5th Grade Newsletter

Monday, January 4th, 2021-Friday, January 15th, 2021

Bison On Track Calendar Adjustments

In an effort to allow more time for students to work in Exact Path and MindPlay, the 5th grade teachers have reduced Math and ELA OLS lessons to 4 per week and History OLS lessons to 2 per week.

All students should be working a minimum of 1 hour in Exact Path for Math and 1 hour in MindPlay for Reading per week.

On Track Calendar

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What assignments do I turn in to my teacher?

Many times the OLS will instruct students to turn in assignments that do not have to be turned in. The only assignments that must be turned into your homeroom teacher are those that have "TGA" or "Writing Sample" beside it on the On Track Calendar.

Student Spotlight

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Math: Unit 9 Decimals

Welcome Back!

Math Lesson Structure Review…

Math lessons are designed to take 60 minutes. Please be aware that students can click through a lesson that doesn’t have a graded quiz and mark it complete without actually doing all the parts of the lesson. Please check in with your students to see that they are doing all the steps in each math lesson.

Lesson structure:

  • Get Ready! Warm Up: Introduces and orients the students to the lesson.
  • Learn and Try It: Activities include bite sized instruction coupled with guided practice.
  • Workbook Pages: Offline work. Please be sure to have students show you their workbook pages daily to gauge if they are grasping the concept.
  • Quiz: 1-2 ungraded questions that gauge student understanding OR a graded quiz on the final day of the concept.

We are finishing up Unit 9 Decimals.

  • Rounding Decimals to the 10th, 100th, and 1000th place and nearest whole number.
  • Place Value Relationships: Identify that in a multidigit number, including decimals, a digit in any place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right, and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • Convert number from standard form (235) to expanded form (200+30+5).

Links to Video Lesson

Rounding Decimals: https://video.link/w/Mu56b

Multiplying Decimals by Powers of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV0RxDZG05A

Moving Decimals Using Powers of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwjTUTUB2xw

Numbers Rock Powers of 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Z3QMKI5Gg

Practice with Number Forms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOx6jlVSSpU

Math Academic Vocabulary

One of the best ways to improve your student's MAP math score it to get them familiar with the vocabulary used during testing. Quizlet is a great site to use.


Math Facts

If your student struggle with 5th Grade Math, one reason can be that they are struggling with their math facts. Encourage daily practice of Math facts to produce fluency using flash cards or interactive Math games and apps. Below are a few helpful resources:




Math TGA #3 Due 2-4-21

Unit 10 Lesson 12: Big Ideas Mini Project

Extended Problems.

This TGA will need to be File-shared!

Reading / ELA

Unit 8 - Persuasion and Opinion

This unit will focus on works that either express writers' opinions or seek to persuade readers to think a certain way. As you read, you will explore how writers make their feelings known. You will examine how they look for ways to influence the thoughts of their readers. You will also discover and develop some of the skills needed to express your own opinions in writing. Finally, along the way, you will learn about words and affixes whose origins are from the Latin language. Knowing these words and word parts can really help you take your own writing to the next level.

Students will read Make Your Own Microscope, Stick to Real Microscopes, Solar for Public Buildings, and Solar -Powered Public Buildings? Not so Fast, California in this unit. Both stories can be found in the Expeditions in Reading 5 textbook on pages 76-99 and also found in OLS that can be uploaded and read on line through the provided link in each lesson.

Our next TGA will be an Opinion/Persuasive Essay. You will begin working on this TGA in Unit 8, Lesson 7. It will be turned in in Unit 10, Lesson 14. Currently it will be due February 18th.

Please see below for the rubric (Grade 5 Writing Rubric) that will be used in grading your Teacher Graded Assignments (TGAs) this year and let that be your checklist before turning in your final drafts. If you have a printer, I recommend you print the rubric and keep it handy as you are working on your essays. This is the same rubric the State Department of Education will use to score your essay in April.

Seesaw Weekly Writing Prompts

Students will begin weekly writing practice in Seesaw second semester. The prompts will be assigned by teacher through Seesaw and students will be expected to respond directly on the slide.


Unit 5: Matter will be a different type of unit. Unfortunately, our OLS curriculum does not correlate with OK state standards, so these lessons will be created and placed into the OLS. USA Test Prep will be supplemented to accommodate for quizzes and grades. Please see the USA Test Prep button below or locate the information inside each Unit 5 lesson. Students will not be able to work ahead in this unit as content will not be available until the date it is assigned on the On-Track Calendar. Students have 2 weeks to complete USA Test Prep Assignments. Mastery is 80% with an unlimited amount of attempts in USA Test Prep.

Science is "optional," but attendance is highly encouraged as all 5th graders will be tested in Science on the OSTP in April.

1/07/2021 Unit 5 Lesson 10 Everything is made up of matter

1/12/2021 Unit 5 Lesson 11 Matter Phases

1/14/2021 Unit 5 Lesson 12 Physical Properties

Some Extra Fun: Create a place to collect art items and recyclables you may want to use for creating things in Science. Feel free to create things that will help you understand Science concepts. Take pictures of you with your Science creations/labs and email/File Share them to Ms. Lewellen with your name and your homeroom teacher's name. CREATE BRAVELY!

Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Year

  • Attendance is extremely important for all class connects. Even though Science is considered “optional” it is still highly encouraged.
  • Create a family schedule so everybody knows when students are in class connects
  • Come prepared! Cook, eat, use the restroom, feed animals, do chores, run errands before/after class connects.
  • Stay on track every day with the On-Track Calendar.
  • Check USA Test Prep regularly for assignments, quizzes, and “Tickets Out the Door.”
  • Email all teachers (Homeroom, Interventionist, SpEd) when the student will be absent.
  • Clean out cache and cookies regularly to help with computer speed and memory.



  • Watch recordings of class connects missed. Here is a helpful video to demonstrate how to access recordings through the OLS.


  • All OLS (Online School) lessons require 80% Mastery for completion. The video below demonstrates a lesson that has not been marked complete because it was not mastered by the student.


  • It is highly encouraged students have 3 notebooks (simple one subject notebooks are perfect) so that they may take notes in Math, Reading and Science classes.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • January 4th-5th: No School - Teacher Work Days
  • January 6th: First Day of 3rd Quarter
  • January 6th-8th: Alternate CC Schedule
  • January 11th: Normal CC Schedule Resumes

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

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Important Websites

USA Test Prep

Account ID: ovca78, Username: Student's ID # (example: 1234567), Password: Student's First Name AND last 3 digits of Student's ID # (example: Amy567)

Exact Path

Account: okv1 Password: Student ID Number


Contact your HR teacher for your text code

IT Support

If you are experiencing technical issues, please use the link above or call 866-512-2273 to submit a ticket.

5th Grade Teachers

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