Welcome Back to the 2019-2020 School Year!
It is with great excitement the new school year begins at Kiefer. I am truly looking forward to being a part of your child’s learning process. Many exciting and challenging activities utilizing critical thinking and problem solving are planned.
If I can be of service to you at any time, feel free to contact me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by leaving a message at the front office. I will do my best to return your call or e-mail as soon as possible. Thank you for being actively involved in your child’s success. Your child will have a wonderful learning experience as we work together.
Welcome to Mrs. Johnson's Science and Social Studies Class!
Get ready for a great year! There are 5 main objectives for this course: to experience lots of hand's- on labs, to learn as much as possible about the application of the course to the real world, to participate in cooperative learning groups, to take responsibility for class-work and homework and to have fun! A key factor to your success is your participation. My goal this year is to give you the tools and support that you need to be a successful science student. But, I cannot do this by myself and it is important that you do all work when it is assigned.
In Science and Social Studies for 5th grade Kiefer Public Schools has adopted TCI SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES ALIVE. This is my fourth year teaching this curriculum and I love it. Not only does the framework cover all of the standards for Oklahoma testing, but it also inludes hands on activites including investigations and labs. This hands on experience is especially benificial and keeps the students excited about science.
Each student has an online account through TCI. This allows all work to be done on chromebooks in the classroom. This also allows students the oppurtunity to have an online textbook and resources at all times as long as they have a computer and internet. In class we do all of our work online through the TCI accounts.
I also utilize google classroom. All student work is posted on their google classroom.
Bellwork, interactive games and any extra information can be found through google classroom. I encourage parents to check their childs google classroom and TCI accounts and stay up to date on what we are doing on a daily basis.
Grades for their science and social studies can be found through TCI accounts or teacherease.
Exams will be given over units of work and at the conclusion of the semester.
Tests will be approximately 30-40 points. Tests are very important, but labs, homework and being in school every day are just as important. You can’t do well in this class by just doing well on the tests. However, you can pass this class if you are not a good test taker.
Absences: missed work must be made up within a week. The day you come back, look in the absent/make-up work folder to see what you missed. Write down the assignment, fill out the absent ticket and turn it in the absent basket on my desk within a week. After a week it becomes a zero.
EXTRA CREDIT: . You can only do one Article Analysis per semester. Remember, extra credit is exactly what it says it is, EXTRA! This means you can only do this when you have everything else turned in).
1. Respect yourself, other students, the school facilities and the teacher.
2. Raise your hand if you have something to say or if you want to leave your seat during class discussions.
3. Be on time and prepared to learn.
4. Follow directions the first time given.
5. Keep the learning environment free from distractions.
If you choose to break a rule: (I reserve the right to use these consequences in the order I feel is appropriate for the behavior)
3. Call home
5. Referral to the office
Rewards: Daily praise, positive notes sent home, free homework or lab grade and various other perks throughout the year.
2 boxes of tissues
1 - 5 subjuct spiral notebook
We do most of our work online so I do not require many materials.
Students and Parents should check grades on a weekly basis using the following website: http://www.teacherease.com/
E-mail alerts will be sent when students have missing work or when students have done exceptionally well on an assignment. Please make sure your e-mail is up to date in order to receive these e-mails.