Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Here is your opportunity for some extra credit!

Similar to the partner work you did today in class. You are going to research an instrument ON YOUR OWN and create a presentation using Prezi or Google Drive Presentations at home. Please ensure to have the following information on each slide:

1) Name of Instrument, Your Name, Date, Picture of Instrument
2) History of Instrument (When & Where it was invented, who invented it)
3) Materials it can be made of/Description of the Instrument
4) Family of Instruments it belongs to
5) Famous Musicians who have played it
6) What sound does it make/ How is it played
7) Pictures and Media (Video)
8) Sources Used


Last Week of School

Hello students and parents!

Please do not forget to bring in the $5 for pizza and sign up for one additional item (side dish, plasticware, beverages, etc.). Your son or daughter has probably already signed up for something - check in with them or email me at: ajordan@straphaella.org to verify. Our class Christmas party will be on Friday @ 11am. Students may bring in non-perishable additional items before then to store in the classroom if they would like. For break, students have a ready long to complete each week, in addition to 7 days of their choice wherein they are asked to play mathletics & ticket-to-read for 30 minutes each. Please ensure that your child is completing the necessary logs daily.

Music Assignment

In preparation for our class field trip with the 3rd and 4th grades to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, we are beginning to learn about the different instruments and their families. You will be completing presentations in pairs wherein you are assigned an instrument and must then research the instrument to present to the class. You may present using a poster, Prezi, or Google Drive Presentations (your gmail accounts). The following websites will have plenty of information that will help you on your research assignment:

Americans for the Arts
American Music Conference
The American Music Education Initiative
Arts Education Partnership
Awesome Library
British Journal of Music Education
CABC (Center for Arts in the Basic Curriculum)
CARTS: Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students
Children's Music Workshop
Music Resources
Education World

More websites can be found on the "Web Sites" Handout given to you in class! Make sure you look at all of the websites!

The following piece of music is what we will be studying & hearing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Computer Lab Webquest

Hello, students!

Today we’ll be studying the different types of clouds within our unit on weather and the Water Cycle. Please go through the following websites in order to conduct your research. Once you are finished, please scroll down to the e-document at the bottom of the page to record your findings.

The five types of clouds we’ll be studying today are: Cumulus, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulonimbus, and Fog.

Happy cloud hunting!

  • Click here to learn about the different types of clouds: low-clouds, mid-level clouds, and high clouds
  • Click here to listen to a cool song about clouds
  • Click here to learn about how fog is formed
  • Click here to learn all about clouds and how they form
  • Click here to read details about the different types of clouds
  • Click here to learn how clouds form, how they cause chaos, and impact our lives
  • Click here to play cloud games
  • Click here to take a quiz on clouds
  • Download the PPT here and read slides 1-20
Watch the following Youtube videos on the different types of clouds:

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Water Cycle Webquest

Use the following link to access the Water Cycle Webquest:

Make sure to answer the following questions at the bottom of the blog in the Google Form:

  • Explain how the Water Cycle works.
  • Define evaporation.
  • What are the three process that occur to form clouds?
  • What is condensation?
  • List 3 forms of precipitation.
  • Why is the Water Cycle important to life on earth?
Here are more fun websites that will help you to find more information about the Water Cycle:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Cardiovascular System

Hello students,

In Science we are learning about the Cardiovascular System. The following website has awesome games and exciting activities to help you in becoming more familiar with your heart!

Heart Games & Activities

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Social Studies Test & EC Opportunity

Dear students,

If you wish to gain extra credit in Social Studies, please complete the Chapter 3 Review on pages 118-119 and turn it in by this Friday, October 18th.

Your Chapter 3 Test will be on Friday, Please study all of the lesson review questions throughout the chapter.

Here is the link to the fun blood activity we did in class:
Blood Content Activity

For extra credit, get ready to memorize and perform the following rap song to your class!
Or you can just use it for review :-)

Circulatory Rap Song

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Circulatory System

Hello students!

We have now learned about the Digestive System, Respiratory System, and Excretory System! Next stop on our body systems adventure is the Circulatory System! Today you'll be completing a web quest wherein you research specific information about the Circulatory System in order to better familiarize yourself with its processes.

Using the questions that have been given to you in class, refer to the following websites to hunt down your answers!!

Circulatory System Web quest
Red Arteries and Blue Veins Video
What's blood made up of?
Circulatory System Video
Heart & Circulation Activity

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Division Practice

Visit the following link for additional help with division!

