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Read assigned articles and take quizzes on Newsela. (Use your Quia username and password. If your password is not at least 6 characters in length, then just repeat the last character until it is.)


Add a picture to Google Docs and type out what you enjoyed about our visit to Jamestown. You need to write at least 5 sentences. It will be graded according to:
  • full heading is present with title "Jamestown"
  • has at least 5 sentences about your visit to Jamestown
  • spelling, grammar, flow of sentences, etc.
  • added a picture from trip

Voting for Candy President!

Choose only one "candy-date" to become the Candy President. Vote Here!


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Pixie Stories

Add your pixie to a picture using Google Docs. Your pixie has a transparent background so that you can add it to any picture you like. You can layer the pictures using "Insert", then "Drawing". After you have created your picture, write a story about your pixie's adventure then print out a copy. Be sure to check your spelling and grammar first!

Dr. Seuss Pet Stories

Add a picture of your pet onto a Google Doc, then type your story underneath. Be sure to have a full heading and turn in a copy to Mrs. Mitchell. Your story will be graded on creativity, spelling, grammar, and how well you followed directions.

Monster Self Stories

Find your monster picture and background image you made in Art on the 5th Grade Picture Folder. Download it to your Google Drive (and any transparent object if you choose to have one). Create a new Google Doc. Add a full heading and title it Attack of the 50-Foot Student. Go to Insert and choose Drawing. Click on the picture icon and add your background first and then your monster picture and objects next. Move the monster picture and object onto the background picture. Resize and turn your objects as needed. Write a story about what is happening in your picture. It needs to be 300-500 words (use the Word Count feature under Tools in Google Docs).

Computer Programming (

Go through the lessons in order at

Google Docs

Zoo Field Trip

Write 100-150 words about your field trip to the zoo. Be sure to include a heading, one picture from the field trip, what you learned from your session, and what you enjoyed most. Print one copy and turn it in when you are done. You can get a picture from Zoo Field Trip Pictures. (Use the "word count" feature under "Tools" on Google Docs to keep track of how many words you typed.)

Essay Map

Complete the essay map, then get it approved by your teacher before writing your science essay on Google Docs. Be sure to share your essay with your teacher.

Core Genius Hour

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The video below gives some good advice on how to narrow a topic for research.
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Need another note-taking graphic organizer? Here it is!

Need help with taking notes for your research? I found a nice tutorial on

Bristlebot Challenge

Build your bristlebot from a toothbrush by following your teacher's instructions.
Compare your bot to the others in your group. Are there features of the brush that make one bot move better than another? Explain.
Bot races! Build a maze for the bots to race through. Four bots enter ... one bot leaves victorious!
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Bridge Building

Work through Forces, Loads, Materials, and Shapes on the Building Big Labs.
Work through Bridge Basics, then do the Bridge Challenge.

Game Building Sites

Pearson Success

Leveled readers are available on Pearson Success.

National Geographic Videos


Geography Games

Practice identifying the location of the states on a map, naming state capitals, and naming the two-letter abbreviations for each state.

Technology-Based Project Ideas

Need an idea for a creative way to present your science chapter project but don't know where to start? There are a lot of neat sites and apps out there that can help
you. This is by no means a comprehensive listing, just some that I thought were neat. Also, there are a lot of similar applications out there. I tried to highlight different types of presentations you could make. Let me know if you found a cool app or site that can help.

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  • Toon Doo - Comic strip maker
  • Tackk - Simple web page creator (login with Edmodo password)
  • Voki - Talking head maker
  • Glogster - Interactive poster maker
  • PowToon - Animated videos and presentations
  • Prezi - A pumped-up version of Powerpoint
  • Mad Video - Embed more information or links to your videos (very cool!)
  • Narrable - Add your voice to describe the pictures you upload
  • Popcorn Maker - Add content from the web to any video
  • Museum Box - Probably more related to history than science but still very cool!
  • Google Maps - Again, more related to history and not so easy to do but makes a neat presentation. (Here's a tutorial.)
  • Exam Time - Create mind maps, flashcards, and quizzes. Simple, colorful, and easy to use!
  • Background Burner - Lose the background of any picture then add that picture to a new one. Great for inventive story-telling.



Instructions for creating your own virtual poster on Glogster.
  1. Login on Glogster using your assigned nickname and password.
  2. Start by deciding how you want your poster to look. Choose your background under Wall in the toolbox.
  3. Add text. Title is for large fonts; Bubble and ABC Text are for small fonts but ABC Text gives you more room to type than Bubble.
  4. Images, video, and sound need to be uploaded first. Save your desired images to the desktop, then upload them onto Glogster. From there you can experiment with different frames or decide not to use them at all, then click on Use It.
  5. Graphics are for add-ons; use these sparingly!
  6. Everything on your glog can easily be moved, removed, and resized. Take your cursor and move it over an object; a box will appear around the object; click on it and an edit box appears; now you can remove it by clicking on the trashcan or you can move it by dragging it. You can resize it by dragging on the arrows in the corners or turn it by dragging on the curved arrows on the sides. Once you like your results, hold it in the position until the edit box disappears.
  7. When you have finished your glog, click on Save and Publish. To print a hard copy of your poster, right click on your poster and choose print glog.

The following is the most useful tutorial I found on YouTube.
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PBL--New Countries

Alternate Timeline Map

What kinds of resources is available for your country? What will your country have to trade for and with what countries?

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Flag Symbolism


Types of Government

What are the 3 main types of government? How do they differ? Which type of government will be the basis for your country's ideology?
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Watch the video. What is a preamble? How can you use the preamble presented here to come up with one for your country?
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PBL--Ancient Civilizations (England)


Work collaboratively to create a Google Slides presentation about the geography and brief history of England. Keep in mind that this is part of a larger project that will be shared with other fifth grade students located within the Hampton Roads area of the Diocese of Richmond. Due: Friday, March 20th

Your presentation needs to include:
  • location in the world
  • physical geography/topography
  • resources
  • landmarks
  • currency
  • religion (from medieval time to the present)
  • trade routes
  • major time periods (timeline of major events in history from prehistoric time to the renaissance)
  • fun facts

Chapter Books


The British Museum

Native American Beading

Create a pattern on NativeTech. The pattern is 24 beads wide but I strongly suggest making yours only 8-12 beads wide. Remember, the pattern you make here is the one you must create on your loom in the classroom. Your beadwork patterns must be symmetrical and repeating. Symmetry comes from the Greek word symmetria which means "measure together" and generally refers to patterns that reflect beauty or balance. Notice the beadwork samples below created by Native Americans. The patterns are symmetrical and repeating and are very easy on the eyes (aesthetically-pleasing).
Examples of Native American Beading

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