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Standards of LearningThese resources are designed to help students review for the Standards of Learning tests that they will take in May.  Click on your grade level to go to learning activities that will help you review and prepare for the big day! Just one more question right can be the key to passing the test!

Fifth Grade Learning Activities

Reading Activities

You will be given a word and three boxes.  Input the correct prefix, base word and suffix to fill the page with colorful jellyfish!

Prefixes Make New Words!
Drag the bubbles with the prefix into the correct sentence to make a new word.  But read carefully!  The new word must complete the sentence AND make sense!  There are 3 pages.

Rooting Out Words
Help Remainder the Dog gather enough mush-rooms to sell at the market by uncovering the roots of words.  There are many levels- can you make it to “Super Brain?”

Suffixes Say A Lot
Pick the best definition of the capitalized word.  Be sure that the meaning you choose makes sense in the sentence!

Hints About Print:  Choosing the Best Resources
Work with the student in this activity to analyze a non-fiction book and decide if it’s a good resource to use in a report.  You and the student will go through an online form step-by-step and decide if the book meets the criteria for using as a research tool.

Cause and Effect Practice
Think you’re smart?  Can you figure out the cause or effect for these actions?  Click the button for your answer, and check to see if you’re correct at the end.  If you don’t like your score- you can always clear the board and try again!

Reading Non-Fiction
Reading factual material requires different skills than reading fiction. Try reading these passages from Mr. Nussbaum’s site and answering the questions.  Can you be a good detective and read to find the answers? 

Cloze Reading
Can you predict the words that belong in a reading passage?  Can you figure out missing words from the meaning of the words around them?  In other words: Are you a reading detective?  Pick any of the Cloze Passages in the rainbow on the bottom of the page, then type in your answer (spelling counts!) from the word box above the passage.  Check your answers!

Non-Fiction Headings
What’s a heading?  Ever wonder?  Try this tutorial and mini-quiz and see if you have non-fiction headings mastered!

Non-Fiction Indexes
Have you used the Index of a book lately?  Try this tutorial and mini-quiz and see if you have Indexes mastered!

Non-Fiction Table of Contents
Have you looked through the Table of Contents to see if a book had the information you needed?  Then see if you can master this tutorial quickly!  Try it and the mini-quiz!

Captions Help Tell A Story
Do you like to look at the pictures?  Then you know all about Captions!  Try captioning these pictures in this activity!

Author's Purpose
Why did the author write this test passage? To torture students who have to take tests isn't a choice! Learn more about author's purpose HERE!

Why Am I Writing This?
What if YOU were the author? Do you know what your purpose for writing would be?

Introducing Fact and Opinion
Is it a fact or an opinion? How can you tell? Let this tutorial teach you!

More Fact or Opinion?
Is what you're reading a fact, an opinion or just a part of a schedule? Do you know the difference?

Put It Together Questions
Sometimes you have to gather information from more than one sentence or spot and put it together to answer a question. Let this tutorial teach you how!

Making an Inference
Sometimes the answer to the question isn't in what you're reading at all! You might have to be a detective and find the clues to answer the question!

Read the Fine Print
Sometimes you have to read the fine print to see if a deal is REALLY as good as the advertisers want you to think it is! Read these ads to see!

Guessing the Word
Chances are, you're going to run into words that you don't know.  Can you use context clues to figure out what they mean?


Math Activities

Saxon Math Graphs
Use the information from the graphs to answer the questions.  Do you know how to read Venn Diagrams, Pictographs, Histograms and Bar Graphs.  Can you score a perfect 100 points?  If not, keep trying until you get it right!

Understanding Graphs
Let Spy Guys show you how to read and interpret graphs!
Click on skip intro, then go to Lesson 10.  The lesson will help explain different kinds of graphs and how we use them.

What’s the Point?
Challenge your graph skills!  Choose a level- easy, medium or hard.  Then see if you can correctly identify where the point is being displayed. How many can you get correct on the first try?

Data Picking
While Class 8H pose for a photo, click on each student to collect data to produce a frequency table.  Next, select a chart or graph that matches the data.  There are three levels- can you make it all the way to the top!

Links for Learning
Great video tutorial on place value- this will teach you about place value to thousands, and decimal place value to thousandths.  Each section had a video tutorial, then activities for you to try. 

