5th Grade

Tessa MandelMandel

About Me:
I come to Vivian with 4 years of teaching in Houston, Texas.
I’m joining Jeffco Public Schools after one year of teaching in Denver Public Schools.
My favorite book is Wonder, by R. J. Palacio.
You might be surprised that I am getting married next summer, June 2019. Hooray! Next year, I will be joining Vivian with a new last name.
I am SO thrilled to join Vivian for so many reasons. I’m inspired by the tight-knit community of parents, learners, and staff. There are so many great things happening at Vivian and I am truly honored to be a part of it. It’s going to be an amazing year!

Curriculum Highlights:   Back to School Presentation

This year will be both challenging and exciting. As an educator, the most important thing is not only to love students and help them grow as human beings, but also to hold my students to extremely high standards of learning.  You can always do more and go farther than you think you can.

In math, we will dig deep into curriculum with Math Expressions and Engage NY; working heavily with fractions and decimals. Engage NY is very challenging, but data proves that it works.

In reading and writing, we will enjoy a wide spectrum of rich texts and novels, mixing both fiction and nonfiction pieces regularly. We will master writing skills associated with comprehension reading as well as with the writing process. Reading AtoZ is a phenomenal online tool that will be heavily utilized for our reading curriculum.

In 5th grade, we also have fun with the Young Ameritowne curriculum in Social Studies. Students will explore real-life practices and have an opportunity to learn about economic projects, including fundraising.

Science will be packed with fun and engaging interactive notebooks and project-based learning. Fun!

Homework for reading and math will be given nightly. Students will be expected to turn it in the following morning when they walk in the room.

Daily Schedule:

7:45-8:00     Students Arrive

8:00-8:15 Community Meeting

8:15- 9:00 AMP

9:05-9:50 Sci/SS.

9:55- 10:40 WIN (What I Need)

10:40- 11:50 Math

11:50- 12:30 Recess→ Lunch

12:30- 2:45 Reading & Writing

2:45-2:55 Pack & Stack & Dismissal

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