Updated Week of December 10th

This post was updated Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hello Everyone,

This is a REALLY busy week in 5th grade. Please see below for all of the upcoming events. 


Reading– In reading we are continuing to work hard on our poetry unit. In this unit, students will analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about theme, structure, and elements of poetry, and sensory language.  Students will compare and contrast the theme across various texts in various genres. Students will analyze how the poet’s use of sound effects reinforce meaning in poems. This week, we will be working to make inferences with poetry and make connections between poems and other texts. We have our Poetry Reading Test this week on Friday, December 14th. 

As a reminder, students can be practicing analyzing poetry at home using POETS.

Use this acronym to help analyze poetry.

Writing– We are also working hard on poetry in writing. Students have been using the writing process as they create poems that use poetic techniques, figurative language, and graphic elements. Students have focused on the driving question: How can I express my identity through poetry? Students have written their own poems to express their identities. This week, we are preparing to perform these poems at the class-wide poetry slams this Thursday, December 13. Parents are welcome to come to this slam so please be on the lookout from your child’s teacher with more details. Students will also have the opportunity to apply to present in the grade-wide poetry slam the following day. This is limited and only a couple of students per class will perform.  

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on the Forming of our Nation. This unit really focuses on our guiding documents and how our government works. This week we will be continuing our study of the Bill of Rights. We will also be talking about our Founding Fathers and the impact they made on our country. If you want to reinforce these skills at home, try reading a current event article together and then discuss how the bill of rights affect these events. 

Math- We’ve completed our Unit on Multiplying and Dividing with Fractions – next up- the always exciting world of Decimals! Students will extend their knowledge of decimals to the thousandths place value. Then apply those skills to adding and subtracting of decimals to data analysis and perimeter.

Science- This week, we continue to investigate force by exploring how changing the height a marble is released from on a ramp affects the energy the marble has at the bottom of the ramp. Students will conduct their own investigation, collect and record data.


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

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018- Science Fair Night
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018- Class Poetry Slam
  • Friday, December 14, 2018- Grade Wide Poetry Slam
  • Friday, December 14, 2018- Poetry Reading Test
  • Monday, December 17, 2018- Social Studies Test
  • Monday, December 17, 2018- 5th Grade Guest Speaker: Kevin Karschnik
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018- SCIENCE TEST
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018- 5th Grade Winter Holiday Party 
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018- Last Day of Nine Weeks
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018- Last Day of School for Semester
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018- Monday, January 7, 2019- Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019- Start of the 3rd Nine Weeks

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.

Science Fair Night

It’s that time of the year again!  Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to the regional fair. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 11 no later than 7:35 am. Students will take projects to their classroom.  Judging will take place on Monday, January 14. We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed!We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed!
Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project and fill out simple judging rubrics.   There will be a brief training from 8:00-8:15 that day.   It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email.  Contact Laure Stroh at Laure_Stroh@roundrockisd.org.

Community Project and PBL

A Note from Mrs. Satterwhite and Mrs. Ashby,
Our December Community Project is all about spreading kindness to people at school and in the community. Our classes had the great idea of helping the homeless and those less fortunate. We had a guest speaker,  Matt McElhaney come in to talk about his work with the homeless at Community First with Mobile Fishes and Loaves as the Assistant Property Manager. He listed tons of ways to help and the kids seemed the most interested in making care packages that hold gloves, socks, fruit bars etc. Please help us make these Go Bags a reality! 

Mrs. Satterwhite’s Sign Up  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4ba5a628a02-december
Mrs. Ashby’s Sign Up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4FAAAE28A57-kindness 


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

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Week of December 3rd

Hello Everyone,

We made it December! Yay!!! With just a couple of weeks left in the semester, 5th grade is super busy.


Reading– In reading we are working hard on our poetry unit. In this unit, students will analyze, make inferences, and draw conclusions about theme, structure, and elements of poetry, and sensory language.  Students will compare and contrast the theme across various texts in various genres. Students will analyze how the poet’s use of sound effects reinforce meaning in poems. This week, we will be working to working to analyze the poems using the acronym POETS.  This can also be practiced at home. 

Use this acronym to help analyze poetry.

