Welcome to grade 5/6! My name is Kristina Dueck and I am the classroom teacher for students in room 106. This is my first year teaching at Ralph Brown School and I am excited for a great year of learning! During this school year, I will be teaching your child the following subjects: Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Art and Health. Below is an overview of some of the topics and expectations for each subject area that we will be covering this year.
Math: We will be covering a variety of topics this year in math such as: place value, estimation, mental math strategies, patterns and algebra, fractions, decimals, percentages, probability, data collection. To teach these various topics I will be using the JUMP math program. Students will have opportunities to learn and practice their math strategies in written form, with hands on manipulatives, through math games and with technology. I will use the Winnipeg School Division's Mathematics Learning Pathway to help assess and track student learning.
English Language Arts: This year in English Language Arts, students will have opportunities to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Through individual, partner and small group reading, students will practice and grow in their reading fluency, accuracy and comprehension. Students will have opportunities to read a variety of texts, both fiction and nonfiction. I will be tracking and assesses each students' reading skills using the Fountas and Pinnell reading program. Students will also have daily opportunities to write. Students will practice their writing following the Six Traits of writing format. This approach breaks writing down into six key components: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions. Students' writing will be assessed using the Winnipeg School Division Writing Continuum.
Science/Social Studies: The science topics that we will be learning about this year are: Weather, Space, Flight and Diversity of Living Things. In Social Studies, we will be learning about the people of Canada before Confederation in 1867. Some of the main topics will be: the First Peoples, Early European settlers, the Fur Trade and British Colony. Both subjects will be assessed by in class assignments, unit reviews and hands-on projects.
Health: Topics that will be covered this year are: nutrition and healthy lifestyles, drug and alcohol education, family life, Kids in the Know (a safety program for kids), and mindfullness.
Home Reading Program: Students are encouraged to spend some time at home each evening reading. All students will have an online Raz-Kids account which gives them access to hundreds of e-books using the school's subscription to www.raz-kids.com. If students have access to the internet at home they are encouraged to complete their home reading online as this eliminates the need to bring home physical books. However any method that students choose to read at home is great! More information regarding our Home Reading Program will be sent home in the next few weeks.
Homework Policy: Students will be given time and encouraged to complete all school work in the classroom. Occasionally assignments or projects may be sent home to be worked on.
Parent-Teacher Communication: If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year please feel free to contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school at: (204)589-7355.