Division Video

Monday, September 23, 2013

Field Trip, October 8th

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, the fifth grade will be going on a field trip to the Skirball Cultural Center. We are still in need of chaperones for this field trip, however, all chaperones are now required to be VIRTUS trained. If you wish to be a chaperone on either the coming field trip or one in the future, please be sure to attend one of the following workshops and submit paperwork to the office indicating that you have:

1) Sunday, September 29th, 2013
    St. Thomas the Apostle Church (Los Angeles)
    9:00AM (3 hours long)
    Call (323) 737-0246 to reserve a spot
    Spanish Session

2) Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    St. Malachy Catholic Church (Los Angeles)
    6:00PM (3 hours long)
    Spanish Session

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Congratulations to our classmate, Monica Rodriguez, for making it to the #1 in the USA spot on Mathletics! Keep up the good work everyone and KEEP PLAYING MATHLETICS! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

ITBS Testing Begins

Important Reminder
ITBS Testing begins this Monday and goes through next Tuesday, September 24th, 2013. Please send your child to school with a full stomach and plenty of rest. Students are also required to have a water bottle as they will not be allowed to leave to use the drinking fountain during testing. 

Thank you and happy testing!! :-)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Week of September 9, 2013

In math, we are reviewing multiplication of whole numbers and using exponential notation. The following websites will help you to review these concepts and practice them, too!

Multi-digit Multiplication
Lattice Multiplication: A different way of multiplying
Multiplication Practice
The Wonderful World of Exponents

If you have not yet brought in your white t-shirt, please do so AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We are currently studying the digestive system.

The Digestive System
Build a Digestive System Game

Important Reminder:
ITBS Testing begins Monday, September 16th. Please make sure your children arrive to school with a good night's rest and a full stomach! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Important Reminders

  • Students have not been assigned spelling & vocabulary words this week, but the new words for next week's selection, Volcanoes, are already on the right side of the blog.
  • Thursday is noon dismissal due to a teachers' in-service, and Friday is a FULL DAY.
  • Don't forget to bring in a plain WHITE T-SHIRT by next Monday!! (Let me know as soon as possible if you are unable to get one)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Week of August 26th, 2013

Hello students and families,

Your new spelling & vocabulary words are already up on the right side of the blog. Thank you to those of you who have brought in tissue boxes and clorox wipes -- you are helping us to keep our classroom clean and germ-free!

Here is what we have going on in our classroom this week:

In math this week students are rounding and adding/subtracting decimals.

We are also adding and subtracting decimals. Review the following videos for extra support:
Adding Decimals
Subtracting Decimals

Look at the wonderful posters we completed in our classroom!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thank you for attending Back to School Night!

Dear Parents,

It was so wonderful to meet you face to face tonight! I hope you were able to have most of your questions answered regarding the fifth grade and your child's new classroom. For those of you that were unable to subscribe to my Remind101 page or did not attend Back to School Night, please follow the directions below to receive important messages or updates from me throughout the year.

Thank you and God Bless! 

Ms. Jordan

Estimados padres de familia,

Fue maravilloso conocerte cara a cara esta noche! Espero que se haya podido tener la mayoría de sus preguntas contestadas sobre el quinto grado y el nuevo salón de clases de su hijo. Para aquellos de ustedes que no pudieron suscribirse a mi página Remind101 o no asistieron a la Noche de, por favor, enviar el mensaje "@a006e" al número de teléfono 310-737-8937 para recibir mensajes importantes o actualizaciones de mí durante todo el año .


Snrta. Jordan

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Back to School Night

Hello fifth grade students and parents!

It has been a wonderful first couple of week so far and a privilege getting to know you. Please join us for Back to School Night Wednesday, August 21st at 7:00PM. I look forward to meeting you if I haven't already!

Ms. Jordan

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Dear students,

Please remember the following:

  • Bring 5 fabric book covers for your textbooks
  • Practice your multiplication fluency; Friday's test results will go towards your grade!
  • Complete your reading log each and every night!
  • Log onto your class dojo with your parents to view your daily report. 
  • Log onto mathletics and earn those certificates!
Ms. Jordan

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Welcome Back to School!

Hello students and parents!

Welcome back to another exciting year of school! The fifth grade is an exciting year and I'm anxious to get to know each and every one of you. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at: ajordan@straphaella.org and I'll be happy to answer any of your questions!

Be sure to check the school website calendar for important updates and information :-)

God Bless,

Ms. Jordan

Monday, June 3, 2013

Energy Level Table

Hi Students,

Use the following link to access a Periodic Table that shows clear images of each of the elements' energy levels. This will help you to draw the basic idea for your atom model project due next Wednesday, June 12th:


Monday, May 20, 2013

Week of May 20th, 2013

Hello students and families,

Welcome back to another wonderful week of school! Here are some of the topics we are currently covering:

In math, we are studying integers and putting our number lines to good use!
Remember, integers TO THE RIGHT of zero are greater than integers TO THE LEFT of zero. The further right you go, the greater the number. 