Writing– We are also doing poetry in writing. Students will use the writing process as they create poems that use poetic techniques, figurative language, and graphic elements. To do this, we are working a big poetry PBL. Students will be focused on the driving question: How can I express my identity through poetry? Students will be working to write their own poems to express their identities. These poems will then be performed in a class-wide poetry slam. Parents are welcome to come to this slam so please be on the lookout from your child’s teacher with more details. Students will also have the opportunity to apply to present in the grade-wide poetry slam the following day. This is limited and only a couple of students per class will perform.  

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on the Forming of our Nation. This unit really focuses on our guiding documents and how our government works. This week we will be learning about the Three Branches of Government and the Bill of Rights. If you want to reinforce these skills at home, try reading a current event article together and then discuss how the branches of government and the bill of rights affect these events. 

Math-We wind up this unit on applying multiplication and division concepts to fractions. This week we will conclude the unit with the division of fractions by a whole number and whole numbers divided by fractions. The Unit 4 DCA is Friday, December 7th.

Science- We begin Unit 5 on Investigating Force. Students will use scientific investigation and reasoning; use scientific methods during laboratory and outdoor investigations. Experiments can be designed to test the effects of forces such as gravity, friction, and magnetism on objects. Forces can change the movement, shape, or position of objects. The effects of force can change depending on the amount and type of force applied to the object. Students will address these questions through investigation: What effect does friction, gravity, or magnetism have on an object’s movement, shape, or position? How can the effect of force on an object be tested?


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

  • Thursday, December 6, 2018- Reflections Awards and Celebrations
  • Friday, December 7, 2018- Math Test
  • Friday, December 7, 2018- 3rd-5th Assembly 
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018- Science Fair Night
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018- Class Poetry Slam
  • Friday, December 14, 2018- Grade Wide Poetry Slam
  • Friday, December 14, 2018- Poetry Reading Test
  • Monday, December 17, 2018- Social Studies Test
  • Monday, December 17, 2018- 5th Grade Guest Speaker: Kevin Karschnik
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018- 5th Grade Winter Holiday Party 
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018- Last Day of Nine Weeks
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018- Last Day of School for Semester
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018- Monday, January 7, 2019- Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019- Start of the 3rd Nine Weeks

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.

Science Fair Night

It’s that time of the year again!  Science Fair is right around the corner.  Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset.  All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to the regional fair. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 11 no later than 7:35 am. Students will take projects to their classroom.  Judging will take place on Monday, January 14. We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed!We will need Science Fair Judges on Wednesday, January 14th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.   No science background needed!
Your job will be to talk with students about their science fair project,and fill out simple judging rubrics.   There will be a brief training from 8:00-8:15 that day.   It is OK if you cannot help the entire 4 hours, just let us know your availability in your email.  Contact Laure Stroh at Laure_Stroh@roundrockisd.org.


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of November 12

Hello Everyone,

Happy Monday! We hope you all enjoyed your weekend and are staying warm in the winter weather we are having.


Reading– We are finishing our Informational Text Unit. In this unit, students will draw conclusions from multiple works of informational texts from contemporary, historical or cultural contexts and evaluate and determine the effectiveness of an author’s purpose in texts.  Readers will use text features and various organizational patterns to support their understanding. This week, students will be specifically focusing on inferencing and drawing conclusions in nonfiction. We will be having a Reading Test on Wednesday, November 14 or Thursday, November 15 (different homerooms are testing different dates).

Writing– We will also be finishing our expository writing unit this week. This unit, students have been working to compose expository essays and converting them to graphic novels. This week, they will be finalizing their graphic novels and working with a partner to edit their writing. Then they will be putting the final touches on the writing and publish it.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be finishing our Revolutionary War Unit. Students spent a large part of this unit looking at the major causes of the Revolutionary War but this week we will be looking at the effects of the Revolutionary War. We will be focusing on the Seige of Yorktown. We will also be talking about the Treaty of Paris 1783. There will be a Social Studies Test on Wednesday, November 14 or Thursday, November 15 (different homerooms are testing different dates).

Math-We dive into taking those whole number multiplication and division concepts and apply them to fractions. We begin Unit 4 with the multiplication of whole numbers and fractions using manipulatives and strategies familiar to the students: Cuisenaire Rods, Number Lines and Fraction Circles.

Science- We continue exploring Changes to Landforms and the Forming of Fossil Fuels as we create a sediment jar to understand the process of eroding and depositing. Then we will spend several days examining the sequence of processes that leads to the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels by participating in a variety of labs.


