Week of 11/16/2020

Happy Monday and welcome to Week 12!

Hydrostation Virtual Field Trip: Last week, the first round of our fifth graders participated in a two-day virtual field trip organized by CVESD Hydrostation. This week, the rest of our fifth graders will engage in these lessons and learn more about their strengths, interests, values and how they may align with career options. Students will learn about RIASEC, an abbreviation that stands for realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional. They will use RIASEC to rank their top 3 strengths and interests.

Reading/Writing:  Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their learning by answering our unit essential question: Why do we value certain qualities in people? Students will be able to use notes, classroom talking points, and textual evidence from the varios Tom Sawyer stories to support their thinking.

Math: We will continue working on naming, comparing, and rounding decimals through thousandths this week.

A reminder that students should be completing 40 minutes per week of their iReady lessons. The iReady Learning Path are lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your child can learn at a pace that is just right for them. You can check their daily minutes by having your child log in to their iReady portal.

Social Studies: We are finishing our Native American unit this week! We are finishing off by learning about our last region: The Woodlands. Students will watch videos, take notes, engage in collaborative boards and group discussions, and complete polls and quizzes. Please continue the conversation at home by asking:

  • What did you learn about the Woodlands?
  • What is the land and climate like there?
  • What is the difference between wigwams and longhouses?
  • How is this region different/similar to other regions?

By the end of the week, students will complete a Social Studies quiz that will cover all four regions. A reminder that students are allowed to use their notes during our live assessments.

Have a great week, Parents!

-Fifth Grade Team

Week of 11/9/2020

Happy Monday, Parents! Welcome to Week 11 of Distance Learning!

Veterans Day: Please note there will be no school on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

Reading: We will begin our next story, “Camp Life” and continue comparing characters and analyzing their relationships with each other. Please consider the following questions as we begin our story:

  • Discuss how Tom, Joe, and Huck must be feeling on their adventure.
  • Discuss the mood, and how the mood changes as the story progresses.
  • Reflect on the excerpts “Becky Returns,” “Games in the Woods,” and “Camp-Life.” Then discuss Tom Sawyer’s character. Ask: What is Tom Sawyer like?

Math: Throughout the next few weeks, we will be studying decimals. We will be naming, comparing, and rounding decimals through thousandths. We will also be adding and subtracting decimals through hundredths. Below is a decimal activity you can discuss with your child.

Social Studies: We are continuing with our Native American unit: Examining major pre-Columbian settlements and how the North American Indians were diverse in their language, culture, social and political organization, and traditions.

This week we will identify characteristics of the Great Plains Native American Tribes.

Students will watch videos, take notes, engage in collaborative boards and group discussions, and complete polls and quizzes. Please continue the conversation at home by asking:

  • What did you learn about the Great Plains?
  • What is the land and climate like there?
  • Why was buffalo so important?
  • Why were the Native Americans from the Great Plains considered nomadic?

Bluetooth Headset Give Away: Take the Robo Rockstar Responsibility Challenge and win a chance to receive a FREE BLUETOOTH HEADSET! During the Month of November, teachers will be sending in the names students who TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR LEARNING! Have your Cameras On, Actively Participate, and Complete Assignments and you will have your name entered in the drawing. There will be one headset give away per classroom so don’t miss out! Take Responsibility!

Have a great week, parents!
-Fifth Grade Team

Concordia Online Learning Camp

Week of 11/2/2020

Happy Monday, Parents! Welcome to Week 10 of Distance Learning!

Attendance: As we embark on the second quarter, we would like to remind you of our district-wide attendance protocols.

Per Ed Code 48200, “Students ages 6-18 shall attend every day for the full time designated as the length of the school day. Each parent or guardian shall send the student to school for the full time designated as the length of the school day.”

Therefore, students must attend distance learning sessions, respond/participate when called upon, and complete assigned work.

Please consider the following scenarios:

  • Student logs in, is responsive and does assigned work = present
  • Student logs in for 1 minute then logs out with no participation = unexcused absence
  • Student is logged in but camera/mic off, is unresponsive and no verification of participation = unexcused absence
  • Student logs in/out all day with camera/mic off, is unresponsive and no verification of participation = unexcused absence
  • Please share the importance of attending and participating with your child so that we can continue to engage in rigorous learning, even at a distance.

Reading: We will continue to compare and contrast the characters and draw conclusions about them based on story events and dialogue. Invite your child to share his or her Benchmark book and do the following: Do a dramatic reading of the dialogue, assuming the roles of Tom and Joe.

Ask your child: How does the language the boys use from Robin Hood compare with how they typically speak to one another?

