5th Grade Science Newsletter
Fourth Six Weeks 2016 Edition
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