Math Syllabus

5th Grade Math 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 math expectations for our students.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  

Information will also be posted on web pages via the Koontz Intermediate website:  You may also call our school (828-684-1295) or email me at if you need additional assistance.  


The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands: (1) Operations & Algebraic Thinking; (2) Number & Operations in Base Ten; (3) Number & Operations - Fractions; (4) Measurement & Data (includes volume) and, (5) Geometry.  Problem-solving strategies are embedded into each of the 5 strands.  We also integrate the eight (8) “Standards for Mathematical Practices” which will be pasted in your student’s math journal.

Grade five is a pivotal year.  It is a culmination and synthesis of what has come before in grades K through 4 and a transition to the greater independence and responsibilities students need to exhibit in middle grades.

Math Journal

  • Students will be responsible for taking notes in their journal during math class for each lesson.   These notes will include examples of a variety of strategies used to solve math equations, vocabulary for each unit and numerous examples to use as a resource during homework time.

  • Math journals are expected to be taken home to reference while doing homework assignments.

  • Learning Targets will be posted for each math lesson that reflect what the student is expected to do during instruction.

  • Math 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.  This can be accomplished between 7:30 and 7:45 am or after school.  


  • Math homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday.  Students should complete assignments to the best of their ability and show their “thinking” and work for each assigned task to be prepared for class the following day.  

  • In addition to computation problems, students may need to include written explanations using math vocabulary and correct sentence structure.  

  • If additional notebook paper is used, the student should place that paper with their assignment to have it available in class the following day.  We encourage students to always try to complete their assignments on their own, using the math journal as a reference, and obtain guidance from parents if necessary.  

  • Homework is a continuation of the day’s classwork or a review of previously taught material.  This work provides information to assess the student’s skill level and understanding.  

Math Assessments

  • Units will be divided into sections.  At the end of each section, there will be an assessment on the skills taught and practiced.  A unit test will be given at the end of each math unit to assess student proficiency.

  • County mandated rubrics that correlate with the state’s standards are used to score each unit test.  

  • Additional quizzes and/or tests will be given based on student performance.  The information from these will be used to determine students’ understanding of the concepts and if additional instruction or enrichment is needed.


“Gizmos” is an online simulation and interactive internet software from Explore Learning.  Students will explore in a safe and engaging environment, using virtual manipulatives that are based on the standards we are studying.  The assigned activities focus attention, stimulate interest and access prior knowledge while expanding their thinking, often through application to a real-world problems.  Students also have written response questions to show their understanding. Each student will be assigned their own username and password that he/she use to log-in to complete the work.  

Take a tour of this program at the Gizmos website:


The “Reflex” interactive software monitors student’s performance in multiplication and division.  It is game based learning that provides a challenging experience for the students to practice and become fluent with their facts.  This software continuously monitors each student’s performance and allows them to work at their current level.  Reports are generated for teachers to review the progress of each student.  A report will be provided on your student’s progress along with each quarter’s report card.

Take a tour of this program at the Reflex website:

Grading Policy

Grading Guidelines (weighted) Grading Scale

10 % = Participation 90 - 100 = A

20% = Classwork/Journals 80 - 89  =  B

30% = Quizzes/Projects 70 - 79  =  C

40% = Tests 60 - 69  =  D

Below 60 = F

  • You and your student can check on your child’s progress by using the “Parent Portal” through the school website. “Parent Portal” only allows access to your child’s personal grades for all 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.

Classroom Rules

  • Classroom rules are posted in the classroom and are based on Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader In Me.  

  • Classroom rules:  

“7 Habits” Student Leaders Always...

  • Follow directions of all staff members

  • Treat others the way they want to be treated.

  • Keep their hands, feet and objects to themselves.

  • Respect other people and their property.

  • Refrain from inappropriate/negative comments and actions.

  • Are in their seats prepared with assignments completed and ready to work.

  • Make Good Choices at all times.

  • Refer to the Koontz Intermediate-Tiered Behavior Grid for additional information.

  • Leader Cards are awarded each 9 weeks for Academics, Attitude and Attendance.  Students will need 6 points to participate in the “celebration” at the end of each grading period.

Math Syllabus 2017-2018