Happy Summer Break!

Dear Parents,

CONGRATULATIONS! Your child is officially on summer break!

For a multitude of reasons, this is a year that we will never forget. Despite the numerous challenges we were presented with, our fifth graders never gave up! That work ethic, that drive, and that determination will serve us all well throughout life. We are so unbelievably proud of our students!  

Thank you parents for the tremendous support! We have all earned the opportunity to catch our breath and celebrate this summer, so please make sure to do so.

Have the most memorable summer vacation!

Fifth Grade Team

Week of 5/24/2021

Social Studies:  We are moving along history! Students have learned that the original thirteen colonies of the United States were settled along the east coast of North America. We’ve learned that few colonists went beyond the Appalachian Mountains. However, as the country gained independence and continued to grow, more land was needed. The country began to expand into the western frontier. As we begin this unit, continue the conversation at home by asking:

  • Who was moving to the West and who was not and why were they moving?
  • Why did the colonists want to go West?  What motivated them?
  • What were the pros and cons to going West?
John Gast, the artist who created “American Progress,” uses his painting to tell the message that the United States is destined to expand West. Technology, such as railroads and telegraph wires, is moving west as
well as many people. Students will begin this unit by viewing this painting asking themselves: What do you notice? What questions do you have?

Writing: Students are currently working on planning an opinion essay.

In your opinion, would you travel to another planet?  After reading, “Would you go to Mars”, write an opinion essay in which you answer the question and explain your reason about whether you would or would not travel to Mars.  Support your opinion with evidence from the text.

Continue the conversation at home by asking:

  • Should NASA send humans to Mars? Why or why not?
  • What reasons support your opinion?
  • So far, what sources are you using to support your opinion?

Math: We are still working on two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures.

Check out the activity below to continue reinforcing your child’s geometry skills!

Adolescent Growth Education (AGE): Our 5th graders will have AGE this year. The purpose of this program is to provide students information about decision making, self-esteem, families, sexual exploitation, personal safety, friendship, and changes in their bodies which occur during puberty.

As a grade level we are deciding which components of the curriculum we will be teaching. We will provide you with  the list of lessons we feel are appropriate for both the hybrid and distance learning instructional models. 

Please look for a parental notification letter in case you choose to opt your child out of the curriculum.

CVESD Virtual Academy Enrolling Now: We are looking forward to bringing all of students back for traditional in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year, and we are also aware of parent interest in their children continuing in an online instructional model, similar to distance learning. Please be sure to click on cvesd.org for more information.

Camarena Enrollment Planning for 2021-2022: If you are not returning to Camarena in July, please complete the form that was sent home and send to our school office before the end of this school year. You can also either email or call us: camarenaschool@cvesd.org or 619-591-5500.

Don’t forget to check out Camarena’s blog for school-wide news! It also has a lot of important end-of-the-year information.

Any questions, please let us know!

Fifth Grade Team

Week of 5/17/2021

Reading: Welcome to our next unit of study, “Up Against the Wild.” In this unit, we will read and compare selections about characters who are up against the wild and analyze how different genres approach similar themes. We will be reading a variety of genres, including a fable, drama, folktale, realistic fiction, historical fiction, and informational text. This unit will allow you and your child to consider what drives a character to survive, despite being up against terrible odds.

Math: Throughout the next few days, our students will be focusing on two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures. We will use definitions to identify and describe characteristics of these figures. We will also learn how to find volume of rectangular prisms.

Also, a reminder that this week students will be taking their final i-Ready diagnostic assessment for mathematics. As mentioned at the beginning of the school year, this test is an adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. The results also set a personalized learning path for each student, ensuring they’re working on instruction that matches their unique learning needs. Fifth grade level range expectation is (480-540).

Check out the activity below to continue reinforcing your child’s geometry skills!

Social Studies: Students have learned that the American Revolution was a time when the British colonists in America rebelled against the rule of Great Britain. There were many battles fought and the colonies gained their freedom and became the independent country of the United States.  So far, we have read a variety of passages, watched videos and discussed the causes and effect of these battles. Continue the conversation at home by asking:

  • What motivates people to leave their homeland and settle in a new place?
  • Why did American colonists react so strongly to the British Acts?
  • Why is independence important to you?
  • Which side of the independence issue would you have been on if you had lived in the American colonies? Why?

Writing: We will transition into opinion writing as students complete their informative essays. We will follow a very similar process:

Students will continue to analyze a prompt and plan

  • Read and analyze the Prompt by creating a do/what chart
  • Gather evidence to support your opinion about the topic
  • Group and organize information with a particular reason to support your opinion 

Students will draft

  • Write an introduction that has a HIT (I- introduce your topic AND state your opinion)
  • Group key reasons into body paragraphs
  • Support our ideas with: facts, definitions, concrete details and quotes from the text
  • Explain how the details in each paragraph support your opinion
  • Use transitions to connect ideas
  • Use accurate vocabulary words that are specific, and include words related to the topic
  • Use a voice that is appropriate for the genre and audience
  • Write a conclusion that summarizes the topic, your opinion, and key reasons

Any questions, please let us know!

Fifth Grade Team

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