For example:
8 > -8
-3 > -9

First, get some extra help learning integers using the following online lessons:
Adding Integers Preview Lesson

Then, use your skills to play the following fun games:
Line Jump Integer Game!
Integer Practice
Hooda Math Integer Games
Integer Jeopardy - Challenging
Integer Warp Game

In Religion, we have begun learning Jesus' Beatitudes from his Sermon on the Mount. Check out the following links for more information:
The Beatitudes

  • What do the Beatitudes mean to you?
  • How can you work more towards following the Beatitudes in your everyday life?
  • Respond to the form at the bottom of the blog to tell me what you think each Beatitude means.
Social Studies
In Social Studies, we are learning about the New Frontier and the life of a pioneer.

Let's have a great week!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Week of April 29, 2013

Hello students & families,

Welcome back to another wonderful week of school! Thank you for an amazing field trip to the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Thank you to all of our awesome chaperones, too!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Week of April 9th, 2013

Welcome back to school! I hope everybody's Easter break was enjoyable and gave you the opportunity to reflect on Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us!

Here's what's going on this week:

Language Arts
This week we have started a unit on poetry. The students are making their own poetry books which they will need to work each night. Everyday we are working on a different type of poem. If your child needs extra help writing their poem, please refer to the following website as a resource for poetry writing: http://www.kathimitchell.com/poemtypes.html

Soon we will be reading the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Please be sure to secure yourself a copy as soon as possible. If you are unable, please let me know and I will get one for you.

In math we are working on measuring and finding perimeter and area. Please review the following websites for additional support and/or practice:

In Science we are beginning our physical science unit where are studying the Periodic Table of the Elements and the properties of matter. 

Let's have a great week!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Week of March 18th, 2013

Hello students,

Here are some announcement for this week:
  • P.E. is on Thursday at 1:00PM
  • Stations of the Cross will be lead by 8th grade at 2:00PM on Thursday
  • This Friday is a full day with 3:00PM dismissal
In math, we are continuing Topic 12 and furthering our understanding of fractions. Currently we are working on multiplying and dividing mixed numbers. Please look through the following websites to gain additional support & practice:
Multiplying Mixed Numbers Video 
Multiplying Mixed Numbers Practice 
Dividing Mixed Numbers Video 

Language Arts
In Language Arts we are continuing Theme 6, Animal Encounters. We are starting and ending our final selection of the theme this week, "My Side of the Mountain". You can find the new spelling & vocabulary words at the right of the blog. Following Easter Break we will be starting the novel, Holes, by Louis Sachar. Please secure a copy from either your local library or bookstore by the time school resumes.
Social Studies
Students have just been assigned their final projects for the American Revolution Unit in Social Studies. They are to choose from three options and turn in their completed project on Wednesday, March 27th. Students can choose from creating a timeline, making a battle map & chart, or creating a Prezi or PowerPoint presentation. Specific requirements can be found for the project on the handout distributed in class. The following websites may help in acquiring the necessary information:
Revolutionary War Timeline
Revolutionary War Timeline
American Revolution Timeline of Events
Timeline of Events w/ Resources
Timeline of Events
Interactive Battle Map
Revolutionary War Animated Battle Map
Battles from the American Revolution

If you need any more help, don't hesitate to ask!

In religion we are learning about the Seven Sacraments of our faith and will be learning about the meaning Palm Sunday (which is this Sunday!). Review the following websites with your children for more information:
The Seven Sacraments
Palm Sunday

Don't forget to attend Family Mass in uniform this Sunday! I hope to see you there!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Week of March 4th, 2013

Hello fifth graders!

Here are some announcements for the week:
  • Wednesday is Art Trek at 9:00AM
  • Friday is a full day
  • This Sunday is Family Mass so join us for the Spanish mass at 8:00AM or the English mass at 10:00AM
In Math, we are beginning Topic 12 where we are multiplying and dividing fractions. Review the following videos for some extra help:
  1. Multiplying Fractions Video
  2. Multiplying Fractions & Mixed Numbers Video
  3. Dividing Fractions Videos
Use the following exercises to gain extra practice:
  1. Multiplying Fractions Activity
  2. Dividing Fractions Activity
In Science we are continuing our unit on the Solar System. Next we will be learning about the sun. Check out the following links:
Why do we study the sun? - Nasa
Kid's Astronomy: Our Sun

Social Studies
In Social Studies, we are continuing to study the American Revolution. We have just studied the Declaration of Independence. Have a look at the sites below for more activities and games:
  1. Liberty's Kids 
  2. Look at the Declaration up close!
  3. Sign the declaration yourself!
Language Arts
We have finished our animal research reports and we're moving on to a new theme in our Reading Program, "Animal Encounters". Our first selection is titled "The Grizzly Bear Family Book". You'll find the new spelling and vocabulary words at the side of the blog.
Don't forget that we are entering a very important part of church history! We are electing a new Pope! The Cardinals will be entering the Papal Conclave (as we discussed in class) and will start the long, detailed voting process. What characteristics do you think a good Pope needs to have?

