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

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.


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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

"Dolores the Movie" Questions

Discuss all ten questions with your table partners.  In a google document in your writing folder, fully answer #10 and two other questions of your choice.  Post your responses on Kidblog, as well.  This is due Tuesday, 9/19.

  1. What do you think motivated and continues to motivate Dolores Huerta to fight for human and social justice?
  2. How did the film make you feel? What are your thoughts of Dolores Huerta?
  3. What adversity (hardship, struggles, difficulties) did Dolores face?
  4. What did Dolores have to give up to be an activist?  Do you think it was worth it? 
  5. Would you be willing to sacrifice like she did for a cause? Why or why not?
  6. What should we learn from this film?  Why did the filmmakers make this documentary?
  7. Why is Dolores not well known? Do you think its OK that she’s not well known?
  8. Research Dolores Huerta. Find out something about her that was not in the film.
  9. If you could make a documentary about a neglected hero, who would it be and why?
  10. Why is gender equality important?


Monday 9/18

Ballroom Dancing with Mr. Matt. 

Reading: Esperanza Rising Chapters 10 "Las Papas"

Writing: Finishing Narratives. Due on Friday, 9/22.

Math: Review for Module 1 test

Art (Room 28)

Robotics (Room 27)


Tuesday 9/19

PE: Cardio/Mile Run

Reading: Esperanza Rising Chapter 11 "Los Aguacates"

Writing: Finishing Narratives. Due on Friday, 9/22.

Math: Module 1 Test

Art (Room 28)





Thursday 9/21

No School.



Narratives are due!


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