Place Value Strategy
Each player tries to form the greater decimal by placing the number from the spinner into the place value table.  The player with the greater decimal wins the round! The first player to win 2 rounds wins the game- who will it be?  Play to hundredths or thousandths.

Number Boxing
Think you’re good at math?  Prove it to the most famous mathematical thinkers in history!  In this game you’ll defeat Albert Einstein, Pythagoras, Galileo, Bill Gates and Leonardo da Vinci- to name a few- in boxing using your math skills!  Look at the number equation at the bottom of the screen. Click on the <, >, or + to make the equation true- but be careful!  Each round gets harder!

Comparing Decimals
To compare decimals, you have to know what each number’s place value is.  Can you put the decimals in the right order without running out of lives?  If you need help comparing numbers, print out the factsheet on place value.  There are three levels- can you make it to the hardest?

Builder Ted
The roof is leaking:  Dougal Dog is getting wet.  Builder Ted needs to fix the roof!  Help him climb to the top of the house by placing bricks on the ladder in numerical order.  There are three levels- can you make it all the way to the top?

Decimal Darts
You get three rounds per game, and five darts per round.  How good are you at estimating decimals?  Your balloons are randomly placed on your dartboard.  You type a number within your range to aim your dart and click the “Throw Dart” button. You can adjust your aim by adding or subtracting from the last value you typed- can you pop all 3 balloons with 5 darts?

Beat the Clock
Can you identify the decimals before the time runs out?  You’ll be shown 6 decimal squares, 1 at a time, and have to type in the decimal you see.  When you’re done, click the clock! If you can finish before time on the clock runs out, you will beat the clock!  There are different levels, and different speeds- can you make it all the way to the hardest and the fastest?

Death to Decimals!
Find the fraction in the bottom left of your screen, then identify the decimal value that is equal to that fraction falling from the sky.  Move “Fraction Man” under the decimal by using the left and right arrow key and fire devastating calculators at the decimal by pressing the space bar! 

Spy Guys Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers
The Spy Guys are at it again!  Can you help the Spy Guys figure out the mixed numbers to solve their problems?  Watch the video tutorials and then solve the problems.

Fractions Pairs
Fractions, percentages and decimals are all different ways of saying or writing a part of a whole.  Play the Fractions Pairs Game and learn which common fractions, decimals and percentages are equal to each other!

Tony’s Pizza Shop
Make sure you read your client’s pizza order before you start making the pizza!  Then select the pizza size and the toppings- you may have to convert the denominators!  When you are done, click send.  If you’re correct, you’ll make a sale!

Spy Guys Extending Patterns
The Spy Guys are working hard to find the patterns in our world!  If they know the patterns, then they can think mathematically and solve hard problems much more easily!  Watch the video and help them extend the patterns.

Links for Learning:  Patterns
Links for Learning are videos with activities!  Watch these cool videos on patterns and learn that:  A pattern is a set of shapes that are repeated over and over, understanding patterns is skill that helps us in math, and that by understanding patterns we can see and understand the way things work together.  Then try to complete the activities- how high can you score?

Number Cracker
Help Mr Cracker obtain the secret code before the insidious Prof Soup catches him by guessing what number comes next in a series of numbers!  There are 4 levels- can you make it all the way to Super Brain?

The Crazy Pattern Machine
This machine generates patterns- you can choose your level from easy to hard.  You can also choose the KIND of pattern, from letters, shapes, colors and numbers.  Can you figure out how to extend the pattern?

What is Temperature?
Temperature is a degree of hotness or coldness the can be measured using a thermometer. It's also a measure of how fast the atoms and molecules of a substance are moving.  On this page you can experiment with Fahrenheit, Celsius, wind chill and heat index

Temperature Quiz
Do you know how to read a thermometer?  Did you realize that there are two scales for telling temperature- Fahrenheit and Celsius?  Do you know the difference between them?  Try this quiz and see if you are ready to be a weatherman!  There are three levels- can you make it to the top?

A Matter of Degrees
Can you build your own thermometer?  Will it match and measure temperature like the “real” ones do? First, you have to set your high and low points, then compare YOUR thermometer to the ones that Daniel Fahrenheit and Anders Celsius created!  What objects on your scales have the same temperature?

Reading a Thermometer
Now that you know all about thermometers, how good are you at READING them?  Try your hand at these two thermometers.  Then, look at the three thermometers that are showing real-time temperatures from Mexico, San Diego and Alaska.  What comparisons can you make?  What are the temperatures in each location?

