Week of 4/12/2021

Welcome to Quarter 4, Parents! Whether your child is continuing with Distance Learning or beginning Hybrid In-Person Learning, we will continue to share some of the amazing fifth grade student learning experiences and resources.

Reading: Welcome to our next unit of study, “Technology’s Impact on Society.” The selections in this unit will get us thinking about the role that technology has played in people’s lives. The focus will be on the Industrial Revolution and how it changed the way people lived and worked. The selections include a variety of genres, such as poetry, informational texts, historical fiction, and biography. This thought-provoking unit will allow you and your child to think about how technology has impacted you, your family, and the society you live in.

Math: Throughout the next few days, our fifth graders will be learning about dividing whole numbers by unit fractions and dividing unit fractions by whole numbers. We will also learn how a fractions represents a division problem. Check out the activity below to continue reinforcing fraction skills!

Social Studies: Students will explore the answer to the question “How did conflict/cooperation among different groups of people affect the development of the United States?”  The American Revolutionary war is a significant point in the history of America.  By studying this time period, students will gain a better understanding of historical concepts and themes, as well as individual and global connections in history.  It will give students an understanding of the founding of America and help students better appreciate how this historical period relates to their lives.

Read Aloud:  This week we will start our new read aloud, Chains.  It is a book that talks about the Revolutionary War.  One of characters students will be learning is thirteen-year-old Isabel who wages her own fight… for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.
Some questions you may ask your child:

  • Describe the life of slaves in the American colonies in the 1700s.
  • Isabel and Ruth Finch are slaves. How are their lives similar to those of other slaves you’ve read about? How are they different from them?

Click here to check out the book trailer!


We are continuing on the process of informative writing.  As we guide them through the process we are making sure students are:

  • Responding to all parts of the prompt
  • Introducing a topic clearly and providing a general observation and focus.
  • Grouping related information logically.
  • Developing the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
  • Providing a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Have a great rest of the week! Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Fifth Grade Team

Week of 3/22/2021

Welcome to Week 27!

Spring Conferences: Virtual parent-teacher conferences will continue this week through Thursday, March 25th.  Students will be on a modified distance learning schedule which means 2 hours of live teacher instruction and 2 hours of independent work. 

Spring Break:  A reminder that this year’s spring break is one week long. Our break begins on March 29th through April 2nd. Students return on Monday, April 5th.

Check out what’s happening in fifth grade before we finish off quarter 3:

Writing: We are currently working on the process of informative writing.  But before students can write proficient fifth grade writing pieces, students need to have a clear understanding of proficiency.  Here’s the success criteria we will be using which will guide students as they write their informative pieces.

Respond to ALL parts of the prompt
Introduce a topic clearly and provide a general observation and focus.
Group related information logically.
Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and/or clauses
Use precise language and academic vocabulary
Use paragraphs to organize writing
Organize writing that attends to task, purpose, and audience
Use appropriate voice
Use correct punctuation, capitalization, and grammar
Write legibly with correct spacing and margins

Math: This week, we are learning how to multiply fractions. Check out another activity below to continue reinforcing fraction skills!

Science: This week, we will finish our matter unit. Students investigated the properties of matter and learned how to think like scientists.  We also began to build our knowledge using our interactive science notebooks.  By recording their thinking and observations, we hope to cultivate students to think and inquire like actual scientists! To continue the conversation at home, ask your child:

  • What is matter? How can you describe matter?
  • What are the 3 states of matter? How can you represent each state of matter?
  • Have your child share his or her science notes and explain the different examples.

Have a wonderful week!

Fifth Grade Team

Week of 3/8/2021

Welcome to Week 25, Fifth Grade Parents!

Biztown:  We are preparing our students for our upcoming virtual field trip! The goal is to continue to help students see how classroom learning relates to real-world events. We encourage you to further strengthen our classroom lessons by having a conversation with your child about the prompts listed below.

