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5th Grade


11/12 Veterans Day (Pupil Free Day)

11/13 Picture Retakes

11/15 Drop, cover, hold earthquake drill.

11/19-11/23 Thanksgiving Recess (Pupil Free Days)

11/19-23 GG Book Fair!

12/6 CA. Oil Museum (4th, 5th 6th grades onsite field trip in Exploration Room)

12/11 5th graders to the CA. Science Ctr. 

12/20-1/8 Winter Recess

1/9 School Reconvenes

1/21 Martin Luther King Day (Pupil Free Day)

1/25 5th gr. PRIDE Assembly 8:10 a.m.

2/18 President’s Day (Pupil Free Day)

3/25-3/29 Spring Recess

4/19 Local Holiday (Good Friday)

4/24 5th gr. to Ronald Reagan Pres. Library (Simi Valley)

5/27 Memorial Day

6/7 Last Day of School

Gold Ribbon Award!

Garden Grove IMPACT Academy has been recognized with a 2016 Gold Ribbon Award from the California Department of Education. Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced the list of California’s 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools recently. "These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers," Torlakson said. "California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow." 

 The Gold Ribbon Award celebrates the teamwork, positive school culture, and focus on student success that are Garden Grove IMPACt Academy traditions.

NGSS Science

Matter and its Interactions

Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions


From Molecules to Organisms : Structure and Processes

Earth Systems and Earth's Place in the Universe

Space Systems

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

Earth and Human Activity


Students are moving away from: state, tell, memorize, list, label, 

and toward more: design, connect, revise, analyze, create, prove, compare, investigate, draw conclusions, cite evidence, and develop a logical argument!

Congratulations to Mrs. Aiani for being selected to represent Garden Grove Elementary IMPACT Academy at the 2018 NGSS (Science) Leadership Conference!

Reading Suggestions

Fifth Grade "I Can" Statements

What Your Child Learns in Fifth Grade.

Academic Vocabulary

Assess, calculate, circumstance, cite, complement, conclusion, consider, consistent, contrary, convey, correlate, criteria, critique, debate, depict, design, dispute, elaborate, eliminate, evaluate, excessive, explain, generalize, hypothesize,  identify,  Imply, influence,insert,  integrate, interpret, judgment, justify, model, method, organize, persuade,properties, represent, research, resolve, significant, simplify, specific

Report Card Information for Parents

Common Core Standards with "I Can" Statements: Click Here


5th     Mrs. Denise Aiani denise.aiani@simivalleyusd.org )  Room 15

4th/5th     Mrs. Lisa Greenlinger (lisa.greenlinger@simivalleyusd.org) and 

                Mrs. Angelica Horn (angelica.horn@simivalleyusd.orgRoom 9




Homework Nov.13-16

ROOM 15  (Aiani)  

Students have at least 30 minutes each day to begin homework, ask questions,  and get individual support in class. For the next two weeks we are reading a novel about the founding of JAMESTOWN.

MONDAY: No School-Veteran's Day


Read ch 1-4 in your novel Blood on the River. 

Answer your 5 questions and write synonyms or a simple definition in your own words for each of your 15 vocabulary words. 


Read ch.5-7 in your novel Blood on the River

Answer your 4 questions and write a synonym or simple definition in your own words for each of the 8 vocabulary words. 

THURSDAY:  (1:05 dismissal)

Read ch. 8-9 in your novel Blood on the River.

Answer your 4 questions and write a synonym or simple definition for each of your 15 vocabulary words. 

FRIDAY 11/16: 

Quiz ch. 1-9 today. (Why does Samuel "steal" the locket? Why is Captain Smith arrested and put in chains, then released in the Canary islands? What does Captain Smith emphasize to Samuel that will be important to survive in Virginia? Explain what  is good and bad about the location chosen for JamesTown? What was the prophecy?)


