Week of April 1st

Hello Everyone,

It’s no joke- April is here!! We have a very busy week ahead of us- please be sure to glance over the important dates coming up.


Reading– In reading we are going to be reviewing for the STAAR test for the week. Each teacher will be working on reviewing skills that we have covered through out the year. We will also be talking about the testing genre, specific testing vocabulary and how to deal with testing anxiety.

Writing– In Writing, we will moving into a unit covering some key grammatical skills that our 5th graders need some extra practice with. This week, we will be focusing on compound sentences. We will be looking at using commas correctly to combine sentences.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be starting our unit on The Industrialization and Urbanization of the United States In this unit, students will explore how the United States moved past conflict to become an urbanized society because of the growth of industrialization.We will be focusing on how changes in the economy cause people to migrate. Additionally, we will be working to answer these questions:

  • How did industrialization change where people in the United States lived?
  • Why was industrialization important to the United States then and now?

This week, students will be looking at monopolies, how human’s modify the environment and the Women’s Rights movements.

Math- This week we will focus on Financial Literacy, students will be able to define income tax, payroll tax, sales tax, and property tax; explain the difference between gross income and net income; describe actions that might be taken to balance a budget when expenses exceed income; and balance a simple budget.

Science- We will continue our unit on  Food Webs- Changes to Ecosystems, students will describe the flow of energy within a food web, including the roles of the Sun, producers, consumers, and decomposers and be able to predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways.


On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Monday, April 1, 2019  TAG Results go home
  • Monday, April 1, 2019- 5:30-7:30: Elementary Art Showcase at the PAC
  • Monday, April 1, 2019-6:00 – 8:00 pm at Round Rock High School: Round Rock ISD Career Exploration Fair
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019-  Spring Photos:  Class & Individual
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019- Global School Engineering Day
  • Friday, April 5, 2019  Friday Assembly:  3-5
  • Friday, April 5, 2019  School Carnival!!
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019  STAAR: 5th Grade Math
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019  STAAR: 4th Grade Writing
  • Wednesday, April 10  STAAR: 5th Grade Reading
  • Friday, April 12, 2019-  PTA Movie Night
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019-  RRISD Celebration of Families, Empty Bowls Festival & Choir Performance
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019  Dinosaur George for all Grades
  • Friday, April 19, 2019-  No School
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019- Staff Appreciation Week!
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019- StuCo Kindness Week!
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019-  Junie B. Jones by the Stallion Choir
  • Friday, April 26, 2019  Junie B. Jones Night 2!
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 RRISD Job Fair!
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019  Math Pentathlon Division 3 Competition

Message from RRISD Transportation:

Due to  high ridership, we are not currently accepting bus rider permits for Sommer Elementary.

Round Rock ISD Career Exploration Fair

Monday, April 1st – 6:00 – 8:00 pmRound Rock High School

All Ages Districtwide

  • Meet and greet with community helpers, EMTs, firefighters, and police officers
  • Careers on wheels – Trailblazer Bus, Texas National Guard Command Center Bus, a Circuit of The Americas car, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and solar training units
  • Giveaways
  • Interactive photo booth with souvenir photos to take home
  • Food available for purchase

Ambassador Club Food Drive for Empty Bowls!

Round Rock Serving Center needs your help in our school food drive! This food drive is part of the Empty Bowl festival. We will be collecting food and other items through April 10th.We are hoping to collect over 1000 items this year!! There will be a collection bin outside the office.

Most Needed Items to Collect :

  • Canned vegetables ~ corn and green beans are the most popular
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned soup
  • Top Ramen
  • Peanut Butter
  • Macaroni ‘n cheese
  • Canned meat and tuna
  • Pasta ~ spaghetti, macaroni
  • Rice and pinto beans
  • Cereal
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers

RRISD Youth Art Month Exhibition

The 24th Annual RRISD Youth Art Month Exhibition will be held March 26th-April 2nd at the McNeil PAC. This is an opportunity for every elementary school in the district to showcase student work. There will be a teacher meet and greet on April 1st from 5:30p-7:00p. 