Pour to Score
By only pouring liquid from the large container to the small, and sometimes emptying and refilling the containers, you must find from 1 quart to 8 quarts.  Each time either of the containers has a volume you need, drag it to the correct number on the right.  Good luck!

Links to Learning:  Weight and Capacity
Links for Learning are videos with activities!  Watch these cool videos on weight and capacity and learn that weight is how heavy something is and capacity is  how much something contains when it is filled to the top.  You’ll learn two words to describe weight and five words to describe capacity- do you know them? Then complete the activities- how high can you score?

How Many Pearls?
You’ve just stumbled on a treasure chest filled with pearls and you want a quick estimate of the number- without having to count them one by one!  Choose to measure with a scoop (weight) or a cube (volume) , then continue through the game until you’ve got your pearls weighed and measured!

Links to Learning:  Estimation of Length
Links for Learning are videos with activities!  Watch these cool videos on estimation of length and learn about the accuracy of measurement that we determine by the tools we use, the units we use, and how accurate we need the measurement to be. You’ll learn units to use when measuring and how to estimate Then complete the activities- how high can you score?

Units of Measure with Jack the Builder
Jack the builder is brilliant at building things, but hopeless at measuring.  He doesn’t know which units of measurement to use and he doesn’t read the measurements correctly.  Help him learn the units of measurement, then read the mass, volume and capacity and length of the objects that he is using as he builds!

Measure It!
Fun Brain will show you a ruler with a red bar above it.  Click on the length of the red bar. You have three levels in centimeters, and four levels in inches- can you make it all the way to Super Brain?

Harbour Measurements
There are three levels- medium, hard and REALLY hard! Help Molly load up the boat by choosing the parcel of the correct size.  Watch the weight and the height- if it’s the wrong one, you can’t load the boat!

Spy Guys Area and Perimeter
They’re Baa-ack!  Can you help the Spy Guys measure the house’s perimeter of the rooms for the baseboard and carpet? If you need them, the Spy Guys will pop up and help you! 

Shape Surveyor
You never know what you’ll find if you dig geometry!  You will be shown a rectangle with the dimensions labeled.  You must calculate the area or perimeter of the rectangle.  For each problem you get correct, you’ll receive a piece of an archeological puzzle.  The game is over when you’ve collected all of the puzzle pieces!

Airlines Builder
Dr Marbles is building a new fleet of cyber-spaceships, but he needs your help!  To build ships, drag or sometimes rotate pieces onto the factory floor to make an enclosed area.  Each ship has to be a different shape!  Good luck!

Compare Area and Perimeter
Use this applet to compare the area and perimeter of shapes.  You can adjust the size by dragging the bar along the bottom of the page.  Calculate the area, then the perimeter, then click the Check box to see if you are correct!

Probability Fair
Win as many tickets as possible to the Probability Fair by using your probability skills! Can you come out with more tickets than anyone else in your class?  What’s the probability of THAT?

Fish Tank
Pythagoras takes a dive in his fish tank.  Can you work out the probability of him catching a red fish?  There are three levels- can you make it all the way to the most difficult level?

The Random Ball Picking Machine
Have a go with the amazing random ball-picking machine!  How likely is it that a blue ball or a red ball will be picked?  Drag the blue and red balls o to the correct positions on the probability line.  When you’re done, try the quiz!

Coin Toss
Here’s a way to toss “Heads or Tails” without worrying about the coin rolling under the table!  Choose how many times you want the coin to flip, then click the “Toss ‘em” button.  You’ll get a list and a table of how many heads and how many tails were tossed.  What do you discover the more you toss the coin?

Late Delivery
Help Postman Phil deliver to the right houses by reading the value of the expression on each door! Don't get tricked by decimals!

Spy Guys Balancing Equations
The Spy Guys are back to teach you about Algebraic equations!  Watch this fun video to show how equations work for algebra, and see if you can help the Spy Guys solve their problems.

Grid Game
Find the factors, multiples, powers, prime and triangular numbers from the selection shown on the grid and see Pythagoras and Hypatia jump for joy!  There are three levels- can you make it all the way to the top?

Power Football
Put your knowledge of decimals to work for you!
Solve these decimal problems to win the football game!

