Week of Sept 18

Hello Everyone,

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.

Campus-Wide Announcements-

running club

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 sue_beardsley@roundrockisd.org

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.

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

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Week of September 11

Hello Everyone,

It has been a great year so far. We are starting to finish up all of our 1st units and starting new content in each subject.

Reading– In reading this week students will be working on a menu to dig deep into their thinking about reading. Additionally, this week teachers will be finishing up with Reading Level testing so that students will know what books will fit them just right.

Writing– Students will have a chance this week to write long on topics they have brainstormed about. This could be from one of the many brainstorming ideas we worked on the last couple of weeks or a new idea that they feel passionate about.

Social Studies– This week will be the start of the colonization unit in social studies. Students will have a chance to learn about some of the United States earliest settlements. They will work on looking at history through multiple perspectives as we consider not just the colonists but the Native tribes as well.

Math- In math this week, students will have a test over the first unit of learning.  It will be over prime/composite numbers, simplifying expressions and a review of 4th grade Simplifying and Ordering Fractions.  Your child should have notes in their math notebooks to review plus any problems they have done in class. Students will spend Wednesday reviewing the concepts they have learned.

Science- On Friday 5th grade will have a test in science over properties of matter.  5th grade has had an opportunity to do a lot of hands-on labs to cover the variety of ways you can classify matter.  Some things to discuss with your child is all the ways they know how to classify matter, what it means to be a conductor/insulator of thermal energy and relative density. There are notes in their science notebooks to help them study. Students will review in class on Thursday.

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 14, 2017- Math Test
  • Friday, September 15, 2017- 3-5 Assembly
  • Friday, September 15,  2017- Science Test
  • Friday, September 15, 2017- Math Pentathlon Registration closes at 9:00 pm
    • Here is the registration link.
  • Friday, September 29, 2017- Fall Picture Day

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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week 3 in 5th Grade

Hello Everyone,

We are really getting into the school year and we look forward to lots of learning in this four day week.

Reading– In reading this week we are going to be learning about Origin Myths and students will be in charge of their own learning as they get to choose the activities that they do to explore this concept each day.

Writing– In writing, students will continue to brainstorm ideas for writing. This week we will be using images, our dreams, and creative prompts to come up with ideas. Additionally, they will be given time to work on drafting any ideas they have previously come up with.

Social Studies– We will be finishing up our Thinking Like a Geographer unit this week in Social Studies. Students will be finishing up their region research projects. Then they will have the opportunity to learn about the Keystone Pipeline and debate the pros and cons of the human modification on the environment. Students will finish off the week with a Quick Quiz over everything we have learned in this unit. 

Math- In math this week, students will start to learn about the order of operations. They will also continue covering Prime and Composite to solidify their understanding of the topic. ***Please note the Math test has been pushed back to Thursday, September 14,  2017.

Science- This week will continue to use hands on learning to explore types of matter. They are moving past magnetism and density and are looking at the idea of Insulators and Conductors.  ***Please note the Science test has been pushed back to Friday, September 15, 2017.

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

  • Monday, September 4, 2017- No School due to Labor Day
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017- Parent Information Night: We look forward to seeing all of you there.
    • To help accommodate parents there will be two different sessions.
      • 5:00-6:00 Session One
      • 6:00-7:00 Session Two 
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 6:00-7:30- Sommer Club Night
  • Friday, September 8, 2017- Social Studies Quiz
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017-Math Test
  • Friday, September 15,  2017- Science Test
  • Friday, September 29, 2017- Fall Picture Day

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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Woohoo for a Great Second Week!

Hello Everyone,

We have already completed one super awesome week of school. As we start this week we have some exciting things coming up in our students learning.

Reading– In reading this week we are going to continue to think about our reading using the Depth and Complexity icons. We are also going to be practicing with reading responses to share are thinking.

Writing– In writing, students are going to continue brainstorming different ideas about what to write. This should help students as we continue writing through out the year. Additionally, on Tuesday, students will have a Writing On Demand. This will replace the Writing DCAs this year. It is not a grade but will allow me to learn about each student as a writer and help with student goal setting.

Social Studies– We will continue our Thinking Like a Geographer unit this week in Social Studies. We are working on using Google Earth to view different latitude and longitudes today. Throughout the rest of the week, students will be working in groups to research different regions in the United States. These research projects will be presented next week to help teach the class.

Math- Students will work hard with Prime and Composite numbers this week. They thought hard about how to get to different numbers using arrays and about the factors different numbers have. They also worked to build their computation fluency by talking about different dot patterns.

Science- This week was all about hands on learning in science as students work towards classifying different types of matter. This includes density columns and working with magnets. Students were investigating up a storm.

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

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017- Writing on Demand
  • Monday, September 4, 2017- No School due to Labor Day
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017- Parent Information Night
  • Monday, September 11, 2017- Science Test
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017- Math Test
  • Friday, September 29, 2017- Fall Picture Day

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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

DI Globals Fundraiser

Have you ever heard of Instant Challenges?  Wondered what this part of Destination Imagination is about?
#sommersuperstallion6 is hosting a S.T.E.M. Workshop at our school, geared towards kids from 2nd to 5th grades THIS Saturday from 9-11 at Patsy Sommer.
It will be a FUN filled 2 hour event, and all proceeds will go to help fund our trip to DI Globals.  Mrs. Beardsley, Mrs. Heitner, Mrs. Chong, and Mrs. Arunkumar will be leading the stations.
Register early and get a 20% discount!  Get a few friends to register early and your discount is 30%!!
Thanks to our Sommer family for continued support and encouragement!!!
Use this Google Link to Pre-Register NOW!

EGGI Week Next Week

Hello Parents,
Education Go Get It Week (EGGI) is the week of Jan 17-20, 2017, and the theme is DREAM BIG. Education Go Get It week is a way for students to learn about and become excited for post-secondary education. At Sommer ES, students are just beginning to think about their hopes and dreams for the future, so while they may not know where they want to go to school or what they want to do when they grow up, we want students to know there are so many opportunities and options out there! Whether our students attend a four-year university, community college, a two-year program, technical school, a training program, or branches of the military, we want to make sure that after high school, our Sommer ES students DREAM BIG!

For EGGI week we will have dress up days they are as follows:

Tuesday- Hats off To College!

Wear a college cap, graduation cap, or any other hat to kick off our week!

Wednesday- Show your College Spirit!

Wear a shirt from your favorite college

Thursday- Be All You Can Be – College Is For Me!

Wear camouflage

Friday- Career Dress Day!

Dress up as what you want to be when you grow up

If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher. 

Thanks, 

The 5th Grade Team