Global School Engineering Day

Global School Engineering Day is April 4, 2019. The is for all students who enjoy applying science, math, and construction to create structures.  We want to spread the word about the benefits of play through engineering. Students can work on their collaboration, problem-solving, critcal thinking, real-world applications. Want some ideas? Clink on the link –  The Global Day of the Engineer website.

Pet Heroes

Austin Pets Alive is a cool shelter. They help save animals that are going to be killed. You can help by donating money, donate items off the wish list, volunteer to help, get a toy for them at the dog store, you can foster (like babysitting) or adopt an animal. We made flyers so ask our class! You can go to the website https://www.austinpetsalive.org/ or get things off our sign up here.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4BA5A628A02-austin

We need your help.

Love the PET HEROES! (Mrs. Satterwhite’s Class)

There will be a box outside our classroom for supplies until April 1st. The specific brands are linked on the wishlist and connected to amazon. See below.

https://www.austinpetsalive.org/donate/wishlist


As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

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Week of March 25th

Hello Everyone,

We hope you all had a fabulous break- and we are all ready to kick it in high gear – for the last 9 weeks of the school year – YIKES!!


Reading– In reading we are going to be reviewing for the STAAR test for the next two weeks. Each teacher will be working on reviewing skills that we have covered through out the year. We will also be talking about the testing genre, specific testing vocabulary and how to deal with testing anxiety.

Writing– In Writing, we will moving into a unit covering some key grammatical skills that our 5th graders need some extra practice with. This week, we will be focusing on subject-verb agreement. This is a skill we use everyday while talking but many times, students get mixed up with in writing. Each day we will be doing different activities to enhance our understanding of this skill.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be starting our unit on The Industrialization and Urbanization of the United States In this unit, students will explore how the United States moved past conflict to become an urbanized society because of the growth of industrialization. We will be focusing on how changes in the economy cause people to migrate. Additionally, we will be working to answer these questions:

  • How did industrialization change where people in the United States lived?
  • Why was industrialization important to the United States then and now?

This week, students will be looking at some famous inventors including George Washington Carver, the Wright Brothers, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. We will also be learning about some key agricultural technological innovations in the fields of agriculture, medicine, communication, and transportation have benefited individuals and society in the United States.

Math- We begin Unit 8 on Applying Computation Skills to Measurement and Personal Financial Literacy; this week we focus on identifying customary unit conversions regarding weight, length, capacity and metric unit conversions.

Science- We wrap up our Living/Non-Living Unit with an Owl Pellet Lab and review with our DCA scheduled for Wednesday, the 27th.


On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Monday, March 4, 2019- Cedar Valley Student and Parent Meeting
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019- Report Cards Go Home
  • Monday, April 1, 2019  TAG Results go home
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019-  Spring Photos:  Class & Individual
  • Friday, April 5, 2019  Friday Assembly:  3-5
  • Friday, April 5, 2019  School Carnival!!
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019  STAAR: 5th Grade Math
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019  STAAR: 4th Grade Writing
  • Wednesday, April 10  STAAR: 5th Grade Reading
  • Friday, April 12, 2019-  PTA Movie Night
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019-  RRISD Celebration of Families, Empty Bowls Festival & Choir Performance
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019  Dinosaur George for all Grades
  • Friday, April 19, 2019-  No School
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019- Staff Appreciation Week!
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019- StuCo Kindness Week!
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019-  Junie B. Jones by the Stallion Choir
  • Friday, April 26, 2019  Junie B. Jones Night 2!
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 RRISD Job Fair!
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019  Math Pentathlon Division 3 Competition

Message from RRISD Transportation:

Due to  high ridership, we are not currently accepting bus rider permits for Sommer Elementary.

KLRU Kids Writing Contest

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.
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RRISD Youth Art Month Exhibition

The 24th Annual RRISD Youth Art Month Exhibition will be held March 26th-April 2nd at the McNeil PAC. This is an opportunity for every elementary school in the district to showcase student work. There will be a teacher meet and greet on April 1st from 5:30p-7:00p.

Math Superstars is coming to the last reward week on March 29th. Grades 1- 5 will need 400 minutes and Kinder 220 minutes by then to earn an invite for the ice cream party. Please encourage your kids to work on it during the spring break and catch up on all their minutes.

