Mrs. Ruggless' 5th Grade



Welcome to my class!

Classroom Rules and Behavior Expectations

Students will be-



*Always Safe


Misbehavior will be documented in agendas.

Students are responsible for having their agenda signed daily.


First Nine Weeks Overview

During the first nine weeks, we will be studying non-fiction, comprehension and text features. We will be covering the following items in reading:

Essential Skills and Concepts

1. Readers will be exposed to fiction (first-person and third-person point of view) and nonfiction through interactive read alouds, where comprehension skills will be modeled.

2. Workshop procedures will be explicitly taught.

TEKS: 5.1A, 5.1B, 5.1C, 5.1D, 5.2Av, 5.3A, 5.3B, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.6D, 5.6E, 5.6F, 5.6G, 5.6H, 5.6I, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.7G, 5.9Di, 5.10E

Word Study:

5.2Aii, 5.2Bi, 5.C

Unit Title/Theme: Understanding Fiction

Essential Skills and Concepts

1. Readers will learn that fiction texts follow a plot structure with rising action, a climax, falling action, and a resolution.

2. Readers will pay attention to relationship and conflicts among the characters.

3. Readers will use comprehension skills to understand fiction.

4. Readers will respond to fiction by using text evidence to help explain themes, characters, plot, and the importance of the setting.

*bold=anchor TEKS

5.1A, 5.1B, 5.1C, 5.1D, 5.2Av, 5.3A, 5.3B , 5.4, 5.5, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.6D, 5.6E, 5.6F, 5.6G, 5.6H, 5.6I, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.7G, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.8D, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.10C, 5.10E, 5.10F

Word Study:

5.2Aii, 5.2Aiii, 5.2Bi, 5.2Biii, 5.C, 5.3A

Essential Standards

5.3A, 5.3B, 5.6C, 5.6F, 5.7D, 5.8B, 5.9Di, 5.10A

Essential Questions

1. How can I effectively use a dictionary, thesaurus, or glossary?

2. How will I use clues in the text to understand new words?

3. How can I use text evidence to make, correct or prove predictions?

4. How can I use clues in the text and what I already know to understand what I read?

5. How can I recreate a story in order stating only the main parts?

6. How do characters interact and change throughout a story?

7. How do I determine the main idea and details in a nonfiction text?

8. How do I determine why an author wrote a specific text?

9. How do I determine what an author’s message was?

Key Academic Vocabulary

organizational pattern

text structure

text features

central idea (main idea)



author’s purpose


point of view


rising action


falling action





First Nine Weeks Overview

5.5 C Identify the accomplishments of individuals and groups such as Jane Addams, Susan B. Anthony, Dwight Eisenhower, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team who have made contributions to society in the areas of civil rights, women's rights, military actions, and politics

5.6 A Apply geographic tools, including grid systems, legends, symbols, scales, and compass roses, to construct and interpret maps.

5.6 B Translate geographic data into a variety of formats such as raw data to graphs and maps.

5.7 A Describe a variety of regions in the United States such as political, population, and economic regions that result from patterns of human activity


5.7 B Describe a variety of regions in the United States such as landform, climate, and vegetation regions that result from physical characteristics such as the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, and Coastal Plains.

5.7 C Locate on a map important political features such as the ten largest urban areas in the United States, the 50 states and their capitals, and regions such as the Northeast, the Midwest, and the Southwest.


Students will be expected to READ 20 minutes each night.

Student are responsible for earning Academic Vocabulary words directly related to our lessons. The words are divided by nine week grading cycles. At the end of each nine weeks, students will take a comprehensive test (major grade) over the words for that particular grading cycle. Please encourage your child to study these words for at least 5 minutes two times per week. We are going over and studying these words in class.


Agendas are used as a form of communication between home and school. Please sign them every night to stay aware of homework, important news and events, and receive other notes specific to your child.

40 Book Challenge

Your fifth grader has been challenged to read 40 books, from a wide range of genres, by the end of the school year. 40 books may sound like a lot, however, I assure you that I have the utmost confidence that your child will experience success.

Students will be given at least 20 minutes each school day in class to read. They are also expected to read 20 minutes each night at home as part of their evening homework routine. This goal can be reached by reading everyday in class and at home.

The book challenge is adapted from “The Book Whisperer” written Donalyn Miller. She is a 6th grade teacher from Texas. Her book reveals the secrets of turning every student into a vivacious reader!

We are very excited about this program. I look forward to seeing the difference it makes in our students as lifelong readers!

Please let us know if you have any questions about the 40 Book Challenge.

Third/Fourth/Fifth Grade Reteach/Retest Procedures

  1. Students will be retaught concepts they do not master. Reteaching may take place in whole group, small group, or during individual instruction.
  2. Students will be allowed one opportunity to retest on major grades only. Rubrics, projects and final nine weeks/semester assessments will be exempt from reteach/retest procedures.

  3. Reteach/retest will need to be done of the original test being given.

  4. Retest can be an alternative assessment on the same content or the same activity.

  5. Students who earn a grade below a 70% will be required to participate in a reteach session and then retest for that assignment.

  6. Students will receive an average of the two grades. If a student receives a lower grade on the retest, then the original grade will stand in the grade book.

My Schedule:

1st Period: 8:10-9:05 My HR

2nd Period: 9:05-10:05 Tiger Time

3rd Period: 10:05-10:30 My HR

Lunch 10:30-11:00


4th Period: 11:30-11:55 My HR

5th Period: 11:55-1:20 Matts' HR

6th Period: 1:20-2:50 Garcia's HR

7th Period: 2:50-3:35 Specials

Conference: 2:50 - 3:35

Dismissal: 3:45

If you need anything, please email me.

Mrs. Ruggless

5th Grade Reading & Social Studies

Sealy Elementary

Room 7.05

723 FM 2187

Sealy, TX 77474

979-885-3852 ext. 4528

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

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Academic Vocab Test Wednesday 10/10

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 8am