Week of 9/14/2020

Happy Monday, Parents! Welcome to Distance Learning, Week 3! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Reading: Students have successfully completed their Level Set Achieve 3000 assessment! This week, we will begin by reviewing the Achieve 3000 weekly expectations. We will remind students that as they complete lessons, the articles will automatically adapt when they’re ready for greater text complexity, and their performance will be monitored through constant feedback and progress.

Math: This week we will begin our i-Ready assessment. We will spend approximately 30-40 minutes each day working on the diagnostic and adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. It will give us a complete picture of student performance and growth, eliminating the need for multiple, redundant tests. Please watch the following video to help your child have a successful testing week.

Writing: We will continue to cultivate a positive classroom community and introduce writing by reading, The Best Part of Me. This book combines black-and-white illustrations with real children’s words describing what they love most about their bodies. It’s an insightful read and never fails to get kids talking and writing about the best part of themselves! Continue the conversation at home by asking your child:

What is something about yourself that you love? Why? What is the BEST part of yourself? What are three reasons that support your idea?

Science: This week, we will begin by discussing how scientists know so much: they start by observing and asking questions! Students will carefully observe an everyday object to spark their curiosity, then practice asking questions like a scientist.

You can encourage your child’s curiosity at home! The next time your child notices something interesting, ask them to come up with more questions about it. Static on washed clothes, dull old pennies, or a weed growing in the park – even the simplest observations can lead to profound scientific questions!

Small Group and One-On-One Conferences: We will continue to meet with students throughout the week to make sure we make personal face connections and develop student-teacher relationships. We will also begin assessing reading fluency by using a grade level passage to measure the number and accuracy of words read.

VAPA: Students will have their first Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) class on Thursday! Stay tune for some of the amazing work students will showcase, but in the meantime, click on the following link to learn more about our program.

Any questions, please let us know!

-Fifth Grade Team

Curriculum Night Q&As

  1. Will the chat function be re-enabled? Although the student-to-student chat function has been disabled, the teacher-to-student, and student-to- teacher chat function was not intended to be disabled. The District will be continuing to work on this to get it resolved as quickly as possible. We will let you know when this function is restored.
  1. Can we get a copy of the daily schedule?  Schedules are posted on our Fifth Grade Blog.
  2. Will you be reading any books together as a classroom this year? Yes, read aloud books will be part of the fifth grade curriculum and will be used to introduce writing.
  3. What time does my child need to be available for live teaching?Students need to be available from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  4. Should all the independent work be done by 12:15? No, students have until 4:00 to turn in daily work.
  5. What can parents do if their child needs help getting into the live meeting? It is recommended to log in 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Please contact your child’s teacher if assistance is needed.
  6. What live assessments are students working on? We are currently working on our Level Set Achieve 3000 Assessment. Next week, we will begin our math assessment using the new District program, iReady.
  7. What school supplies does my child need?
  8. How much daily independent reading do you recommend? Do you have a list of recommendations for reading for  5th grade.  We recommend 20-30 minutes of daily reading.

Thank you for joining us tonight, parents!

-Fifth Grade Team

Week of 9/7/2020

Happy Second Week of Distance Learning! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Monday is Labor Day and Tuesday is our Virtual Back to School Night at 6:15.

Achieve 3000 LevelSet Assessment: In order to establish an initial Lexile measure, students will begin their reading assessment this week. During testing time, teachers will proctor by watching students take the test with their cameras on and microphones muted. If you would like to learn more about LevelSet, check out the following link:

We will be using Flipgrid, a social learning platform that allows teachers to ask a question, and students respond in a video. Students are then able to respond to one another, creating a “web” of discussion.

If your child is still not able to access Flipgrid, below are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure your browser has given Flipgrid permission to access your camera and microphone. This is a  setting that can be found both within your browser, as well as your  computer settings.
  • Update to the latest version of your web browser.
  • Switch to Chrome or the new Microsoft Edge as they have the latest  technology and provide the best Flipgrid recording experience.
  • Or download the free Flipgrid app in the App Store and Google Play.

Fifth Grade Schedule:  Your child should have a study environment that encourages focusing and learning. This could be any place in your house where your child has a work surface such as a table or a desk, and relatively few distractions. If you have multiple children working in the same space, try to find ways that they can spread out and consider having them use headphones to minimize extra noise in the workspace. 

Also, a reminder that students are expected to be available and at their device from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday in order to communicate with teachers, work in small groups, or have one-on-one meetings.

Any questions, please let us know. Have a great week!

Fifth Grade Team

5th Grade Schedule

Back to School-Next Week

Monday is Labor Day and Tuesday is our Virtual Back to School Night @ 6:15. Please watch our 5th grade Curriculum video and then use the attached form for any other grade level questions.  During our “live” meeting, teachers will be reviewing all submitted questions with each class. If you can’t attend our Zoom event, all information will be still sent home following the meeting. If you have any specific questions regarding your child, please contact the teacher.