Math Superstars


As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of March 4th

Hello Everyone,

We made it to March and even though it still feels like winter, we are only 2 weeks away from Spring Break.


Reading– In reading we are continuing our unit that will look at comparing different texts. In this unit, students will read a variety of genres, determine the meaning of texts using previously learned strategies, and make connections between texts.  This week, we will be working with comparing nonfictional texts with poetry. One way to practice this is to pick a nonfiction topic and see if there is poetry written about it. Then compare the poem to a NewsELA article on the topic.

Writing– In Writing, we will be continuing writing Procedural Texts. The focus for this unit will be writing procedural texts with precision and enough detail to make it clear for their audience. One way to practice this at home is to have students talk you step through step the basic procedures they do every day; for example, brushing their teeth. Another great way to practice this is to read excellent procedural texts together. Work together to make a recipe and analyze if the steps in the recipe are clear or not. 

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction. In this unit, students will examine the causes and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will be focusing on how struggles for power can cause conflict. Additionally, we will be working to answer these questions:

  • Why were there divisions between people who lived in the north and people who lived in the south?
  • What were the causes and effects of the Civil War?
  • Why did the United States change after the Civil War?
  • Why was the Civil War and Reconstruction important to the United States then and now?

This week, students will be looking at the events that happened following the Civil War including the Reconstruction amendments (13, 14 and 15) that freed the slaves, made them citizens and gave them the right to vote.

Math- this week, students will begin working with Additive and Multiplicative Patterns (Words, Tables, Graphs, and Equations) *generate a numerical pattern when given a rule in the form y = ax or y = x + a and graph; *recognize the difference between additive and multiplicative numerical patterns given in a table or graph; as well as Classify 2-D Figures (Hierarchies) *Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy of sets and subsets using graphic organizers based on their attributes and properties.

Science- We continue to explore the world of the Living and Non-Living and Fossils; The student knows that there are relationships, systems, and cycles within environments. The student is expected to: Observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and the student knows Earth’s surface is constantly changing and consists of useful resources. The student is expected to: Identify fossils as evidence of past living organisms and the nature of the environments at the time using models.


On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Monday, March 4, 2019- Cedar Valley Student and Parent Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019- 3rd Grade Economics Fair
    • 5th Grade 9:50-10:10
  • Friday, March 8, 2019- Third Nine Weeks Ends
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019- Kinder Round-Up
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019- Author Visit: Dan Gemeinhart
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019- Singing Stars Performance
  • Friday, March 15, 2019- Field Day
  • Monday, March 17-Friday, March 22, 2019- Spring Break
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019- Report Cards Go Home

PARENTS – MORNING SAFETY CONCERN: Car rider drop off line closes at 7:40 and side doors are locked, please drive to the front of the building to drop off your child

FIELD DAY

Field day will be on March 15th (the Friday before Spring Break). The schedule for each grade is listed below. In order to make this field day run smoothly, we will be asking for parent volunteers to help run each of the stations, in addition to our 5t- grade helpers! Please sign up online (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44a5af29a1f85-2019 ) if you can commit to helping us at any of the following sessions on March 15th. 

8:00 – 9:40 am 3rd and 5th Grade

10:00 – 11:40 am2nd and 4th Grade

12:40 – 2:20 pm K and 1st Grade

Math Game Day Online Competition:  Click here for information & registration:  https://goo.gl/r7M44P

KLRU Kids Writing Contest

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

Second Annual Aspiring Authors Writing Competition

The deadline is less than 8 weeks away. The theme for this year is “The Kid Who Stood Out”. Who is this kid? Boy or girl? Why did he/she stand out? Let your students’ words fill their paper with a whole new world, new characters and a new special story to share with us. We cannot wait to see what they are going to come up with! To know more about the rules and how to participate, head to our website: www.ds-publishing.com/writing-competition. For questions, please feel free to email me at dana@ds-publishing.com

Math Game Day Online Competition:  Click here for information & registration:  https://goo.gl/r7M44P


As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of February 25

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the last week of February. We can’t believe it’s almost March!


