• Welcome to the 5th grade team!

    Thanks for stopping by my web page.  I hope it is helpful.  I am so excited to be part of the 5th grade team this year.  I know we will all work closely to make this a successful experience.  I will be teaching science and social studies to all of the 5th grade students. 

    In 5th grade our social studies focuses on American History.  We will learn about the first humans who settled here in the USA, then the explorers who came here in search of glory and gold.  Hopefully we will be able to learn about the fathers of the Constitution and their quest for independence from England.  In addition, we will learn about the geography of the USA by working on Daily Geography questions each day.  All 5th graders will practice labeling all 50 states and their capitals.  It is also a long standing tradition for 5th graders to learn to recite The Gettysburg Address from memory.  We will become better at reading and understanding nonfiction text and keep up with current events by reading Time For Kids.  It is an awesome student centered publication created by Time Magazine for kids.   

    Science in 5th grade will allow students to learn through hands-on investigations, they try out the kind of work that professional scientists do, helping them understand the foundations of science and inspire curiosity about the subject. We will begin the year learning about the scientific method. Then we will investigate plants and agriculture with a visit from the Mobile Ag Lab.  Our weather unit will make future meteorologists out of each student.  Next we will investigate properties of matter. Finally, we will end the year learning about forces and motion.  Our cirriculum will be enhanced by visits from Gettysburg College professors through the program, Advancing Science.

    If you have any concerns please let me know.  School email is the easiest way to contact me during the school day.   p.shaffer@upperadams.org
    I can also be reached through DOJO.  If you have not registerd, I strongly encourage you to do so now.  I have sent each parent and invitation to join.  If you need me to resend it, please let me know. MANY important announcements will be communicated through DOJO.  I also use it as a classroom management system.  Homework is posted on the DOJO by each of the 5th grade teachers.  




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