Week 6 Information for 5th Grade

Can you believe we only have 3 Monday’s left of 5th grade? I can’t! 

Last week, we ended the week with a bang! We started talking about the life of a Civil War soldier. Often times, soldiers ate hardtack. This “cracker” has a long shelf life and was cheap to make, this made hardtack a popular choice for food during the Civil War. Hardtack is simply flour, water, and salt. The class had fun making together:  

And they even enjoyed eating them!! (for the most part 🙂 )

 


CAASPP Testing = THIS WEEK

As a reminder, we begin CAASPP testing on Wednesday. We will be testing THIS Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning this week and NEXT Tuesday and Wednesday. It is super important that everyone is here during testing hours from 8:00-10:00am. 

A couple reminders for testing week:

  • Everyone needs to be at school ON TIME. We will start as soon as we come up from the field at 8:00. If your child is late, Mr. C will hold them in the office until after the testing block so that they do not disrupt the class. PLEASE BE ON TIME. 
  • It’s important your child gets a good night sleep and eats a big breakfast in the morning. This will set your child up for success. 
  • Students NEED headphones or earbuds for the test! There are still about 12 students who have not brought these in. I do not have enough in the classroom. Please make sure these are sent to school ASAP. 
  • Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school during test days as well. 
  • Students may also bring in a quiet individual activity to work on after they finish their assessments each day. This could be word searches, a coloring book, a reading book, etc. This must be independent and quiet. 

**if you volunteered to bring in snacks for testing week, please send them in ASAP! Click here for the sign up. 


This Week in 5th Grade:

Math

  • We skipped Topic 15 for now, but will go back and complete it. 🙂 
  • 16-2
  • 16-3
  • 16-4
  • IXL

ELA

  • Finishing Personal Narratives 
  • ELA Skills review 
  • ELA IXL HH skills 
  • Since we are taking the ELA CAASPP tests this week, we will not be doing much revolving around reading, due to our focus on the test. 

History

  • People of War poster
  • Battles activity
  • Geography state reports

Q4 Week 5 Information and Updates

Hi Everyone, 

CAASPP Testing

5th Grade’s testing schedule is here:

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or earbuds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child.  

Practice Tests 

We will be referring to these practice tests in class, but will most likely not complete them all in class. Students are encouraged to practice navigating/getting comfortable with the testing platform and concepts at home as well. 

These practice tests are lengthy and students should not complete them quickly if they are honestly trying their best. Keep this in mind when your child is completing them at home. 

CAASPP Practice Test Link

Students ONLY need to practice the top 4 pink tests called Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

  • Grade 5 ELA Practice Test 
    • Students should be writing in complete sentences, with text evidence!! 
    • Answer all short answer questions with the strategy RACE (restate question, answer question, cite text evidence, and explain) 
  • Grade 5 ELA Performance Task
    • Should practice paragraph answers in Part 1
    • Should practice planning and writing a full essay (4-5 paragraphs).
  • Grade 5 Math Practice Test
  • Grade 5 Math Performance Task
    • Should practice writing in complete sentences and really explaining your thinking when required. 

Testing Week Donations:

  • Because the testing period is long, I try to offer students an individually wrapped snack, individually wrapped candy, and gum. 
  • Each day, I have 1 or 2 of the following items on their desk before testing begins:
    • 1 individually wrapped snack- goldfish, granola bar, pretzels, etc.
    • 1 or 2 pieces of small hard candy- jolly rancher, life saver, etc. 
    • 1 piece of gum to chew during testing 
  • I am asking for donations of any of the following items I mentioned above.
    • Please see CLICK HERE to sign up for an item to donate. 
  • We have 5 testing days, and these items help the student’s testing stamina to last the 2 hours of testing each day! 
  • Students will only be allowed to eat/chew the food/gum provided for them during testing. 

