5th Grade Newsletter

Monday, January 18th, 2021-Friday, January 29th, 2021

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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 10 Decimal Addition and Subtraction

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 working in Unit 10 Decimal Addition and Subtraction.

  • Decimal Addition to the 10th, and100th place.
  • Decimal Subtraction to the 10th, and100th place.
  • Decimal Add and Subtractions of Real World Problems.

Links to Video Lesson

Steps for Decimal Addition and Subtraction: https://bit.ly/3bCS8AO

Decimals Addition and Subtraction: https://bit.ly/2K4fvIf

Decimal Addition/Subtraction Real World Problems: https://bit.ly/2K6tFZB

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.

The Expectation is for this TGA to be File-shared.

Reading / ELA

Unit 8 - Persuasion and Opinion

We will wrap up Unit 8 in these 2 weeks. We will revisit main ideas and details, along with author's viewpoint. We'll also distinguish fact from opinion.

Students will turn in the Big ideas: Mini-Project (Lesson 15) as their Writing Sample #3. In this mini-project, you will create a text message conversation between two people arguing about two historical figures from readings. Please see below for the mini-project instructions, an example text message conversation and then use the template to create your text message conversation. Remember this is Writing Sample #3 and should be turned into your homeroom teacher. These documents can also be found in the OLS (Unit 8, Lesson 15).

Our next TGA will be an Opinion/Persuasive Essay. You should have practiced your opinion writing earlier in this unit. In Unit 9, you will begin your prewriting for TGA #3. It will be turned in in Unit 10, Lesson 14. Currently it will be due March 29th.

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.

1/19/2021 Unit 5 Lesson 13 More Properties

1/21/2021 Unit 5 Lesson 14 Mixture & Substances

1/26/2021 Unit 5 Lesson 15 New Substances

1/28/2021 Unit 5 Lesson 16 Review & Assessment

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 18th: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 29th: Writing Sample #3 Due (Unit 8, Lesson 15)
  • February 4th: Math TGA #3 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 12)
  • February 15th: No School - President's Day
  • February 25th & 26th: No School - Professional Development
  • March 12th: Last Day of 3rd Quarter
  • March 12th: No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 15th-19th: No School - Spring Break
  • March 29th: ELA TGA #3 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 14)
  • April 2nd: No School - School Break
  • April 5th: Writing Sample #4 Due (Unit 10, Lesson 15)
  • May 26th: Last Day of Semester/4th Quarter

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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