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

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018- Thanksgiving Lunch
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018- Social Studies Test and/or Reading Test
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018- Reading Test and/or Social Studies Test
  • Friday, November 16, 2018- Gracie’s Canned Food Drive Ends
  • Monday, November 19, 2018- Friday, November 23, 2018- Off for Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018- Spelling Bee
  • Friday, November 30, 2018- Passport to Sommer

Student Council Book Drive

Student Council is hosting a book drive on campus to collect children’s books for students attending other Round Rock ISD elementary schools as well as other students in our community.  The Book Drive will be from Monday, Nov. 5th to Thursday, Nov. 15th. Please drop off new or gently used children’s books to Mrs. Macre’s office. Thank you!

Canned Food Drive

Do you like prizes and helping feed people? Give to Gracie’s Canned Food Drive. The class with the most pounds wins a cool prize from our class. Helping people will make you feel good too. Donate at this place www.paypal.me/graciescannedgoods or bring cans to your teacher.


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

 

Week of November 5

Hello Everyone,

Happy Monday! We hope you all enjoyed your weekend.


Reading– We are continuing our Informational Text Unit. In this unit, students will draw conclusions from multiple works of informational texts from contemporary, historical or cultural contexts and evaluate and determine the effectiveness of an author’s purpose in texts.  Readers will use text features and various organizational patterns to support their understanding. This week, students will be specifically focusing on idenitfying main idea, summarizing nonfiction text and inferencing in nonfiction.

Writing– We will also be continuing our expository writing unit this week. This unit, students will be working to compose expository essays. This week, they will draft their essays and then work to convert them over into graphic novels. Students will need to think about the main ideas they want to put into the graphic novels.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be working on our Revolutionary War Unit. Students will spend a large part of this unit looking at the major causes of the Revolutionary War. This week we will be focusing on the beginning of the Revolutionary War with Lexington and Concord and some of our important founding fathers including Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. We will also be talking about the Declaration of Independence.

Math-We complete Unit 3 on Volume and Whole Number Multiplication and Division and take our assessment on Thursday, November 8th. We begin Unit 4 with a Pre-test of their knowledge of multiplying and dividing fractions.

Science-We began Unit 4 on Changes to Land and Formation of Fossil Fuels; After participating in 4 stations modeling landforms, students will be able to explain how wind, water, and ice change the earth’s surface through the creation of different landforms. Students will also create a sediment jar to understand the process of eroding and depositing.


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

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018- Math Test
  •  Thursday, November 8, 2018- @ 5:30 – TAG information Night
  • Friday, November 9, 2018- Veteran’s Day Assembly
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018- Social Studies Test
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018- Reading Test
  • Monday, November 19, 2018- Friday, November 23, 2018- Off for Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018- Spelling Bee
  • Friday, November 30, 2018- Passport to Sommer

TAG Information Night

TAG Information Night will be Nov. 8  5:30-6:15 – Presentation for if/how to refer your child for TAG.  Parents can go to our website to see the TAG referral timeline.

Student Council Book Drive

Student Council is hosting a book drive on campus to collect children’s books for students attending other Round Rock ISD elementary schools as well as other students in our community.  The Book Drive will be from Monday, Nov. 5th to Thursday, Nov. 15th. Please drop off new or gently used children’s books to Mrs. Macre’s office. Thank you!


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of October 22nd

Hello Everyone,

Happy Monday! We hope you all enjoyed your weekend. This week is Red Ribbon Week. Help us celebrate a Drug-Free life. See below for what we are learning for the week.


Reading– We are starting our Informational Text Unit. In this unit, students will draw conclusions from multiple works of informational texts from contemporary, historical or cultural contexts and evaluate and determine the effectiveness of an author’s purpose in texts.  Readers will use text features and various organizational patterns to support their understanding. This week, students will be specifically focusing on the different organizational patterns in Non-Fiction Texts and the different text features being used. This will include working to create their own text features for nonfiction essays. 

Writing– We will also be starting our expository writing unit this week. This unit, students will be working to compose expository essays. This week, they will brainstorm topics of knowledge, pick an organization structure and work to develop a thesis statement. Eventually, these essays will be published as expository graphic novels.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be working on our Revolutionary War Unit. Students will spend a large part of this unit looking at the major causes of the Revolutionary War. This week we will be focusing on the intolerable acts, the loyalists and patriots, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party.

