Mr. Fulton's Fabulous Fifth Grade

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Mr. Rodney D. Fulton,


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School Year 2015-2016  will be the fifth year that I am teaching fifth grade at Russell D. Jones Elementary.  It will also be my 18th year as an elementary classroom teacher in the Rogers Public Schools.    I will be using the Common Core Curriculum as well as Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) strategies along with Interactive Note booking so that my students will gain a deep understanding of the concepts we are exploring in fifth grade.  This year, I will be teaching
writing to all fifth graders at Jones.  We will be considering some essential questions about why human beings write as well as how to write effectively. My homeroom students will be taught math by Mrs. Hillyer and science by Mrs. Smith.

I hope to meet all my students and their family members at our school Open House.   We will discuss many important ideas, suggestions, and concerns for a successful year.  I will try to answer all your questions and concerns as well as share my expectations of your child in our classroom.  Please try to attend this most important meeting.

Fifth graders need to make decisions about their own learning and contribute to the community of learners in our classroom.  Expectations for fifth grade are very high!  Each and every student is challenged to grow academically and prove that growth in academic assessments throughout the year.  As students prepare to transition to middle school next year, they need to spend fifth grade expanding and strengthening their facility with math, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing skills.  They will spend the year developing their understanding of how our nation was built from 13 British colonies into the nation we are today.  For the first time, fifth graders are tested on their knowledge and understanding of science concepts during Arkansas Benchmark testing in April.

Homework is essential during fifth grade.  However, homework is a cooperative venture among student, parent, and teacher.  Homework will depend on how much your child accomplishes during the school day, how much they need to practice skills that are taught during the school day, and how much application of reading, writing, math, and science skills your child needs to complete outside the classroom.
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