Rounding Off
Round off numbers to the nearest whole number or decimal to see Hypathia give Pythagoras a grilling!

Place Value Millionaire
Think you've got a handle on place value and decimals? See if you can move from Rags to Riches in this game!

Shape Surveyor
You never know what your brain will dig up when the subject is geometry! Choose perimeters or areas, then click "Start Digging" to begin the game!




Social Studies Activities 

Geographic Regions of North America
Think you know alot about the geography of our country?  Play these four games and see how you do!

Geographic Regions
Can you rise from rags to riches in this millionaire game on the geographic regions of North America?

Use a Map
Where do you want to go today?  Click on a state on the map, then calculate your milage on the map and check your answers!

All About the United States
Shepherd Software has lots of activities for learning about the different regions of the United States.

Where Is That?
The game where your mind is your map! FunBrain will give you the map, you have to identify it!

Quick Geography Quiz
Have you REALLY been listening in class?  Do you REALLY know your geography? Try this quiz and see!

Test Your World Geography
You don't just live in the United States- you're part of a much bigger world!  How much do you know about it?


Science Activities 

The Earthquake Shake
Want to learn more about earthquakes? Here's a great place to start!

National Geographic
Interactive Earthquakes

Learn where earthquakes occur, what causes them, how they're recorded, and set off your own "virtual" earthquakes and see the results!

National Geographic Interactive Volcano
What is a volcano? How do they form? How have volcanoes impacted the Earth in the past? Read all about this and more, then build your own virtual volcano!

Plate Tectonics
Games galore! You can play matching, word search, concentration or flash card activites to review here!

Measure It!
Play this game in Fun Brain to practice your measuring skills- choose your level of difficulty!

Animal Weigh In
Do you know your kilograms from your pounds? Drag the weights to match the weight of the animal on the scale. Good luck!

Problem Solving with Digger
Digger and His friends travel to France and wind up in all kinds of adventures! Can you use your Math and Science skills to help rescue them?

Bucky's Blueprints
Use your masterful knowledge of geometry to help Bucky with his building! Our Carver log in is CES Colt password colts

Atomic Particles
How do the atoms within an object react at different temperatures?  Choose the state of matter that you want to observe.  Look through the lens and observer how the particles move in the different states.  What effect does temperature have on the particles?

All About Atoms
Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter that make up everyday objects.  A desk, the air, even you are made up of atoms! There are 90 naturally occurring kinds of atoms.  Scientists in labs have been able to make about 25 more.  Explore atoms and their parts at the Jefferson Labs website!

The Mixtures Lab
Welcome to The Mixtures Lab!  As a new attendant you will separate the substances in each of these mixtures. In a mixture, the substances keep their original properties.  Click and drag a tool over a mixture to begin.

Changing State
Can you turn ice into water? How about turning it back into water again?  Is the volume the same?  Why do you think that is? Does ice take up more or less volume than the water? Finally, challenge yourself on the Quiz!

Solids and Liquids
Drag the substance you think has the LOWEST melting point into the beaker.  Click the red Heat button to test it. Experiment with melting different substances into liquids and see what temperature they melt at, then cool them back to solids.  What happens?  Challenge yourself on the Quiz!

Reversible and Irreversible Changes
Find a substance that dissolves in water by dragging flour, sugar or sand into the beaker.  What happens?  Where does the substance go?  Which dissolve in water and which do not? Finally, challenge yourself on the Quiz

Virtual Aquarium
Create an environment that will keep your fish alive for at least 30 days.  Select one to three fish- but Warning!  One fish will eat the other fish if hungry!  Select zero to three plants.  Plants provide food and oxygen.  Turn the oxygen bubbler on or off.  Select the amount of food to be fed each day.  Select the water temperature. Can you keep your fish alive?

Ocean Food Web
Can you make a food web from Ocean life?  Once you have your food web, try a food web from a different ecosystem.  Or click on the Photosynthesis Desk to see how plant cells convert the sun’s energy into food and oxygen

Savage Seas Ocean Simulator
Pressure on land is not as great as that found underwater.  The deeper the depth, the more water is overhead.  The weight of the water overhead creates pressure.  Select an object and see how deep you can go in the Savage Sea!

Plate Tectonics
Try this hands-on exercise about plate tectonics and earthquakes from PBS.  This activity lets you manipulate tectonic plates.  Pull the plates apart and push them together and watch what happens to the Earth.

