Thank you for the opportunity to journey through fifth grade with your child as his/her reading and language arts teacher. My name is Jen Yun, and this is my seventeenth year teaching middle school. I have been at Madeira Middle School for four years. I’m so glad to be here! My husband Gordon and I live in Montgomery with our two daughters, ages seven and twelve.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me any time you have questions or concerns. I look forward to partnering with you to ensure a successful school year.
We mainly use a novel-based curriculum to cover the 5th grade standards. This reading is also supplemented with a classroom textbook for additional readings.
Reading At Home
Your child will be assigned a monthly book project. Details will be given at the beginning of each month. The directions will be listed on the pink sheet—this pink sheet is a weekly homework assignment, and a signature is due on Friday. Your signature verifies the student’s home reading requirement. We ask that each student engage in a minimum of 20 minutes of nightly reading.
Vocabulary and Spelling
Your child will have a vocabulary or spelling test every Wednesday (these rotate each week). Our vocabulary program is Wordly Wise and you will see this workbook as regularly assigned homework. Our spelling program is computer-based and includes in-class and home practice. The spelling program will use the Wordly Wise words. The website is www.spellingcity.com
Grammar and Writing Skills
We will have grammar units, and you will see this also as regularly assigned homework. We will begin with a research paper on the Rainforest; this coordinates with the Social Studies unit as well. This Rainforest Unit will culminate with a field trip to the zoo in the fall. Another one of our early writing assignments will be a Veteran’s report. We will ask for your assistance in helping your child find and interview a veteran.
Homework will be posted weekly on Progress Book. Your child’s planbook should also be kept up to date. Reading and Language Arts papers will be sent home every Thursday.
Phone 985-6085 Extension #3120
Thanks so much!