Math: This week, we will review chapter 2, complete problems together, clarify any misconceptions, and practice solving division problems on our GO Math books and digitally. Students are always able to use their notes during assessments, so encourage your child to show you his or her math notes and completed math review! Students will take their chapter assessment before the end of this week.

Also, I encourage you to check your child’s iReady portal. On the main page, it will give you the amount of minutes completed for the week. Just click on “my progress” as shown below, and you will see the total amount of minutes.  iReady recommends working 45 minutes a week to make progress.

Social Studies: We are continuing with our Native American unit: Examining major pre-Columbian settlements and how the North American Indians were diverse in their language, culture, social and political organization, and traditions.

We are starting off with the The Southwest Region! Students will watch videos, take notes, engage in collaborative boards and group discussions, and complete polls and quizzes. Please continue the conversation at home by asking:

  • What did you learn about the Southwest Region?
  • What is the land and climate like there?
  • What do you think are some advantages and disadvantages of adobe homes?

Have a great week, Parents!

-Fifth Grade Team

Fall Portraits

Camarena Elementary Fall portraits are around the corner. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.

Please add your student(s) name under comments and choose the correct quantity.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4baba722a0f9ce9-fall

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP : NOVEMBER 9TH

Thank you!

Week of 10/26/2020

Welcome to Quarter 2, Week 9 of Distance Learning!

Reading: Students are learning how story events and dialogue between characters can shed light on the characters themselves. We will continue to compare and contrast the characters and draw conclusions about them based on story events and dialogue. Some questions you may ask your child:

  •  How do you know what a character is like from reading?
  • What do you value about the characters? Why?
  • How do people in real life or in stories show who they really are?

Math: We will continue to reinforce and practice division using the standard algorithm and giving students multiple opportunities to explain their reasoning. Have your child show you his or her most recent Flipgrid video where they showcase their math skills!

Writing: Students will have more opportunities to practice how to effectively respond to a prompt using the “RACER” strategy. In the meantime, continue to ask:

  • What are your writing about this week?
  • What resources (“Do/What chart and “RACER” strategy) will you use to help you complete your writing?

Social Studies: In this unit, we will examine major pre-Columbian settlements and how the North American Indians were diverse in their language, culture, social and political organization, and traditions.

Our essential questions for this unit:

  • How did geography, climate, and resources affect the development of Native American groups?
  • How did conflict/cooperation among different groups of people affect the development of the United States?

Red Ribbon Week: Red Ribbon Week empowers parents to start a conversation, and make a pledge that encourages our kids to live drug free and helps them to succeed.  By wearing red and participating in community anti-drug events, young people pledge to live a drug-free life and promote the message of positive choices and lifestyles. Check out our spirit week below!

Week of 10/19/2020

Welcome to Week 8 of Distance Learning!

Reading: Welcome to our next unit of study, “Developing Characters’ Relationships.” We are beginning our second unit in the Benchmark Advance program. In this unit, your child will read stories in which he or she compares characters and analyzes their relationships with each other. We will read several excerpts from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This will help students get an idea of how different characters interact with each other, and it will also help them understand what makes some characters more likable than others. In addition to this classic example of realistic fiction, the unit also includes some letters, as well as a biography. It will be fun to discover how they make connections between the characters in the stories and people in real life. And what better way to do it than through reading an important piece of American literature?

Math: Welcome to Chapter 2! During the next few weeks, our math class will be learning about dividing three- and four-digit whole numbers. We will also learn how to interpret remainders. Some questions you may ask as we begin to explore this new topic:

  • How can you tell where to place the first digit of a quotient without dividing?
  • How do you solve and check division problems?
  • How can you use base-ten blocks to model and understand division of whole numbers?

Digital Citizenship Lessons: We have started lessons that prepare students to take ownership of their digital lives. All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. As we continue to build our digital citizenship skills, consider watching the video below and discuss the following questions:

  • What does media balance mean for me?
  • What makes a healthy media choice?
  • Think about which media and non-media choices help you feel healthy and balanced. As a family, discuss and plan out your perfect day. For each choice, discuss out the “What?,” “When?,” and “How Much?” You can include more than one activity in each section.

Reminder about Parent Conferences:  Conferences will continue through Thursday October 22nd. If you have not yet signed up for a conference date/time, please contact your child’s teacher. During conference days, our schedule will be modified:

8:15 – 10:15: We will have our live class meetings.

10:15 – 12:15: Students will be provided with independent work. It is very important that students continue to stay close to their device during this time as teachers may be calling students to continue with assessments.

