Class Information


Homework Policy

Homework is due at the beginning of class on the following day that it was assigned, unless an alternate date is given to the entire class.

Turning in late work will result in a demerit.  Excessive late work will result in a Think-About-It.  Long term projects that are not turned in on time will result in a Think-About-It.

In addition to the above policy, all missing work must be turned in before a student is able to participate in special events or parties.


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Corrections

Only assignments with a 77% or lower (D+ and below) are able to be corrected.  Most work is completed in Google Classroom and students will receive a private comment on graded assignments that are able to be corrected.  Actual paperwork assignments will be marked with "ReDo" or "Correct" next to the score.  Turning corrections back in is up to the student.  I do not require them to be completed, but I do keep track of all students that turn them in, or do not turn them in.  Tests and projects are not able to be corrected.

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Classwork Expectations

The 5th & 6th grade SS programs do not have a regular textbook that is used in class.  The majority of our work is found on Google Classroom (GC).  This work consists of articles, digital activities, digital note pages, and other items.  This online work is very important, as they will use it to complete a paper study guide prior to our test. The work for these GC assignments is also graded and is a large portion of a student's social studies grade.  Students that do not complete an assignment, regardless of reason, will receive a zero on it.  However, they are able to recover those points when the assignment is completed.

Study guides will be given at least 2 days prior to any test that is given.  These study guides will narrow down the information that they will need to know for their test.  However, students are welcome to study material on GC at any point throughout our topic study.  

For each topic of study, students will focus on a list of vocabulary words.  Students are assigned a GimKit at the beginning of each topic of study to help them learn the meanings of the vocabulary. The GimKit is due on the day of the test.  Students that do not have it completed on time will receive a demerit and will only be able to earn 1/2 credit when it is completed.  Students are required to complete the GimKit at least once, but they may replay it as many times as they want to gain a better understanding of the vocabulary and their meanings.


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Extra Credit

Extra credit is available through the "Where is Mrs. G" challenges that will be posted on Google classroom.  There are 6 pictures/challenges that will be posted each 9 weeks.  Each picture will have 5 questions for students to answer.  These challenges may be completed at any time during the quarter and must be turned in the Friday before the last week of the quarter.  Up to 30 points may be earned if all challenges are completed correctly.  

Occasionally I will give out other extra credit assignments to the entire class.  As a general rule, I do not give out individual extra credit assignments as the "Where is Mrs. G" is available for any student to complete at their leisure.


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Student Absences

Because much of our content is presented through classroom discussion and conversation, regular attendance is very important.  Those students who are absent may need to come in before or after school to get caught up as we generally do not have time during their class period to complete make-up work.  Students who are absent also need to check Google Classroom for any work they may have missed. 

Students are given one extra day to turn in their homework for each day they were absent.  If a student receives their homework prior to being gone for a planned absence, it is due when they return.  

Students are responsible for making sure all of their work from any absence is caught up.

Extended absences (3 days or longer) may be handled differently.

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Tests & Grading

Tests are given over the information covered in each topic of study.  Each test is approximately 20 questions.  Test questions have a variety of formats including fill-in-the-blank, matching, true & false, and short answer.  Students will also answer a short essay question for every test. 

Each test will be entered into the grade book as 100 points possible, and the percentage correct will be the points earned.  For example: 95% would be entered as 95/100 points.  The essay portion of each test will be entered as a separate grade and is worth 10 points. 

Google Classroom work is also graded. Most assignments are worth 5-15 points, however some could be substantially more.

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