5th grade welcome sign

Dear Parents and Students,

We are very excited to share our first “choice board” with you this week via email. All grade levels at Gravely will be using this model to increase student engagement and excitement about learning. The fifth grade teachers have had a great time this week recording lessons and preparing activities for students to complete.

The top row of the choice board is called “Teacher Instructional Media.” These are direct instruction lessons recorded by the fifth grade teachers. We would like the students to begin each subject by watching the teacher-prepared video. Then, the students can choose which options they would like to complete. We included a variety of activities that students can choose based on interest and technology access. 

At the bottom of the choice board are a variety of “passion project”ideas for students who wish to research a topic they are interested in learning more about. We will give the students opportunities to share their work on our weekly Zoom meetings. 


Dear Families, 

The fifth grade team has put together a list of activities and websites that you and your child can use at home to support their continued learning.  We know the most important thing is that your child read for at least 25 minutes or more each day as this will continue to give them fluency practice and will maintain their current reading level.   It is also important to practice math facts for multiplication and division. Below you will find a list of resources and activities that will benefit your child. As always you can contact your child’s teacher with questions, comments, or concerns.  We hope you stay safe and enjoy the quality time with your family! 



Read 25+ minutes per day (any reading is good reading, this can be magazines, picture books, chapter books, articles, newspaper articles, recipes, etc…) 

Listen to reading- storylineonline.net is a great resource where famous actors/actresses read to you 

Discuss what you have read:  Find the main idea, discuss the setting/characters/conflict/resolution, find cause and effect/compare/contrast scenarios, locate fact vs. opinion, etc 

The most powerful skill your child can practice right now is memorization of math facts (multiplication and division). This is such an important building block for all current and future middle school math concepts.  



Stories- Ask your child to write a personal narrative (a story about him/her and an event that has happened in his/her lifetime)

Research papers- Have your child conduct research on a topic of choice . They should use One Note if they can to document their findings and then can create a powerpoint/sway/poster/etc… on their findings. 

Free write- Allow your child to free write. This could be in the form of a journal of their time away from school, a fictional story, a letter to a friend or family member that can be mailed, etc…   


Websites to promote learning: 








Can access through Clever (no password required) or www.brainpop.com

SOLPass– great study guides and review materials...helpful when reviewing old material or if students want to look at new material that will be coming up upon return

Gravely ES


Sheppard Software – great for math



Mr. Nussbaum online practice



Jefferson Lab – link to games



 **Please note that we still have not finished teaching all of the fifth grade curriculum and some of these websites might have questions that the students truly do not know the answer to yet. **

Students can also access their Office 365 account and use resources under Clever.

PLEASE also allow your child to have physical activity in your backyard, the basement, or in your family room. While it is important that he/she continue to review and read daily, it is also important that he/she continue to be a kid.  Even at school we have a 30 minute recess block.  

Please also allow for creativity.  Your child can make something with recycled materials or things laying around the house, play games, follow a new recipe or complete puzzles.  Take pictures and send them to the teachers as we would LOVE to see how you are spending your time.  

We miss your children dearly and look forward to a safe and healthy return. 


The Fifth Grade Teachers