Math-We began our Unit with a pre-test to understand our students background knowledge, then students will try to figure out how many cubes are in each other’s Secret Tower;  discuss the importance of having a standard sized unit to find the volume of 3-D figures; Students will investigate various spaces to figure which volume unit would be best to find its volume; Students use multiplication to calculate the volume of rectangular-based prisms; Students use centimeter cubes to cover the area of a rectangle, then add layers and find the total number of cubes – exploring the relationship to multiplication.

Science- We continue our unit on of Uses of Energy as we explore Light energy and how light can Reflect, Refract, Absorb, or Transmit; We will end the Unit by exploring Electricity and Circuits- students will investigate how to make light bulbs light; create a testable question as they check for conductors or insulators of electricity.


More information on Red Ribbon Week Click Here.

Red Ribbon Week Days:

  • Monday, October 22, 2018- Pajamas
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018- Crazy Socks
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018- Team Jersey
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018- Superhero
  • Friday, October 26, 2018- Sweats

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

  • Monday, October 22, 2018- BrightBytes Survey Due
  • Monday, October 22, 2018 @ 5:30- Spelling Bee info Night for Qualifying Students
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018- Vision and Hearing Screening
  • Monday, October 22, 2018-Friday, October 26, 2018- Red Ribbon Week
  • Wednesday, October 31- Friday, November 2, 2018- Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018- Book Character Day
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018- Report Cards Go Home
  •  Thursday, November 8, 2018- @ 5:30 – TAG information Night

TAG Information Night

TAG Information Night will be Nov. 8  5:30-6:15 – Presentation for if/how to refer your child for TAG.  Parents can go to our website to see the TAG referral timeline.

BrightBytes Survey

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire.

Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child’s school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The window to take the survey is Monday, October 8th thru Monday, October 22, 2018.

Please go to here.

https://bbyt.es/start/7Z6MC

Thank you for taking part in this important initiative

Database password access from home

Parents, we have a new link on our research resources page that allows students to see our database usernames and passwords.  Students must be logged into their district Google accounts to access this pdf.  Parents may not access this page with a Non-RRISD account.


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of October 10th

Hello Everyone,

Happy mid-week! We hope you all enjoyed your 4 day weekend. See below for what we are learning for the week.


Reading– We are finishing our Persuasive Text unit in Reading this week. This week, students will focus on media literacy, analyzing different forms of media for formality and looking out for persuasive tricks. We will also have a test over Fiction and Persuasive Texts on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Writing– We will also be continuing our persuasive unit in writing this week. Students will be taking the elements they are learning in reading and start being able to apply them to their own writing in this unit. One thing that is particularly special about this unit is that students will be using their persuasive skills to convince others to move to their colony as part of their PBL project. Students will be asked to research, then come up with arguments and counter-arguments for why their colony is the best. They will use this information to either write a persuasive letter or create a persuasive travel brochure convincing others to come to their colony. This week, we will be revising and editing our persuasive drafts and letters this week.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our Colonization PBL. They will be working with the driving question “How can you as a colonist convince settlers to live in your particular colony?”  Students have spent the last week researching and now they are starting to apply that information in their groups. Working with their teams, students will be making a persuasive presentation. One unique thing about these presentations is that students can’t use computers (i.e. no Slides, Prezi, Powtoons, etc.) Students will be applying the persuasive techniques they have been learning about as a group to come up with some stellar presentations. We will be presenting Monday, October 15 from 12:55-1:45pm. Please come to join us in sharing the awesome work your children are doing.

Math-We are continuing with fractions as we delve into data analysis, solving 1 and 2 step problems using data from frequency tables, dot plots, stem-and-leaf plots, bar graphs, and scatterplots.

The DCA for Unit 1 & 2 has been scheduled for Oct. 16-17.

Here are a few Math websites for extra practice/resource:

http://mrnussbaum.com/orderops/
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/numbers/fruit_shoot_prime.htm
http://www.abcya.com/number_ninja_factors.htm
http://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

Science- We will engage in a Light hunt- locating examples that transmit, reflect, refract, and absorb light, we will also investigate laser pointers and create a light chain! This is such a great unit and our kids have a really good time learning about Light Energy!


