Week 7 Updates

 

Hello 5th Grade! 

OTA Announcements

  • OTA’s 1st Annual Book Fair is this week!! 5th grade will be attending on Wednesday during the school day. Parents are welcome to attend the Book Fair after school on Wednesday. 
    • You and your child can take a look at the VIRTUAL catalog by clicking here. Your child also has access to a paper catalog in class. 
    • By searching ahead of time, you and your child will see what they are interested in and how many books they can purchase 🙂 
    • Using the same link, you can also set up your eWallet account so that your child doesn’t have to worry about carrying cash to and from school. (check out a video about it here )
  • Spring Break is NEXT WEEK! No School Monday- Friday 

Book Talks 

Just a reminder that book talks are coming!! Your child has the information and signed up for a report date weeks ago. See calendar below for the date reminder! 

This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • Monday: 10-4
  • Tuesday: 10-5
  • Wednesday: 10-6
  • Thursday: Topic 10 Review
  • Friday: Topic 10 Test 
  • IXL Due Friday 

ELA

  • Vocabulary Suffix -ure/-ish practice packet due Friday
  • Vocabulary Test on Friday
  • Skill Focus: Cause and Effect 
    • The Battle of the Little Big Horn Cause & Effect Multi-Flow Map
    • Dawes Act Multi-Flow Map
  • Native American Reading: The Taking of the Land 
    • 4 square notes and analyzation  
  • Grammar Focus- Verb Tenses 
  • Informative/Explanatory Essay Graphic Organizer!

History

  • Texas or Oregon Comic Strip due Friday 
  • Notes on Mexican American War 
  • Notes on Settling the Far West 
  • PBL Group time to discuss the journey, and research the topic focus. 
  • Geography State Expert Report’s due on the last day of the quarter!

 

5th Grade Updates for Q3 Week 6

5th Grade Families, 

OTA Announcements:

  • March 15th- deadline to complete your intent to Re-Enroll. 
  • Spring Break- March 25- 29th  🙂 

OTA 1st Annual Book Fair:

  • We will be hosting our first ever Book Fair on March 19th – 20th 
  • K-4th grade will have time during school on March 19th to purchase books and 5-8th will have a chance on March 20th. 
  • The Book Fair will be open for parents and families after school on March 20th! 
  • More info to come 🙂 

This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • We have started Topic 10- Volume
  • Today we began by exploring volume with unit cubes and discovering how many different rectangular prisms we could make with a volume of 12 cubic units.   
  • Monday: 10-1
  • Tuesday: 10-2
  • Wednesday: 10-3
  • Thursday: 10-4
  • Friday: 10-5
  • IXL due next Friday 

ELA

  • New Vocabulary focusing on Suffixes: -ure and -ish
  • Practice and test NEXT Friday 
  • Skill Focus: Cause and Effect 
    • New Thinking Map: Multi-Flow Map to identify and explain relationships in the text. 
  • Native American Ch. 7- Severing Ties & Multi-Flow Maps 
  • Ch. 9 and comprehension questions
  • Native American California Tribes and Notes
  • Compare and Contrast Writing 

History

  • Moving West Journal Entry
  • Notes on Texas and Oregon Joining the Union

Geography

  • Students should be done with 4 full pages of research! 

Week 5 Info and Updates

Hello everyone! 

Welcome to Week 5 of Q3…we are officially half way through the quarter!!

OTA Announcements: 

  • Intent to Re-Enroll
    • Today, March 4th, 2019, all forms are available for you to re-enroll at Old Town Academy.  This is only for returning students, and if you have a sibling that you would like to enroll, please submit a new applicationThe deadline to complete and submit re-enroll forms will be FridayMarch 15th, 2018. Below are the instructions:
      • Please access the SchoolMint website with the URL link oldtownacademy.schoolmint.net . All registered OTA families should have an account with your chosen primary email address, so go ahead and login.  If you have forgotten your user information, please follow the prompts for “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password”.  From your “Student Dashboard” select “Re-Enroll” and Complete Forms.
      • We look forward to having your child/children for another great year at Old Town Academy! Should you have any questions or issues, please contact our office at (619) 574-6225

Q3 Book Talks

We signed up for our Book Talks today! Every student will be presenting a Book Talk about a RECENT book they have read. (This book should be a book they have read in Q2 or Q3)

Students will receive the paper direction page and the graphic organizer tomorrow. Please see the calendar for the date your child is presenting on!

Focus area for this quarter: CREATIVITY!! I can’t wait to see your imagination and creativity come to life in your book talks! 


