geography skills, build our sense of economics, and making connections between historic, cultural, and economic events and viewpoints.
Science - Matter & Motion, Living Systems, and Earth Cycles are the units we will study.
Standardized Testing and District Assessments:
ISATs are the only standardized tests, no MAP.
5th Grade Direct Writing Assessment was administered for the first time during the 2016-2017 school year. It helps prepare students for ISATs and builds writing stamina and organization. More details will follow once the district office announces the assessment date and details.
Although I will rarely send home assignments specifically identified as homework, students will be expected to do some studying at home and possibly finish classwork. These tasks should only take between 40 and 60 minutes. If homework is taking more than an hour please ask your student to stop working and contact me.
0-60 minutes - Work not completed in class (stop after 60 minutes)
20+ minutes – Reading (aloud or silently)
15 minutes – Studying (spelling, math facts, projects, study for tests, etc)
Things that should or could come home:
ELA Journal - spelling, vocabulary, reading log, misc. ELA handouts & work*
Math practice pages (rarely -- there are multiple websites available for practice, I recommend Khan and IXL)
Social Studies - maps, writing prompts, memorizations, study materials, discussion topics
Science - vocabulary words and concept papers, possibly experiment ideas to try at home. Science Fair at the end of the school year.
You are ALWAYS welcome to visit your child's classroom, however notice is appreciated :)
General Help: If you'd like to help you can schedule a time that works best for you.
Special Events: If you'd like to plan, supply or volunteer at one of our classroom celebrations, please let me know. I will email a Sign Up Genius Link a few weeks before events, but if you know that you want to participate in a specfic event let me know and I'll save a spot for you.
Financial Assistance can be offered via...
Box Tops - classes with the most donated win prizes and or rewards
Book Orders - online or hard copy (our online code is P93L7) I close orders on the 15th of the month.
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
phone - (208) 855-4090
Email is my preferred method of communication, but please call the school for urgent matters. You are always welcome to contact me for any reason.