Welcome to 4th/5th Grade at Santa Fe Elementary!
I teach writing and social studies classes for the general education students. Writing class includes composition, grammar, and spelling. We will learn to write in a variety of genres and students will practice sharing their thoughts, ideas, and memories on paper. Fourth graders are required to take the writing STAAR test in the spring.
For Social Studies, fourth graders learn all about Texas history, culminating in a very special field trip to Austin to visit the capitol building and the Bob Bullock Museum. It is super to be immersed in the history we have learned about in class!
Fifth graders graduate from learning localized state history to the study of the history of our country! American history, here we come!
Students will have homework for my class Monday through Thursday. There are two components. Students need to turn in a page (any scrap paper from home will do) on which they practiced their spelling words. There must be at least 15 words on the page to receive credit. Students may practice in any fashion that works for them. They may write their words several times, they may make pyramids, they may use markers to differentiate between vowels and consonants, or any method that is beneficial for them. Students may practice the words kinesthenically by writing the words in shaving cream, sand, sugar, on sand paper, etc. as long as a parent writes a note stating that this took place. A note would need to be written each evening that the words were practiced in this fashion, so the note can be turned in where homework is collected. No homework is excused unless I receive a note from a parent or guardian explaining why it was not possible to complete the assignment.
The second part of homework is to spend some time writing in writing journals. Entries will be checked at the beginning of class. Sometimes a topic will be assigned, other times students can write about a topic of their choice.
A little bit about me:
I was raised and educated in California. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies, met my teacher certification requirements, and earned my Master of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in reading, all at Pacific Union College.
My husband and I met in California, then spent a few years in Florida before moving to Cleburne in 1998. We have a teenage son who adds lots of entertainment to our lives!
I have teaching certifications for general education grades PK - 8th grade, Language Arts grades 4-8, and English as a second language. I have experience teaching grades 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7.
I look forward to meeting you in person! Let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way!