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Welcome to Grantfork's 5th Grade

Teacher: Christy Zeller


My name is Christy Zeller. I grew up in the small town of Mulberry Grove where I attended school from Kindergarten to 12th grade in the same building.

I had always known that I wanted to be a teacher, so after high school I went to McKendree College where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
I married my husband Nic in 2009, and in 2012 we had our son, Braden. We also have two boxers named Frank and Daisy. I love teaching for the Highland School District and can’t imagine being anywhere else. Moving to Grantfork has proven to be a wonderful change and I love being able to spend everyday in the classroom.

Mrs. Zeller's Classroom Handbook

Email Christy Zeller:czeller@highlandcusd5.org

Please take a moment to look at the subject guidelines

Language ArtsReading

  • Comprehend using vocabulary skills and
  • word attack skills on unknown words
  • Apply reading strategies to improve
  • understanding and fluency (inferences,

    predicting, compare and contrast, cause

    and effect, sequence of events,

    facts and opinion, main ideas,

    and connecting prior knowledge)

  • Understand how literary elements contribute to stories
  • (theme, character, setting, plot, conflict, climax, and solution)

  • Read and respond to a variety of literary works (realistic and
  • historical fiction, fantasy, nonfiction, biography, and poetry)

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Writing/Grammar

  • Use correct grammar, punctuation, spelling,
  • capitalization, and sentence structure

  • Develop well-organized and coherent writing
  • Write and edit compositions and essays to accomplish a variety
  • of purposes, such as persuasive, narrative, and expository

  • Use resources to gather, analyze, and evaluate information
  • Oral Language

  • Listen in formal and informal situations
  • Listen and follow oral instructions
  • Use speaking skills effectively using language appropriate to the
  • situation and audience

  • Use information to communicate in oral and written form

  • Science

    Life Science

  • Understand the life processes
  • Learn the parts of plant and animal cells • Learn the five kingdoms and how to divide them
  • Classify animals - vertebrates vs. invertebrates; classify plants • Identify and observe simple life cycles
  • Describe and compare offspring with their parents
  • Physical Science

    Classifying Matter and Kitchen Chemistry Kit • Observe, collect data, hypothesize, and deduct

  • Make generalizations about observations
  • Accurately report and display results of an investigation
  • Explore atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, and mixtures
  • Identify physical and chemical properties and changes • Know the differences between solids, liquids, and gases
  • Use appropriate science safety procedures
  • Electrical Energy and Get a Charge Kit • Investigate electrons, electric currents, and circuits

  • Explore relationship between electricity and magnetism • Understand the function of generators • Distinguish between conductors and insulators
  • Earth Science
  • Know the layers of the Earth • Know the atmospheric systems • Learn about weathering and erosion
  • Learn how rocks change and fossils form
  • The Earth’s Resources

  • Explain renewable and nonrenewable resources • Learn how water, land, & air resources can be conserved
  • Realize the effect of reducing, reusing, and recycling
  • Scientific Method

  • Know & apply the concepts & processes of scientific inquiry
  • Note that similar investigations may not produce similar results Social Science
  • Political Systems

  • Constitution
  • Branches of the federal government
  • Democracy
  • Causes of the American Revolution
  • Causes of the Civil War
  • Economics

  • Trade.
  • Early life on our continent
  • Supply and demand
  • Goods and services

  • Math

    Whole Numbers

  • Convert whole numbers to word,
  • standard, and expanded form

  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers
  • Decimals and Fractions

  • Identify and compare decimals
  • Add, subtract, and multiply decimals
  • Compare and order fractions and mixed numbers
  • Add, subtract, and multiply fractions
  • Geometry

  • Find the perimeter, circumference, area, and volume of geometric
  • figures

  • Measure, identify, and draw angles
  • Identify and describe geometric shapes
  • Identify congruent figures and lines of symmetry
  • Graphing, Probability, and Ratios/Percents

  • Organize, display, and evaluate data using a variety of graphs
  • Explore and understand probability
  • Explore ratios, percentages, and decimal relationships
  • Measurement

  • Measure using customary and metric units
  • Convert within the metric and U.S. customary system
  • Compare differences in degrees of temperature
  • Problem-solving

  • Solve problems that are related to real situations
  • Ecology and CARE Kit
  • Learn about the parts of an ecosystem
  • Producer and Consumer roles in an ecosystem
  • Predator/Prey relationships
  • Construct and describe a food chain • Learn how water cycles through an ecosystem
  • History
  • Explorers of the new world
  • Colonial America
  • Revolutionary War
  • Civil War
  • Early Westward Expansion
  • Read and understand timelines
  • Geography
  • Read and utilize maps, charts, and graphs
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Routes of important U.S. explorers
  • Health

    Growing Up Well

  • Bullying
  • Relationships with friends
  • Peer pressure
  • Assertive behavior
  • Alcohol
  • Alcoholism
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Promoting Health and Preventing Illness and Injury

  • Eye and dental care
  • First aid and fire safety
  • Analyzing media influence through advertising
  • Effects of depleting ozone layer and sun exposure
  • Environmental effects on health
  • Understand Human Body Systems and Factors That

    Influence Growth and Development

  • Recognize the parts and describe the function of the
  • skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, respiratory,

    and nervous systems

  • Identify what gives the body its size and shape
  • Define calorie and identify foods with high caloric content
  • Recognize positive/negative affects of physical activity
  • Classify foods by nutrient contribution
  • Recognize reliable sources of food and dietary information
  • Define puberty and its characteristics
  • Recognize behaviors and choices that reduce health risks
  • Interpret food label information
  • Mental and Social Health Skills

  • Communication skills and conflict in relationships
  • Media influence on choices and behavior
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Personal hygiene
  • • Identify safe/unsafe situations and place