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Birthday Celebrations    
   Although we don’t have parties, we certainly are willing to acknowledge your son or daughter’s special day. Due to the many food allergies, I would like to encourage you to commemorate your child's birthday with a donation of a book for our classroom library for all of the children to enjoy all year and for years to come!

Curricula – brief overview   
  • Language Arts
  • Reading ~ Reader’s Workshop, Literature circles/novel studies, Independent Reading, Book shares,  Other projects
  • Spelling and vocabulary ~ usually the spelling and vocabulary words are the same list, except for subject specific vocabulary
  • Writing ~Grammar, Mechanics, Parts of speech, Writer’s Workshop, Poetry, 
  • Math
  • Go Math
  • Additional projects and activities
  • Science - Full Option Science System - FOSS - units of study
  • Physical Science ~ Mixtures and Solutions
  • Life Science ~ Living Systems
  • Earth and Space - Sun, Moon, and Planets
  • Technology and Engineering ~ Various STEM activities
  • Social Studies
  • Government – Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Branches of Government
  • Colonization – 13 Original English Colonies in N. America
  • Revolutionary War
  • Explorers
  • Lewis and Clark, War of 1812
  • Geography/Map Skills
  • Homework
  • Assignment notebook 
  • Homework folder
  • Policy – missing homework form, consequences ~ 4th missing assignment results in a detention, everyone begins again with each new term
  • How much help?
  • How much time?
  • Classroom Practices
  • Respect
  • Open Circle
  • Multiple intelligence/differentiated instruction
  • Healthy snacks only please. Brain research has shown that our brains learn information easier when we have plenty of water, natural light, fresh air, and healthy foods without many additives, artificial colors/flavors and caffeine. 
  • Extras
  • Christa McAuliffe Challenger Center - Planetarium portion funded by TPA
  • Hall of Fame
  • Walking Tour of Boston

  • In school programs funded by TPA
  • Mrs. Abigail Adams

Homework Policy   
Homework is assigned on a daily basis as a follow up to work done in class. Please check your child's agenda (assignment book) or the assignments link on this webpage for assignments and due dates.
Homework Expectations

        *   Homework provides practice or reinforcement of skills and concepts presented in class.
     
     * The Norfolk Public School’s time allocation for fifth grade homework is an average of 50 - 80 minutes per night.

      * Homework will generally be assigned Monday through Thursday. Weekend homework will typically be limited to reading, working on long-term assignments/projects, studying, or working on assignments that were assigned earlier in the previous week and are due the following week. Spelling  and vocabulary will typically be Tuesday – Tuesday,  or Wednesday to Wednesday with quizzes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

        * Please let me know if your child is spending more than 60 minutes per night working on homework. We will discuss ways to speed up their work, prioritize their work, or limit their work.

Parent Volunteers   

We will do a few projects this year when help will be needed – both in class projects and field trips, etc. If you are willing to volunteer in our classroom, please send me an email or send a note in with your child.