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Mrs. Palmer's Welcome Back Book

by Sharra Palmer


Mrs. Palmer's
Welcome Back Book

I'm Sharra Palmer and I'll be teaching 5th grade for the 2020-21 school-year at Antelope Canyon Elementary! I have been teaching for 23 years, and most of my time has been spent teaching in the 5th grade. I'm so excited to get back into the swing of things. We are going to be learning so much this year. My favorite subjects to teach are math, social studies, and literature. I LOVE reading books aloud as a class, and we'll read several fantastic novels this year.

I grew up in Bountiful, Utah, which is just north of Salt Lake City. Although I'm a HUGE Jazz fan, I enjoy watching all sports. Go UTES! I enjoy reading historical fiction, drawing, hiking, and traveling all over the U.S. My husband is a retired police officer turned therapist, and together we have two teenage daughters. Savannah (age 17) will be a senior at Copper Hills High School and Sophie (age 14) will be in the ninth-grade at Sunset Ridge Middle School.

This year will be an exciting one! We have so many things to look forward to doing, and my goal is to keep a positive mindset. Together we will have an amazing year!

I look forward to seeing you and getting to know one another!

Mrs. Palmer
Family Pics
The Palmers in Seattle
Savannah &
Rosco the Pupper
Nacho the Cat
Classroom Rules & Expectations
On the first day, we'll be creating our class motto,
as well as discussing the Be Respectful, Be Responsible,
and Be Safe model.

Below are basic rules for our classroom:

Rule 1--I will keep my hands, feet, and objects to myself.
Rule 2--I will listen, follow directions, and prepare myself to learn each day.
Rule 3--I will have positive actions and statements towards others--no put downs, name calling, swearing, or harassment.
Rule 4--I will be safe, respectful, and responsible at school and in the community.
Rule 5--I will keep our classroom neat and clean.
Students will be expected to read at least 150 minutes over the course of seven days. However the student/parent(s) decide to break it up is up to them. Other than this reading, students will only be required to complete work that isn't completed during the day or week.
In math, students will be continuing on with Math Expressions. Students will be learning fractions across all operations (+, -, x, ÷), multiple digit multiplication and division with and without decimals, area and volume, and the basics of the metric system. I will be giving ample time to complete math assignments. If students use their time wisely, they shouldn't have any math homework. I will work with you and your child if we need to make adjustments on any work given.
The Journeys reading curriculum will be what we're studying all year long. Students will read a story each week, analyze the text structure, and comprehend the main idea of each lesson. Students will have weekly vocabulary words from this same story, and work they'll need complete. A good portion of our spelling work will be done on
We just adopted a totally new science core and a brand new curriculum to go with it. It's a very hands-on way of doing science, and students will exploring ideas through discussions and experiments. The subjects we'll be discussing are: Characteristics and Interactions of Earth Systems, Properties and Changes of Matter, and Cycling of Matter in Ecosystems. Below is a link where you can learn more about the different changes in science this year.
Golden Gate Movement
This year our character education will come from Golden Gate Movement. Here is a list of the "I will..." statements that we will be focussing on this year.