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Team Grading Scale:
- F=59 and below
- Students will be on time and prepared for each class
- Students will be respectful and active learners
- Students will demonstrate a positive attitude
This year, we will be focusing our efforts on learning about ancient history (early humans, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece and Rome). We will spend the first few weeks reviewing and enhancing knowledge of geographic features and terms.Students are required to respond to warm-up questions every day. This leads our discussions in class and provides student insight into the topics we will be studying and is a good way to review previous content. In addition, this allows students time to express knowledge and opinions with their peers in a non-threatening way. Warm-ups are due every Friday, unless otherwise noted. Students are responsible for looking in the warm-up book to complete prompts for the day(s) they are absent.A folder should be kept of all materials to turn in at the end of each unit. Classwork and homework is important to complete in order to build on skills, review learning targets and to study for assessments. Please review our team expectations for homework completion.Required items for class:AgendaFolderPencils/PensNice to have: coloring supplies, ruler, glueEnglish Language Arts:This year, students will dive deep into literature and really focus on writing and reading at high academic levels. By the end of the year, students will be expert writers in using evidence based responses and will read content with a critical eye.One of the books we will be analyzing is the novel Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Read it already? Seen the movie? Great! We will be analyzing this story on a deeper level, and I bet you will find that you'll see it with a new set of eyes. Other books include Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and Frightful's Mountain by Jean Craighead George.Students should dedicate time to read for fun and should have a book at the ready to read in every class. In addition to reading the aforementioned required books, students will have the exciting opportunity to explore reading different genres. Each quarter, students will choose a book for the required genre and complete a Reader's Review report. Can't find a good book? I can help with that! Come talk to me-talking books is one of my favorite things to do.We also will be spending time on learning and implementing robust vocabulary words. Students can receive extra credit for documenting any vocabulary words used outside of our classroom by writing what word, where it was found/heard, and a brief description of its meaning.In addition, students can receive extra bonus points for being grammar sleuths. If a student finds a grammar mistake in a public setting (signs, reader boards, menus, newspaper ads, etc.) he/she can document by taking a picture of it and write about the error and how it should be corrected. We will create a bulletin in the classroom of what students find. Happy grammar hunting!Required materials:AgendaBookFolderPencils/PensHighlightersNice to have: scissors, glue, sticky notes, earbuds or headphonesPhysical Education:
Students are graded on the following:
In gym class students are expected to always try their best and to have good sportsmanship. Students should have a change of shoes and clothes for PE class.
- Effort (participating to the best of his/her ability)
- Conduct (demonstrating a positive attitude and following through with instructions)
- Skill/concept (demonstrating proficiency/mastery of that week's learning target)
In order to make up the daily points for any absences in P.E. class students must fill out a make up form. National fitness standards recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise per day. To make up one day of P.E., students will need to engage in a minimum of 30 minutes of continuous exercise. P.E. forms are to be signed by a parent/guardian and turned in no later than two weeks after the missed day(s).