Mrs. Keller

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About Mrs. Keller

 

I grew up in Green Lane and attended school here in the Upper Perkiomen School District. I earned a Bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University and a Master's degree from Wilkes University. I taught 3rd grade for 11 years and overall I have been teaching for a total of 16 years. I am excited to be starting my third year in 5th grade this year!

My husband and I have an energetic 7 year old son named Owen, and a sweat-hearted 3 year old daughter named Julia. We also have a 11 year old yellow lab name Lexxy and a 13 year old long haired cat named Dusty.

In my classroom we value team work and strive to make all members of our team feel welcome, safe, and appreciated. Every student is UNIQUE and offers something different to the class. When we truly work TOGETHER anything is possible!

Contact Information

 

Room 105


Upper Perk 4-5 Center Main Office:

(215)679-6288 Ext. 4105


Email:

jkeller@upsd.org
 

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All About Fifth Grade

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Student Expectations

Be Safe ~ Follow school and classroom rules, think before you act, and be aware of yourself and your surroundings.

Be Respectful ~ Listen to adults and peers, consider others' ideas without judgement, be kind to everyone, and be honest.

Be Responsible ~ Complete homework, bring appropriate materials to school, and take good care of your property and the property of others.
Be Kind ~ Treat others the way you want to be treated!
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What can I look forward to?

~ Reading Olympics (optional)
~ Playing a string or band instrument (optional)
~ Singing in the Choir (optional)
~ Square Dance
~ STEM Activities
~ Field Trip to Philadelphia
~ Individual and Whole Class Rewards
~ Monthly Team Time
~Talent Show
~End of Year 5th Grade Picnic
~ And much, much more!


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Homework

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Tonight's Homework

(Click the link above for daily assignments)

 

What to Expect for ELA Homework

SPELLING:  Students will recieve a new spelling list on Day 1 and words will be tested on Day 5.  Words will be focused on various prefixes and suffixes and follow a spelling pattern of some sort.  The pattern will be practiced and reinforced through literacy centers and homework.  Additional practice/homework activity choices are included on the bottom of each list for at-home practice.  Spelling tests will run on the 5 day cycle so new lists will not necessarily be introduced on a Monday and Tested on a Friday.  Students will be instructed to write the test date on their spelling lists.

 

Assignments will include (in this order): 3 choices from list given on Day 1 are due on Day 4.  Homework on Day 4 will be a worksheet and to practice words.  

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FORGOT YOUR SPELLING LIST? CLICK HERE.
 
READING: Students should plan to spend some time reading independently at home.  Each student will use their monthly Reading Calendar to keep track of at home reading.  Students are able to select a personalized goal and pace out their monthly reading in a way that best fits their personal at home schedule.  Reading calendars will come to school with students EVERY FRIDAY for book talks.  Reading calendars will be collected at the end of each month.
*Lost your reading calendar? click here
 

 

Suggested Practice

  • Read a "good fit" book
  • Study spelling words nightly
  • Study for any upcoming tests/quizzes
  • Talk with your child about what he or she is reading

 

 

Schedule

 

  Team Schedule 

Keller Homeroom   Mirth Homeroom 
8:35 - 9:00 Homeroom Homeroom
9:00 - 10:30 Reading Math
10:35 - 12:05 Math Reading
12:10 - 12:40 Recess Recess
12:40 - 1:10 Lunch Lunch
1:15 - 1:55 Social Studies/Science Writing
2:00 - 2:40 Special Special
2:40 - 3:20 Writing Social Studies/Science
3:20 - 3:25 Pack Up and Jobs Pack Up and Jobs
3:25 Walkers Dismissal Walkers Dismissal
3:30 Bus Dismissal Bus Dismissal

 

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(Mrs. Keller's Homeroom Only) 

Day 1 ~ Art (need a smock to keep at school)
 
Day 2 ~ Library (bring library books)
 
Day 3 ~ F.L.I.T.E. School
 
Day 4 ~ Gym (need sneakers)
 
Day 5 ~ Music
 
 

Behavior Management

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Students will earn points throughout the day for positive behavior and lose points for behavior that needs work. Points are reset at the beginning of each week so everyone has a "clean slate". Parents and students are able to sign in to view the details of the day by joining our class at http://www.classdojo.com and using your child's code. If you have misplaced your parent/child code, please contact Mrs. Keller for a new copy. On occasion pictures and/or videos may be posted, but only parents of students in our class will have access to view these.