Jo Boaler Math Challenge:  What is the smallest box you can make that will hold/ship all of these four "little boxes"  3 x 1 x 2;   2 x 2 x 2;  3 x 2 x 2;   and 3 x 1 x 1.  Draw a picture and show the dimensions of the "Little Boxes" and the volume of each. Draw and show the dimensions and volume of the "Packing Box". Show the volume of the empty space. Is there more than one way to pack them to minimize the empty space? Explain. (Due Friday, 11/16)



ROOM 9 (Greenlinger/Horn):

Upcoming Tests/Quizzes: ​​​

  • SS Test- Wk 10 11/14
  • Ch. 4 Math Test-11/16
  • Grammar Quiz- 11/16


Upcoming Assignment Due Dates: 

  • Because of Winn-Dixie Essay DUE- 11/16


Accelerated Reader Expectation-  due 11/2

Fifth graders must read at least one non-fiction & one fiction book and pass quizzes with a 70% comprehension score each month.  The upper grade (grades 4, 5, 6,) goal is 100 AR points by June 1st.


HOMEWORK: (As assigned, and unfinished classwork is due the next day)




Tues.              Wed .   Thurs.             


Language Arts           



Because of Winn-Dixie Essay Due Friday





 Because of Winn-Dixie Essay DUE

* Grammar Quiz

Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min Rdg 20 min




pgs. 287-288

Ch 4 review

W/ parent signature. 

Study Ch. 4

Ch 4 Test

Social Studies



SS Wk 10 Test    





















Digital Citizenship Reminders

  • Cyberbullying is repeated sending or posting of harmful messages, images, or videos about someone else using the Internet, cell phones, or other types of technology.
  • If a student believes they are being cyberbullied, the best first step is to step away from the computer or put the cell phone down, then tell a trusted adult (parent, teacher, etc.) what is going on.
  • If they can, don’t delete anything the cyberbully sent. They may need this as proof of what is going on.
  • If they know someone is being cyberbullied, help the person by encouraging them to talk to an adult. Tell the person being bullied that they care about them and want to help. Do not spread rumors. Tell the cyberbully to stop.

When you feel concerned or see something online that makes you uncomfortable...

S- T- O -P


S- Step Away

T-  Tell a friend or trusted adult

O- Only visit approved sites

P- Pause and Think!

Field Trip Donations Requested

All Field Trips are confirmed. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! 

$15/student is requested but any amount is appreciated and will help us with the follow-up activities and unforseen expenses.  These donations will only be used for the Upper Grade Field Trips and are not part of the "general fund". All children will be able to participate on these field trips without or without a donation.  Children will not be singled out in any way and donations received will not be assigned to the child of the adult making the donation.  All donations will go to support the total costs of the field trips and will not be applied to costs associated with your child. Without sufficient donations some trips may be cancelled.

Helpful Websites


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5th Journeys E-Book Click Here

5th-Journeys Reader's Notebook online Click Here

5th-Leveled Readers: Click Here

5th Journeys Focus Walls Click Here

5th- Journeys SPELLING CITY Practice online: Click here



5th-HM-Math Practice click here

5th-HM -Math Problem Solving click here

Math Practice: http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5

Challenge:-HM Math Problem Solving Click Here

Do you have a "Growth Mindset"? Listen to Jo Boaler! Click Here




Scott Foresman Social Studies: http://www.cahistorysocialscience.com/

States and Capitals: http://www.50states.com/tools/

Presidents and First Ladies: click here

Geography Games Geography Games click here

Native American Tribes and Regions of the U.S. click here



5 Foss Science Living System E-book Click Here

5 Foss Science Mixtures and Solutions E-book Click Here

5 Foss  Science Water Planet E-bookClick Here 

5 Foss Science Living SystemsClick Here and Here

5 Foss Science Earth and Sun Click Here and watch videos  Here

5th Grade Interactive SCIENCE TEXT click here

5th Grade ONLINE SCIENCE REVIEW  click here

5th-HM -Science(Education Place) CLICK HERE (Cricket Connections, simulations, vocab. games)

Foss Science: http://www.fossweb.com/studenthome


Additional Resources:

Materials Engineering and the Statue of Liberty: Click Here

Empire State Building timeline Click here

Civil War-Fort Sumter: Click here

Mt. Rushmore Geology:  Click here

The Alamo:  Click here

History of the Grand Canyon National Park: Click here



Note Name Game: click here

Whack-A-Note click here