Elkin, P.


5th Grade Language Arts

Mrs. Elkin

Room 109

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased that your child is in my class this year.  With your encouragement, your child will participate in and enjoy many new and rewarding experiences this academic year.

My expectations for conduct and academic standards are high.  I have developed a classroom discipline plan, which guides every student to make good decisions about his or her behavior.  It is also important for you to be aware of daily and or weekly activities that are in my classroom.  Therefore, my classroom routines and procedures are written below.  In addition, this packet will give you insight into grading procedures for the class.  

Your child deserves the most positive educational climate possible for his/her growth, and I know that together we will make a difference in this process.  Please feel free to call (412) 655-3111 x3109 or email me (Patti.Elkin@sparksd.org) at any time during the school year.  With your participation, we can look forward to a productive, creative, and enjoyable year together.

Discipline Plan

Classroom Rules:

  1. Be Prepared

  2. Be Prompt

  3. Be Polite

  4. Be Positive

  • In addition, students are expected to follow all school rules that are outlined in the student agenda book.

Positive Recognition:

To encourage students to follow these classroom rules, I will recognize appropriate behavior with the following: praise (daily), “good news” notes and phone calls home, special privileges, free homework passes, awards, tangible rewards, and fun classroom activities.

The blocks will be competing against each other for an end of the nine week reward.  Throughout the nine week period, students will earn points daily by meeting all daily expectations:  completing homework, performing well on assessments, good behavior, etc.  The winning block will receive a reward to be voted on by the class at the end of the nine weeks.  

A leader will be chosen from each block on a monthly basis to be the classroom leader.  The student will receive special privileges in the classroom as well as being a “class helper” or “assistant”.  The leader will be chosen by the following qualities:  respectful, organized, enthusiastic, pro-active, consistent, cooperative, compassionate, and resourceful.  A student can be picked for more than one month.


If a student chooses to break a rule, however, the following steps will be taken:

1st Offense: Verbal Warning

2nd Offense: Student completes “My Action Plan”/ conferences with teacher

3rd Offense: Phone call home

4th Offense: Conference with parents/guardians and administration

5th Offense: Send to principal/assistant principal with referral to office

Severe Disruption:

If a student chooses to display abusive, obscene, or disrespectful language, steal, threaten, harass, or intimidate others, fight, vandalize, bring a weapon to school or act dangerously toward themselves or others the child will automatically be sent to the principal/assistant principal and receive a phone call home.

My Action Plan:

The following is a sample of the action plan that students will complete if they choose not to follow the rules.   All action plans will be kept on file within the classroom.

Name ____________________________________ Date ________________

Teacher __________________________________ Room # ______________

1.        What rule did you break?   Circle one.  Be Prepared      Be Prompt      Be Polite    Be Positive

2. What’s causing you to break this rule?  (Please list the factors.)

3. What will you do differently in the future to not break this rule?  List four other options.

Student Signature ___________________________ Date_____________________

Teacher Signature ___________________________ Date _____________________

Language Arts Class Supply List:

  • 1- 1” or 1 ½”  3-Ring View Binder (Plastic Insert on Cover)

  • 1 Package of Binder Dividers with 5 tabs (Categories: DWU, Spelling/Vocabulary, Notes, Writing Process, Homework)

  • 1 Package of Loose Leaf Lined Paper (3- hole punched)

  • Zippered Binder Pocket

  • Handheld Pencil Sharpener

  • Pencils

  • Pens

  • Erasers

  • 1 Highlighter

  • 2 Book Covers

  • At least 1 book (novel or nonfiction) that can be read independently in which the students are expected to have at all times in school

  • Charged chromebook

     ***The supplies listed above are required.  Please notify me if you are unable to obtain these items.  All supplies are due on ​Wednesday, August 29, 2018.sday, September 5, 2017.

Textbook Policy:

All textbooks must be covered.  

Chromebook Policy:

Chromebooks are to be charged each evening and brought to class everyday. The chromebooks are to be used for academics. Throughout the year we will be incorporating the chromebooks into class activities and assignments.

