Syllabus

If your child is in my homeroom class I will be his or her teacher in the following subjects:

Reading 
Reading serves as the core subject in my classroom.  In this class your child will be reading various texts from our textbook, trade books, non-fiction sources, and self-selected texts.  Stories read from the textbook will be tested when we finish reading them in class.
Self selected reading is monitored through the Accelerated Reading program. Three times a year I will assess your child using the STAR reading test and determine a Zone of Proximal Development (zone) for your child. Your child will have opportunities to select books within this zone and take Accelerated Reader tests on these books.  Points are awarded based on correct answers on their tests.  Points and average percent correct on tests are monitored daily.  At the end of each six weeks I will chart your child's point progress and reward him or her.  For more information check our schoolwide Accelerated Reader page.
Grades in my reading class come from vocabulary and comprehension tests.  I also grade Weekly Reader (an age appropriate classroom newspaper) and Practice book assignments.  Completed homework assignments will also help your child's grade in Reading.  Incomplete homework assignments will result in points being deducted from your child's grade.

Spelling
In my spelling class your child will focus on common spelling patterns each week.  Every Monday I will introduce 29 new spelling words based on the spelling pattern for that week.  Throughout the week we will sort the words according to spelling pattern and alphabetical order, identify word meanings, and practice spelling each word.  On Fridays I will give a spelling test.  This test can either be writing each word after it is called or a standardized spelling test.  
Grades in spelling are taken on spelling tests and completed homework assignments.  Incomplete homework assignments will cause points to be deducted from your child's grade.
Handwriting is also included in Spelling.  Cursive writing is taught in third grade at Glencoe Elementary School.  Throughout the year on your child's spelling tests I will put a handwriting grade for that week.  Handwriting grades are given by S (Satisfactory), N (Needs Improvement), and U (Unacceptable).  

Math
 In math class your child will be expected to know basic facts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I incorporate  hands on activities/visuals to help students understand certain math concepts.
Your child will have two red math folders, one for classwork/homework assignments and the other for speed tests.  
Grades in math are taken from lessons taught from the textbook and other math skills sheets. Completed homework assignments will help your child's grade.  Points can be deducted for incomplete assignments.


Alabama History
We begin history by introducing the first Alabamians and continue through the Civil War. Through reading the textbook, oral discussion, vocabulary, geography, and note taking we explore the history of our state. The students also complete art work that goes along with the chapters to be used in their Alabama Scrapbook. The scrapbook will be completed in class during the last six weeks for a grade. Your child will need one green folder for this class. Completed homework assignments will also count toward your child's final grade for the six weeks.  Points will be deducted for incomplete assignments.

My teaching partner is Mr. Strawn.  If your child is in my homeroom, Mr. Strawn will teach him or her Science and Language.  You can check his page for course details.  

In addition to teaching my homeroom students I will also teach Mr. Strawn’s homeroom Math and Alabama History.