Bag Lunches on Monday, March 11

Hello Fifth Grade Parents,

Due to our field trip to Pacetti Bay Middle School on Monday, March 11, we may will not be back in time to eat in the cafeteria.  It would be best if everyone brought a bag lunch with them on Monday.

Thank you,

Fifth Grade Teachers

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The Mighty Pencil and Fifth Grade Writers

Informational Writing

The informational reading unit we completed earlier this quarter helped prepare the students for all the informational writing we’ve completed over the past month.  All students completed an informative essay this week that will count as a summative assessment in the grade book.  We will use the FSA writing rubric to score the essays, so please look for a score sheet to come home.  The students have been given a copy of the rubric to keep in their binder and become familiar with the scoring criteria.  There are three scoring categories:  Focus, Purpose, and Organization (4 point max); Evidence and Elaboration (4 point max); and Conventions (2 point max) -all for a top score of 10 points.  The earned score will relate to the following grades:

Points Earned Grade Equivalent
10 100
9 93
8 86
7 79
6 72
5 65
4 58
3 or less 50

Text-based essay writing is the most complex tasks we practice all year.  It requires students to read, comprehend, take notes, make a plan, and craft an organized multi-paragraph essay with clearly cited evidence and clear elaboration. It is a lot of work and it takes time.  However, the foundation students are building in Language Arts will be valuable in their future courses.

Tropicana Speech Contest

Hopefully you are aware that students are working on writing a speech for homework.  The Tropicana speech classroom contest is next Wednesday.  This contest helps us achieve listening and speaking standards in a creative way, as well as give students experience building this life skill.  All students received a packet to guide them through the process.  This speech is an opportunity for you to hear your child’s writing and get involved.  The goal is a logical, clear progression of ideas.  Please take some time to read through the speech packet and help them prepare.  Let them practice giving their speech.  Time them and encourage them.  It’s normal to be nervous.  All students are expected to work through the process and deliver a speech.  However, because the project is mostly being completed at home, it will only count for a few homework grades.

Opinion Writing

We encouraged the students to select an opinion topic for their speech to further practice what we are learning in class at this time.  Moving on from Informational Writing, we are teaching students how to write a strong opinion essay.  Students are building on their knowledge of this type of writing from 4th grade.  We are working on crafting text-based essays to answer the question, “Are zoos helpful or harmful to animals?”  We will wrap up this essay early next week and it will also be scored with the FSA rubric and count as a summative assessment.


Most of our grammar instruction is embedded in our writing instruction, however, we are teaching commas directly.  Students are receiving instruction on where and why to use commas.  Also, students should be completing IXL practices in the KK section.  We will provide students with handouts to study, as well.  If time allows, we will go ahead and assess this skill before Spring Break. 

FSA Writing Test

On April 2, students will complete a text-based writing assessment.  They will either write an informational essay or an opinion essay depending on the prompt put forth by the state.  This test counts as part of their total ELA FSA score for 5th grade.  The remainder of the ELA FSA will be taken on May 2 and 3, focusing on reading and language standards. We would like to have breakfast items for students to enjoy before the writing test to fuel up for the task.  Please be on the lookout for a sign-up to come out soon.  Thanks!!

Check HAC

The third quarter ends next Thursday.  Please be sure you are monitoring your child’s grades in all subjects and let us know if you have any questions or concerns!  Thank you!

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Lovelines Deadline Tomorrow

Parents don’t miss out on adding a personalized note to the yearbook for your 5th grader!

The link is posted below- Deadline 2.22.19 TOMORROW!!!!!


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New Standards in Science

We are excited to be starting a new unit in Science that focuses on weather, climate and weather patterns.  We are looking forward to using Palencia’s Weather STEM to help the students understand all about weather and the tools used to measure the environment.  Watch the weather report with your child if you get a chance and talk about how weather changes and the weather maps used in the report. 


SC.5.E.7.1-Create a model to explain the parts of the water cycle. Water can be a gas, a liquid, or a solid and can go back and forth from one state to another.

SC.5.E.7.2-Recognize that the ocean is an integral part of the water cycle and is connected to all of Earth’s water reservoirs via evaporation and precipitation processes.

SC.5.E.7.3-Recognize how air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, and precipitation determine the weather in a particular place and time.

SC.5.E.7.4-Distinguish among the various forms of precipitation (rain, snow, sleet, and hail), making connections to the weather in a particular place and time.

SC.5.E.7.5-Recognize that some of the weather-related differences, such as temperature and humidity, are found among different environments, such as swamps, deserts, and mountains.

SC.5.E.7.6-Describe characteristics (temperature and precipitation) of different climate zones as they relate to latitude, elevation, and proximity to bodies of water.

