Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome to Fifth Grade in F3!!

Hello! I am Marcia Ventura, and I will be your child’s fifth grade teacher this year. I have taught in the Seattle School District for 14 years, and this is my seventh year at Maple, and I love it here deeply!

Fifth grade is a very exciting year for students. At this moment they are one year from starting middle school, and as such, it is critical that throughout the year, students become academically and socially ready for that transition. Instruction, especially in the areas of reading, writing, and math, will be rigorous to ensure that readiness.

What will students learn this year? In science, they will work with microscopes, learn about erosion and ground water, and use engineering skills throughout the year. In social studies, your child will learn about early US history and the principles this country was founded on.

This year we will be working closely with the LIFE center at the University of Washington this year. Doctoral students will be working with us to learn all about human impact on water in our world. We will be doing investigations inside and outside the classroom using traditional scientific tools as well as the Zydeco app deveolped by the University of Michigan.

Homework will be given Monday through Thursday. Students should be spending about 30 minutes on homework, and thirty minutes reading a book of their choice.I expect homework to be done completely independently. If your child is asking for help often with the homework, please let me know. All homework given in class will be directly related to what was taught during that school day.

Coming up very soon will be fourth and fifth grade camp!!   Most of the students are already signed up and paid for. If you are not, you'll be receiving a phone call from me very soon :). Camp is very exciting and will be taking place at Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor from September 25-27. More information about camp can be found in the links on the right side of the screen.

Please visit the blog often!  Also, the kids will get started on podcasts soon.  They will be heir reading stories over "the air" and you will be able to listen to their weekly KOF3 radio shows.

Cheers!

Ms. Ventura