5th Grade In the News

See what's happening before it's happening in 5th grade!

Upcoming February Events

  • Bowman Counselors visited McCall: On Friday, Feb.5, students heard important information about their upcoming year at middle school, and had an opportunity to ask questions. After our counselors shared, students inputted information to create their 6th grade schedule.

  • Valentine Party: Friday, 2/12, 1:30-2:30

  • Student Holiday-Monday, Feb. 15

  • Spring Tutorials begin on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Tutoring days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:45.

Students involved have received a tutoring letter to take home and return with a parent signature. Please indicate how your child will depart from school after tutoring. Buses will only be provided for Sheridan Park and Spring Creek Mobile.

  • STAAR Testing Dates:

    • Math-March 29

    • Reading-March 30

    • Science-May 11

Online Classroom

Google Classroom

Ask your child about their Google Classrooms and expectations. Fifth grade students will use a combination of online and in-class learning and assignment submissions.

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Planning/Conference: 1:50-2:40 p.m.

Changes to Class Messenger

Class Messenger, the app that we use to communicate information to homeroom parents, is going through some changes. Please view this link to learn about the changes to ensure that you continue to receive messages from your child's homeroom teacher.


Class Messenger will be used for important reminders throughout the year, such as field trips, camp reminders, important dates, etc. The following are homeroom class codes for joining. To join, visit classmessenger.com or download the free Class Messenger app on your phone. Please join only your child’s homeroom class using the following codes:

Hansen: ZJKRJG


Ogundipe: 556RJU

Shockey: CVAQ9U


Important This Month:

  • This month we are beginning a new theme entitled “Teaming Up to Survive.”

  • We will be reading mostly nonfiction texts about explorers who take risks in order to advance a cause.

  • We will really focus on main idea and summarizing as well as drawing conclusions using text evidence.

  • In addition, we will be exploring different aspects of good writing and grammar usage. Each month we will feature an original student writing piece to show off our Aspiring Authors.

  • We have begun our new novel studies! Keep an eye out for the new novel your child is bringing home. Please encourage reading and rereading of the novel at home. Ask questions about the novel and even read along with us if you can. :)

  • We are delving deeper into literary devices that playwrights and various authors use to enrich their writing. Check out this link of the 50 most common literary devices with this handy study tool. https://quizlet.com/_eigz0

  • Spiral Review Topics:

    • Greek and Latin Roots

    • Story Elements

    • Non-Fiction Text Features

    • Author’s Purpose

    • Organizational Patterns (compare/contrast, cause/effect, sequential, problem/solution and description.

* We would like each student to read a book of their choice at least 20 minutes each night.

Our Featured 5th Grade Author...Ali Attili!

Student Caption of National Geographic Image: "Grass Light"

I see the stars shining one by one.

I hear the tadpoles making the water SPLASH!

I feel the soothing wind zoom by.

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Important This Month:

  • Current Unit Topics:

    • Algebraic Reasoning

    • Fractions (Topic 7-9 Envision)

      • Mixed Numbers

      • Adding and Subtracting

      • Multiplying and Dividing

    • Geometry

      • Characteristics of a Polygon

      • Classifying Polygons based on their Attributes

  • Continue Resource Use at Home:

    • Envision/Pearson

    • Motivation Math

    • Big Brainz technology

    • Think Through Math technology

Please continue working with your child on multiplication and division fact fluency.


Important This Month: We continue our Earth and Space unit with study of changes to the Earth’s surface involving the processes of . weathering, erosion and deposition. Students will explore processes in the formation of deltas, canyons, dunes, and glacial valleys. Additionally, students will begin studies of fossil fuels, along with weather and climate.

  • Science Concepts Related Pages:

    • Earth’ surface content located on p.23-28.

    • Weather and climate located on p.33-38.

    • Critical vocabulary located on page 23 and 33 of Science Concepts.

  • Discovery Techbook: Please encourage your child to explore the following:

    • Related vocabulary animations using the Interactive Glossary

    • Reviewing activities such as Virtual Labs, Fundamentals, Skill Builders related to concept studies

Daily class expectations are for all students to take home their Science Concepts book and science notebook for concept review and reflection. Discovery Techbook can also be used for reading, viewing, and interactive concept practice.


STAAR Science Assessment: May 11

Social Studies

Important This Month:

  • A new America: Establishing a new government

  • Exploring the need for rules to govern a new nation


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Congratulations go to Aditya Goel for earning Grand Prize for the 4th/5th division at McCall’s Science Fair! Aditya recently moved on to Plano’s Regional Science Fair to display his amazing science project.

Specials Announcements for February

Click here view an additional Smore courtesy of our Specials Team.


Valentine's Party

Colts Caring for a Cause @ Valentine’s

Friday, February 12th, 2016

1:30-2:30pm (Set up @ 1pm & Clean up @2:30pm)

McCall PTA is working with Operation Gratitude for our Valentine’s service project this year; a letter was sent home highlighting this organization. Along with candy & hygiene collection items, a written letter (or drawing) from Colts family to the troops are accepted anytime at the front office or in collection boxes.

Volunteer: We need parents to help with setup, crafts, serve, and clean up.

Valentines: Grades 1-5, please bring a box to collect your Valentines. Extra boxes are provided in the front office if needed.

Food/Drinks/Plastic Ware: Sign up through Signup Genius link below Items may be dropped off in the front office the day before or on the day of by 11AM.



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Congratulations to Gaurav Vermireddi our McCall 2016 Spelling Bee Champion! Gaurav represented McCall at the District Spelling Bee and did very well. We appreciate all his efforts and talents. :)

Home Support

STAAR assessments are quickly approaching. Please work with your child to help develop consistent study skills while at home. Review of important concepts through reading, math problem solving and reflection of science vocabulary can provide extra support for students to connect and apply knowledge.