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Zearn Math

Zearn is website we use in class for extra Eureka Math Practice. The lessons are designed to teach the math concepts and provide precise feedback.

Dreambox
An adaptive math support we will use to challenge and differentiate. The lessons are designed to challenge the students while supporting the areas they need.


Throughout the year, students will be using the following Apps and Websites.

Freckle, Tynker, Comic Book, Pic Collage, Google Apps for Education, Science A-Z,  PuppetEDU, Khan Academy, Social Studies Website, Science Website, Typing Club,  NewsELA Website, and USA Studies Weekly Website, Zearn, Dreambox.

 


The Tassajara Hills Foundation and PTA work hard to help supplement and support the staff and students at Tassajara Hills! Many of our fabulous programs are funded by Foundation and supported by PTA!

Check out the Foundation Website or PTA Website to find out more about these groups! 

 

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Spring Break… Warm Weather Teaser…Cold Weather Again and Rain! It is April and April promises to be another busy month.  We’re continuing on, meeting the academic standards and now we’re adding the visual and performing arts! We’ve begun rehearsing for our 5th grade musical, “George M. Cohan.” This is the best part of the year! I’m so proud of our students continuing to strive towards academic excellence! We are really blossoming! Watch out Diablo Vista, we’re getting ready!


Curriculum Update

Math: We will begin to work on our sixth Eureka Math Module. The students develop an understanding of the coordinate system and the first quadrant of the coordinate plane. They’ll use the number line as an introduction to the idea of a coordinate and construct two perpendicular number lines to create a coordinate system on the plane. They’ll notice that just as points on the line can be located by their distance from zero, the plane’s coordinate system can be used to locate and plot points using two coordinates. They then use the coordinate system to explore relationships between points, ordered pairs, patterns, lines and, more abstractly, the rules that generate them. This study culminates in an exploration of the coordinate plane in real-world applications.

Math Resources: In order to help the students, grasp the new concepts, the students are assigned the teaching videos for homework. This gives them some prior knowledge of the lesson. Also, for homework, they are also asked to complete a few problems from the lesson we studied that day. This is to ensure that they’re practicing and grasping the concepts. Please remind your child to bring home their math journal. There you will also find examples from the lesson and how it is being taught. Another helpful resource for the Eureka program is the zearn.org website. The lessons in Zearn go hand in hand with the lessons we’re working on in the Eureka program. Also, don’t forget to check out the parent tip sheets that go along with each module. You can find them on the left of this webpage. Also check out Dreambox- a program that adapts to each student’s strategy and solution, and adjusts pace and placement so the students are receiving the challenge that they need.

Writing: So far, we have published 3 writing pieces! We just finished our work on our argument essays. Next up, we’ll review the 3 writing genres, Narrative, Informational and Argument to prepare for CAASPP testing.

Social Studies: We continuing our unit on the Revolutionary War. We are using our textbooks as well as our USA weekly newspapers throughout this unit. The students are also working to complete an interactive project highlighting the major events that led to the Declaration of Independence. We will also begin our work of learning the states and capitals! Each week the students will be introduced to a new region of states and their capitals. We will have a test on the states and the capital each week.  

Science: It’s all about Earth Science! This unit helps students develop the idea that water is a important natural resource, but one which requires surprising ingenuity to find and maintain.  We’ll explore Water on Earth’s surface, water as a natural resource, the water cycle, and natural disasters and engineering.

Reading: We are going to begin reading the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier. This is a realistic fiction novel about a family who is torn apart by the Revolutionary War. This novel goes hand in hand with our Revolutionary War, social studies unit!

Technology- Technology is flourishing in our classroom! We are busy using all sorts of technology in our classroom. We are using the chromebook cart daily whether it’s researching and creating, completing lessons in Zearn or strengthening our math skills with Dreambox. We have also been using our individual Google accounts to create documents, projects and posters in social studies and writing. The students will read news articles on the site NewsELA and write summaries as well as research science topics in ScienceA-Z. We’ve also added coding to our weekly technology. The students are working through coding lessons through the site TYNKER and are really developing their coding and critical thinking skills. Each student has a log in and password in their assignment notebook. Ask your student to see all the work they’ve been doing so far it is really some awesome work!!


Vocabulary: Each week our students learn a new root word and either a group of prefixes or suffixes. On Monday, we review the words and create a project. Throughout the week, students have homework relating to these words and we do a few in class activities to review. On Fridays, we take a vocabulary quiz. 

CAASPP Testing: We will begin our CAASPP State Testing the week of April 23rd. We’ve allocated each testing date from 8:30a.m. – 10:00 a.m. to allow the students ample time to finish each test. It is important that your child be at school, and arrives on time, for each day of the testing.  Getting a good night’s sleep, the night before and eating a healthy breakfast will give students added energy for the test.


Testing Schedule:
Tuesday, April 23rd, 8:30- 10:00 – ELA CAT
Wednesday, April 24th, 9:30 – 10:50-  ELA Performance Task part 1
Thursday, April 25th, 8:30 – 10:00 – ELA Performance Task part 2
Tuesday, April 30th, 8:30- 10:00 – Math CAT
Wednesday, May 1st, 9:30 – 10:50-  -  Math Performance Task part 1
Thursday, May 2nd, 8:30 – 10:00 – Math Performance Task part 2
Tuesday, May 7th, 8:30- 10:00 – Science Segments 1-3
Thursday, May 9th, 8:30 – 10:00-  Science Segments 4-6

As you can see we’ve had a ton going on! I’m so proud of our FABULOUS fifth graders!

 

Warmly,


syfantis@srvusd.net
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EUREKA MATH
Use the links below to view a PDF of helpful tips to help your 5th grader complete their Eureka Math assignments.
 

Parent Tip Sheets - 5th
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
Module 6

Common Sense Media
A website that has educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  You can type in the name of the media you’re looking for and it will give you the age that it is appropriate for as well as why.


FAMILY TIP SHEETS: click on the links below for tips to discuss as a family.

Finding My Media Balance
You Won't Believe This
Beyond Stereotypes
Digital Friendships
What's Cyberbullying
Reading News Online


About Common Core
SRVUSD Webpage
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