Reading– In reading we are continuing our unit that will look at comparing different texts. In this unit, students will read a variety of genres, determine the meaning of texts using previously learned strategies, and make connections between texts.  This week, we will be working with comparing fictional texts with nonfiction texts. One way to practice this is to pick a fictional book that is based on a real topic (for example the Underground Railroad) and then do some research on the topic and compare what you learned to the story you’ve read.

Writing– In Writing, we will be continuing writing Procedural Texts. The focus for this unit will be writing procedural texts with precision and enough detail to make it clear for their audience. One way to practice this at home is to have students talk you step through step the basic procedures they do every day; for example, brushing their teeth. Another great way to practice this is to read excellent procedural texts together. Work together to make a recipe and analyze if the steps in the recipe are clear or not. 

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction. In this unit, students will examine the causes and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will be focusing on how struggles for power can cause conflict. Additionally, we will be working to answer these questions:

  • Why were there divisions between people who lived in the north and people who lived in the south?
  • What were the causes and effects of the Civil War?
  • Why did the United States change after the Civil War?
  • Why was the Civil War and Reconstruction important to the United States then and now?

This week, students will be looking at the events that happened during the Civil War including the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg address.

Math- we will work on Additive and Multiplicative Patterns (Words, Tables, Graphs, and Equations) *generate a numerical pattern when given a rule in the form y = ax or y = x + a and graph; recognize the difference between additive and multiplicative numerical patterns given in a table or graph;  Data Analysis (Scatterplots) *solve one- and two-step problems using data from a frequency table, dot plot, bar graph, stem-and-leaf plot, or scatterplot.represent discrete paired data on a scatterplot.

Science- We will begin the next unit on Living and Non-Living Elements, Fossils. Students will be able to discuss how organisms interact with the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem, answer “What is an ecosystem?” and predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms.


On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Monday, February 25, 2019- 5th Graders visit Cedar Valley
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019- Science STAAR Ready
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019- APEX Fun Run
  • Friday, March 1, 2019- Cedar Valley Counselor Visit
  • Friday, March 1, 2019- Grade 3-5 Assembly
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019- UIL District Meet
  • Monday, March 4, 2019- Cedar Valley Student and Parent Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019- 3rd Grade Economics Fair
  • Friday, March 14, 2019- Field Day
  • Monday, March 17-Friday, March 22, 2019- Spring Break

PARENTS – MORNING SAFETY CONCERN: Car rider drop off line closes at 7:40 and side doors are locked, please drive to the front of the building to drop off your child.

Apex Fun Run

What is the Apex Fun Run program? Apex Fun Run is a 2 week interactive leadership program combined with a fun run fundraiser that helps schools all over the country raise funds while promoting leadership, good character, and fitness. We are participating in the Apex Fun Run again this year as our Spring semester fundraiser! Some examples of how the funds help our school:

  • Innovation Station- fence art cups, STEM Kits;
  • Classroom Supplies – dictionaries, STEM Kits, clipboards;
  • Flexible Seating – wobble stools, standing desks, desk bands;
  • Technology – Ipads and Streaming subscriptions; and
  • Playground Equipment- soccer goals and balls!

The Apex program will be with our students until March 1st as we raise much-needed funds to help our school.    

THE BIG DEAL: And the most exciting thing – is that the school has promised an 10% of whatever is raised by each class goes directly to that teacher to purchase items for their own classroom. This is exciting!

FIELD DAY

Field day will be on March 15th (the Friday before Spring Break). The schedule for each grade is listed below. In order to make this field day run smoothly, we will be asking for parent volunteers to help run each of the stations, in addition to our 5th grade helpers! Please sign up online (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44a5af29a1f85-2019 ) if you can commit to helping us at any of the following sessions on March 15th. 

