Mrs. McDermott (Fifth Grade)
Mrs. Megan McDermott
A Little About Me
Hello! My name is Megan McDermott. This is my 1st year teaching 5th Grade in Winfield. For the past 6 years, I’ve been a proud member of the Student Services Team as a Learning Behavior Specialist. I graduated from St. Ambrose University in December of 2008. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a dog named Marlie. I love traveling, working out, shopping, and being crafty. I am looking forward to a great year ahead!
What will your child learn this year in 5th Grade?
Our goal in fifth grade is to provide students with opportunities to collaborate with their peers and to grow as independent, self-directed learners and preparing them for their transition into Middle School.
Literacy - Literacy instruction is balanced through whole group instruction, small groups, and independent work. Reading strategies, word study, vocabulary and writing are incorporated into our daily literacy instruction. This instruction is developed using resources such as Benchmark Advanced, Scholastic News, Newsela, and supplemental materials to enrich reading concepts.
Math - Math instruction is delivered through a guided math framework using the Big Ideas Math program to meet The Common Core State Standards for Math. Students this year may move for math into another classroom for instruction. Students receive whole group, small group, and independent opportunities to work on math concepts and to build upon skills.
Social Studies - In fifth grade social studies, the curriculum is based on the State Standards. Our units of study include geography, prehistory, exploration, government, digital citizenship, colonial america, culture and diversity, US regions, Native Americans, and Revolution.
Science - We utilize Mystery Science and other supplemental materials to assist in instructing fifth graders on the Science State Standards. Students learn concepts such as, Matter, energy, ecosystems, earth and human activity, motion and stability, engineering design, and earth’s systems.