Also, don't forget to keep up the good work with your Lenten sacrifices! '


Monday, February 18, 2013

Week of February 19, 2013

Hello students & family,

I hope everyone's three day weekends went well! Make sure you don't eat your Valentine's Day candy all at once or you'll get a stomachache!

Here are some announcements for the week:
  • Stations of the Cross begins this Thursday at 2:00PM
  • This Friday is a full day with regular dismissal at 3:00PM
In math we are learning how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Review the videos below for additional help and practice:
Practicing Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators 
Practicing Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators Part II 
We'll also be learning how to add mixed numbers:
Adding Mixed Numbers 

Remember to honor your Lenten Sacrifices!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Week of January 28th, 2013

Hello students and families,

Welcome to Catholic Schools Week! This is an exciting time where we celebrate the privilege of attending a Catholic School!

Some exciting activities for the week are:
+ Wednesday: Pajama Day (No Slippers)
+ Thursday: Class Colors (Don't forget to wear jeans and bring your $10)
+ Thursday: Pep Rally at 1:00PM in the gym
+ Friday: Whole School Mass (Wear your uniform!)
+ Remember to turn in your essay for the essay contest by Wednesday afternoon to have a chance at winning $50 to Target!

 + Also remember to bring in your field trip slip for the field trip to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, February 5th. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to join us.

+ A special congratulations to all of fifth graders for competing in the school wide Spelling Bee! A special congratulations to our 1st place winner Maria Herrera, our 2nd place winner Kamyron Westby, and our 3rd place winner Leslie Lovos!

+ Remember to continue researching your planets for the in class planet research project we'll be doing. Here are some useful websites:

Have a great week!

-Ms. J

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Week of January 7th, 2013

Welcome back to school, students!

Welcome to 2013! This will be a year full of learning, adventures, and growth!

+Remember that this Friday is noon dismissal, so please have your parents pick you up on time.

Our school Spelling Bee on on Thursday, January 24th. Please practice spelling both the fifth and sixth grade words which are posted below.

Happy New Year! :-)

Fifth Grade Spelling Bee Words
St. Raphael School

1.    liberty
2.    inquiry
3.    architecture
4.    revolution
5.    protagonist
6.    colonies
7.    villain
8.    amateur
9.    abstain
10.                  discourage
11.                  intolerable
12.                  peristalsis
13.                  conscience
14.                  influential
15.                  dreary
16.                  loiter
17.                  amateur
18.                  massacre
19.                  trachea
20.                  consecutively
21.                  precipitation
22.                  parliament
23.                  aqueduct
24.                  circulatory
25.                  approximate

26.                  apprentice
27.                  address
28.                  sensitive
29.                  dolphin
30.                  district
31.                  mischief
32.                  awkward
33.                  scholar
34.                  conquer
35.                  dreadful
36.                  settlement
37.                  retrieve
38.                  obeying
39.                  advertisement
40.                  rehearsing
41.                  marvelous
42.                  photosynthesis
43.                  propaganda
44.                  atmosphere
45.                  molecule
46.                  senseless
47.                  loveliest
48.                  suspiciously
49.                  separatist
50.                  proprietor

Sixth Grade Spelling Bee Words

1.  horizon
2.  captivated
3.  isolation
4.  prosperous
5.  complexity
6.  assumption
7.  corridor
8.  particular
9.  purification
10.                satire
11.                disposition
12.                proposition
13.                intimidated
14.                receptacle
15.                utterable
16.                reign
17.                experiment
18.                recipient
19.                compress
20.                diverge
21.                virtually
22.                entangled
23.                cultivation
24.                intrinsic
25.                covetous
26.                discrepancy
27.                subsistence
28.                satisfactory
29.                obliterate
30.                transcription
31.                convention
32.                ambitious
33.                magnificent
34.                transatlantic
35.                vaporize
36.                chastise
37.                reactionary
38.                monumental
39.                authoritative
40.                provincial
41.                incoherently
42.                planetarium
43.                innovator
44.                arbitrary
45.                flirtatious
46.                commodity
47.                societal
48.                intuitive
49.                relentlessly
50.                implicit