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5th Grade - September 2018

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating break. The references and examples in this newsletter will help you align your lessons to the learning goals of the standards. Spark student curiosity with Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) questions and video prompts, tap into their creativity with STEAM activities and challenges, and build their science cognition with new science materials! We hope you are having a wonderful start to the school year!


Clicking on each unit title will take you to the CPALMS description for that standard. Clicking on the standard number will take you to the item specifications for that standard.

observation, prediction, investigation, experiment, control, variables, data, claim, evidence, reasoning

Featured 5E and Inquiry Based Lessons
How Do We Do Science (CPALMS Tutorial)

New Instructional Materials - Pearson Elevate Science
  • Nature of Science Handbook – Pearson book p. 404
  • Photos and definitions for Nature of Science Discussions
  • Be sure that students understand the meaning of a scientific theory – and the difference between a theory and a hypothesis. (Pearson book p. EM1 – EM9)
  • Uinvestigate Lab p. 49 – Where did that water come from?
  • Uinvestigate Lab – p.59 Students will design a tool that will help them locate water just under the surface of the ground.
Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) Questions Featured Argument Driven Inquiry (ADI - Cambridge Primary)
How does the temperature of a kernel affect the number of kernals popped? Picture Perfect - What's Poppin'

Science Literacy and Resources USA TestPrep
  • Practice of Science - WATEZOSAWE
  • Observations and Evidence - XALEBOFABO
  • Investigations and Repeated Trials - TEMAZEWAMU

Clicking on each unit title will take you to the CPALMS description for that standard. Clicking on the standard number will take you to the item specifications for that standard.

atmosphere, condensation, evaporation, gas, solid, liquid, water vapor

Featured 5E and Inquiry Based Lessons
Water, Water Everywhere! (CPALMS)

STEAM Activities
Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) Questions
  • Are clouds made of solid, liquid, or gas?
  • Is a cloud evidence of evaporation or condensation?
Science Literacy and Resources
  • Great article! Increase rigor by increasing the level of questioning.
  • DOK chart for question starter verbs.
  • Picture Perfect books/kits are available for checkout with your media specialist or from the district science department. Email Ted Borduas for more information.
Featured SOS Strategies from Discovery Education USA TestPrep
  • Water Cycle and Oceans - JAPAHOZAYU


Clicking on each unit title will take you to the CPALMS description for that standard. Clicking on the standard number will take you to the item specifications and content limits for the SSA.

precipitation, barometric pressure, humidity, temperature, wind, Celsius, Fahrenheit

Featured 5E and Inquiry Based Lessons STEAM Activities

Featured Claim, Evidence, Reasoning (CER) Questions

  • Collier's WeatherSTEM Stations
  • Have students mine for data using the Collier WeatherSTEM stations! Watch real-time graphs of humidity, temperature and pressure. Track lightning strikes on the ZapMap. Compare weather at three points in Collier County. Team students up to give a weather report and forecast for each location.
  • Need some great lesson ideas about weather? Check out the weatherSTEM lesson site!
USA TestPrep

  • Precipitation and Weather - DEJOMUHUFO


SSA Test Taking Skills Practice
PowerPoint - use as a daily practice to build skills in data and question analysis.



5th Grade Panther ZooCon

December 4, 2018
Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming broadcast.


USA TestPrep

USA TestPrep is accessible to students through ANGEL using single-sign-on.

Teachers need to sign in with a username and password. New teachers and administrators should contact Ted Borduas if an account is not set up.


This is going to be an exciting year! Students will have the opportunity to learn about the development of our nation with emphasis on the people, places and events up to approximately 1850. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events that influenced the initial inhabitation, exploration, colonization, and early national periods of American history.

September is American Founders’ Month! We will celebrate the founders of our nation, the signing of the United States Constitution, and reflect on the freedoms we have as citizens in America. Students started the year by learning about importance of civic responsibilities in American democracy and the first Document Based Question focuses on good citizenship. This allows for an easy transition to discuss how our Founding Fathers envisioned our nation and the importance of working together and doing our part as citizens. The geography benchmarks open the door to share where the roots of our nation began and lay the foundation for future discussions about exploration and colonization. Thank you for making learning fun and engaging for your students


Student Friendly Goals

Learning Goal 1
Learning Goal 2
Learning Goal 3
Learning Goal 4 and 5
Learning Goal 6

SS.5.A.1.1, SS.5.C.1.2, SS.5.C.2.4, SS.5.G.1.1, SS.5.G.1.2, SS.5.G.1.3 SS.5.G.1.4, SS.5.A.2.1, SS.5.A.2.2, SS.5.A.2.3

civic responsibility, democracy, geographers, latitude, longitude, relative location, absolute location, contiguous, territories, navigable, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, The West, The United States Consititution, Founding Fathers, civilization, culture, migrate

Spotlight on Strategy
Half the Story - They say pictures are worth a thousand words. If this is true, why wouldn’t we use images as a springboard to discussion? Whether we are trying to show students that we need the whole picture to make an opinion or we are trying to encourage their minds to begin processing and making connections, images provide a quick and easy way to build a foundation for learning.

Doing DBQ Tips

  • Picture Walk – Guide and model students through looking at images and simple documents. Take the time to show students what they should be looking for and at in the primary sources.

  • Think Alouds – Model the thinking process when addressing the guiding question of the DBQ.

  • Graphic organizers – Use Foldables, Vocabulary Flipbooks, T- Charts with documents on each side with evidence, and Venn Diagrams to compare and contrast evidence.

  • Do lots of formative assessment through the process.

  • Create a DBQ notebook with step-by-step instructions and rubric that allow students to go back and review.

  • Collect video of good teaching examples as well as students working with documents. Use the video to help other teachers see what it can look like or how to further progress.

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