Stephanie Augspurger

Mohawk Trails Elementary

Carmel Clay Schools

4242 E. 126th Street (Map It!)

Carmel, IN 46033

(317) 844-1158 ext. 1551

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Reading Workshop

  • During reading workshop students participate in whole group, small group, and independent reading.  During whole group reading, strategies are modeled and practiced with support.  During small group reading, students are grouped according to needs and taught at their instructional level using small texts.  During independent reading students complete assigned reading tasks or read from self selected texts.  Students are expected to have reading material with them every day.
  • Reading is taught through themed units lasting 10 school days.   Students will maintain a theme journal and a reader's notebook to complete assignments.  Class time is provided to complete the work in the theme journals and readers notebooks.  Journals are graded and sent home.  Theme tests are given approximately every two weeks.  The theme tests are used to guide whole group and small group instruction. 
  • The only way for students to improve in reading is through daily practice.  Research shows that students who are fluent readers are the most successful academically.  The best thing parents can do to support their children is to encourage daily reading.  My students are expected to read at home for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. 
  • The Reading grade on the report card reflects  student's progress on theme tests, theme journals, home reading logs, and classroom reading assignments.


Word Study

  • Spelling is now called Word Study.  Students will receive a list five days prior to a spelling test.   Students will have home work routines for each day.  Tests are given on Days 4 and 9. 
  • Each week students are tested over 20 words.  Ten of the words follow a pattern of fit into a part of speech category.  Four of the words are "no excuse" words, words the students must know.  Four of the words are considered "challenge" as they are more difficult, however they are not optional words.  Students will select two personal choice words to learn each week.  Personal choice words should be words the students need to learn and will use in their daily writing.  A list of personal words is kept in the binder.



  • During writing workshop students participate in whole group, small group, and independent writing.  During whole group writing, strategies are modeled and practiced with support.  During small group writing, students are grouped according to needs.  During independent writing students practice grammar and writing skills.  
  • The Writing grade on the report card reflects a student's progress on the theme tests, theme journals, and in class writing assignments.



  • We are currently useing the Everyday Math instructional program this year.  Students will usually have math homework every evening and occasionally on the weekends.  Parents are encouraged to check over homework.  Remember to look for the family letters that will come home at the beginning of each unit. 
  • Research shows that students who have automatic recall of math facts are the most successful in math.  At school we use the program Otter Creak or Rocket Math to practice math facts.  Your child will practice and take time test 3-4 times a week.  After passing a test they will move to the next level.  Students who do not pass a level will bring it home to practice.  Please work with your child on basic addition and subtraction facts. Check out the Math Resources link on my homepage for links to websites to practice math facts.
  • All end of unit math assessments will be sent home to be signed and returned.  Students can earn bonus points by returning a test after reviewing it with a parent.   


Fifth Grade Everyday Math Units

  • Unit 1  Number Theory
  • Unit 2  Estimation and Computation
  • Unit 3  Geometry Exploration and the American Tour
  • Unit 4  Division
  • Unit 5  Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  • Unit 6  Using Data; Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
  • Unit 7  Exponents and Negative Numbers
  • Unit 8  Fractions and Ratios
  • Unit 9  Coordinates, Area, Volume, and Capacity
  • Unit 10  Using Data; Algebra Concepts and Skills
  • Unit 11  Volume
  • Unit 12 Probability, Ratios, and Rates



In fifth grade, we study matter, our solar system, food chains and webs, health, and have a human systems dign project.  These use are all taught to apply the scientific method.  Due to the hands on nature and the inquiry approach, it is difficult to make up science experiments due to absence.  Students will keep all science materials in a binder.



Students in fifth grade will be studying geopgraphy, American Indianas, The New World, English Settlerments, Colonies, slavery, Declaration of Independence, The American Revolution, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  CCS has adopted materials with an engaging instructional approach for social studies!  Students will learn social studies through hands on activities, simulations, and audio visual materials.