Reading–In reading this week we will officially be starting our Fiction Unit. This week we will be talking about Main Idea vs Theme. This is something that students can be continually practicing at home. We encourage you to practice at home by talking with their child about what they are reading and what they think the theme and main ideas are.
Writing– In writing this week students will be working on personal narratives by looking at small moments and then writing about those moments. Personal Narratives will be the first genre study of the year and this will be the first piece that students will take all the way through the writing process to publishing.
Social Studies– Today is Constitution Day! This week we will be celebrating Freedom Week. We will be learning about the 7 Principles of the Constitution and important symbols in our country.
Math-We have finished up talking about prime and composite and order of operation. Please continue to work on those concepts with your students at home since these are important when it comes to math number sense and understanding.
This coming week we are beginning to discuss adding and subtracting of fractions and applying this to data analysis. We are also discussing perimeter. Fractions are always a difficult task for students so we really try to continue to give them concrete examples to help their understanding.
Science- Science finished up our unit on classifying matter using physical properties. We will now look at mixtures and solutions. We will also be observing how mixtures maintain their physical properties and can be separated using the physical properties of matter. We will also observe how solutions are a special mixture where one or more ingredient(s) dissolve in liquid. It would be fun to spend some time with your students mixing different items at home and seeing how they react.
On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates and announcements we want you to be aware of:
- Thursday, September 21, 2017- Progress Reports Go Home
- Friday, September 22, 2017- 5th grade Field Trip to RRISD PAC
- Wednesday, September 27, 2017- RRHS Homecoming Parade
- Friday, September 29, 2017- Fall Picture Day
- Monday, October 9, 2017- No School- Parent Teacher Conference Day
- Please be on the lookout for a sign-up from your child’s teacher in the next couple of weeks.
DI Needs team managers! If you think you’d like to be a manager please attend the potential manager meeting on September 18th at 3:15 in Portable 335B. No experience is required to manage a team! We’ll have support in place to make things easy! If you have questions, please contact Sue Beardsley at email@example.com
What it is: Destination Imagination (DI) is an international, educational program that gives kids an amazing outlet for their creativity while teaching them leadership, teamwork, positive thinking, project management and so much more. Teams of 2 to 7 kids from 3rd grade through university level solve one of six open-ended Challenges in their own unique ways and present their solutions at the Regional Tournament on February 17th. Teams also solve an on-the-spot Instant Challenge at the tournament, where they must think quickly on their feet and work together to solve a problem in around five minutes. There’s even a noncompetitive Rising Stars! category with a special Challenge for K-2nd grade. Winners advance to the Texas DI Tournament, and winners at the Texas DI Tournament move on to Global Finals to compete against more than 1,400 teams from around the world.
Who can join: Any student Kinder-5th. We have two categories within that though, K-2 is considered “Rising Stars!” and 3-5 is competitive.
Destination Imagination Sign-Up will be open after manager’s meeting. Sign-Up will be posted and open September 25th through September 29th.
Meeting Times & Days are dependent on each team manager.
Contact: Sue Beardsley and Marjorie Manning
As always if you have any questions please contact your student’s teacher.
The 5th Grade team