Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade
 \  Fifth Grade


Mrs. Buratto Mr. McMurtrey-Banks Ms. Vaughn
Mrs. Buratto Mr. McMurtrey-Banks Ms. Vaughn




Laura Buratto
  • Native Californian
  • Graduated from the University of South Florida
  • Masters degree in Administration- Cal State Los Angeles
  • Over 20 years of service in Goleta Union School District, 2 years in the state of New Jersey- Summit School District, 6 years in Alhambra School District, and 2 years in the state of Florida-Hillsborough County
  • Married with three children


Logan McMurtrey-Banks
  • Grew up in Goleta and Santa Barbara
  • A graduate of Dos Pueblos High School, and UCSB
  • Passionate about Education, the Environment and my family
  • Curious about everything


Ms. Camille Vaughn
  • California native
  • Graduate of CSU Northridge (Bachelor of Arts in Humanities)
  • Graduate of Antioch University Santa Barbara (Masters degree in Education)
  • Serving Goleta Union School District since 2016


Welcome to fifth grade at La Patera! Our goal is to develop individual student potential by providing basic skills and problem-solving strategies.



English Language Arts

-Curriculum: Wonders

-Writing: informative, opinion, and narrative

-Weekly comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, grammar, and spelling practice

-Overall emphasis: Explaining ideas clearly and supporting them with evidence

-Accelerated Reader



-Curriculum: Bridges

-Unit 1: Expressions, Equations, and Volume

-Unit 2: Adding and Subtracting Fractions

-Unit 3: Place Value and Decimals

-Unit 4: Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals

-Unit 5: Multiplying and Dividing Fractions

-Unit 6: Graphing, Geometry, and Volume

-Unit 7: Division and Decimals


The district is currently transitioning to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

In 5th grade we will focus on three areas:

-Earth and Space

-Physical Science

-Life Science

Some of the concepts to be covered include:

-Matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems

-Earth’s systems and structures

-Properties of  matter

-Sci-Trek visits

-Weekly visit to the Science Lab

-Family Life

-UCSB Chemistry Lab

-Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School

Social Studies

-Curriculum: Harcourt Reflections

-Unit 1: The First Americans

-Unit 2: Cultures Meet

-Unit 3: Settling the Colonies

-Unit 4: The American Revolution

-Unit 5: Governing the Nation

-Unit 6: Western Expansion

-U.S. Geography

-States and Capitals

-State report at the end of the year


All fifth grade students are provided with a Chromebook to use throughout the school year. Our focus is on basic operations, word processing and presentation tools. We also reinforce the responsibilities of technology and an understanding of ethics and safety issues.

Our La Patera students also receive instruction in art, science, music, computers and physical education weekly.



-120 minutes of reading per week outside of school

-Bridges mathematics

-Science, Writing, and Social Studies projects


Field Trips:

Fifth grade students at La Patera are fortunate to participate in an overnight fieldtrip to Rancho El Chorro. Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School provides hands-on learning opportunities for students to study science and ecology in a natural setting. Another one of our favorite field trips is to the UCSB Chemistry Lab where the students have an opportunity to participate in hands-on science experiments and work with real scientists! All GUSD fifth grade students attend the Goleta School District Health Fair. Representatives from the American Heart Association, the S.B. County Fire Department and the Santa Barbara City Nursing Program are just a few of the presenters who share their wisdom and promote a healthy lifestyle.


School Supply List:

 Three 2-pocket folders

 Pencils and erasers

 Colored pencils


Optional supplies:

 Pencil sharpener (manual)

 Markers

 Calculator

 Ruler

 Protractor

 Glue sticks

 Pencil box/pouch

 Scissors

 Highlighter

 Thin white board marker

 Correcting pen or thin marker

 Headphones (for the Chromebook)


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