8:00 – 9:40 am 3rd and 5th Grade

10:00 – 11:40 am2nd and 4th Grade

12:40 – 2:20 pm K and 1st Grade

Math Game Day Online Competition:  Click here for information & registration:  https://goo.gl/r7M44P

KLRU Kids Writing Contest

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

Second Annual Aspiring Authors Writing Competition

The deadline is less than 8 weeks away. The theme for this year is “The Kid Who Stood Out”. Who is this kid? Boy or girl? Why did he/she stand out? Let your students’ words fill their paper with a whole new world, new characters and a new special story to share with us. We cannot wait to see what they are going to come up with! To know more about the rules and how to participate, head to our website: www.ds-publishing.com/writing-competition. For questions, please feel free to email me at dana@ds-publishing.com


As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of February 18th

Hello Everyone,

We hope you had a fabulous long 4-day weekend. Look below to see what we are doing this week.


Reading– In reading we are continuing our unit that will look at comparing different texts. In this unit, students will read a variety of genres, determine the meaning of texts using previously learned strategies, and make connections between texts.  This week, we will be working with fictional texts. Students will be comparing different fictional texts with each other. The main focus when comparing different fictional texts is theme and how the themes are the same or different. You can practice this at home by reading picture books and talking about the theme of the story. You can also compare the two books and talk about how the moral of the stories are different.

Writing– In Writing, we will be continuing writing Procedural Texts. The focus for this unit will be writing procedural texts with precision and enough detail to make it clear for their audience. One way to practice this at home is to have students talk you step through step the basic procedures they do every day; for example, brushing their teeth. Another great way to practice this is to read excellent procedural texts together. Work together to make a recipe and analyze if the steps in the recipe are clear or not. 

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction. In this unit, students will examine the causes and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will be focusing on how struggles for power can cause conflict. Additionally, we will be working to answer these questions:

  • Why were there divisions between people who lived in the north and people who lived in the south?
  • What were the causes and effects of the Civil War?
  • Why did the United States change after the Civil War?
  • Why was the Civil War and Reconstruction important to the United States then and now?

This week, students will be continuing our talk about the causes of the civil war. We will talk about secession and why the different states decided to leave the union. We will also be talking about how the union and confederate armies differed.

Math- Students will be able to describe the process for graphing ordered pairs of numbers in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane; solve one- and two-step problems using data from a frequency table, dot plot, bar graph, stem-and-leaf plot, or scatterplot; represent paired data on a scatterplot;

Science- We will take the Unit 7 DCA on Wednesday, then begin Unit 8: Living and Nonliving, Fossils. Students will spend the first few days exploring how organisms interact with the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem.


On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Monday, February 25, 2019- 5th Graders visit Cedar Valley
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019- Science STAAR Ready
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019- APEX Fun Run
  • Friday, March 1, 2019- Cedar Valley Counselor Visit
  • Monday, March 1, 2019- Cedar Valley Student and Parent Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019- 3rd Grade Economics Fair
  • Friday, March 14, 2019- Field Day
  • Monday, March 17-Friday, March 22, 2019- Spring Break

PARENTS – MORNING SAFETY CONCERN: Car rider drop off line closes at 7:40 and side doors are locked, please drive to the front of the building to drop off your child.

FIELD DAY

Field day will be on March 15th (the Friday before Spring Break). The schedule for each grade is listed below. In order to make this field day run smoothly, we will be asking for parent volunteers to help run each of the stations, in addition to our 5th grade helpers! Please sign up online (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a44a5af29a1f85-2019 ) if you can commit to helping us at any of the following sessions on March 15th.

8:00 – 9:40 am 3rd and 5th Grade

10:00 – 11:40 am 2nd and 4th Grade

12:40 – 2:20 pm K and 1st Grade

Math Game Day Online Competition:  Click here for information & registration:  https://goo.gl/r7M44P

KLRU Kids Writing Contest

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

Second Annual Aspiring Authors Writing Competition

The deadline is less than 8 weeks away. The theme for this year is “The Kid Who Stood Out”. Who is this kid? Boy or girl? Why did he/she stand out? Let your students’ words fill their paper with a whole new world, new characters and a new special story to share with us. We cannot wait to see what they are going to come up with! To know more about the rules and how to participate, head to our website: www.ds-publishing.com/writing-competition. For questions, please feel free to email me at dana@ds-publishing.com


As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of February 11th

Hello Everyone,

We hope you have stayed warm on the cold winter weekend.


