5th Grade Science Newsletter

Fourth Six Weeks 2016 Edition

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Here are just a few tips for planning a great spring semester in 5th grade science.


1) Make your first instruction your best instruction. The fast pace of the spring semester leaves little time for "do-overs" so avoid stress by designing lessons that engage your learners and allow you to have time to check for mastery daily. Checking mastery daily will give you the data to immediately determine who needs to be retaught rather than waiting until the next full scale assessment.


2) Establish a variety of pre-arranged groupings. Use your fall data to help establish groups in advance of small group lessons. Small group instruction with stations are a great way to target specific students for remediation. Use your data to create a variety of groupings that will set you up for success. For example, you may want to put students into groups based on their skill level with a specific standard. You may also want to have a set of groups based on reading levels, or a set based on process skill scores. Using a variety of groupings will reduce the self labeling that occurs when students think there is a "smart" or "not-so-smart" group. Thinking about groupings in advance will save you time, make your teacher station more effective and help you differentiate effectively.


3) Plan to refresh/review/reteach readiness standards from the fall. A quick review of your data will let you know which standards need to be reviewed and which ones will just need to be refreshed. Take some time to specifically calendar out when you will review/reteach/refresh information from the readiness standards taught during the fall.

5.5A, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.7A, 5.7B


4) Collaborate. You've heard the old sayings "two heads are better than one" and "a load shared is a a load lessened". There are 25 teachers teaching 5th grade science around the district (see list below). Reach out, make a connection with another 5th grade science teachers so you can share ideas, lessons, and plan together. Also, you can make great connections at out Collaborative Planning Sessions. (more info below).

Bonham - Andrew Maly, Clarissa Farias (bil)

Bowen - Mandy Gallego

Branch - Stacey Garcia

Crockett - Mr. Lopez (bil), New Teacher at semester

Fannin - Candy Cox, Maria Godinez (bil)

Henderson - Amanda Ekeland

Houston - Kim Kubesch

Johnson - Theresa Robinson,Daniel de la Rosa (dual)

Jones- -Glenna Graham (bil), Lauren Mangan

Kemp - Cindy DuPont, Monique Goodman-Lopez

Milam - Kallie Donley, Susan Floyd

Mitchell - Julie Menard

Navarro - Danielle Galow, Ashley Stansbury, Magali Hargrave

Neal -Starting in spring semester -Taylor Wells

Ross - Jennifer Cupit

Collaborative Planning Session

The next 5th grade science collaborative planning session will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 3:30-4:30 PM at Travis Educational Service Center (TESC) in the Large Team A conference room. Our focus will be on unit S5.4.2 Earth's rotation. Hope to see you there.

BIG BUZZ THEORY Presentation is coming your way.

Check the schedule to see which half day the Bee Man, Michael Kelling, will be on your campus to present to your 5th graders. More information regarding this program can be found at http://www.bigbuzztheory.com/

District Assessment S5.3 Data is shown below:

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How are your students doing on 5.6(C)?

Data is showing that this standard is sluggish. As a district, we have scored 58.9% and 58.8% on this SE when tested on the benchmark and district assessment respectively. What to do?


  • Review the 5.6C Evidence of Mastery document to see which of the 7 indicators may be causing your students to struggle.
  • A variety of review stations for this standard can be found here.
  • These warm up questions can be used to generate discussions about the straight pathway of light.

Bryan ISD Elementary Science

Debbie Richards, K-12 Science Coordinator Amanda Pannkuk - Kemp/Carver, Lucy Chalker - Neal, Jackie Wolf - Milam, Katie Kerbow - Jones, Charrisce Hamilton - Crockett