5th Grade Science and Social Studies Syllabus

5th Grade Science and Social Studies Syllabus



We are excited to have all of you here at Koontz! This is going to be a great year filled with fun and learning all at the same time!  This information is provided as a summary of our science and social studies expectations for our students.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. As you already know, students in the SPLASH program will be receiving instruction in Spanish during Science time. However, I will be sending vocabulary, reading materials and activities in English for students to be familiar with the vocabulary in English. It is important that students are practicing these concepts and vocabulary in English as their EOG will be in English. If you have any questions, please contact me.  


Science

 

The focus for 5th grade is on using evidence, models and reasoning to form scientific explorations.  Science concepts include weather; matter, properties & change; heat & energy transfer; forces & motion; interdependence of plants & animals; human body and genetics.

Science Journal

●     Students will be responsible for taking notes during science class for each lesson which will include vocabulary, labeled illustrations/diagrams.  The journals are required for class work.

●     Learning Targets will be posted in the classroom that reflect what the student is expected to master in each unit.

●     Vocabulary for each unit is recorded in this journal.  

●     Science journals are expected to be neat, thorough, and organized, and are to be taken home to study the daily/weekly notes or to use as a reference.

●     It is the student’s responsibility to make up any notes that are missed during an absence.

Classwork/Homework

●     Science classwork could include science digital learning experiences.

●     Science homework will often be a continuation of classroom lessons.

Labs

●     Lab grades will consist of participation, following established procedures correctly, and completion of science packets/journals.

●     There will be several “hands on” labs within each science unit.

●     Learning Targets will be posted in the classroom that reflect what the student is expected to master in each unit.

Science Assessments

A unit test will be given at the end of each unit to assess student proficiency.  Take-home projects and in-class projects will also be assigned and used as assessment grades.Throughout the unit, short quizzes will be given for students to check-in on their progress.


Social Studies

Students will be learning about U.S. History this year, from the founding of our country to modern global relationships. Topics of study will include Early Explorers, Native Americans, Colonization, Slavery, the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Western Expansion, Civil War and Reconstruction.  

Social Studies Journal

●     Students will be responsible for taking notes during social studies class for each lesson which will include vocabulary and interactive notes.  Some writing assignments will also be given in order to enhance student learning and integrate language arts.  The journals are required for class work.●     Vocabulary for each unit is recorded in this journal.  

●     Social studies  journals are expected to be neat, thorough, and organized.

●     It is the student’s responsibility to make up any notes that are missed during an absence.

Classwork/Homework

●     Social studies classwork could include digital learning experiences.

●     Social studies homework will often be a continuation of classroom lessons.

Social Studies  Assessments

A unit test will be given at the end of each unit to assess student proficiency.  Take-home projects and in-class projects will also be assigned and used as assessment grades.  Throughout the unit, short quizzes will be given for students to check-in on their progress.

CNN Student News

As part of the Social Studies current event curriculum, students will watch a 10-minute report titled “CNN Student News” and respond to a discussion question. If at any time you wish to view the news broadcast for the day, you are welcome to visit http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/.


Grading Policy


Grading Guidelines (weighted):           Grading Scale

10 % = Homework Completion

90-100  

= A

20 % = Classwork/Journals

80-89

= B

30 % = Quizzes

70-79

= C

40 % = Assessments/Tests/Projects

60-69

= D


Below 60

= F


 

You and your student can check their academic progress by using the “Parent Portal” through the school website. “Parent Portal” only allows access to your child’s personal grades for all of his/her classes and is protected by a username and password.  These can be obtained from the office (security). Your student also has a personal username and password.