4th-6th Grade – Science (Room 111)

Mr. Cherry> Elementary/Middle School

 

Mr. Cherry is an educator who spent the last year working in several different positions at Hibbard School in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.  After seeing his high school soccer coach be an influential role model in the lives of his elementary students, he studied elementary education at Wheaton College as he sought to also positively impact the lives of students. He did his student teaching at Cleveland School in Chicago.  He taught in a 5th grade classroom in Brookfield and in a 4th through 6th grade room at a public Montessori school in Indiana.

Mr. Cherry is inquisitive and curious about the people and world around him.  He is passionate about seeing students gain confidence in their abilities to be successful in both the classroom and the world.  In his free time, he enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends and family

Classroom Expectations & Policies: Junior Middle School and Room 111.

Welcome!  I am enjoying getting to know each student in room 111 and thankful for the opportunity to teach your child!  In Science this year we will be using the Science Fusion curriculum combined with FOSS science kits.  We will regularly complete labs and work through the scientific method. In 5th grade we will be exploring Ecosystems, Forces and Motion, Energy, Engineering, Fossils and Natural Resources.  Our class will regularly utilize Google Classroom to complete assignments and we will train students to be able to utilize this tool effectively.

Expectations:

I expect students to accept the challenge of learning new science concepts and figure out possible solutions to science questions using the scientific method.  This will require them to learn from their mistakes and persevere through difficult topics.

Communication:

I will send out a weekly email to you with the highlights from the week and any notices of upcoming important events.  This information will also be posted on my blog on the Decatur website. I am available for any questions or concerns via email. Please allow 48 hours during the week to reply to your emails.

Grading:

For Science grades will be earned through the following:

Labs & Classwork: 50%
Assessments: 50%

GRADING SCALE
A = 90% – 100%
B = 80%- 89%
C = 70% – 79%
D = 60 % – 69%
F = 59% or below

Classwork:

Assignments will be posted on your child’s Google Classroom account. Weekly assignments are due each Friday. Any work that is not finished in class must be finished at home. No late work will be accepted.

Assessments:

Students will be assessed through exit slips, quizzes, and tests. Projects may also be used as assessments depending on when they are assigned in each unit. Students who earn a D or F on an assessment may retake it 1 week from the original date. Students who wish to retake must have a parent or guardian sign the original assessment and must notify me at least 3 days before the retake date.

Weekly Updates & Links:

Assignments and Updates for the week of October 16

Assignments for week of Oct 16-20, 2017 *this is what I plan to cover but I may make adjustments periodically according to the needs…   Read More

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Assignments for the week of Oct 10-13, 2017

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Assignments for Week of Oct 2 2017

Assignments for week of Oct 2-6 2017 *this is what I plan to cover but I may make adjustments periodically according to the needs…   Read More

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Update from September 29, 2017

4th Grade Science This week 4th graders practiced distinguishing between an observation and an inference.  We spent time looking at 9 of the skills…   Read More

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Update from Sept 22 2017

4th Grade Science In 4th grade science we practiced planning out an investigation looking at how various kitchen products (powdered sugar, baking soda, baking…   Read More

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Jog-a-thon Schedule

The Jog-a-thon is on Wednesday, October 17 and we hope parents will join us to cheer on their student! There is also still time…   Read More

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Decatur Cross Country Begins Season

Decatur Cross Country Begins Season By Brady Leonard On Wednesday Sept. 27th, Decatur’s Cross Country team participated in its first meet of the season….   Read More

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5th Grade Science September 15, 2017 

We have had a good start to the year working to get to know each other and establish procedures  and expectations for time in Science as well as in other parts of the school.  Students brainstormed their hopes and dreams for this school year and are using those to help us create guidelines for our classroom for us to achieve our most important hopes.  This week I introduced the article of the week to students in Rm 111.  This is a current event article in the field of science that helps students engage with what is happening currently as well as fine tune their writing skills.  It also exposes them to careers in science that they may not be as familiar with.  Additionally, we have begun our science textbook looking at What is Science and what it looks like to be a scientist.

Next week students’ article of the week will be due on Friday.  We will also be taking a quiz over lesson 2 focusing on How do scientists learn about the natural world.

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