Welcome to my teacher page! I will be utilizing this throughout the year for updates on curriculum and events. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to builidng a partnership with you to create a successful 5th grade year for our students!
In our final week of remote learning, I want you to know that it has been a joy and privilege to be your 5th Grade ELA teacher. I am so proud of all of the growth I have seen in each of my students throughout this school year! Your effort throughout this remote learning time has been truly appreciated. This week I will be providing you with lessons and activiites that have been planned by the fifth grade ELA team. Our theme for the week is baseball! Step up to the plate and enjoy learning about this fan favorite spring sport. To find the lessons for each day of the week, you will need to go to district's HOME page and click on Extended School Closure Lesson Plans due to COVID 19.
Great job completing the work in OneNote. I have enjoyed reading your work and offering you feedback on every assignment. Please continue to look for my comments typed in purple on the previous day's work!
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY:
Please be prepared to return all library books and audio books to the school library when you come to pick up your child's / children's materials in June. Mrs. Meszaros will email families by the end of May with a list of materials that are checked out to your children. If you have any questions you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find a book at home to continue to read for enjoyment daily or use the Epic classroom password below to find a digital book. Directions on how to login into OneNote can be found in the downloads section below titled OFFICE LOG-IN INSTRUCTIONS. I want to enourage my students to put forth their best effort in completing the assignments and I really enjoy seeing their hard work!
If you have any question or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will be updating my teacher page regularly so check back often. Thank you for your continued support of your student's learning during this unique time.
The district has approved teachers to start using Zoom for weekly class meetings. An email from Mr. Wernet was sent out with some important information. I am really looking forward to having us see one another! This Zoom meeting is for my homeroom ELA block 1 students. This is optional, but I hope everyone can attend during this scheduled time frame. If your child is unable to attend, that is OK! Hopefully there will be a future time when they are able to attend and connect with their classmates. I will also still call those students that are not in attendance.
The private link will be emailed to my homeroom class parent emails on Wednesday morning. Please expect this email and if you don’t receive it by 10:00 then contact me. Only children in my homeroom will be invited. When entering the Zoom meeting, it is important that students are entered with a name that I will recognize. If I do not recognize the name, the student will not be admitted to the meeting. Each student's safety and privacy is of the utmost importance to us, even in a virtual format. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Students can also use online resources such as Storyworks, Newsela, Freckle and Epic to find stories and articles to read that can also be used with the given questions. Book Creator can be utilized to publish their writing in an engaging and creative process.
LIsted below are our classroom passwords:
Epic Books: Go to www.getepic.com, login as a student, use the code: pbl6905
Newsela: Username is your school email, for example if a student was named Joe Smith it would be this: email@example.com the password is your personal 500 number you use at school, for example 5001234. We have logged in together at school, so students should be familiar with the process.
Class Code: DW36JY
Book Creator: ELA 1 (morning block) 5TTGH66
ELA 2 (afternoon block) 5TC7BRK
Edulastic: Username is your school email, for example if a student was named Joe Smith it would be this: firstname.lastname@example.org the password is your personal 500 number you use at school, for example 5001234. We have logged in together at school, so students should be familiar with the process.
ELA 1 (morning block) RPFKY
ELA 2 (afternoon block) IRWPG
Audible: stories.audible.com offers hundreds of free titles to entertain, engage, and inform students.
1. Go to student.freckle.com
2. Type in your first name and initial of your last name
3. Class code 9ekb8y
We want our students to enjoy the learning process as they continue meaningful ELA activities at home. In the download section of this teacher page, you will find a parent letter describing fifth grade ELA skills with questions and tasks for continuous learning during the days ahead. We have also created a choice board for students to use with their self-selected books. These items should be considered additional practice of skills already learned within the classroom.
Students: I would love to receive an email from you! Tell me about a book you are reading! Have you tried any new recipes that you would recommend to me? Are there any new games you have discovered while you are at home? I would really enjoy hearing from you and I will email you back! Stay healthy and enjoy this time with your family.
Parents: Many of you joined my Remind Announcements at the beginning of the school year. I will continue to send updates out via the Remind app. If you would like to join, send a text message to 81010 and text this message @vanderkoo when it prompts you. Thank you!
Mrs. Vander Kooi
R.L.5.1 - I can quote accurately from a text when explicitly explaining or drawing inferences from a text.
R.L 5.2 - I can determine the theme of a various text, how characters respond to challenges and how the speaker in a poem reflects on topic; summarize the text.
R.L 5.4 - I can use context clues to determine meanings of words.
R.L. 5.5 - I can explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
R.L. 5.6 - I can describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.
R.L. 5.9 - I can compare and contrast stories in the same genre with the same theme and topics.
L. 5.2 – I can demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
I CAN quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences. (R.I.5.1)
I CAN explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text. (R.I.5.3)
I CAN determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words in text relevant to a topic or subject area. (R.I.5.4)
I can integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write about as subject. (R.I.5.9)
May 18-*MARVELOUS MONDAY* You will be reading a biography on Hank Aaron. To find assignments for today, you will need to go to the district's HOME page and click on Extended School Closure Lesson Plans Week of May 18.
May 19-*TERRIFIC TUESDAY* You will be reading "The Secret History of Little League's First Girl" a true story of Tubby Johnston. To find the assignments for today, you will need to go to the district's HOME page and click on Extended School Closure Lesson Plans Week of May 18.
May 20- *WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY* Final Class Zoom Meeting at 11:00 in the morning! You will be reading "Baseball's Girl Umpire." To find the assignments for today, you will need to go to the district's HOME page and click on Extended School Closure Lesson Plans Week of May 18.
May 21*THRILLING THURSDAY* You will be creating baseball cards! To find the assignments for today, you will need to go to the district's HOME page and click on Extended School Closure Lesson Plans Week of May 18.
May 22-*FUN FRIDAY* You will be watching the class video where Mr. Wills answers your questions! You also have a very special farewell video made by your ELA fifth grade teachers celebrating your remote learning work! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, fifth graders!