This Week in 5th Grade:

Math

  • 9-7
  • 9-8
  • Topic 9 reteach and Online Assessment
  • Topic 9 Test 
  • IXL due Friday

ELA

  • Vocabulary Focus: Suffixes (-ile, -il, -able, -ible) packet due Friday
  • Vocabulary Test on FRIDAY- Study with Quizlet
  • Totem Pole and Writing – We have been learning about the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and how important totem poles were to their culture. These were passed down from generation to generation and often times placed in front of their house. We are creating our own totem poles and discussing what symbolizes our family. Stay tuned for pictures! 
  • Tales of the Pacific Northwest Compare and Contrast plan and writing 
  • Grammar Focus: Review of linking, action, and helping verbs AND intro to Verb Tenses 

History

  • We’ve been doing some fun projects in History! A couple weeks ago we pretended to be Lewis and Clark and collect items from their journey through the Louisiana Purchase. The students had a ton of fun creating their lists and items. 

  • Last week we learned how transportation changed during the Westward Expansion. We learned about turnpikes, covered wagons, steamboats, canals, and the railroad. Students worked hard on creating newspapers that educated the readers on the improvements and how it impacted the life of pioneers moving west. Here are just a couple examples to see but ask your child to find theirs on Google Classroom to show you!
  • This week we are focusing on understanding the term Manifest Destiny. We have listened to a song, analyzed a picture, and tomorrow will look at a famous quote to come to an understanding. 
  • Students will begin thinking about their journey westward and look ahead to what is to come this quarter. 

Geography

  • Students should be done with at least 3 pages of their State Expert Report packets. 

Week 3

Hello all! I hope you all had a wonderful 4 day weekend. 

We had a fun Valentine’s Day last Thursday. We played bingo, passed out cards to our friends, and enjoyed our time together! 

 

Quick Reminders and Info about This Week in 5th Grade:

Math

  • Topic 8 Reteach
  • Topic 8 Online Assessment
  • Topic 8 Test TOMORROW (Thursday)
  • 9-1
  • IXL due Friday 

ELA

  • Vocabulary test Friday! Find our Quizlet onGoogle Classroom or the ELA page on the blog. 
  • Vocabulary Packet/practice due
  • Grammar Focus: Linking, Action, and Helping Verbs 
  • ELA IXL C.2 and DD.2 
  • In class compare and contrast Double Bubble of Tales from the Great Plains
  • Compare and Contract Writing 

History

  • Lewis and Clark Bag! Head to the History page for all the info! 
  • Geography State Reports for the Southeast Region! 

 

Week 2 Updates and Information

Hello Families, 

I hope your child had a blast on the Star of India last week! They did AMAZING and represented OTA well. They worked hard and hopefully learned a lot. Hopefully you saw my email last night that included the Google Folder of the pictures. Here is the LINK if you didn’t receive the email. 

Thank you all 5th grade families that volunteered and helped out at the dance this past weekend. It was a huge success! You guys are the best! Special shout out to Erin Parente for making this all happen! 


Quarter 3 Snapshot

Math-

We will continue learning about so many important concepts in math this quarter. Along we our daily lessons and IXL, we will be working on writing out our steps and explaining WHY we are doing each step. 

  • Topic 8 Multiplying Fractions
  • Topic 9 Dividing Fractions
  • Topic 10 Volume of 3D shapes
  • Topic 11 Converting Units of Measurement 

ELA- 

This quarter we are beginning with a unit surrounding Native Americans. We are learning about how different regions of the United States and how the tribes adapted to the different climate, land, resources, etc. We will also be talking about how the European settlers moving onto their land, impacted their life. 

History

This quarter we will be focusing on the Westward Expansion!! I am so excited for this quarter and the discussions we will have about Daniel Boone, The Louisiana Purchase, the development of transportation, the Gold Rush, Manifest Destiny, and our expanding nation. Stay tuned for an exciting project. 

Geography

We will continue our State Expert Reports- this quarter focusing on the Southeast region. Students have chosen a state to research for the quarter and will complete many different tasks about climate, land resources, manufacturing, famous landmarks, etc. 

 

OTA Announcements:

  • No School this Friday, 2/15 and Monday, 2/18
  • We did not send home Winter MAP scores this quarter. If you would like to have a copy of your child’s scores, please email me and I will send home a copy! 

This Thursday, February 14th- Love and Friendship celebration! 

If you would like to participate in giving cards/treats to your classmates, please make sure you bring one for everyone. See our class list below! 

