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Teacher Trisha Vega - Fifth Grade  (Send e-mail)

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Dear Parents/Guardians,
Beginning the week of August 27th, students in my class will participate in benchmark screenings provided by Fast Bridge Learning. Fast Bridge is District 157-C’s universal screening instrument. This assessment will be administered in the fall, winter and spring to help teachers determine which students are likely to meet the end of the year learning goals, which students may require intervention and help to determine advanced and honors placements for the following school year. This computer based assessment measures performance in reading and math. Individual fall results will be sent home at the beginning of October after all students have been tested. I look forward to working with your child this school year.

Mrs. Vega
Birthdays are celebrated in numerous ways often with gifts, cards, and possibly a party. Please keep the following in mind when considering how to distribute birthday invites. Invitation Reminder:  We never want to have a child feel left out or have their feelings hurt by not receiving an invitation to a party.  Even as adults, we know the emotional hurt from being excluded.  This is why we highly discourage the passing out of invitations at school. The only exception is if you are inviting the whole class and the invitations are distributed by your child’s teacher.   Invitations are never to be distributed by a student or parent.  

Thank you for your cooperation. 
TECHNOLOGY- 5th Graders are now 1:1 using Lenovo Laptops. Students have received their Microsoft 365 accounts and can login on from home or on anything with internet connection. We will be using technology all throughout our curriculum. Help sheets are available in the downloads section.

Quarter 1 Curriculum:

MATH- EUREKA Module 2: Multi-Digit WHole Number and Decimal Operations

Science: Matter and Its Properties
This week, students will investigate the question “Why do things explode?” Students will create their own (small) explosions by combining vinegar and baking soda in a plastic bag. Then, they developed models to explain how gas bubbles caused the bag to inflate and pop.

You can encourage your child’s curiosity at home! Watch this video of dry ice soap bubbles together: (You can even try making dry ice bubbles yourself using dry ice from the grocery store!)

ELA: Quarter One Essential Questions:
What does it mean to adapt?
How does where you live affect how you live?
How do people around you influence the way you adapt?
WHy do you have to learn to adapt?

ELA Literature Skills focus for Quarter One:
R.L5.1-I can quote accurately from the text when explaining what the text says explicitly.
R.L.5.1-I can provide text evidence to support an answer.
R.L5.2- I can summarize the text.
R.L. 5.2- I can determine a theme of a text.
R.L.5.4- I can determine what an author is trying convey by the use word, phrases, or figurative language.
R.L 5.6- I can describe how the narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

ELA Informational Skills
R.I. 5.2- I can determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details.
R.I. 5.3- I can explain the relationship between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts using support from the text.
R.I. 5.4- I can determine the meaning of words or phrases in a text using context clues.


Please see the weekly update for more information about this week's lessons.

ENCORE Schedule:
G-MUSIC & Orchestra/Band Sectionals

This week in class

Weekly Update 10/15/19- End of the Quarter One is Oct. 25

ELA: We are wrapping up the quarter with informational text skills and reviewing main idea/supporting details, context clues, summarizing, using text evidence, etc. Our Informational Outcome Assessment will be Wednesday, October 17. By the end of the week, we will be exploring theme and author's use of figurative langue in Poetry.

Math:Module 2- The Standard Algorithm for Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication (See below for daily topic concepts in Lessons 13-15, Mid-Module Assessment covering Lessons 1-15 this week!)
We need fact practice.
Today: Lesson 13

All VEGA MATH students have been given an XTRA MATH account to build fact fluency. Please have students complete 1 lesson/school day. (It should take 5-10 minutes.) Catch up on the weekends or on days when there is less homework.

Teacher Email:
Their first name
Their PIN

Lesson 14:

Lesson 15:

Math: :Mid-Module Assessment Day 1

Math: Mid-Module Assessment Day 2


Important Dates

Greg Tang Math Night

Robert Crown Visit- 5th Grade

NO SCHOOL- Teacher Institute Day

NO SCHOOL- Columbus Day Observed

Chelsea Literacy Night

Chelsea Book Fair Day Vega ELA


Downloads List

40 Book Challenge Parent Info. & Chart [9/10/2018]
Curriculum Night 2018 [9/6/2018]
Dine & Donate at The Creamery 9/20 [9/14/2018]
Eureka Math module 1 parent tips [8/23/2017]
Eureka Math module 2 parent tips [8/23/2017]
Eureka Math module 3 parent tips [8/23/2017]
Eureka Math module 4 parent tips [8/23/2017]
Eureka Math module 5 parent tips [8/23/2017]
Eureka Math module 6 parent tips [8/23/2017]
Office 365 Help [9/12/2017]
One Note Help [9/12/2017]
State of The District Flyer [1/24/2017]
Words Their Way Info. [9/10/2018]


Cool Links

A Google A Day- There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer.

Blockly Coding Games


Eureka Math

PARCC Parent Checklist

Reversible/Irreversible Changes

Typing Club- Excellent website for typing practice

Typing Games- Ed Tech Links

Typing Games- More fun typing practice.

Zearn Math

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