OTA Announcements:

  • Tomorrow is the OTA Orchestra Performance at Immaculate Conception Church at 6:30pm. Call time for students is at 6:15pm. 
    • See the informational page that went home last week:
  • 5th Grade Parent Meeting-Transition to Middle School, on Tuesday, May 21 at 3:15pm.
    • Mr. C holds a meeting every year for 5th grade parents to hear about middle school at OTA. You will be informed about how middle school is different for your child and what to expect in the next 3 years. This is held in the 5th grade classroom. 
  • No School on Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day  

This Week on 5th Grade

Math

  • 14-2
  • 14-3
  • 14-4
  • 5th Grade Math Review
  • IXL

ELA

  • Personal Narratives
    • Story Map
    • Beginning, Middle, End
    • Story Starters
    • Showing vs. Telling
    • Writing our Narratives
    • Adding Figurative language 
  • Grammar Focus: Prepositions 

History

  • Advantages of the North and South
  • The Union Plan/Strategy 
  • Geography State Reports 

Last Chance to Bid!

Don’t forget to place your bids for any Online Auction items! The online auction closes tonight! Teacher experiences have rolling close times. 3rd-5th grade experiences close at 8:30. Only 2 more hours to go!! 

Who will be coming to Cooking With the Cooks? 

Let’s raise money for OTA! 

Click here to bid! 

 

BEST Teacher Experience Ever

Students of OTA, you are invited to the BEST DAY EVER:

Cooking with the Cooks on June 1st! 

SIX lucky students are invited to my house to have a pizza party! We will be cooking everything together and celebrating the end of another fantastic year here at OTA. On top of the fun we will have together, Mr. Cook and our dogs, Charlie and Sloane, will be there to party with us! 

After our lunch, we will take a short walk down the street to a local frozen yogurt shop and eat our dessert on the beach. 

I cannot wait to hang out with the lucky winners…

BID NOW!

**Bidding ends this Sunday, May 12th at 9pm.** 

 

Week 4 Info for 5th Grade

Hi 5th Grade,

Thank you to all our grandparents and special friends who came to our special day on Friday. We spent the time writing a poem together and playing math games. Grandparents also participated in PE! I loved meeting and talking with all the guests who attended! What a fun day!

Here are some special pictures from our day:  


CAASPP 

I posted on Friday about our upcoming state testing! All students are encouraged to complete the PRACTICE TESTS at home. Please see my post with all the info HERE

All students NEED earbuds or headphones. Please send them with your child ASAP so that we can make sure everyone has them.

Also, I posted a sign up to bring in snacks for testing week. Click here if you would like to donate.  


FIELD DAY T-SHIRTS

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to turn in money and order forms for Field Day shirts! ALL shirts are $10. Let’s go 5th Grade!!  


OTA Talent Show

This Friday is the OTA Talent Show! All OTA students will be walking down to the Martial Arts Center during the school day to watch the show. All parents are invited to attend the EVENING performance at 6pm. 

Can’t wait to see all the talent! 


This Week in 5th Grade:

Math

  • 13-4
  • Topic 13 Review
  • Topic 13 Test on Wednesday 
  • 14-1
  • 14-2
  • IXL due this Friday 

ELA

  • Narrative Writing 
  • Grammar Focus: Direct & Indirect Objects/ Prepositions 
  • Figurative Language Focus: Hyperbole 
  • Informational Text structures Practice
  • ELA review for CAASPP
  • Performance Task- Opinion writing 

History

  • Events Leading to Civil War Timeline 

CAASPP State Testing Information

It’s that time of year again- state testing! We have been preparing all year, and will continue to prepare more heavily from here until May 20th (when testing begins). 

OTA Grades 3-5 Testing Window: Monday, May 20-Wednesday, May 29th 
More info about our testing schedule will be posted soon. 

The CAASPP includes 4 Tests:

  • Math CAT– this is a review of all concepts learned in 5th grade. This includes multiple choice, short answer, graphing, etc. 
  • Math Performance Task (PT)- this is a real-world math problem that will require students to expand and think deeply about the concept. Students are required to fully explain their thought process, the math they are completing, and why they did what they did. 
  • ELA CAT- this test requires students to read many passages and asks comprehension and vocabulary questions regarding the text. This includes all 5th grade ELA Common Core standards. There are multiple choice and short answer questions. (all short answer should be in complete sentences and very detailed)
  • ELA Performance Task- This test takes TWO days to complete. It is lengthy. The test is made of 3 sources about a certain topic. For part 1, students read the 3 sources and are asked questions. These answers must be in paragraph form with textual evidence to support their thinking. For part 2, students are required to write an essay (they will be randomly assigned an opinion, narrative, or informative essay)

Testing Week Information:

  • It is very important to be at school on time, have a healthy/filling breakfast, and a full nights rest. 
  • These tests are long and students can prepare at home by eating and sleeping right. 
  • Students who are absent during a test will have to miss class time later to complete the test. Please plan now for your child to be here all week. (if your child is sick, we can accommodate for them to take the test at a later date.)
  • Tests will start first thing in the morning. If students are late- Mr. C will hold them in the office until after our testing block so that students are not distracted by people coming in and out of our classroom. So, make sure students are ON TIME! 
  • All students need headphones or earbuds for the tests. There is some audio that students are required to listen to. If students do not have headphones at school already, please arrange to send some with your child.  