Reading– In reading we are starting our new unit that will look at comparing different texts. In this unit, students will read a variety of genres, determine the meaning of texts using previously learned strategies, and make connections between texts.  Students will build on topics and understandings in texts through making connections between and across multiple texts of various genres and provide text evidence. Students will apply their knowledge and skills from prior units of study with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts. This week we will start with the basics of comparing different types of images, short texts, and texts of the same genre.

Writing– In Writing, we will be starting a new unit focused on writing Procedural Texts. The focus for this unit will be writing procedural texts with precision and enough detail to make it clear for their audience. One way to practice this at home is to have students talk you step through step the basic procedures they do every day; for example, brushing their teeth. Another great way to practice this is to read excellent procedural texts together. Work together to make a recipe and analyze if the steps in the recipe are clear or not.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be starting our unit on the Civil War and Reconstruction. In this unit, students will examine the causes and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. We will be focusing on how struggles for power can cause conflict. Additionally, we will be working to answer these questions:

  • Why were there divisions between people who lived in the north and people who lived in the south?
  • What were the causes and effects of the Civil War?
  • Why did the United States change after the Civil War?
  • Why was the Civil War and Reconstruction important to the United States then and now?

This week, students will be talking about Slavery and how supply and demand for cotton caused a greater need for Slavery. This was a major cause of the civil war since the south felt strongly for the need for slaves.

Math- We will complete Unit 6 with a review on Monday and the DCA on Tuesday. Wednesday ushers in Unit 7- Introducing the Coordinate Plane and Finalizing Understanding of Classifying 2-D Figures. Students will begin the unit by examining how we locate points on a grid, be able to Identify attributes of a coordinate plane, including perpendicular number lines (axes) where the intersection (origin) of the two lines coincides with zero on each number line and the given point (0, 0); the x-coordinate, the first number in an ordered pair, indicates movement parallel to the x-axis starting at the origin; and the y-coordinate, the second number, indicates movement parallel to the y-axis starting at the origin; students will also create a life-size coordinate plane.

Science- Students will engage in several activities that explore weather and climate and by the end of the week students will be able to demonstrate and explain the difference between weather and climate. Unit 7 DCA over Sun and Water Cycle and Weather and Climate is scheduled for Friday the 15th.


On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019- Math DCA
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019, 12:45-1:45- Valentine’s Day Party
    • Students Only
  • Friday, February 15, 2019- Science DCA
  • Friday, February 15, 2019- Box Tops Due
  • Friday, February 15, 2019- Donations for Hospital Boxes Due
  • Friday, February 15, 2019- Sommer Club Pictures
  • Monday, February 18, 2019- Student Holiday No School
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019- Student Holiday No School
  • Monday, February 25, 2019- 5th Graders visit Cedar Valley
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019- Science STAAR Ready
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019- APEX Fun Run
  • Friday, March 1, 2019- Cedar Valley Counselor Visit
  • Monday, March 1, 2019- Cedar Valley Student and Parent Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019- 3rd Grade Economics Fair
  • Friday, March 14, 2019- Field Day
  • Monday, March 17-Friday, March 22, 2019- Spring Break

PARENTS – MORNING SAFETY CONCERN: Car rider drop off line closes at 7:40 and side doors are locked, please drive to the front of the building to drop off your child.Campus Climate/Family Survey!!

Box Tops Due Feb. 15

Have you been saving Box Tops? Box Tops are due February 15th!! Where Do I send them: Send them into school in an envelope/baggie labeled with your child’s grade level. Kids can turn them into their teacher or bring them to Coach O in the gym. All the money is used to buy some AWESOME PE equipment!!

Hospital Boxes For Dell Children’s Hospital

Student Council will be collecting donations in order to create hospital boxes for children at Dell Children’s Hospital.  Our goal is to lift the children’s spirits and give them some things to make them smile. Please take a look at our Amazon Wish List and consider purchasing an item that will be added to the boxes.  The items will be shipped to Mrs. Macre at Sommer Elementary. We will be accepting donations until February 15th. We appreciate your support!