 

This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • 8-7 (Monday and Tuesday)
  • 8-8
  • Topic 8 Review
  • Topic 8 Online Assessment
  • Topic 8 Test next TUESDAY 
  • IXL due Next Friday 

ELA

  • Vocabulary Prefix Focus: a-,an-, il-, ir-, im-, in-. and non- ALL these prefixes mean NOT
    • Packet due NEXT Friday
    • Test NEXT Friday
  • Grammar Focus: Possessive Nouns
  • Native American Unit activities in class

History

  • Notes on the Louisiana Purchase 
  • Lewis and Clark Bag (instructions will be found on the History page soon)
  • Geography research 

 

Star of India Info and Week 1 Important Info

Hello 5th Grade,

Please read the important information below about the Star of India field trip that is TOMORROW!! We are excited. 


Star of India

Parents- I emailed you separately from the blog on January 28th regarding a letter I need of you BEFORE the Star of India. Please make sure you have received and read that email. If you did not receive this email please let me know ASAP. As of right now, I have only received 4 letters. It is important everyone has one! 

It looks like the rain is leaving and the forecast says it will be sunny tomorrow! No rain gear needed for the trip, but LAYERED clothing is recommended. Scroll down on the blog for the packing list. Please follow all instructions and make sure your children are only bringing items on the packing list. No cell phones, watches, food, or any extra activities. 

If you need to get ahold of your child during the field trip you can call the school or email me. I will have my phone on me at all times. 

Schedule for Star of India:

Wednesday, February 6th
8:00am– Arrive at OTA like normal
8:00-12:00– Students have a normal school day
12:00pm- Pick your child up at OTA. Use this time to get your child’s things, students should change into their layered clothing, and eat a BIG lunch. 
2:15pmArrive at the Star of India. (1492 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101) We will stand on the sidewalk outside of the Star of India. You can park in the parking lot (it’s metered parking) Please look for me! Do not be late! Parents- you can either drop your child off or wait with the class until we board the ship!   
We will board the ship between 2:30-3:00. 

Thursday, February 7th
9:00am– Pick up your child at the Star of India (in the same location you dropped them off) and take your child home. Please be on time! There will be no school at OTA for 5th grade on 2/7/19

Friday, February 8th
8:00am- Normal full school day at OTA

**if you have any questions, please let me know!!**


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • 8-3
  • 8-4
  • 8-5
  • 8-6
  • IXL  (M.6, M.7, M.14, M.15, M.25)

ELA

  • Grammar Focus: Possessive Nouns
  • Native American Ch. 1 Reading and Writing Response (google classroom)
  • Ch. 2 Reading and Discussion

History

  • Westward Expansion Intro
  • Notes on Daniel Boone

Detailed information of Quarter 3 will be posted later this week! 

Last week of Quarter 2!

Welcome to the last week of quarter 2! We are finishing strong by finishing our PBL and wrapping up Topic 7 in math. 

OTA Announcements:

  • This Week is the Great Kindness Challenge. Students are encouraged to complete simple acts of kindness every day! The checklist went home on Friday. Let’s transform our school, community, and world by choosing to be KIND! 

  • This Friday- LAST DAY OF QUARTER- 12 pm dismissal and PAJAMA Day! 

PBL- Board of Exploration Presentation- WHO WILL BE NAMED LEADER OF THE SEAS? 

Our students have been working hard in their groups creating a board proposal and presentation. Our students have become the leadership team for Portugal, Spain, and England and will be presenting to a panel of prestigious members on Thursday, January 31st at 1:15. Come watch your child present. Presentations will take place in the 5th grade classroom. 


Star of India 

Our field trip is next week! All permission slips and money are due this FRIDAY. Take a look at the packing list below. Make sure your child follows the rules and only brings what is required of them. Absolutely no electronics, food, or anything extra. The kids really won’t have time for any other activities then what the program plans for. 🙂 

As of right now, rain is NOT in the forecast for next Wednesday-Thursday (thank goodness!!) This means that students do not need to pack rain gear/boots! It is projected to be in the 60s during the day and low 50s at night. Students will be outside for a big portion of this field trip and should be dressed appropriately. Layered clothing is key! I normally have on a sweatshirt, a jacket, and a beanie in the evening and morning. We want everyone to enjoy the trip and not be cold the whole time. 🙂 


This Week in 5th grade

Math

  • Topic 7 Review (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Topic 7 Test on Wednesday!! (Students can study by completing practice problems online or from their book!!)
  • 8-1
  • 8-2
  • IXL Due Friday

ELA

  • We will be writing our donation letters for the gala tomorrow!
  • Vocabulary Week 9 and 10 activities due Friday
  • Vocabulary Tets on Friday!
  • Grammar Focus – Plural Nouns
  • ELA IXL BB.3 and BB.4 
  • Native American Unit is on hold while we finish our PBL. 