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Learning in Language Arts

The focus on informational reading and writing standards continues in Language Arts.  We are teaching the students to think about the author’s purpose, text structures, and main ideas of a text, and how those concepts are related.  Understanding this content is one thing, succeeding on a rigorous test of this content is another.  Persistence with rereading and deep thinking about the text is required to do well.   With this comes taking the time to underline specific information in the texts and even making side notes to track thinking. The students took a summative test this week.  Please look for it to come home and review it with them.  We are going to continue on with these goals for another week and take a second summative test next week.  Therefore, all students will have two summative grades for this unit because of the extent and importance of the learning.

Any student who scores below a 70% on the assessments is eligible for grade recovery.  If students scored below a 70% on this first assessment, the second assessment can serve as an opportunity to improve the grade.  We will send home additional practice for them to complete to help them prepare.

If students score below a 70% on the second assessment, then we will provide yet another task to help them improve their score.  Our goal is for all students to master this content.  It is important to note, however, that more than simply understanding the content is required for a test of this level of rigor.  We believe this unit is one of the most challenging reading units in fifth grade.  Thank you for your support and for encouraging your children to work hard!

Please continue to have your child check the planner daily for homework assignments and other responsibilities.

Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Hughes, and Mrs. Gardner

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5th Grade Yearbook Love Lines~

Parents don’t miss out on adding a personalized note to the yearbook for your 5th grader!

The link is posted below- Deadline 2.24.19

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Murray and Sebastian Middles School Info


This coming Wednesday, February 6, is Information night for families and students in 5th grade who are interested in attending the Center for the Arts in 6th grade. Attached you will find flyers detailing the information night, how to prepare for the audition and the audition schedule.

*Any student living out of zone who desires to attend the Center for the Arts in 7th or 8th grade must apply through the controlled open enrollment process which can be accessed at

How to prepare for your SJCCA Audition



THIS WEEK!  Rising 6th Grade STEAM Night on Thursday, February 7, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Spring 2019 Events for Rising 6th Grade Families


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New Year, New Studies in Language Arts

Happy New Year! We spent a majority of the second quarter studying literature.  Now, as we begin the third quarter and second semester of the school year, we are going to be focusing on informational standards, both in reading and writing.  To start thing off, however, we are assessing the students to gather baseline data this week.  Today, they began writing an FSA style, text-based essay that will guide our writing instruction in the coming weeks.  Then, on Thursday and Friday, students will take the I-Ready Reading Diagnostic to monitor their ELA growth at this point in the year.  Please remind your child to bring their headphones for both Thursday and Friday.

In addition, we are working through a word study unit on suffixes.  Students should be completing word study homework this week in their notebook to analyze any unfamiliar words.  This week’s focus is on adjectives and adverbs. There is a helpful post for Word Study on Edmodo that includes notes, a link to the on-line dictionary, and a link to a Padlet, where students can post quotes from their books for independent reading.  As you settle back in to the school routine, please have your child login to Edmodo and pull up the word study post, as well as the planner.  Read through to be informed about what is happening in school.  Lastly, don’t forget to have your child read on their level daily.

Let us know if you have any questions.  Thank you for your support as we kick off the second half of fifth grade!

Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Hughes, and Mrs. Gardner

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STEM Fair Project Due Dates

All students are required to complete a STEM Fair Project at home.  The primary goal is to promote innovative use of science, technology engineering, and mathematics to solve real world problems.  We will begin on January 7th when the packets will be sent home.

*Projects should not include testing animals or humans and they should not include mold, mildew,or bacteria.*

*Only students chosen to attend the STEM Fair will be required to complete a backboard.

Due Dates

Wednesday, 1/9                               What is your testable question?

Friday, 1/11                                      Research Questions and Research Summaries

Monday, 1/14                                   Hypothesis

Wednesday, 1/16                              Materials and Procedures

Monday, 2/4                                     Observations, Pictures, Data and Graphs

Friday, 2/8                                         Conclusion

I am attaching a digital copy just in case you would like to take a look or need an extra copy.

STEM Fair 2018-2019

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Winter Celebration

5th Grade Winter Celebration

Tuesday, December 18

 The 5th grade is having a Winter Holiday Market during Language Arts! 

Each class will be setting up a “booth” for our market in the common area of the orange deck.   Two classes at a time will visit our Winter Holiday Market and enjoy the activities or refreshments provided at each of the booths.  (See schedule below.)


Ms. Edwards/Ms. Hughes & Ms. Gardner             8:50 – 10:00

Ms. Brown & Ms. Glennon                                    11:20 – 12:30

Ms. Holmes & Ms. Wadsworth                              12:40 – 1:50

Please keep an eye out for a sign-up genius from your room mom with more details, items needed for your class booth and volunteer opportunities. Though this event is for the students, we will need parent volunteers to help manage the booths. We hope you can join us!

Holiday Market Booths:

Ms. Glennon – Cozy Cocoa Corner

Ms. Brown – Wonderful World of Waffles

Ms. Edwards / Ms. Hughes – Charles Dickens’ Photo Booth

Ms. Gardner – 12 Days of Cookies

Ms. Holmes – Science of Making Snow

Ms. Wadsworth – Reindeer Games

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