Our CCR Time is 11:00-11:55 daily, and our LUNCH is 12:50-1:15.
If you need to contact me, please feel free to call during these times or after 3:30.
With continued parent support, I know this will prove to be a great school year for your child. Thanks for all you do!
Below I have included the Social Studies Syllabus and our Behavior and Expectation Plan for the
2016-2017 school year.
MCIS 5th Grade Social Studies Syllabus
This syllabus is designed to be a general guide for our Social Studies classes. Please note that the components and pacing may change at any time based on the needs of our students.
Unit 1- Geography, Economics, Native Americans (August-September)
Unit 4- Preamble, Constitution (Branches of Government), Bill of Rights, Levels of Government (January-February)
Unit 2- Exploration, Colonization, Comparing Colonies, Colonial Williamsburg, National Holidays, Slavery (October-November)
Unit 5-Westward Expansion, Causes of the Civil War and Civil War (February-March)
Unit 3- Growing Tensions (Causes of the Rev. War), To Declare or Not to Declare, The Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War (November-January)
Unit 6- Industrialization, Modern Era (World Wars, Cold War), Civil Rights (March-April)
Economics Review (Throughout History), Review (Change over Time), Review
All units have been developed based on fifth grade core content listed in the link below: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/docs/Pages/CCA-version-4.1.aspx
Grading Scale Grade Breakdown
59 & below F
Unit Tests are administered at the end of the unit and will be announced in advance. Students will have a review in class the day before the unit test and are given a practice test or study guide. A parent, with the understanding that a test is approaching, must sign study guides and/or practice tests. The practice test, study guide, and review session will let the students know exactly what is on the test; however, it is an expectation that students are spending adequate time studying for tests and quizzes at home. Quizzes will be given weekly to check for student understanding.
Students will be assigned projects throughout the year. A more detailed explanation and rubric for each project will be provided before the project is due. Although, students will have some class time to work on the projects, the majority of the project must be completed at home.
Homework is designed for students to practice and review the concepts taught in class.
It is also a way for students to discover problem areas within those concepts. Homework will be given for added enrichment at the teacher’s discretion or when classwork is not completed in class.
Classwork/Participation is expected on a daily basis. This includes, but is not limited to, notes, vocabulary, flashbacks, centers, games, and exit slips. Part of being an active participant in the classroom is taking accurate notes, keeping materials organized, and using class time wisely.
To enhance our social studies instruction, there will be a strong emphasis on student centered learning, including hands on learning, small group activities, and writing/explaining their understanding of social studies concepts.
Each day students are expected to come to class with all of the following: agenda book, S. Studies folder, and a pencil.
Questions or Concerns
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Behavior and Expectation Plan
We have high expectations for a spectacular school year! With this being said, we want the very best from your child while he/she is in our care. The following acronym, HOW I ACT, outlines the rules/expectations we have established for students to uphold each day they are in our classrooms.
Honesty to others
Obeying classroom and school rules
Involved in class
Courteous to all
Students choosing to be their best and display positive behaviors will be modestly rewarded. Rewards will be determined by teachers and/or administration.
Students’ behavior will be monitored and tracked weekly*, and consequences will occur for students choosing not to follow our team behavior and expectation plan.
Procedures for such infractions are:
1st offense – Warning
2nd offense – Student receives one day of lunch detention.
3rd offense – Teacher will conference with student. Student will complete a behavior reflection sheet to be signed by student and teacher. Copy will be sent home for parent to sign.
4th offense – Teacher will contact parent by phone to discuss behavior.
5th offense – Student must stay for after school detention until 4:30 on a scheduled Tuesday. Parent must make arrangements for pick up.
If more than 5 offenses occur in a week, action will be taken by principal. Fighting, bullying, stealing, and blatant disrespect will result in immediate referral to principal.
*The start of a new week means a “clean slate” for ALL students. Offenses from a previous week will not carry over into the next week.