Donna Rader

Progressive Farmer Safety Day Field Trip: September 25, 2015 at the Sumner County Fair Grounds in Caldwell, Kansas.
Our local curriculum resource is Shurley English. It consists of grammar and usage lessons interspersed with the Five Step Writing Process Model, with emphasis on Six-Plus-1 Traits of Writing. Shurley English uses multiple learning modalities, such as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic as well as written work to practice and master English language conventions.

Spelling uses Harcourt Brace as its curriculum resource. It consists of spelling units with a single spelling rule. Twenty unit words, six review words and eight bonus words are used to practice the spelling rule in a variety of contexts. Since spelling shares its time slot with Accelerated Reader, we will be completing a spelling unit in two weeks, rather than in one.

Currently in reading we use a McGraw-Hill publication. It consists of a reading selection that is used to develop and practice a specific reading skill, such as steps in a process. Each selection has associated vocabulary, one or more skill lessons, skill review, oral reading, pair reading, listening, and silent reading comprehension. We work as a whole class, in pair groupings, and in small group settings each week. 

Our local curriculum resource is Saxon Math. It consists of math concepts introduced and practiced with a spiral method. This means that all concepts are revisited and practiced throughout the year. Students experience associated math vocabulary, and concepts by creating math tools that reinforce concept development. We also utilize Hands On Algebra by Borenson as our resource for practicing algebraic concepts.

Science, at Kyle Trueblood, is addressed using FOSS, Fully Operational Science System by Lawrence Hall of Science. FOSS kits consist of specific science concepts taught with a hands-on approach. Each unit has several investigations or experiments to introduce and practice science concepts and principals in several domains. 

Social Studies
In 5th grade, the social studies consist of American History. We start with Native American cultures, and progress from European exploration and colonization to the development of the United States. We highlight major events in U.S. history as additional units throughout the year.

Donna G. Rader
5th grade
east wing, lower level, east room

I am a 1975 graduate of Conway Springs High School. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Wichita State University in 1989, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University in 2000. I have been teaching in Conway Springs since 1990.
I have taught 4th grade, middle school math, science and reading, and 5th grade during my career.  I really enjoy my profession, and believe that education opens doors to a happy life and successful future.
Aug 25, 2015, 6:25 AM