*Make sure to let me know if you need a device for your student ASAP.

Now That We Are Distance Learning:


We have been home since March 13th and have begun our Distance Learning. Our newest platform is Canvas, where all of your student's work will be housed for the remainder of the school year. Below is a Powerpoint that explains the new Virtual Platform and one to show you how to access it:


Check out the Virtual Learning Guide.
This document contains everything you need to know about our online learning through Canvas. 


 
This is all new to everyone, so please reach out if you have any questions or have trouble accessing the above. I can walk you through it!

All assignments are carefully chosen to help prepare your student for Middle School. At the very least, please make sure your student is reading every day and reviewing math content. Doing this will better equip your student for success.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Dr. Tucker


 
I am a native Northern Virginian. I received my undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University and twenty-five years ago, I earned my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Marymount University! I began my teaching career 25 years ago with Alexandria City Public Schools and the last half here in Prince William County. I have experience teaching grades 1, 2, 3, and 5, two years as an Instructional Coach and one as an Interventionist. This past January, I successfully defended my dissertation and earned my PhD in Educational Psychology from Regent University!

During this time of extended school closure please be on the lookout for weekly emails from me with resources and learning ideas.

While I do intend to continue sending weekly activities these are not required. These are all topics we have already learned this year (with the exception of patterns). The biggest thing you can do to help your child during this time is to keep them reading  AND work on multiplication facts. They should be "good and memorized" by the time we return.

Please email me with any questions or concerns. As you know I will be checking my email frequently. 

 
*** Please look under "Files and Documents" to see the pacing guides for each subject area for 5th grade. This is what the county creates at the beginning of the school year - the 5th-grade team uses those guides as a guideline but at times may modify the pacing based on students' needs. The 5th-grade team's instructional
 calendar is also given so there is an understanding where we left off and what else there is needed to be taught.***

***In Math, we have the rest of Unit 8 and 9 to teach and in Science, the rest of Sound and then Light.

In light of current events, please read the letter below as it pertains to my class. This was also previously emailed to parents.

Home-School Work

This work was created to continue academic progress. Weekly, targeted assignments will be posted and other options made available for students to maintain skills and continue academic growth.

*It is important to note that these are not mandated until March 27th, per county direction, however, I am forwarding this for you to begin as you deem appropriate for your personal student. If you have any questions regarding the packets that went home on Friday, please let me know.

Weekly Assignments:

  1. Read 30+ minutes, or more, a day. Keep in mind everyone should be reading every night even on school days. More than 30 minutes would not be unreasonable for 5th graders. “We are middle school bound!”

 

Online Targeted Assignments to Be Assigned:

  1. Mobymax.com for both reading and math)
  2. Study Island.com. (more to come on that)
  3. https://education.jlab.org/solquiz/index.html … for math SOL and science practice questions

Other options are:

  1. Kids.nationalgeographic.com for reading about and exploring our Science concepts.
  2. Study Jams   … for informational videos and slides for math and science.

Other Options for Learning at Home:

  1. Cook together! Read recipes and practice measurement and fractions!
  2. Have a family read-aloud book! Enjoy conversations about the characters and the problems as a family!
  3. Get a pack of cards and play multiplication war! This is a great way to memorize facts.
  4. Do a skip counting/multiplication work out together. Example: Do jumping jacks skip counting by 2s.
  5. Make up a Whole Brain gesture for multiplication OR even put them to a dance.
  6. Read the scholastic news articles and answer the questions with them.

We do want to encourage a limit on screen time, including any phones, tablets, and TVs.

The American Heart Association recommends that children 8-18 be limited to 2 hours a day.

Please give my best to your student! Let them know that I think of them daily (all day, really)! 

Much love,

Dr. Tucker

Encore Schedule

Day 1

Music

Day 2

PE

Day 3

Vocabulary

Day 4

STEM

Day 5
Day 6

PE
ART

Daily Schedule

Core Extension

 8:45 – 9:30

Social Studies

9:30 – 10:05

Encore

 10:20 – 11:05

Mathematics

11:05 – 12:10

Lunch/Recess

 12:15 – 1:05

Science

1:10 – 2:00

Writing

2:00 – 2:30

Language Arts

2:30 – 3:25

Dismissal

3:25 – 3:30