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Ms. Jones and Tennyson at Guide Dogs for the Blind on Boring, Oregon
A woman crouches down with a yellow lab in front of a backdrop of Gude Dogs for 
the Blind
Janice, Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy in Training
Yellow lab puppy laying down in a greed puppy jacket

We will be working with Foss as our science program, which has three different areas of focus. Earth Science focuses on the solar system/pendulums; and how temperature and surface area affect evaporation, as well as uneven heading of the Earth and convention currents. It also deals with the water cycle and how that relates to the weather. Life Science, will focus on the structure of plants and the human body transportation systems (circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems). Physical Science unit focuses on elements and the combination of matter.

Social Studies

This year we will study the development of our nation up until the 1850's, with an emphasis on who we were already here and others who arrived. They will study colonial government and recognize that our government has gone through a great transformation. Students will also be expected to know and recite the 50 states and their corresponding capitals.

Laura Jones




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Homework is assigned 4 nights a week (Monday - Thursday)


- 30 minutes of reading, written in  reading log (nightly)


- 30 minutes of Typing Agent (weekly)


- 30 minutes of Sheppard Software (weekly)


*Unfinished classwork & other homework items may be added as needed 

Wilbur the hognose snake
Wilbur the hognose snake

This year, Santa Clara Unified is continuing to use the math program Origo Stepping Stones, which was adopted two years ago. We will be using this mostly in class, with homework being completed nightly online (Dreambox).

Language Arts

We will be writing a number of essays, poems, and stories throughout this year. We will also be reading a number of novels in attempts at continuing increasing our reading levels. Nightly independent reading, as well as work on Raz-Kids will be part of each weeks homework. Everyone will also be responsible for a daily reading log (tracking home and school reading) and completing 25 books by the end of the year.


We are also parcipitating in Reading is Cool presented by the San Jose Sharks. Students who fulfill the reading requirements and complete assinments on time are entered to win a prize. There will be one winner from our class each month and a Reading MVP will be selected at the end of the year.