Homework Policy:

Homework will be given on the first day of each week and due on Thursday of that same week.  The amount of homework will be consistent each week.  Homework will be collected and graded based on completion.  Homework is 10% of the overall grade for language arts.

Grading Policy:

The student’s grade will consist of the following:

Tests – 50%

Quizzes – 30%

Classwork – 10%

Homework – 10%

All assignments are due on the given due dates.  Students will be assigned academic detentions during lunch to complete any missing assignments.  If not completed during that time period, then points will be deducted.  Periodically, progress reports of the student’s current grade will be sent home for parent review and signature.

Parents / guardians are encouraged to track their child’s progress through the use of the school website: www.sparksd.org.

District Grading Policy:

  1.       Outstanding Achievement

  1.      Achievement is Consistently Above Standard

  1.      Standard Achievement

  1.      Below Standard

  2. Fails to Meet Minimum Standard of Achievement


Assignments, homework, and additional hand-outs will be posted on google classroom.  Check the online grading system for a current grade.

Fire Drill/Assemblies:

Students are to line up quietly inside the room and will be led out the doors by the teacher.  Students must remain in line and quiet while the teacher is taking attendance.  Those students who talk, get out of line, or act inappropriately in any other way during a fire drill or assembly will be disciplined according to school policy.

Absent Policy:

Class attendance is extremely important.  If, for some reason, a student is absent, it is his/her responsibility to make up the work missed in an orderly and timely fashion.  Adhere to the following guidelines to complete missed work:

  • Assignments and handouts will be located in the classroom in the appropriate make-up work folder or bin.  It is the student’s responsibility to retrieve these items when they return to school.

  • Students will be given two days from the time they return to make up missed work, including tests and quizzes.  

  • A prolonged absence will allow a student an extension and be handled on an individual basis.

  • If a student has a scheduled absence, he/she will be expected to make up the work upon his/her return (i.e. athletic events, vacation, field trips, etc.).


Students will be keeping portfolios in language arts.  Their portfolios will consist of a well-rounded selection of work including tests, quizzes, projects, writings, etc.  These portfolios are expected to stay in the classroom.  A student may take them home overnight to show parent/guardian, but they must be returned the next day.

Accelerated Reader:

Accelerated Reader will be taking place during the assigned library class.  The school librarian will monitor Accelerated Reader points and share this information with the language arts teacher.  A quarterly grade will be given for accelerated points within the language arts grade.

Course Content

  1. Fiction

    1. Realistic Fiction

    2. Historical Fiction

    3. Fantasy

      1. Myths

      2. Legends

      3. Fables

      4. Tall Tales

  2. Nonfiction

    1. Narrative Nonfiction

    2. Informational Narrative

    3. Expository Nonfiction

    4. Biography

    5. Autobiography

  3. Poetry

  4. Figurative Language

  5. Grammar

    1. Sentence Types

    2. Sentence Structure

    3. Subjects/Predicates

    4. Prepositions/Prepositional Phrases

    5. Clauses and Phrases

    6. Nouns

    7. Pronouns

    8. Adjectives and Articles

    9. Verbs

    10. Subject/Verb Agreement

    11. Contractions

    12. Adverbs

    13. Punctuation

  • Fluency

  • Spelling

  • Vocabulary

  • Research/Study Skills

    1. Reference Sources

    2. Graphic Sources

    3. Note-taking

  • Class Novels

  • Reading Strategies/Practices

    1. Making Inferences/Drawing Conclusions

    2. Identifying Author’s Purpose and How It Affects the Text

    3. Identifying Character Motives

    4. Identifying Character Traits

    5. Reading Across Texts

    6. Identifying and Recognizing the Effects of Point of View

    7. Constructing Open-ended Responses, Using Texts Evidence to Support

    8. Constructing Multi-paragraph Responses to Open-ended Questions


    Pennsylvania State Standards/Common Core Content

    • Please see the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) at the following website for a more comprehensive outline of the curriculum framework of this class: