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WELCOME TO 5TH GRADE!!

School is approaching rather quickly so I'm ecstatic!!!  I am SUPER thrilled to be teaching 5th Grade at Porter.  I have always enjoyed being around kid's, which lead me to pursue my dream of teaching. My goal is to create a safe, fun, and challenging environment for all student's to learn. I hope to accomplish this goal with parent's and student's as my teammates. LET'S HAVE AN AWESOME SCHOOL YEAR!!!!!!!!! 

 

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June 8th
LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL!!!! Through everything made it to the finish line. Please be sure to check the school web page and emails for distribution.

Below is an OPTIONAL  weekly schedule for  students and families to utilize during Home Learning. The schedule is to help with accessing resources, links, and activities; these can be completed at any time.  All students are encouraged to engage in the review activities below. These activities align with PWCS's vision of (60 for Elem. and 90 for MS) minutes per content area, per week. Students are encouraged to utilize this time to review and remediate objectives from the beginning of the year that they would like to improve on.  

-- Week of June 8- 12: Link


June 1st

 Week of June 1-5: Link

Good Morning!
Please check for updates on retake opportunities through Power School Assessments. There will not be a download or submit password. I've been doing my best to make specific assessments that were requested available to all students. Each retake assessment will be labeled "virtual" within the title. Thank you for your patience.


*Please send me an email when you are finished with EVERYTHING you wanted to improve, not after every assignment (Including Study Island).

Retakes for Quarters 1 and 2

Reading:
Porter Reading unit 1 retake (virtual)
Porter Reading  unit 2 retake (virtual)

Math
Porter Math Unit 1 retake (Virtual) description: problem solving with addition and subtraction

Porter Math Unit 2 retake (Virtual)
Description: Problem Solving with Multiplication and Division

Porter Math Unit 3 retake (Virtual)
Description: Measurement

Porter Math Unit 4 retake (Virtual)
Description: Fraction and Decimal Number sense

Porter Math Unit 5 retake (virtual)
Description: Data and Analysis

Porter Math unit 6 retake (virtual)
Description: Computation and problem solving with fractions

Science:
Porter Science unit 1 retake (virtual) Living systems

Porter Science unit 2 retake (virtual) Rocks and Fossils

Porter Science unit 3 retake (virtual) Geological Process

Porter Science unit 4 retake (virtual) Oceanography




I will be posting this weeks schedule momentarily :)

5/26/20
I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  I know it was a bit different this 
year, but I hope you were able to take a moment to think about the meaning of the holiday and the sacrifices that were made by many. Today's reading assignment is nonfiction and it will give you quite a bit of history related to Memorial Day, which is a National/Federal Holiday.


Please check out this week's link. At Home Learning May 25-29.pdf




5/25
Reminder: No Zoom meeting this Monday. We still have Zoom office hours this Wednesday.
Update: PowerSchool is still open for those that haven't had the chance to retake Summative assessments.
Study Island is now open for students that want to improve their grades for formative assessments only (All subject areas). I will use the information to replace some of the lowest grades. 
If you are happy with your grades then this message doesn't apply to you :)

*Please send me an email when you are finished with EVERYTHING you wanted to improve, not after every assignment.

~Schedule for this week will be posted tomorrow (Tuesday).




5/18/20
Happy Monday Wonderful Students!!!!
I wanted to let you know that I am thankful to everyone for sharing appreciation and kind words during Teacher Appreciation Week.  I miss you all!

This week's link:
-- Week of May 18-22 : Link




Week of May 11- 15

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and shared a beautiful time with family.
I also hope that you were able to get outside and enjoy the amazing sunshine yesterday.
Thank you all for the well wishes and kind gifts during last week's Teacher Appreciation. It brought sunshine to my days!  

This week's home review learning link:May 11-15.pdf

Have a GREAT WEEK!!!




5.5.20

YEARBOOKS ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO ORDER 

We want to ensure that all Porter students are able to order a 2019-2020 Porter yearbook!  All orders will be placed online.  The DEADLINE is extended til May 10, 2020.  For more  information about ordering your yearbook, CLICK HERE




Week of May 4-8

Happy Monday!!!! Remember, next Sunday is Mother's Day!  Let your momma know how much she means to you.  Zoom meetings are still being held every Monday and Wednesday at 10am!

Report Cards are being emailed to parents today.

Link for THIS WEEK's Optional Learning Activities
 May 4- 8.docx




4/27

Reminders:

-Check out the Yearbook reminder notice in last week's post. The DEADLINE has been extended to MAY 11th.


Below is an OPTIONAL  weekly schedule for  students and families to utilize during Home Learning. The schedule is to help with accessing resources, links, and activities; these can be completed at any time.  All students are encouraged to engage in the review activities below. These activities align with PWCS's vision of (60 for Elem. and 90 for MS) minutes per content area, per week. Students are encouraged to utilize this time to review and remediate objectives from the beginning of the year that they would like to improve on.  Please reach out to Mrs. Garay with any questions.

This Week's Remote Learning Link




Update

Yearbook orders are due by the 26th.  There is a minimum amount of orders that
need to be placed for them to be able to be printed. They are currently seeing if we can have an extension on the date or numbers.  If you haven't yet ordered please check out this link:
2020 Yearbook - On Sale


April 20th-24th


It was really great seeing most of my students on our ZOOM MEETINGS this past week. I look forward to the rest of our meetings moving forward.
This week's ZOOM Meetings will again be during our normal time of Monday and Wednesday mornings 10:00 to 10:30 am. You should have received two emails with the access codes for the remainder of the year.  I will not publish codes or passwords here for respect of our privacy and safety. 


ZOOM Call with Mrs. Guerra on Friday, April 24th @10 am. (See her page for details)


Click for At Home Learning April 20-24.docx





Mid-Week Update April 16th

Power School Assessments are open to those students that would like to retake exams from the 3rd marking period. Please check Parent/Student Vue for grades. There are no download or submit passwords. Please try to have retakes completed by April 22nd to give me enough time to update grades before report cards come out. Please note that I'm giving the entire assessment over, meaning that it won't be broken down by each strand. I will take the highest grade and update the individual strands that students want a better grade in. Please be patient with me as I update grades for multiple subjects. Please also note that students shouldn't need any assessments reset, because they shouldn't be exiting out of Power School once they start the exam. 

Retake Exams available: You will know it's the correct test if it says "(virtual)" within the test topic

Math:
-Fraction Computation  

-Decimal Computation

Science: 
-Matter
-Sound

Reading: (Check for updates in the grade book) 
-Unit 3 

Power School Test Link-Click Here





Week of April 13- April 17

I hope everyone had a great "Spring Break" are staying safe and healthy. I truly miss everyone.

Our Class "Office Hours" (Zoom Calls) will be Monday and Wednesday 10:00am- 10:30am.
I will email a CODE the evening before or the morning of each call. Keeping these codes private allows for a more secure experience.  These calls are to check in, ask questions, share or just hangout and say hello. Look forward to seeing you there.  Of course, all is OPTIONAL.

Below is an OPTIONAL   weekly schedule for  students and families to utilize during Home Learning. The schedule is to help  with accessing resources, links, and activities; these can be completed at any time.  All students are encouraged to engage in the review activities below. These activities align with  PWCS's vision of  (60 for Elem. and 90 for MS) minutes per content area, per week. Students are encouraged to utilize this time to review and re-mediate objectives from the beginning of the year that they would like to improve on.
Please reach out to the teacher with any questions.

Optional Activity Calendar for Week of April 13-17




April 12th

Students, please join me for our first ZOOM Gathering this Wednesday at 10:00 am. We will get to see each other, here what we all have been up to and answer a few questions I have for you.  In other meetings I will conduct a read aloud, etc. 

An INVITATION was sent to students/parents via email. (This is for privacy purposes.)

I hope to see you there.




Thursday March 26th-April 3rd

Ideas for parents: Grades 5

This can be completed throughout the week. Please have students post on Seesaw if they would like to share what they are doing at home!!!!! 
I've also posted some activities on seesaw for each subject area. 

*Please be sure to visit our Encore pages for activities as well!

Time

Activity

8am - 9am

Breakfast/Get ready for an awesome day! And yes, change out of PJs :)

9am - 9:40am

Assuming you’ve gotten a good night of sleep, your thinking will be sharpest in the morning so let’s start the day strong with some math! Whoo hoo!

Khan Academy math practice has got your back. Depending on your confidence and grade level, one of the following courses are likely good for you:

 

Course challenges and unit tests can be used to accelerate through material. If you don’t have too many gaps, you should be able to get through a previous year’s content in 1-3 hours. If you do have gaps, it may take a bit longer, but that is good!  This is your chance to fill in those gaps that might otherwise hold you back in the future.

You’ll see that if you are able to put in at least a solid 30 minutes a day of math practice and keep leveling up skills, you’ll see big gains and, most importantly, really see the world in new and exciting ways!

One you are at your grade level, try to set a goal of leveling up at least 3 skills a week.

9:40am - 10am

Play. Ideally play outside. Get that heart pumping.

10am - 10:30 am

We just released the first version of reading comprehension practice on Khan Academy. It is grouped by grade level:

We recommend starting at your grade level and doing 1-2 practice sets per day (or 10 practice sets per week). This should take about 10-20 minutes per day.  If you find it difficult, completely okay to start at an earlier grade level. Likewise, if you find the passages and questions to be easy, feel free to move to higher grade levels.

10:30am - 11am

Silent reading. Curl up with a favorite book or magazine. Here is a great list of titles that you might want to get your hands on:

http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/compubs/booklists/summer/alsc-2019-summer-reading-list-grades3-5.pdf

11am - 11:20am

Break/walk/play. Try to get that heart pumping again!

11:20am - 11:40am

Khan Academy Grammar: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar

Recommend starting by taking the course challenge a few times to figure out what you know and don’t know.

11:40 am - 12pm

Journaling/writing. Things to write about/prompts:

  • Write a funny or exciting adventure story about what happens when school is closed.
  • What are you excited or worried about?
  • Write a letter to yourself 10 years in the future. What do you want to tell your future self?
  • How do you think the world will be different after the novel corona virus?

12pm - 1pm

Lunch -  Listen to an educational podcast! Try Brains On! If you like science, Forever Ago if you like history, or Story Pirates to hear funny stories written by kids.

1pm-2pm

Enrichment:

Programming computers is far more fun and creative than you probably ever imagined. Both these resources start by creating fun cartoons and animations and work your way up to creating fun games that your friends can play.

2pm-8pm

Relax, go outside, work on passions, time with family.

8-9pm

Lights out, time to sleep!








Tuesday, March 24th
I'm sure everyone has been updated on the status of the school year. I want all of my students to know that I will miss you dearly. Please continue to practice but overall stay safe and healthy!!!!


Helpful Information and Review Sites: 

Here are helpful things for parents to know and what they can use to help review information with their children.

--Year at a Glance: Link
Parents can use this to see what SOL's we can have been learning. I have highlighted where we are currently at in each subject area in blue. In reading, we are in the blue area, but are also constantly re-visting skills from previous units for review and remediation.

--SOL Essential Knowledge: 
These are here to help parents understand what we are learning, please look through it and get to the right number (all your child's assignments will have SOL numbers posted on them).

--SOLPass: Link
This site is for review, parents can look over it to help students review their learning.

-- Under my Useful Links you will see a tab that says SOL Review. Here you will find links for each SOL strand we have covered in reading, science, and math to review and practice.



3/13
Please send an email to our school secretaries if your student missed school today, so they can excuse it. 
Please use the useful links as discussed during our Parent SOL night while we are away. Please be sure to have your students reading every single day and continue to monitor updates from the county & school. We will communicate any assignments on our web pages. 




3/12/2020
If you weren't able to attend parent SOL Night yesterday, the presentation is posted under files and documents on my page. Please review it.



3/9/2020

ALL Science SOL Study Guide Cards
 Science test moved to Tuesday 3/10/2020

MANDATORY PARENT SOL NIGHT MARCH 11TH 6:30 PM

 

 

3/5/2020


MANDATORY PARENT SOL NIGHT MARCH 11TH 6:30 PM
Science Test (Sound): This Friday

Field Trip to the American History Museum: March 12th




Feb 24th

Math Test (Decimal Computation): Tomorrow Feb 25th

Multiply Decimals with Models
and enter this code
386012


Reading/Social Studies Research Project due this Friday Feb 28th (Extra checklist in the Files & Document Tab)

Science Test (Sound) Friday

DATE CHANGE: MANDATORY PARENT SOL NIGHT MARCH 11TH 6:30 PM
Feb 21st
Test Tuesday Feb 25th

Study Islands for this unit are due the night before the test.
The video below will help students that struggle with multiplying decimals with models. Enjoy your weekend!!!!

Multiplying Decimals with Models


Feb 18th


DATE CHANGE: MANDATORY PARENT SOL NIGHT MARCH 11TH 6:30 PM
~Please adjust your schedules for this meeting. We will be giving a lot of valuable information that will help your child prepare for the SOL. It will include individual information for each child. I look forward to working together as a team to help your child reach their goal!!!

Field trip TOMORROW: Feb 19th at the GMU Theater to see Charlotte's Web

Decimal Computation Test - Feb. 25

Topic covered:
Review of adding/subtracting decimals
Multiplying Decimals
Dividing Decimals
Decimal Word Problems

Websites for extra practice:
http://www.math-play.com/multiplying-decimals-game.html
http://www.funbrain.com/football/
http://www.free-training-tutorial.com/math-games/decimal-spy-guys.html?1
http://www.mathnook.com/math/skill/decimalgames.php






Feb.11

DATE CHANGE: MANDATORY PARENT SOL NIGHT MARCH 11TH 6:30 PM
~Please adjust your schedules for this meeting. We will be giving a lot of valuable information that will help your child prepare for the SOL. It will include individual information for each child. I look forward to working together as a team to help your child reach their goal!!!

Field trip: Feb 19th at the GMU Theater to see Charlotte's Web
Forms will be sent home this week. Please be prepared to pay $13.50

Check useful links for extra practice sites


Feb. 7

Math Test on Monday instead of Tuesday due to SGA testing.
Study guides were completed in class, which we will review before we take the test.

We will be rescheduling Parent SOL Night, so please continue to check my page for those updates.



Feb. 3


CLUB PICTURES WILL BE TAKEN ON TUESDAY, FEB 4

IXL LINK for Reading ACTIVITY-Click Here

SCIENCE TEST TUESDAY, Feb 4- Guides went home last week. 

Matter Kahoot


1/29/2020


Hello Parents! We are in need of water bottles and Kleenex. Please feel free to donate for volunteer hours. 

Please remember to check the dates below for upcoming test. Study guides for science were sent home yesterday. All Study Island assignments for each subject is due the day before the test. Please check for completion of those.  

1/25/2020

Upcoming Test dates:
Science (Matter): Feb 4th
Reading Test: Feb 6th
Math ( Fraction Computation): Feb 11th

MANDATORY PARENT SOL NIGHT FEBRUARY 26TH 6:30 PM
~Please adjust your schedules for this meeting. We will be giving a lot of valuable information that will help your child prepare for the SOL. It will include individual information for each child. I look forward to working together as a team to help your child reach their goal!!!


1/21/2020
Reminder: Please make sure your child is working on Study Island EVERY night (20 min per subject).

Reading- Please make sure your child is reading every night.  A GREAT strategy to help your child is to have THEM READ the PASSAGE out loud to YOU.  

Writing: Students will continue to work on persuasive writing techniques. 

Science- We continue learning about Matter and Physical and Chemical Changes to matter.

Social Studies- We continue to explore the Midwest Region of the USA.  This week we will focus on history.

A REMINDER:  Friday is a HALF DAY.  This marks the end of the 2nd Marking Period.



1/15/2020

New Math Unit 6- Computation of Fractions
Multiplying Fractions Tutorial

Adding and Subtracting Fractions Tutorial

Simplifying Fractions Tutorial

Great Fraction Games- (Need Flash)

Matter Jeopardy Review Game


Jan 6, 2020

MERRY NEW YEAR!!!!  

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful winter break.  Thank you to everyone who shared cards, treats and special gifts with me before break. It meant a lot.  

As stated prior to break, we will be having a MATH TEST this Friday. This unit was a small unit, 2 weeks in length to be exact. A study guide went home a week before break for review. Please have your student pick up where they left off before the break. Study guides are due Thursday morning.

Video and Practice Links for Math Review:
Mean, Median, Mode Video Review - Practice
More Mean, Median, Mode and Range
Stem and Leaf Plot
More Stem and Leaf 
Making Line Plots
Reading Line Plots

Science Links (New Unit):
Matter Vocab Review
GREAT Science Activities for our Matter Unit

Reading Links:
Word Analysis Prefixes 1
What is Plot?- Review
What are Plot Elements?-Review

Summarizing Stories and Plots 

Social Studies Links:
Midwest
Midwest Vocab



12/17

*I posted some helpful practice sites. Please check the useful links tab. 
Reminder:
~Science Test tomorrow.
~ Study Guides for the new math unit will be handed out no later than tomorrow. I gave them part 1 of it for homework tonight.
~ New study Island for reading and math were posted last week!