Curriculum Video: https://youtu.be/htUI9ufZ05A
Additional Questions: https://forms.gle/rYQeCz7ivfa4exEb9

Welcome 5th Grade Robos!

Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 10.05.27 AMWelcome to the 2020-21 school year and our new adventure of Distance Learning! While distance learning looks and feels different from in-person instruction, the program we have developed will ensure that our students continue to meet the learning benchmarks in all disciplines.  The Camarena fifth grade team has worked together to develop plans that are meaningful, enjoyable, and relevant for all of our students!  As we begin this new phase, please follow the list below to get started:

  1. Don’t forget to pick up your materials starting today 12-4, Friday 3-5, or Saturday 10-12 at the Camarena parking lot. Info→ Camarena Blog
  2. “Subscribe” to the 5th grade blog for grade level information that will help you and your child have a successful school year. 
  3. Use this link to fill out our parent information form
  4. Download the Teams app to your desktop or device 
  5. Have your child use the yellow guide or this link (How to Access Teams) in your introduction folder to practice signing into their Teams account to prepare for Monday. 
  6. Meet the 5th grade teachers! → 5th Grade Robo Team! 

Students will begin each school day at 8:15 and will need to log into Microsoft Teams for our live Morning Meeting. 

The state requirement is that all 4th-6th grade students spend 240 minutes (4 hours) each day in learning activities.  This will be a combination of both:

  • Synchronous: Live daily instruction, whole, small groups, and one on one sessions with the teacher
  • Asynchronous: activities through websites, paper and pencil work, or pre-recorded video instruction

*Please note that the first week of school daily live interaction with teachers will be no more than 2 hours and those hours may consist of whole group, small group and individual connections. It is not an expectation at Camarena that all students will be on a computer screen live with the teacher for 2 solid hours.  However, students are expected to have independent work to meet the state mandated grade level minutes. 

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Hello everyone,

With school right around the corner (August 31st), we want to give everyone time to “unfollow” this blog so that you won’t be getting alerts from your child’s previous grade.

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy…and we can’t wait until we are able to safely return and see everyone in person!

Fifth Grade Team

May 4, 2020 — Camarena Elementary School – Official Site


Robo Broadcast for the Week If you want to give a shout out to Julie and Evan click here.Are you planning on returning to Camarena Next Year? Please let us know by May 15 so we can determine the number of classes we need for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Click here.Friday, May 8…

via May 4, 2020 — Camarena Elementary School – Official Site

Camarena Caravan Parade-This FRIDAY

The Camarena Caravan is Coming this Friday, March 27 starting at 10:00 am! dr. mclaren and some of our robogriffin staff will caravan through our camarena neighborhoods to wave to our kids! We want you to know how much we love and miss you. Here are some important things to note for everyone’s safety: Staff…

via March 25, 2020 — Camarena Elementary School – Official Site

Week of 2/24/2020

Happy Monday, Parents!  Here’s our learning for the week!


Math: We are still working on Module 4, where students continue to learn to multiply fractions and decimal fractions and start to work with fraction division. Below are some math topics we have been learning about and some helpful parent resources!

  • Multiply unit fraction by unit fractions.
  • Multiply unity fractions by non-unit fractions.
  • Multiply non-unit fractions by non-unit fractions.
  • Solve word problems using tape diagrams and fractions-by-fraction multiplications.
  • Relate decimal and fraction multiplication.
  • Covert measures involving whole numbers, and solve multi-step word problems.
  • Covert mixed unit measurements, and solve multi-step word problems.

Converting Measurements

Relating Fractions and Decimal Equivalence

Compare the Size of the Product to the Size of the Factors

Another Parent Resource

Writing: Students are working on an informational essay and explaining why water is essential to human life. Students are including information about how water has helped people live and do work in the past, present, and how it may be used in the future. 

As we guide students, we are making students have the following:

  • has a clear statement of purpose, or focus.
  • is well-organized and stays on the topic.
  • provides evidence from the sources to support your ideas.
  • uses clear language that suits your purpose.
  • follows conventions of writing (spelling, punctuation, and grammar)

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.  Check out below our “poetry battle” between the British and Patriots.  Ask your child:

  • Based on this poem, how do the British feel?
  • How do the Patriots respond?
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Physical Education:  Reminder: Our fifth graders will participate in the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The FITNESSGRAM is the required annual PFT for students in grades five, seven, and nine in California public schools. This health-related fitness test is intended to help students acquire lasting habits of regular physical activity. Please click on the following link to find out more information.

Any questions, please let us know!

Fifth Grade Team