Practice Tests 

We will be referring to these practice tests in class, but will most likely not complete them all in class. Students are encouraged to practice navigating/getting comfortable with the testing platform and concepts at home as well. 

These practice tests are lengthy and students should not complete them quickly if they are honestly trying their best. Keep this in mind when your child is completing them at home. 

CAASPP Practice Test Link

Students ONLY need to practice the top 4 pink tests called Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

  • Grade 5 ELA Practice Test 
    • Students should be writing in complete sentences, with text evidence!! 
    • Answer all short answer questions with the strategy RACE (restate question, answer question, cite text evidence, and explain) 
  • Grade 5 ELA Performance Task
    • Should practice paragraph answers in Part 1
    • Should practice planning and writing a full essay (4-5 paragraphs).
  • Grade 5 Math Practice Test
  • Grade 5 Math Performance Task
    • Should practice writing in complete sentences and really explaining your thinking when required. 

Testing Week Donations:

  • Because the testing period is long, I try to offer students an individually wrapped snack, individually wrapped candy, and gum. 
  • Each day, I have 1 or 2 of the following items on their desk before testing begins:
    • 1 individually wrapped snack- goldfish, granola bar, pretzels, etc.
    • 1 or 2 pieces of small hard candy- jolly rancher, life saver, etc. 
    • 1 piece of gum to chew during testing 
  • I am asking for donations of any of the following items I mentioned above.
    • Please see CLICK HERE to sign up for an item to donate. 
  • We have 5 testing days, and these items help the student’s testing stamina to last the 2 hours of testing each day! 
  • Students will only be allowed to eat/chew the food/gum provided for them during testing. 

 

Q4 Week 3 Information

5th Grade!

OTA Announcements:

  • Grandparent’s Day is THIS Friday, May 3rd. 
    • All Grandparents or special friends are welcome to come to OTA on Friday morning from 9:00-11:00am. 
      • Grandparents will begin in the 5th grade classroom and participate in a reading and math lesson with their grandchild. They will then move to recess, PE, and music next! 
      • Students may leave with their grandparent after Grandparent’s Day program. 
    • Half Day dismissal- all students who don’t leave with their grandparent should be picked up by 12pm. 
  • OTA GALA is THIS Saturday, May 4th 
    • It’s not too late to get your tickets! Come and enjoy a night with other OTA families and staff as we raise money for our school. 
      • Free babysitting at Mathnasium!! 
  • OTA Talent Show is next Friday, May 10th 
    • The entire school will be walking down to the Karate studio down the street to enjoy watching our peers display their talents! All parents are welcome to attend on Friday Night. 

Congratulations to Sydney, Maddy, and Dash!

Our poetry contest last week was great! Our top 3 went onto the OTA poetry contest on Friday. 

Congratulations Sydney for taking 1st place in 3rd-5th grade!


Field Day 2019

Field Day 2019 will be on Friday, June 7th! More details involving timeframe and activities to come! Each grade level is a different color and fifth grade is RED! To get into the spirit of field day, OTA Field Day T-shirts are available for you to purchase for your child! Each shirt costs $10 and the order forms went home on Friday. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt, please send back the order form filled in along with the payment of $10 no later than May 7th (preferred payment is cash but checks will be accepted that are written out to Old Town Academy) 

Purchasing a t-shirt is not required so if a student doesn’t want to purchase one, they can just wear a red t-shirt on June 7th! 

Let’s start getting pumped up with tons of spirit for this super fun day. 5th grade dominated last year and we are striving for another 5th grade championship! 


Nightly Reading

All 5th graders should be reading at least 20 minutes every night. We want to finish the year strong and this is something that I’ve noticed gets pushed aside as the year comes to a close. I keep track of independent reading each day, and students get a quarterly grade. If your child is struggling to find a book that interests them, let me know and I will help them find one! I have tons in my classroom library. Thanks!