Positive Behavior (subject to change)
Students earn points (point values vary)
  • Active Listening
  • Following directions quickly
  • Helping others
  • Ignoring distractions
  • On task
  • Participating
  • Perseverance (we have discussed this word a lot)
  • Taking risks (academic)
  • Teamwork
  • Using time wisely
  • Working hard
Needs Work (subject to change)
Students lose points (point values vary)
  • Arguing
  • Bullying (of any kind)
  • Misbehavior in the bathroom
  • Not listening
  • Off task
  • Talking at inappropriate times
  • Being uncooperative (with peers or staff)
  • Being unprepared (after directions have been given)

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ELA

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Elementary students use the Benchmark Literacy program from Kindergarten through 5th grades.

 

Shared Reading: 3 week units

Week 1: reading strategy and skills checkWeek 2: genre study and written responseWeek 3: readers theater (every other unit) and unit test

Guided Reading: small, focused groups to reinforce and practice skills from shared reading

Read Aloud: chosen to fit genre study and comprehension strategiesWriter's Workshop: a variety of writing types, both formal and informal, along with grammar, spelling, and word study.

* Personal Narrative/Memoir

* Historical Fiction* Informational Reports* Persuasive Letter* Biography

 


 

 

 

 

 

5th Grade Supplies

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STUDENTS WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIES FOR mRS. kELLER & mR. MIRTh

  • 2 Dozen #2 Pencils
  • 1 Glue Stick
  • 1 Pack of 12 Thin Markers
  • 1 Pack of 12 Colored Pencils
  • 2 Highlighters
  • 2 Dry Erase Markers
  • 1 Clean Old Sock (for dry erase boards)
  • 1 Zippered Pencil Pouch (with holes to fit in binder)
  • 1 Spiral Notebook
  • 1 Three Inch 3-Ring Binder
  • 1 Folder (with holes to fit in binder)
aDDITIONAL SUPPLIES ARE APPRECIATED

 

  • Tissues
  • Others Items Upon Request 

Thank you!! 

Independent Reading

CHOOSING APPROPRIATE bOOKS

 
Students should choose books that are just right, not too easy or too hard.  Open to any page and read it...hold up one finger for each unfamiliar word.  At 4-5 unfamiliar words consider choosing a different book.  Scholastic Book Wizard is a great website where you can search by grade, genre, title, author, level, etc. if you are looking for new books for your student.  I am also happy to make recommendations based on observations and conversations I've had with your child.
 
 
 
Monthly Reading Calendar

 

This year I would like to challenge students to read 25 books during their 5th grade year.  I will help them to select personal goals for number of minutes of reading time for the month as well as number of books per month.  Students will have the opportunity to adjust their goals from month to month.  I will encourage students to read a variety of genres.  Students are introduced to different genres during our whole group reading lessons, but through independent reading of each genre they will begin to learn what genres they truly enjoy reading.  In class reading will not count towards the at home Monthly Reading Calendar.  Genres include Biography, Informational Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Traditional Literature.

Need a new reading calendar?  Click Here

 

 

scholastic book orders

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I will try to send home book orders multiple times per year, but if you would like to order books at other time you may go to Scholastic Book Clubs at any time to place an order.  Please send me an email to let me know you have placed an order.  I have to "release" the order before it will be processed or shipped.  My class code is HD7D7.

 

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Reading Olympics

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Do you love to read? Do you want to be part of a team?

We are excited to begin the Hereford Elementary Reading Olympics program for the 2018-2019 school year. Teams of up to 12 students collectively read the books on the Reading Olympics book list and practice working together as a team to answer questions about those books.

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Knowledge is Power
The Olympics are primarily a celebration of reading rather than a contest. All participants are awarded ribbons. since the teams generate much excitement about this event, the experience is rewarding for everyone involved.

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Requirements
A MINIMUM of 6 books must be read from the Reading Olympics list in order to participate in the Reading Olympics Competition in the spring. Students must be devoted to reading the books and attending the in school meetings leading up the competition.

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What does Pizza have to do with Reading Olympics?
Well....the night of the competition, students will stay at Hereford Elementary and enjoy a delicious pizza dinner in honor of all their hard work!