• Math Information:
     
    Hudson has adopted the Bridges math program. It is designed to "bridge" the gap between constructivist math and traditional math programs. Students will be encouraged to try a variety of strategies when learning concepts to find the one that is efficient and makes most sense mathematically in his/her mind. In my classroom this exploration will happen during math workshops. A few days a week students will participate in different activities to explore new ways of thinking about numbers, patterns and mathematical concepts. I will have an opportunity to meet with students to clarify thinking, reteach when necessary and enrich as needed. The workshop model allows for differentiation to occur naturally in the classroom and give students the opportunity to work at the correct pace and level for his/her needs. 
     
    Khan Academy will be assigned for each student. A username and password will be issued in the first week of school. This information will be in the front of the planner for reference. Each week students will be expected to log active minutes to master skills in Khan Academy. This website  allows for independent work and individualized learning. I will confer with students on Fridays to discuss progress and reteach concepts he/she is struggling in. 
     
    Homework will be issued Monday through Thursday weekly. This will include practice pages, review pages and online work. Homework allows for students to refine skills and be prepared for the more complicated problems we work on in a class lesson. Long term assignments will be on the website calendar page, but please refer to the planner for small daily work. 
     
    Assessments will occur weekly in a variety of forms. Unit tests will be assigned a week to 10 days ahead of the test date. Quizzes will occur during class time and will comprise of review material to keep skills sharp. Many assessments are observational during class time and through discussions with your child. Look for papers to be in Take-Home folders each week. 
  • Inquiry Information:
     
    Inquiry is an investigative portion of our day to explore science and social studies standards through labs, projects, experiments and hands-on learning. The first half of the school year will focus on science standards and we will finish 5th grade looking deeply into social studies standards. 
     
    Science - 
    Scientific method review will begin 5th grade with an exploration of product quality. Students will learn about proper experiment procedures through fun hands-on labs with paper towels. Ecosystems, Solar Systems and Energy units will follow. Culminating activities will wrap up each unit. These include independent projects, group projects and smaller activities to allow students to show the deep understanding of 5th grade concepts.
     
    Social Studies - 
    Much of the social studies standards will be embedded in Language Arts with Mr. Haines and Miss Komar. In Inquiry, students will take the information they have learned in LA and develop an interesting way of presenting information. This will include culminating projects, speeches, technology presentations and more.