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Charles Townes Center at Sterling School
Syllabus for Grade Level 5
Teacher: Connie Gordon                                    Room 708

Daily Schedule:                                        

                Monday         Tuesday       Wednesday      Thursday           Friday








Social Studies & Grammar- Dechau

Social Studies & Grammar- Dechau

Social Studies & Grammar- Dechau

Social Studies & Grammar- Dechau

Social Studies & Grammar- Dechau


Writing & Literature - Newell

Writing & Literature - Newell

Writing & Literature - Newell

Writing & Literature - Newell

Writing & Literature - Newell














Math & Science - Gordon

Math & Science - Gordon

Math & Science - Gordon

Math & Science - Gordon (Drama Week B

1:13 – 1:58)

Math & Science - Gordon


















Major Assessment/Calculation of Grades:

Grading Scale: The standardized grade scale used throughout the district will apply.

                                    2010-2011 Grading Scale

                                                A =      93 – 100
B =      92 - 85  
                                                C =      77 – 84
D =      70 – 76
U =      69 or below

Grading Procedures:

Classwork, daily grades—50%
Homework  – 10%
Tests, projects (major assessments) – 40%

Student Records:       Grades are recorded in Powerschool throughout the school year.  Folders with graded papers are sent home on Thursdays.   

Homework Policy:   Homework is an extension of the classroom.  It helps provide needed practice while developing responsibility and maturity.  Students are expected to complete homework assignments Monday through Thursday.  Homework will not be assigned on Fridays unless students are working on a special project.  The parents’ role is to provide time and space for quiet, productive work, and to provide encouragement and reinforcement.  Homework should not take more than 45 minutes nightly.  Homework is due the next school day unless a different specific due date is given.  Incomplete class work should be finished as homework. Students who do not complete homework assignments may also be asked to sit outside of class during homework discussion to complete assignment for half credit.  This is at teacher’s discretion and may not be requested.   All assignments other than homework (class work, projects, lab reports, etc.) are accepted late with a 10% deduction per day.  If a student is absent on the day that a project or lab report is due, the project or report is due the day they return to school. 

Missed Work and Make-up Policy:   Students are given five days from the date of their absence to make up any missed work.  If a student is absent on the day that a project or lab report is due, the project or report is due the day they return to school.  All homework, class work, tests and quizzes must be made up within 5 school days of the date of return to school.  Students are GREATLY encouraged to check the website or phone a study buddy when they are out to see what is missed and attempt missed work prior to return to school.  This eases the transition and stress for the student especially if the absence is more than one day.   Study buddies are assigned the first week of school. 

Attendance and Tardy Policies:   Each student must attend at least 170 of the 180 days to receive credit.  Any absences in excess of 10 days may cause the student to lose credit for the year.  School begins at 8:10 a.m.  Students are considered tardy after 8:15 a.m.

Rules for Student Behavior:  Students are encouraged to become responsible individuals, who practice self-control, respect, and regard for others in a safe, orderly environment.  All rules will be student generated at the beginning of the school year but generally include such things as:

1.      Work quietly so others can concentrate
2.      Follow directions
3.      Don’t interrupt

Consequences for Violating Class and School Rules/Policies:   My classroom management system is based upon a logical system of consequences for actions.  Many times a consequence must be found to suit the nature of the offence.  Here is a list of consequences that I use as they are needed.  However, I may utilize alternate consequences if they are more appropriate.

·        Writing a letter of apology

·        Correcting the mistake that was made (cleaning up, fixing something, apologizing, etc)

·        Sitting at the silent lunch table to reflect on actions

·        Completing an alternate assignment

·        Contacting parent to discuss alternate consequences

            *Please note that if the situation requires alternate consequences, I will always discuss those consequences with your child.  I also may involve the student in the process of developing the consequences.  I will try to make the consequences as appropriate as possible to the offense committed.

Procedures for Non-Instructional Routines:
Morning:    Students should bring lunch money, return books, take parent notes to the office, etc. before they come to class (before they are dismissed from the cafeteria).  Students will then enter the classroom and immediately unpack their book bags.  They should complete the morning work on the front board.  They participate in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Moment of Silence.  ALL STUDENTS are required to maintain an agenda with assignments and important dates recorded.  Teachers will check for parent signatures each morning of the first nine weeks.

 Restroom:      Students may use the restroom one at time when I am not addressing the entire class. 

 Lunch:             Students are expected to be quiet in line and may talk softly when they sit at the table.  All fifth grade students sit together at our assigned cafeteria tables.

Dismissal:       Students are called to stack chairs by tables or groups.  They are dismissed when called.  Most days, students are dismissed from their related arts class.

Science Lab:  Your child will be in science lab at least two days per week.  On those days, they must wear closed-toe shoes and pants or shorts.  We use glassware and get messy sometimes inside and outside.  Students will be notified one day in advance of lab days. 

Communication with Parents:  Parents will be contacted throughout the school year and are encouraged to call the school or send me a note if a concern arises.  Each family should receive:

1.      Copy of a classroom syllabus
2.      Moodle updates/discussion and news posts
3.      Progress reports
4.      Report cards
5.      Telephone calls concerning student behavior or work which is outstanding or which needs improvement
6.      Letter regarding homework and/or behavior as needed
7.      Notification of scheduled parent/teacher conferences
8.      E-mail updates

Field Trips:  Room parents will assist classroom teachers in organizing chaperones for major field trips.  Please let your classroom teacher know if it is medically necessary for you to accompany your child on field trips.  Tentative trips include:

Biltmore House, Spirit of South Carolina/Aquarium/DNR, Paris Mountain State Park, Furman University physics labs, Roper Mountain Science Center

5th Grade Content Area Overview

Content Area

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter


100 Days of School Math program, algebraic thinking and number patterns, whole number operations

measures of central tendency and graphing, decimal number operations

fraction number operations, real number system, and proportional reasoning (percents, ratios and rates)

geometry, probability, integers


Scientific method processes (measurement, lab safety and techniques, inference, observation, data table creation, determination of a fair test, posing testable questions, variable identification, hypotheses writing), cells, oceans and aquatic ecosystems, food chain/web, population relationships, changes in ecosystems (succession)

Scientific method and technological design processes (writing hypotheses and procedures to test a question, data analysis and graphing displays, inferences, conclusion writing, plan drawing, product design and testing, research skills), human impact and pollution, landforms (aquatic and terrestrial), geological processes and soil

Scientific method processes (lab report formats, reflection), states and properties of matter

Forces and motion, scientific method processes

Social Studies

Map skills, Reconstruction and Westward Expansion

Industrial Revolution through Roaring ‘20’s

New Deal (FDR) through end of 1940’s


Cold War, Civil Rights through present day

Language Arts/Writing


through the

formal writing process-narrative

-Poetry-Poe inspired poems

-Scientist and Inventor Biographies


-Persuasive writing piece “How should we respond to injustice” (through formal writing process)


-Communism vs. Democracy essay/debate

-Science Fiction piece


Mysteries—The Second Mrs. Gioconda,

Sherlock Holmes, E.A. Poe

Scientist and Inventor Biographies, The Wizard of Oz, and Bully for You, Teddy


Novel study: Foster’s War, Number the Stars, Behind the Bedroom Wall

W&M Unit: 1940’s A Decade of Change

Novel study-A Wrinkle in Time