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Mendoza, Deborah
Teacher (5th Grade)
Valera, Jessica
Teacher (5th Grade)


Monday, January 29, 2018 - American Revolution Research Project Due!

You can find discussion questions for each chapter in our 5th Grade Locker below. Please use them to engage in meaningful conversations with your families about the chapters we have already read.

5th Grade Locker

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A Letter to Our Class

Dear Class of 2025 Students,

We believe in you.

We trust in you.

You are listened to.

You are cared for.

You are important.

You will succeed.

Love, Ms. Mendoza and Ms. Valera

Class of 2025 Fifth Grade

Math Error Analysis

Click HERE for the Error Analysis sheet if you need additional copies. A copy was already attached to the test.

Information Report about the Causes of the American Revolution

All projects must be completed in your Google drive Informational Genre Writing Folder.

All projects must have the following elements:


1. Title Page

  • Interesting Title
  • Your Name (First and Last)
  • Due Date (January 29, 2018)
  • Grade
  • Relevant Image with caption and source 

2. Table of Contents 

  • Heading (title of each section of your report)
  • Page numbers/ranges of each section

3. Introduction (with an interesting title)

  • Hook
  • Brief summary of how colonists came to America
  • Thesis Statement 
    • What events led the British colonists to revolt against the King of England? Analyze and explain at least 3 events/acts that led to the American Revolution.  Why did these events lead to war?

4. Event/Act #1 (Interesting Title)

  • Summary of event
  • Explanation of how this event led to the war
  • Relevant Image(s) with caption(s) and source(s)

5. Event/Act #2 (Interesting Title)

  • Summary of event
  • Explanation of how this event led to the war
  • Relevant Image(s) with caption(s) and source(s)

6. Event/Act #3 (Interesting Title)

  • Summary of event
  • Explanation of how this event led to the war
  • Relevant Image(s) with caption(s) and source(s)

7. Conclusion (Interesting Title)

  • Restate your thesis
  • Explain how these events led to the Revolutionary War
  • Give your thoughts on why the colonists were justified (right) in their choice to revolt.  Where would "we" (American citizens) be if they had chosen not to revolt? Would we be the United States of America?  
  • Give your opinion: Is war ever justified?  When is it ok for people to revolt against their leaders?  What essential learning should we take away from this project?

8. Glossary

  • Specific academic words that are important to the understanding of the America Revolution and this time period
  • 15 words (minimum)
  • definitions

9. Bibliography

  • list of all of your sources 
    • ​​​​​​​books
    • articles
    • videos
    • websites
    • etc.

Optional Items: Dedication page, About the Author page, Timeline of Important Events, List of Significant People.



Peer Editing

Click on the image to share your writing. You may only comment on essays done by your group members. You must use Peer Critique format.









Reading: Causes of the Revolution 

Writing: Informational Report

Math: Module 3 Lesson 6



Reading:  Causes of the Revolution

Writing: Informational Report

Math: Module 3 Lesson 7 Homework p 34 #4 and p.35 #5




Field Trip

Science: Heredity Genetics Vs. Acquired



Reading:  Causes of the Revolution

Writing: Informational Report

Math: Module 3 Lesson 7 con't and 8


Alternatives to Homework

     Homework in all grade levels and all classrooms is optional beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.  We believe that six hours a day on academic studies is enough and that time at home is best for spending time with family, doing physical activity, and exploring the world.  Our beliefs are supported by research* that shows no academic benefit to homework in the elementary grades.  However, research also shows that too much exposure to television and video games can lead to decreased language and social skills.  For this reason, we present the following list to possible alternatives to homework:

  • Read a book (in any language, alone or with family.)
  • Make a play about what we are reading.
  • Write a blog post about the big ideas you learned today.
  • Review mathematical skills at
  • Make a movie using your laptop.
    • movie ideas - explain what you learned today, talk about what you read today, tell a story, create a prequel or sequel to a book you are reading, make a book trailer, share your ideas to improve/change the world.
  • Research a subject in which you are interested. Blog about it or make a movie.
  • Make a song using GarageBand.
  • Learn to code using Swift Playgrounds.
  • Write a story alone or with friends.
  • Design an app.
  • Paint, draw, doodle, sculpt, build something.
  • Choreograph a dance or write a song/rap that tells a story or represents a concept/skill learned today.

*Research -

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule

Instructional Reading Levels for 5th Grade TRC (Text Reading and Comprehension)



Beginning of Year

(Aug - Sept)                

2nd Interval

(Jan - Feb)                  

End of Year

(May - June)                

4 - Exceeds Expectations

T +

U +

W +

3 - Meets Expectations

R to S


U to V

2 - Approaches Expectations


R to S


1 - Does Not Meet Expectations

P or below

Q or below          

P or below