Handbook for Families: Handbooks for Reading/Writing (K-2) and Math (K-6) will be available for pick up this week from 8- 4 outside the school office.  These handbooks have activities families can do at home to support your student’s academics.

Have a wonderful, Parents!

-Fifth Grade Team

Building a Robotic Arm

Week of 10/12/2020

Welcome to Week 7 of Distance Learning, Parents!

Parent Conferences:  Conferences begin this Thursday, October 15th and will continue through Thursday October 22nd. If you have not yet signed up for a conference date/time, please contact your child’s teacher. During conference days, our schedule will be modified:

8:15 – 10:15: We will have our live class meetings.

10:15 – 12:15: Students will be provided with independent work. It is very important that students continue to stay close to their device during this time as some teachers may be calling students to continue with assessments.

Reading: We are towards the end our unit, The U.S. Constitution: Then and Now. Students have interacted with the readings by writing on the pages and annotating. Annotation encourages students to take ownership of the text and dive deeper into the content, which improves comprehension. Your child’s annotations will allow you to see exactly how they are interpreting and engaging with the readings. By the end of this unit, students will now have a variety of sources, evidence, and annotations to answer our essential question.

Math: We will have our first unit assessment this week! We will use a Summative Assessment to review Chapter 1 using our GO Math Workbook. Students will have time to practice and reflect on the following:

  • What new understanding of math have I developed in the past several weeks?
  • What growth in understanding or skills can I see in my work?
  • What can I do to improve my understanding of math ideas?

Writing: Students are working on how to effectively respond to a prompt. We are currently working on the “RACER” strategy, which teaches students how to respond to open-ended questions. This strategy reminds students to answer questions completely and cite evidence and examples from the text. Ask your child to show you an example of the RACER strategy and the essential parts of it!

Read Aloud: We are continuing with our read aloud, Out of My Mind. To keep the dialogue going, consider the questions below.

“Everybody uses words to express themselves. Except me. And I bet most people don’t realize the real power of words. But I do. Thoughts need words. Words need a voice.”

How do you think you would cope if you were in Melody’s situation?
• In what ways is Melody just like you? How is she different?
• Why does everyone seem to assume that Melody isn’t smart?
• Have you ever misjudged someone based on first appearances?
• Did Melody’s parents do enough for her? What more could they have done?
• Do you think that the Quiz Team left Melody behind on purpose? Why or why not?
• What can Melody do better than most people?

Have a wonderful week, parents!

-Fifth Grade Team

Week of 10/5/2020

Happy Sunday, Parents! Welcome to Week 6 of Distance Learning!

Reading:  Our primary goal in this unit is to think about how and why laws in the U.S. Constitution continue to evolve.  Some questions you ask your child as we continue to build on our essential questions are the following:

  • What new information did you learn from this week’s reading?
  • How has your thinking about the evolution of laws changed?
  • How do the laws of the Constitution affect you personally?

Math:  This week, we will begin learning how to use multiplication to solve division problems. Students will also solve division problems with difficult numbers by breaking the numbers into numbers that are easier to divide.

We will learn how to analyze numbers and decide how to break apart numbers in order to solve a simpler problem.

As we continue to learn new math standards, students will have various opportunities to practice and strengthen their math skills during our whole group and small group discussions. Students will also continue to work on personalized iReady math lessons based on their individual skill level and needs.

Writing:  Last week, we analyzed a writing prompt and created a “Do/What” chart. This will be our foundation to begin writing a fifth grade level response. As we work on writing, we will also be modeling various elements of a sentence. Sentence structure will help students elaborate and extend their ideas to make a detailed, precise and coherent piece of text. Continue the home-school conversation by asking your child: Why is this writing considered a fifth grade level response? What type of sentences did you include?

Read Aloud: We are continuing with our read aloud, Out of My Mind. Students are learning more about the character, Melody,  a girl with cerebral palsy who’s very intelligent but unable to express herself verbally or physically. Students will be learning about other characters, including Mrs. V.

Some questions you may ask your child: What role does Mrs. V. play in Melody’s development? Why is she a necessary addition to Melody’s life?

Interested in learning more with your child? Check out the Sharon M. Draper’s official author page!

iReports: Last week, students began working on their current event “iReport” weekly project. Each week, students will research a topic of interest and present it to their classmates by the end of the week. Their first one is due this upcoming Thursday. During their independent time, they will have time to research, annotate, and record their current event video on Flipgrid. Please continue the conversation at home by asking: What current event are you working on? How will you present your current event? How will you be graded?

Any questions? Please let us know! Have a wonderful week, parents!

-Fifth Grade Team