WELCOME TO ROOM 201
It's hard to believe but it's that time of the year again - the beginning of a new school year. Welcome back! My name is Mrs. Leventis and I will be your child’s 5th grade teacher. There is so much excitement approaching us as we think about new teachers and students to meet, new books to read, new activities and concepts to master, etc… and I look forward to sharing in all of these exciting times.
As a parent myself, I know that your pride and joy is entering my classroom everyday and I thank you for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to be their teacher. I promise to give my very all to teach, inspire, motivate, and encourage your child.
We need to work together as a team! “It's a parents enthusiasm, support and involvement that inspire children to do their best; and a teacher's ability to teach what they need to learn. Together we can achieve wonderful things.”
Please contact me at anytime if you have questions, comments, or concerns by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me in your child’s agenda. You can take the time to visit my webpage throughout the year. I will be posting important information, useful sites, and interesting things happening with our class throughout the year.
Thank you for your commitment to your child's education and success and I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year!
The 5th grade classes will begin a year-long program with Nature Along the Lake (NAL). NAL is a program through the Friends of the Park that I have been working with for over 15 years. We will begin this program the week of Oct. 17th with our first field trip to bird watch. During this inaugural visit to NAL, our students will learn about: Bird identification, bird ethology, hiking etiquette and sustainable hiking practices, binocular use, and migratory birding patterns. After an interactive lecture, students will be led on a birding hike through Montrose Point's "Magic Hedge" to observe and study the principles that they learned. This field trip is an integral part of our third PYP unit which covers migration.
This year the 5th graders will be working with a new math series that focuses on problem solving skills. The problems in the series have been developed through a process called "Lesson Study". Thanks to Ms. Zaimi, Peirce teachers are fortunate to participate in this research process. Math and science are my passion and I am very excited to start working with this Sansu Math.
In our first chapter we will investigate the structure of numbers through working with whole numbers and decimal numbers.
“Sansu Math is an adaptation of the Tokyo Shoseki series New Mathematics, Japan’s most widely used elementary mathematics series. Sansu Math maintains the depth and coherence of the original Japanese curriculum and the Japanese Ministry of Education’s Course of Study, while providing supplementary topics, such as money and measurement, for educators in the United States.
Sansu Math focuses on a selective number of topics, teaching each in depth through carefully sequenced lessons that build on each other. The relatively slow pacing allows students to truly master content and develop important mathematical practices. These textbooks and teacher’s guides encourage students to learn through problem solving. Students using this Japan math program engage in mathematical discussions, strengthen conceptual understanding of content, and develop reasoning skills."
Our first PYP unit this year is How the World Works. During this unit we will be exploring the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment. We will be looking at the effects of humans on the Earth's environment, how to heal the earth's environment, the sun's impact on the earth, and we will be studying the Earth's hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.
Last year the 5th grade Peirce teachers partnered with Mr Leslie Lynn of ACE - Argument Centered Education to design argument centered curriculum around our unit topics. Throughout this year the students will study how to argue and debate constructively. Our debate work this year will begin with an argument writing piece where students will defend issues on how people can heal the planet. Students will identify damages that have been done to the earth and come up with two to three solutions to help heal our planet. Students will provide evidence as to why their solutions have healing power!
Our first novel this year will be Holes which is a widely assigned book in middle school classes because students respond well to the challenges faced by the novel’s young protagonist. The major themes in Holes include the consequence of choices resulting from fate and destiny and the importance of friendship. This book has characters that 5th graders can empathize with and it involves them in plots that are fun to read. The book also covers some Earth science topics that we will be investigating.
Lots of Science - look at some examples!
Forensics activity with the University of Illinois STEM team
Giordano Jazz Dance Science/Health through Dance
I have chosen to be a 5th grade educator, for I recognize that the years of early adolescence are pivotal and abound with individual potential and opportunity. Therefore, I will care for these students personally, listen to their voices, respect their concerns, and engage them in meaningful educational experiences that will prepare them for a promising future.