All About Me

Describe in 2 paragraphs a little about yourself.

The first paragraph should be about you and your family, hobbies, interests, and any other details. Do not use last names, or give any specific personal information.

The second paragraph tell a little about your take on this school year. What are you interested in learning? What are you concerned about?



Camarena is ON! Welcome to the First Day of School 2015! I hope you are looking forward to the journey of this year as much as I am. Students, you have a lot of paperwork to sift through with your family. One thing I would like you to complete by Friday is your Class Job Application. Please take a look at each choice from the drop down menu and make a first, second or third choice. If you don’t have more than one choice, you still need to type something in the box for “why” to submit your answer. There’s no guarantee of choice positions, but I will try my best. DON’T FORGET TO TYPE YOUR FIRST AND LAST NAME! :-)

Are you a Left or Right Brain?

Camarena Elementary is just days away from opening its doors to the 2015-2016 school year! Where did the time pass? As I’m getting ready for the onslaught of new, worried, excited, maybe-somewhat-perplexed 6th grade faces, I came across this dandy infographic by So, if are a soon-to-be 6th grade student you may want to decide who are you? Left brained or right brained. That way, if you are in my class, I will try my best to meet you in the middle! ;-)

Are You Left or Right Brain?

Weekly Blog: “I Am” Poems (Apr. 19-24)


In celebration of April as Poetry Month, create your own “I Am” poem based upon the given template on Edmodo (or click the image here), and perusing the samples from former students. Include a photo, drawing, or other image to go along with your poem. If you need to, type in Google Docs, check for spelling, THEN publish on your blog! Check your comments too, for peer feedback, and comment on others.I-am-template

Weekly Blog: Military Child Week (Apr. 13-17)

April 13-17 is the Week of the Military Child! Camarena wants to recognize both the kids and parents who do so much to serve and protect our country. If you are a military kid, I’m so proud of you for your perseverance!! Our weekly blog post will fit this week’s theme.

Choose ONE for your blog post this week:

1) Write a Narrative based on the Slice of Life photo (see photo attached)
2) If you are “military kid” describe what it’s like for you – give details and examples of your past & present, positives & negatives
3) If you are NOT a “military kid”, describe what it might be like to be one. You can briefly talk to someone you know to get ideas.
All description posts need to be a minimum of 2 paragraphs long, narratives need to have beginning, middle & ends!

Weekly Blog Assignment: Apr. 6-10

9780375861253_p0_v1_s260x420 BudNotBuddy2Prompt: Bud and Noah are two very interesting male main characters in two fictional stories we have read this year. They each have their own unique personalities but there are also many comparisons that can be made about the two of them. For this week’s blog post, you will write an argument essay in which you compare or contrast which of the two boys is emotionally stronger. Your essay must include:
1) an introduction which clearly states your claim,
2) supporting paragraphs with at least 2 reasons that support your claim,
3) and a concluding paragraph.
For this week, you only need to revise/edit with one person. Additional images are optional.

Weekly Blog Assignment: Mar. 16-20 Extension Reflection

DUE Friday:

Reflect on at least one of the extension activities you participated in this week. Your choices are:329

  1. Write an App Review (education or fun)- describe what it is, how you play it, what you like or dislike about it, why or why not someone should get it.
  2. – peruse the list of college courses, and decide if you’d like to sign up for a free online class as an enrichment. This class can be done all the way up until the end of the school year, depending on the course schedule.
  3. News Story for Camarena News Broadcast
  4. Coding Practice – see Hour of Code app or another of choice
  5. Jigsaw Puzzle – our 1,000 classroom puzzle needs serious help! Stretch your problem solving with a friend.
  6. Pi Planning Party Committee- If you’re signed up for one of the three groups (invitations, decorations, or presentation) you are working in a small group to make this a reality!
  7. **Just added!!!… Mrs. Orr has just sent out a Slice of Life challenge to write a narrative about THIS photo below. Here directions are:1. Use your senses to describe what you see, hear, smell, and feel (touch and emotion).

    2. Put yourself in the picture and write a Slice of Life from that point of view.

    Email it to her work address here:



Weekly Blog Assignment: Mar. 2-6 Slice of Life – Camarena Classes!

Due tomorrow is your…

1) Camp Week Blog post: share about your (1) favorite class and your (1) favorite activity from Camp. Explain with detail to inform your readers.

2) Make two separate Student Portfolios tabs: Language & Math, and write your reflections. Be ready to have these for Monday for your peers to give you feedback.


Camarena Classes are doing “Slice of Life” too!! Please visit these class pages andsliceoflife give them some feedback.


Mrs. Alcantara’s 4th grade

Mrs. Mena’s 5th grade 

A “Science” to our blogs

If you have been following our student blogs, you will notice the recent posts were science-related.

San Andreas Fault in CA

Once post was a research project they completed in December for our school’s Gallery of Experts presentations. Individuals researched and wrote about a specific disease and argued what might be the best to address it.

The second post connects their current Earth Science unit on plate tectonics. After reading two first-person accounts of earthquakes in California, students needed to write a narrative from that point-of-view. Please feel free to comment on their works. As Californians, we have a unique perspective on these natural disasters. However, we would love to hear any experiences you have had with earthquakes or geology in your area.

Learn more about where earthquakes are on the West Coast! Check out these links…

Southern California Earthquake Data Center (SCEDC) – Earthquakes in Southern CA

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network – Earthquakes in Washington state & Oregon areas

US Geological Survey - Government page the watches earthquake activity across the country. (mobile version available!)

Virtual Museum of the City of San Franscico – first person account collections