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Miss Moya's Elementary Academy 5th Grade! New content below...including the newest Supply Request List

Classroom, First Street and District Calendars (color-coded)Top of Page

Please note:Top of Page

Please use the links on the Homework Help page of the First Street School website as needed to complete your work.  The homework is listed on the calendar daily, so you can stay caught up if you are absent.

Don't forget to call a study buddy if you need to get information or as a first resource for help, after using the textbook, and/or the website(s) associated with the skill or curriculum. 
You may use other appropriate web resources for assistance, too.  If you need to, please
contact me!  You may also use your Study Island email contact method, etc.  Do your best!

See you in class!

Miss Moya

Whiteboard MarkersTop of Page

Please check that your child always has two working black whiteboard markers at school! Thank you!

Scholastic Book Clubs Ordering LinkTop of Page

LINKS - Specifically for this class, and not already on the Homework Help PageTop of Page

Some Acronyms Common to our Classroom!Top of Page

HW: Homework  
CW: Classwork  
P: Practice and projects - work done for experience, gain in mastery, basic requirements, participatory status.
Quizzes, Tests, Formative and Summative Assessments will be the primary grading data source.

Docs/Drive                  Google account within WPUSD; accessible online, does not support email.

EV                               eNVision Math Curriculum - Math done using this resource - Acc, SI, MFF and
                                           various handouts including those from Mx and CC-M are typical HW
Mx                               Expressions Math Curriculum
Acc and MFF                Renaissance Place - individualized math programs; use the Home Connect or Acc Math link
CC-M                           Common Core Practice Skillsbook for Mathematics
CC-ELA                       Common Core Practice Skillsbook for English Language Arts
(TBA)                           Chapter books earn their own abbreviations!

SI                               Study Island - an online individualized learning program, used for
                                            Common Core ELA and Math support and practice

Spelling                      Spelling words (as needed)

V/Sp                           Vocab/Spelling - nearly weekly, we study a list of ten enrichment words that
                                   often come from literature, contemporary math concepts,  in-class discussions,
                                   and student suggestions. 

We also practice legibility by doing alternating V/Sp entries in cursive and manuscript.   For these ten words, we determine the spelling, the part(s) of speech (pos) in which that word may be used without changing any affixes, and the usage of the word in context. 
The regular steps/tasks are as follows: 1) Alphabetize.   2) Using a dictionary, (preferably not online!) identify the part(s) of speech and definition, for which the word is used without affixes or spelling changes.   3) Draw a Quicksketch for the word as a mnemonic,   and  4) Write a context-rich sentence for the vocabulary word.  (Don't forget - odds in manuscript, evens in cursive!)  5) Brainstorm related words - words with the same root, then synonyms and antonyms.

The best sentence uses the vocabulary word such that the only word that makes sense in place of the vocabulary word in the sentence is a synonym of the same part of speech.  A poor, a borderline, and an excellent example follows:
1.   miniscule, adj., My breakfast was miniscule this morning.  (You could substitute hot, green, cold, any adjective.)
1.   miniscule, adj., My breakfast of two peas this morning was miniscule.  (Getting there, but one could say green, etc., still.)

1.    miniscule, adj., Compared to my brother's plate heaped with spaghetti and meatballs so full it nearly spilled, my breakfast of two peas was miniscule.  Related words: mini, miniature, synonym: tiny antonym: huge (This is exemplary work, as the substitution of tiny makes good sense.)

POS            Parts of Speech  (noun, verb, etc.)

DOL            Used to be "Daily Oral Language" but now we do the worksheets in whole, and use 
                            the acronym to mean to "QC" it, as in to check for correctness in conventions 
                            of spelling, subject-verb agreement, punctuation, and clarity.

QC               Quality Control!  Check for quality!
QinA            The appropriate formatting of a response to a question includes the question 
                            embedded in the answer
.  Ex.  Why did Bob wear his purple shirt?  
                            Answer incorrectly formatted: Because it was Friday.   
                            Correctly formatted: Bob wore his purple shirt because it was a Friday Spirit 
                              Day at his school, purple is the school color, and Bob wanted to support his
                              classmates in showing their dedication.

Cornell Style Notes - Notes taken using columns to separate page #s and main ideas, from details, in brief.  Used across curriculum.
Mountain Style Notes - Notes taken on a prescribed mountain outline, generally for ELA or Social Studies - for rise and fall in action.
QuickSketch Notes - Notes taken using annotated graphics.  Used across curriculum.

Is there an acronym or abbreviation that needs to be included?  Please let me know!  amoya@wpusd.k12.ca.us