12/13
Please check for new assignments on Study Island for our New  Math & Reading Units. Please note that the new math Unit (Data & Analysis) is very short. Study Guides will be sent home this coming Tuesday.


12/10
Please remember to check the test dates below. If weather conditions prevent us from coming to school, please understand that we will test the very next day back.

Retakes will take place between Dec 11th-20th for all subjects. Please make sure Study Islands are up to date before I take time to give retakes.


MATH REVIEW SITE for EVERYTHING-Link

 


12/5 Update
Upcoming Assessments- 
Math- Dec. 11 (working study guide sent home Tuesday.  It will be used for homework over the next week.   PLEASE make sure that the students are bringing their guides back to school each day so that I can see how they are doing. THANK YOU.

Math Project link: Math Project for Fraction and Decimal number sense

Social Studies Southeast Region- Test Dec. 17- Study Guides already sent home Tuesday .

Science Oceanography Test- Dec. 19- Study Guide sent home Tuesday.

All Study Islands are due the day before the test!!!!





Update Dec. 3- Tech Station During Reading 
                      Edpuzzle Link- Simile and MetaphorLINK

Ocean Floor Video

Comparing and Ordering Benchmark Fractions and Decimals Video

Rounding to Nearest Tenth, Hundreth, Whole Number Video- 

Oceanography Vocab Review Quizlet

Reading Cause and Effect Quizlet



11/26

I hope everyone enjoys the break. We will start Unit 3 in Reading when students return.  Please be on the look out for the new assignments on Study Island. 


11/19
Upcoming dates:
~Reading Test next Tuesday

~Study Island for Reading Unit 2 should be completed by Monday (day before test). This will be considered as study guide practice.

~Oceanography Vocabulary quiz this Friday

*Please use practice sites that were posted below 

November 18-22

Reminder: Students should be working on Study Island every night. 20 minutes per subject is recommended. 

Math- Our focus this week moves from identifying, comparing and simplifying fractions to decimals.  It will include place value, rounding, benchmark decimals and fractions, comparing and ordering and converting to fractions.

Math links for review:

Fractions and Decimals
Ordering and Comparing Fractions
Fraction Problems
What Are Fractions and Decimals and How Are They Related

Help your child understand Fractions:
Check it out here-
GREAT FRACTION RESOURCE
.


Reading- We continue to read fiction and nonfiction passages weekly. Our skill focus this week will be CAUSE and EFFECT.  We will work on this in class, as well as in our homework.  

Cause and Effect Links:
Practice Cause and Effect via Room Recess
Practice Cause and Effect via Quia
Cause and Effect Games

Science- We are beginning our new unit on Oceanography.  We will start with leaning the vocabulary and the geography of the ocean floor.  The following are links for review and practice:

SCIENCE LINKS
Oceanography VOCAB Quizlet Practice
Waves and Currents Video
Ocean's Physical Features Multi Links
Ocean's Geological Features Multi Link
Ocean's Biological Features

Social Studies: We continue to learn about the history and culture of the Southeast Region.  We will then learn about present day culture and economies of the SE.





11/13
CENTER Link for Reading: Quizizz- Inferences
Quizizz- Main Idea

Center Link for Math: - EdPuzzle Click Here Equivalent Fractions

Center Link for Science
Plate Tectonics Edpuzzle
                                           
                                           science test practice

                                                         More Science practice%


Curriculum Practice and Review

Math Unit 1

5.1 Place Value & Rounding

Place Value Puzzler

Rounding Millionaire

Line Jumper

Math-Man (PacMan) Expanded Form

One False Move

Cookie Dough

Power Football

Brain Racer: Integers


Science Unit 1

Scientific Investigation Review Games & Vocab

Reading 

Great Reading Practice
Please be sure to scroll down to 5th grade reading selections.  
Our Classroom Schedule: 

9:00-10:15 Math
10:15-10:25 MILERS
10:30-11:15 ENCORE (P.E., Art, Music)
11:20-11:45 Stars and Stripes
11:50-12:20      LUNCH
12:20-2:00 Language Arts
2:00-2:20      RECESS 2:20 - 3:30     Science / Social Studies 3:30 - 3:40      Dismissal / Afternoon Announcements



Our Encore Schedule
Day 1 we have PE 
Day 2 we have Art
Day 3 we have Music