  • Students learned how people are members of a community in which they live, work, trade, and share. They took a pledge to become citizens of JA BizTown, and that oath required an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • JA BizTown citizens tackled the “circular flow of economic activity” as they examined the movements of goods, services, resources (human, natural, and capital), and money between people and businesses. This concept will be
  • revisited several times over the next few days.
  • Further, when students/citizens participate in out virtual field trip at JA BizTown, they will become an integral part of that cycle as they operate their businesses and become consumers who purchase products in the simulated community.
  • Through a series of classroom exercises, students recognized that resources are scarce and that people cannot have everything they want. Decisions must be made about what to produce, how to produce, and for whom to produce.

Math: This week, we are learning how to add and subtract mixed numbers. Check out another activity below to continue reinforcing fraction skills!

Science: Welcome to our next unit of study in science! This week, we will introduce the following:

  • Determine the difference between solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Define what matter is and where you can find it.
  • Give examples of solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Describe the characteristics of the three states of matter.

Writing: We are starting a new text type!   Your child will be working on writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.  How will they do that?

  1. Introduce a topic clearly, provide a general
  2. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, or other information and examples related to the topic.
  3. Link ideas within and across categories of information using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., in contrast, especially).
  4. Use precise language and domain-specic vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
  5. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

Any questions, please let us know!

Fifth Grade Team

Yearbook Photos

The yearbook committee is putting out a request for photos to be included in the yearbook.
If your student did not have their photo taken during fall picture day, now is your chance to have their photo included in their class page.  Please use this link to upload a CURRENT photo of your child (must have been taken this school year, please).  The deadline for your child’s photo is Friday, March 12.  https://forms.gle/g2u1f6dvFMTyQzsp8
Last call to contribute to the activities pages!  Please see the yearbook section of our school blog:  https://camarenarobogriffins.blog/yearbook-2021/The deadline for the activity photos is Friday, March 5thHave a great week!The Yearbook Committee

Week of 3/1/2021

Happy Monday, Fifth Grade Parents! Welcome to week 24!

Biztown: Last week, students learned how to endorse and deposit a paycheck, manage a checking or transaction account register, and identify different checking account items in preparation for our JA BizTown virtual visit. This week, we will continue practicing check writing and discover the benefits of using interest-earning savings accounts to save money.
Questions to ask your child:

  • Why should we save money?
  • How do we write and sign checks.
  • How do we make and record electronic payments.
  • What are the benefits of an interest-earning savings account.
  • How does money grow in a savings account.

Math: This week, we are learning how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Check out the activity below to continue reinforcing fraction skills!

Writing:  This week we are revising and editing our narrative #2 and students are submitting their final draft. We are also taking some time to work on a short research project. Students will research a famous legend and present their final project on Flipgrid. Students will research and complete Google slides with information, pictures, and interesting facts about a famous legend.

Any questions, please let us know! Have a wonderful week!

-Fifth Grade Team

Week of 2/16/2021

Happy Tuesday, Fifth Grade Parents! We trust your long weekend was fabulous! Welcome to Week 22!

Biztown: We are getting ready for our next virtual field trip, Biztown! To prepare for this field trip, we will be teaching lessons that include elements of community and economy, work readiness, financial literacy, and business management. Through problem-based learning activities, we will examine the real flow of goods, services, and resources (human, natural, and capital) between people and businesses, as well as the money flow that occurs for exchange purposes. Students will begin to see how understanding these concepts will help them participate in the JA BizTown simulation.

Math: Students completed their final chapter 5 test. To review your child’s recent math score, please have him or her log in to Think Central/GO Math and select My Test Scores, which will show you all of the most recent scores. This week, we will begin chapter 6! We will study the operations of addition and subtraction with fractions. Before we can add or subtract fractions, we will begin with reviewing the meaning of equivalent fractions. We will also assign specific lessons on iReady, so students can continue to practice and monitor their daily learning.

