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St. Justin Martyr School
PASSING THE TORCH OF CATHOLIC LEARNING, LEADING, AND SERVING
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8TH GRADE

5th Grade

Short Personal Bio:

Mrs. Caballero is a fourth generation Californian, born in Los Angeles and raised in Tulare, California.  She has raised 5 children in Anaheim with her husband, Wayne, since 1974.  Her undergraduate degree was a double major in bioengineering and history at U.C.S.D. She received her teaching credential at Chapman University in 1991 in mathematics and has a CLAD certification.  St. Justin Martyr is her home parish where she is active in catechism teaching and a Eucharistic Minister.  After 26 years in high school and k-12 substitute teaching she is excited to be teaching middle

school science and 5th grade.

Curriculum Summary:

Fifth grade religion covers all 7 sacraments in detail.  Family life and maturation are covered.  Students participate in Friday school masses as readers, altar servers, petition writers and readers, and bringing up the offertory gifts.

Fifth grade reading is taught using the Wonder’s McGraw Hill curriculum with leveled readers used once or twice a week for group differentiation.  Spelling is 25 words per week to increase vocabulary along with literature genres vocabulary.  AR daily reading of 30 minutes a night and extra class time is given 4 periods a week for in class tests and reading.

Art is done once a week.  Meet the Masters has been implemented and painting, pencil sketches, cartooning, colored pencil, and watercolor projects are done.

Fifth grade math is done on rotation but ST math is assigned often and help is given when necessary.  Students can get tutoring help in math or any subject by request.

Fifth grade science covers general science topics to stress the next generation science standards.  Chemical reactions and the periodic table are covered and lab experiments are done with metric system measurements in physical science and electricity and magnetism.  Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems, stars and the solar system, Earth’s systems, structure and properties of matter, and engineering design are next generation topics covered. Lab notes are taken qwerty style.

All middle school science students use:

The scientific inquiry method of problem, hypothesis, materials, procedures, observations and detailed conclusions are stressed in every lab write up and are used in science fair projects.  STEM is emphasized.  Every student records notes and observations and inferences in a composition/laboratory notebook.

Sixth grade science has emphasized Earth science and space and the universe with resources and global conservation issues discussed.  Next generation science standards are being implemented with topics in weather and climate, water cycle, human impact, energy, cellular structure, function, and information processing, growth, development, and reproduction of organisms, and engineering design. Science fair projects are required.  Astrocamp science camp is attended for many experiments and engineering tasks, along with outdoor fun activities.

Seventh grade studies life science at the cellular and chemical level.  Genetics and other next generation science standards such as growth, development, and reproduction of organisms, natural selection and adaptations, ecosystems and biomes and engineering design are modeled.  Students participate in the school science fair and Astrocamp science camp 3 day trip.

Eighth grade science is physical science and next generation science standards are implemented in forces and interactions, energy, waves and electromagnetic radiation, and engineering design.  Formulas, graphs and math problems are emphasized in solving physics problems.  Many demonstrations and measurement labs are done by the scientific inquiry process.  A report is researched on a specific STEM career. Most years, the 8th grade students attend CIMI science camp on Santa Catalina Island.

Short Tech use Summary:

Students use iPads daily for all subjects. In reading they use Epic and other book sites and take AR tests on Renaissance Learning.  ST math is used whenever time permits. In science, experiments are timed with the computer stopwatch. In art self portraits were aided by camera photos taken as selfies. Experiments are also video recorded for playback observations.  Science textbooks are supplemented online at Discovery Education.  Bill Nye science guy videos are shown.  Grades are available to students and parents on Sycamore.