Student Council’s Amazon Wish List:  http://a.co/ah8q7gU

Please contact Mrs. Macre with any questions – jessica_macre@roundrockisd.org

KLRU Kids Writing Contest

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

The KLRU Kids Writing Contest is now open to all students kindergarten through fifth grade in the KLRU viewing area.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry. Submissions must be received by KLRU by March 31, 2019. Please visit klru.org/writerscontest/ for contest rules and the scoring rubric.

Second Annual Aspiring Authors Writing Competition

The deadline is less than 8 weeks away. The theme for this year is “The Kid Who Stood Out”. Who is this kid? Boy or girl? Why did he/she stand out? Let your students’ words fill their paper with a whole new world, new characters and a new special story to share with us. We cannot wait to see what they are going to come up with! To know more about the rules and how to participate, head to our website: www.ds-publishing.com/writing-competition. For questions, please feel free to email me at dana@ds-publishing.com


As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of January 22nd

Hello Everyone,

We hope you enjoyed your long weekend. Please see below for all of the happenings of the week.


Reading– In reading we are starting our unit on Literary Nonfiction. In this unit, fifth graders will be immersed in literary nonfiction (biographies and autobiographies) and develop an understanding of how literary language and devices are used in this genre to create meaning.  Fifth graders will understand that when reading biographies and autobiographies, readers notice, infer, and draw conclusions about how an author’s sensory language impacts the text.   This week we will be focusing on the elements of this genre and the differences between biographies and autobiographies.

Writing– We are also going to continue using our drama skills in writing as we use our skills to become playwrights. In this unit, our fifth graders will craft imaginative dramas with a clearly defined focus, plot, and point of view as well as a specific believable setting and the element of dialogue and stage directions. Students will be writing a script with a minimum of 4 characters and a narrator. As a final for this writing, students will be performing their plays for their class sharing their work with us. This week we will be focusing on drafting our writing.  

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on Westward Expansion. Students will be talking about the Gold Rush, the Trail of Tears and Chinese Immigration. A key focus in this unit is the struggles that different groups went through during this time period. This week we will be focusing on the struggles of the Native Americans and Chinese Immigrates.

Math-We are starting our new unit on connecting whole number multiplication and division concepts to decimals. We will begin with revisiting fraction/decimal relationships and connecting fraction multiplication to decimal multiplication. Students will practice splitting the number involving the decimal into its whole number and fractional parts to help them multiply. 

Science- We will be wrapping our unit on Earth’s rotation and the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Students have been working in groups to research information and facts on the characteristics of the Earth, Sun, and Moon. In their groups, they are sharing the information they’ve gathered and will use it to compare and contrast the characteristics in a triple Venn diagram.


On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019- RRHS Learning Community UIL Meet
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019- Pearson Ranch Counselor Visit
  • Friday, February 1, 2019- 100th Day of School
  • Friday, February 1, 2019- World Read Aloud Day
  • Friday, February 1, 2019- 3rd-5th Assembly
  • Monday, February 4, 2019- 101st Day of School
  • Monday, February 4, 2019- Friday, February 8, 2019- Book Fair
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019- Global Day of Play

PARENTS – MORNING SAFETY CONCERN: Car rider drop off line closes at 7:40 and side doors are locked, please drive to the front of the building to drop off your child.

Campus Climate/Family Survey!!


We work so hard to not only be the best educational institution in the area, but the most welcoming, fun, educational & innovative school anywhere!  Your participation & active involvement is so very important to us, and what makes us great!  Please take a few moments to complete this district survey to let us know how we are doing.  The survey has been rewritten to gain maximum feedback from minimum time.  We take your feedback & recommendations seriously!  Our goal this year is no less than 100% participation!  Let us know how we are doing to serve the needs of your child(ren) by clicking on this link:  RRISD Family Survey Link  Please complete one survey per child.

Second Annual Aspiring Authors Writing Competition

The deadline is less than 8 weeks away. The theme for this year is “The Kid Who Stood Out”. Who is this kid? Boy or girl? Why did he/she stand out? Let your students’ words fill their paper with a whole new world, new characters and a new special story to share with us. We cannot wait to see what they are going to come up with! To know more about the rules and how to participate, head to our website: www.ds-publishing.com/writing-competition. For questions, please feel free to email me at dana@ds-publishing.com

All the best,

Dana Salim


As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team