Welcome to 5th Grade!
Fifth grade is a special year, full of increased independence, critical thinking, and fun! I look forward to seeing you all on the 21st and working with you this year. Please read the welcome letter here! Also, please make sure you have your supplies ready for the first week of school. The supply list can be accessed by clicking the link below:
Welcome to 5th Grade!
There is no official homework for the first week of school. I do ask that students have their supplies ready ASAP, and definitely by Thursday so we can set up binders and portfolios for the year.
Otherwise, please use this time to rest and get used to being on a school schedule again! All students are strongly encouraged to read 30 minutes daily.
what we're learning this week
In week one, the most important thing is getting to know one another and establishing our classroom community. Most activities will be devoted to these goals.
Math: Writing simple expressions with numbers, and evaluating expressions.
Language Arts: Write a poem describing a fictional character, and an autobiographical poem about yourself.
Science: Learn about ways people use science to protect the Earth's resources.
Social studies: Identify and use primary and secondary resources to study the past.
I'm originally from Oakland, California, but have been fortunate enough to teach and study all over the world! I graduated from the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!), where I got to spend a year studying in Angers, France. After college, I traded the cold winters for beautiful Belize, where I found my passion for teaching and working with kids. I studied International Education at Oxford University in England, then returned home to California to complete my teaching credential. I taught for seven years in California and two in Mexico City, and am thrilled to be here in the beautiful Dominican Republic!
Outside of the classroom, I love playing and watching sports, running on the beach, and reading. Click here to view my professional profile.
Helping with homework
Daily homework is an important part of reinforcing what we learn in class. In fifth grade, we aim to foster independence and autonomy while encouraging students to self-advocate when something is unclear. Please read the following suggestions as to how to strike this balance and best support your fifth grader.