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • Topic 12 Test
  • 13-1
  • 13-2
  • 13-3
  • IXL 

ELA

  • Poetry Lesson 9 and 10
  • End of Poetry Unit Test
  • Next up: Narrative Writing!
  • Informational Essay on Animal Adaptations
  • Figurative Language Focus: Personification   

History

  • Notes on Events Leading to War 
  • Events Leading to War Timeline 

Q4 Week 2 Information and Updates

Hello 5th Grade, 

OTA Announcements:

  • Poetry Contest- Our classroom poetry contest is TOMORROW. All students must participate. The top 3 people in 5th grade will move onto the OTA Poetry Contest on Friday 4/26 at 1:30 in the middle school ELA classroom. 
  • 5th Grade has Vision and Hearing Testing on April 30th
  • Grandparent’s Day is on Friday, May 3rd from 9-11am. All grandparents or special friends are invited to attend and be apart of 5th grade that day. 
    • Early 12pm dismissal- However, many times, students leave with their grandparents around 11am to go get lunch together 🙂 
  • GALA- Saturday, May 4th-

Poetry Contest

All 5th graders will be required to present their MEMORIZED poem by heart to the class tomorrow! Have them present it to you/your family tonight!! It should be memorized and flow naturally. 


Pink Slips

Pink Slips went home today because I was not here last Friday. Please double check with your child to see if they had any missing work from last week. As always, initial them and then check in with your child throughout this week to make sure they are making progress on the missing work. 


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • 12-2
  • 12-3
  • 12-4
  • Topic 12 Review
  • Test 
  • IXL Due 

ELA

  • Poetry Lessons 7-9
  • Figurative Language Focus: Metaphors
    • Metaphor Practice – Picture Slides #5-7
  • Performance Task Informational Essay 

History

  • Underground Railroad Research/4 Steps to Freedom 
  • Visual Notes on Events Leading to War    

Quarter 4 Week 1

Welcome to the last week of 5th Grade! 

Last week we so much of our time wrapping up the Westward Expansion with our Moving West Presentations! Thank you for those of you who came to our presentations. 


 

OTA Announcements

  • Talent Show Auditions are today and tomorrow for those students who are trying out. Make sure to be on time for your assigned time. 
  • No School on Monday, April 22nd 
  • Poetry Contest- 5th grade Contest is on Wednesday, April 24th
    • all students are participating and should be memorizing their poem at home. 
  • OTA Poetry Competition for all finalists will take place on Friday, April 26th

 OTA Nacho Average Gala, Saturday, May 4. Tickets available at the following link:   Gala Tickets 

Want to volunteer at the event? Sign-up now and we’ll send you a promo code for $40 off admission price:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054aa4aa22a6fb6-fiesta

Check out live auction previews, the generous gala sponsors, a sneak peek at Teacher Experiences in the online auction, and more #OTAGala and Osprey Online Auction information.  

Be sure to FOLLOW the Parent Foundation on Facebook and Instagram for important event tips and announcements. We look forward to seeing you on May 4 at Liberty Station. 

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4th Quarter IXL

The topics at the end of our math book are pretty short, so IXL’s will be due more frequently. 


This Week in 5th Grade

Math

  • Finish 11-8
  • Topic 11 Reteach & Online Assessment
  • Topic 11 Test on Wednesday 
  • Topic 12 Focus: Interpreting Line Plots!
  • 12-1
  • 12-2
  • IXL

ELA

  • Figurative Language- SIMILE focus
    • Figurative language picture slide show on Google Classroom- SIMILES only 
  • Grammar Focus- Verb Types- Present and Past Participle & Infinitives 
    • IXL FF.8
  • Poetry Lesson 4-6 in Poetry Notebook 
  • Writing- Performance Task – Informative Essay 

History

We will be focusing on the Civil War this quarter and we will be packing SO MUCH info into the next 9 weeks. 

  • Growing Apart Notes 
  • Underground Railroad Activity 

Finishing the year strong is so so important for all 5th graders! We will be learning until the last day of the school year. We have 9 more weeks to continue growing and getting ready for middle school. Let’s make the best of these last 9 weeks together!