Questions to ask your child this week:

  • What is a fraction? What is an equivalent fraction?
  • What are some different ways you can show equivalent fractions?
  • How do you know you are an expert this area?

Social Studies: This week, we will continue to learn about Colonial America. By now, your child should be an expert in the following:

  • How did Colonists arrive to North America?
  • Why did Colonists continue to come to the new world?
  • What have you learned about the 13 colonies? How are they each unique?
  • Describe the different types of homes lived in during Colonial America.
  • How are colonial schools similar and/or different to your school?

Writing:  This week we are working on narrative #2. Students may choose one of the following prompts:

  1. Imagine one day you wake up and discover you are invisible. Write to describe where you go and what you do.
  2. Imagine you are any animal you want to be for a day. Write to tell where you live and what you do. Be sure to include details in your story. 

Students will plan their narrative before writing their story. Ask your child:

  • How do you begin planning a narrative? What are some important elements you need to include in your story?
  • What narrative resources will you use as you plan and draft?

Have a wonderful week!

-Fifth Grade Team

Message from our yearbook committee…

Hi Robogriffins!

The yearbook committee is putting together an awesome yearbook for you! Since we cannot be together this year, please help us by answering some questions and submitting photos that you have taken during this school year. You may submit photos for any or all categories that you would like. Thanks so much!

Back To School – https://forms.gle/9xEYj1fDNiyFaPeZ8

Learning Spaces – https://forms.gle/9xEYj1fDNiyFaPeZ8

Military Families – https://forms.gle/jbZhWx6d9jN57t7S6

Red Ribbon Week – https://forms.gle/P5AU2fUARAAV8Wj46

Halloween Activities – https://forms.gle/jVHDwiVjKQ4L3sar8

Dia de los Muertos – https://forms.gle/K5qKecpam6hrhHa19

Thanksgiving – https://forms.gle/inkqjGuoRrE9LHfQ9

Winter Activities – https://forms.gle/ZVQgFNCjGjZmDPD6A

Winter Wonderland Virtual Dance Party – https://forms.gle/QndXVr3D5zze7WvX8

Fall activities – https://forms.gle/eE7GcnU3DPYguD9h6

*Disclaimer: Not every image or submission will be used due to clarity, content, quality

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Week of 2/1/2021

Happy Monday, Parents! Welcome to Week 20!

Reading: Last week, we spent our time talking about point of view and how a narrator’s perspective influences a story’s events.  This week, we will continue to read and compare the different perspectives in different Benchmark selections, including Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, to analyze point of view.

Math: Welcome to Chapter 5, dividing decimals! Below is a real-world activity to support your child as we begin to learn more about decimals.

Social Studies: This week , we will continue with the evolution of the colonies, including where colonists lived, with whom they traded, and how they survived. Students will continue to collaborate, have group discussions, work on scavenger hunts while we examine the motivations, attitudes, individuals, and circumstances involved in the colonization of what is now the United States.

Kids Heart Challenge: It’s time for the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge™!
By participating in Kids Heart Challenge, your child will raise funds to help kids with special hearts and make all communities healthier.
They’ll also learn about taking care of their hearts and participate in
cardio-pumping challenges. Plus, your school can earn PE equipment and your child can earn fun thank-you gifts!
Start today to enjoy educational, fun online experiences and raise
funds. Everything can be done easily online with our Kids Heart
Challenge app or website. Send emails, texts and post social media
messages to collect donations online. Make a pledge to move more as
a family and track your progress with our free online Move More
tracker. Tip: if you receive checks, use the app to scan them and have
the amount immediately added to your child’s total.

  • Download our app or visit http://www2.heart.org/goto/camarena
  • Ask your child to select a personal health challenge: move more, be kind or choose water.
  • Set a fundraising goal with your child and send emails to invite friends and family to support it.

Have a wonderful week!

-Fifth Grade Team