History

  • Board Proposal and Presentation
  • Geography Expert Reports DUE Friday. We have been working on this packet ALL Quarter!!! 
    • Geography presentations on Friday! 🙂 I’m excited to learn all about the Midwestern States! 

Q2 Week 9

Hello 5th Grade!

OTA Announcements:

  • Next Friday, February 1st is the last day of Q2. Your child and I looked at the grade book last week. It is important to check these throughout the quarter. Have you and your child checked their grades recently?
  • Next Friday, Feb. 1st is a HALF DAY (12 pm dismissal) and Spirit Day- PAJAMA Day! 

Star of India

All permission slips and information went home last week. Please get these in as soon as possible. I still have room for more chaperones, if you would like to chaperone please let me know ASAP. If you would like to chaperone, I need to know by next Friday at the latest. 

The Star of India is on Wednesday, Feb 6th- Thursday Feb. 7th. As stated on the informational page: pick your child up from OTA at 12pm on Wednesday the 6th, get lunch, change, and grab your child’s bag, arrive at the Star of India at 2:15. Then on Thursday, Feb. 7th, pick your child up at 9am at the Star of India. There will be no school at OTA for 5th graders on Thursday. 

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know! 


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • 7-9
  • 7-10
  • 7-11
  • IXL due next Friday 

ELA

  • Grammar Focus: reviewing nouns and learning about Plural Nouns
  • Starting a new unit on Native Americans! 
  • Vocabulary Week 9 and 10 activities (test will be next Friday)

History 

  • Explorer Trading Cards
  • PBL Board of Exploration Proposal and presentation
    • Our PBL presentation will take place next Thursday, January 31st at 1pm in the 5th grade classroom. All parents are welcome to join us!! Your child is a part of a European Country’s Leadership team and will be presenting why their country should be named LEADER OF THE SEAS. 
    • All students may dress up in professional attire for this presentation
  • State Expert Reports due next week (we’ve been working on these all quarter) 

Week 8 Updates and Information

Hello All, 

OTA Announcements:

  • This Friday, January 18th is FREE DRESS DAY! The entire school earned a free dress day by bringing in socks for the Sock Drive in December! Yay!
  • Monday, January 21= NO SCHOOL

Star of India

Please read the informational page regarding our upcoming field trip. Once again, if you would like to chaperone, please email me! This form, along with all permission slips will be coming home on Friday.


This Week in 5th Grade:

Winter MAP testing- It’s that time of year again! We will be completing the Math and Reading MAP test this week. 

Math- Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers! 

  • 7-6
  • 7-7
  • 7-8
  • 7-9
  • IXL 

ELA

  • Reading Part 2 of Don Quixote in a shorten summarized version
  • Comprehension Check- workbook pages pg. 131-134
  • Grammar Focus- Nouns (abstract, concrete, proper, common)
  • Idiom of the Week (this is new!)- Hold your horses and needle in a haystack! 
    • Try to include these phrases in your conversations this week!

History

  • Geography Expert Report
  • England Notes 
  • PBL groups and research 

Q2 Week 7 Information

Hello Everyone!

OTA Announcements:

  • No School on Monday, January 21- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday 

Star of India Field trip

The famous OTA 5th Grade field trip, The Star of India, is about a month away! Our field trip is on February 6th – 7th. We will be participating in a living history experience and pretending we are sailors aboard an emigrant ship in the 1800s. Our students and chaperones will become part of the story and experience life aboard a ship. This is an overnight field trip! Students will need to be picked up the morning of the 7th.

**The program does not allow any students to come late or leave early. As this will disrupt the narrative/flow of the storyline.**

More information coming! 

I am in need of chaperones! If you would like to volunteer on this exciting voyage, please email me ASAP to secure your spot. I have a specific number of chaperones that are allowed to come. So, let me know! 


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • We started Topic 7 this week! We will be focusing on FRACTIONS for awhile! 🙂 
  • 7-1
  • 7-2
  • 7-3
  • 7-4
  • 7-5
  • IXL 

ELA

  • Wrapping up Don Quixote 
  • Strategy/Skill Focus: Compare & Contrast different elements of the story, characters, events, scenes, etc.
  • Vocabulary Prefix inter- and para- packet due
  • Vocabulary Test on Friday 
  • Grammar Focus: Nouns (common, proper, abstract, and concrete) 
  • Character Focus Activity on Don Quixote and Sancho

History

  • Notes on Spanish Exploration
  • Continue our Columbus Analyzation/discussion- Hero or villain? 
  • Geography State Expert Report