The Earth’s Layers
Can you win in this Rags to Riches game? How many questions can you get correct?  Can you make it all the way to $1,000,000?

The Savage Earth
Each slide explains a different concept in plate tectonics, from the parts of the earth to the kinds of plates and how they move.  Scroll down each page and click Continue to get to the next slide. Watch as Earthquakes are created, and subduction zones are formed!

Rocks and Soils
Drag a rock that floats into the tester.  Click the “Does it float” handle to test it. Then test to see which rocks wear well.  Which rocks are permeable?  Which rocks split? What are each rock commonly used for? Finally, challenge yourself on the Quiz!

Interactive Rock Cycle
Rocks can be divided into three broad categories- igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.  Click on the diagram to find out more and to see how the rocks are formed! 

Start Your Rock Collection
Click on a rock in the landscape to learn more about it and then add the sample to your collection.  Once you’ve collected all of the rocks, click on Identify Rock Types.  Can you put the rock into the correct class in the 6 minute time limit? 

The Rock Cycle Game
Do you know the three types of rock that make up the Earth’s rock cycle?  Drag your mouse over the picture to find the different rock types and where they are found. 

Parts of a Cell
All living things are made up of cells.  Here you can explore animal cells and plant cells.  Click the different parts of the cell to learn more about it.  Flip the switch and go to Look Through a Microscope to see the cells close up!

Cell Inspector
Identify all the key parts of the cell displayed on the microscope monitor by matching the correct cellular label to the correct cell part.  To learn more about the part, click the Info button!  Get new kinds of cells by clicking the New Cell button.

Key Word Cowboys
Do you know your cell vocabulary?  Use your arrow key to move around the landscape and find the cowboy holding the word that matches the definition.  Then click your mouse.  Can you finish before time runs out?

Plant Cell Click and Drag
Can you place all of the Plant cell parts in the correct place?  Click and drag the terms to their place on the plant cell.  If it’s correct, it will say “Correct”.  If it’s not, it will say “wrong”- so try putting it some place else.  Can you complete the cell without losing any lives?

Measure the Bug
Click the ruler at the bottom of the screen to choose a unit of measurement. Click a starting point. Click an ending point.  Guess the distance between the two points.  To help you make an accurate guess, use the ruler that appears by the starting point.  Click and drag it into place and mark where it ends with a click.  Slide it over and mark the end again, until you have measured the whole distance.

Travel Game
Click the ruler at the bottom of the screen to choose a unit of measurement.  Click a city to start your travel.  Click a destination city. Guess the distance between the two cities. To help you make an accurate guess use the ruler that appears by the starting city.  Click and drag into place and mark where it ends with a click.  Slide it over and mark the end again, until you have the whole distance measured.  If your guess is close enough you will be rewarded with extra gas and maybe even a fact and picture about the city!

Blasto the SuperHuman Cannonball!
Explore variables by launching a human cannonball.  Set the variables for Blasto’s mass, charge size, cannon angle, wind direction and wind speed.  How does the change in variables effect the outcome?

A Matter of Scale
Do you understand the difference in the way things are measured? How about where you fit in all of this? Click on #5 to see the human scale, and the things that go with it.  As you go up the scale, you’ll discover kilometers, light years and out to infinity!  As you go down the scale discover the microscopic world of atoms and particles, quarks and nuclei- and maybe even the ultimate unity?

Sharpen Your Test Taking SkillsSharpen your skills

• Illinios State Board ISAT Sample Test Booklets

The Illinois State Board ISAT sample tests are very similar to the Virginia SOL tests. You can select a grade level, choose a subject and download a sample test booklet (and answer key!) to practice test taking skills!

• Texas Education Agency

Texas assessments and Virginia SOL tests are written by the same publisher. Scroll down the page to "Interactive Online Version" and you can take a practice test online and have it scored to see how you did!

• SOL Released Items

The Virginia Department of Education releases certain test items each year and allows students to use them as a "practice test." These items must be downloaded and printed out (needs Adobe Acrobat)

• Poquoson IQ site

Tami Maloney at Poquoson Schools took the above released items and turned them into ONLINE interactive tests that give immediate feedback!
Please do not take the quizzes based on the 2005 released test items until after April 28th

• Tabb Elementary School

Various online quizzes by content area and grade level. Look through the matrix and take one!



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