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

  • Monday, October 8- Tuesday, October 9, 2018- NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018- Parent Teacher Conference Day
    • Be on the lookout for signups from your child’s teacher.
  • Friday, October 12, 2018- In Class- Written Spelling Bee
  • Friday, October 12, 2018- Reading Test
  • Monday, October 15, 2018- 2nd Round of Spelling Bee
  • Monday, October 15, 2018- 12:55-1:45- PBL Presentations
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018- Math Test
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018- Math Test
  • Friday, October 19, 2019- Kona Ice Day
  • Friday, October 19, 2019- 1st Nine Weeks Ends
  • Monday, October 22, 2018- BrightBytes Survey Due
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018- Vision and Hearing Screening
  • Monday, October 22, 2018-Friday, October 26, 2018- Red Ribbon Week
  • Wednesday, October 31- Friday, November 2, 2018- Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018- Book Character Day
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018- Report Cards Go Home
  •  Thursday, November 8, 2018- TAG information Night

TAG Information Night

Information Night will be Nov. 8  5:45-6:45 Presentation for if/how to refer your child for TAG.  Parents can go to our website to see the TAG referral timeline.

BrightBytes Survey

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire.

Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child’s school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The window to take the survey is Monday, October 8th thru Monday, October 22, 2018.

Please go to here.

https://bbyt.es/start/7Z6MC

Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

Crayon Drive

The Student Ambassador Club is in cahoots with the Texas Association of Future Educators at Round Rock High School- We are collecting old and new crayons to donate to children’s hospitals. The drive is October 1st-16th The collection box will be by the office.

Database password access from home

Parents, we have a new link on our research resources page that allows students to see our database usernames and passwords.  Students must be logged into their district Google accounts to access this pdf.  Parents may not access this page with a Non-RRISD account.

Spelling Bee

If you want more information on the Spelling Bee, please read the Spelling Bee Letter.

Coins for Coats Drive

We have an opportunity to help other RRISD students stay warm this winter!  Our Coins for Coats Drive will be held for TWO DAYS only, Wednesday, October 17th through Friday, October 19th. We are asking for your spare change, but checks made out to “RRASC: Keep Round Rock Warm” will also be accepted.  

The Round Rock Area Serving Center’s “Keep Round Rock Warm” program distributes coats to RRISD students who are on the free and reduced lunch program. The K-2 class and 3-5 class collecting the most funds will win a collection of mini squishies!  


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

Week of October 1

Hello Everyone,

Happy mid-week! We are officially in the month of October.  See below for what we are learning for the week.


Reading– We are continuing our Persuasive Text unit in Reading this week. This week, students will focus on explaining the relationship among ideas with the understanding that persuasive texts are written to influence the attitudes or actions of a specific audience on particular issues. We will also be covering media literacy, analyzing different forms of media for formality and looking out for persuasive tricks.

Writing– We will also be continuing our persuasive unit in writing this week. Students will be taking the elements they are learning in reading and start being able to apply them to their own writing in this unit. One thing that is particularly special about this unit is that students will be using their persuasive skills to convince others to move to their colony as part of their PBL project. Students will be asked to research, then come up with arguments and counter-arguments for why their colony is the best. They will use this information to either write a persuasive letter or create a persuasive travel brochure convincing others to come to their colony. This week, we will be working to support our arguments with evidence from our research. We will also start drafting our brochures and letters.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our Colonization PBL. They will be working with the driving question “How can you as a colonist convince settlers to live in your particular colony?”  Students have spent the last week researching and now they are starting to apply that information in their groups. Working with their teams, students will be making a persuasive presentation. One unique thing about these presentations is that students can’t use computers (i.e. no Slides, Prezi, Powtoons, etc.) Students will be applying the persuasive techniques they have been learning about as a group to come up with some stellar presentations. We will be presenting Monday, October 15 from 12:55-1:45pm. Please come to join us in sharing the awesome work your children are doing.

Math-  We continued our Unit on adding and subtracting fractions with equal and unequal denominators using objects, pictorial models and properties of operations this week. We have used fractions to represent and solve problems relating to Area and Perimeter.

The DCA for Unit 1 & 2 has been scheduled for Oct. 16-17.

Here are a few Math websites for extra practice/resource:

http://mrnussbaum.com/orderops/
http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/numbers/fruit_shoot_prime.htm
http://www.abcya.com/number_ninja_factors.htm
http://www.multiplication.com/games/all-games

Science- We began our unit on Uses of Energy, Light, Circuits, and Electricity this week. We have identified the 5 types of energy, that we study in 5th grade; we explored a variety of objects to determine what type of energy is used and what type of energy is produced, we will also create our own Energy Robot! For the week of 10/8-12, we will engage in a Light hunt- locating examples that transmit, reflect, refract, and absorb light, we will also investigate laser pointers and create a light chain! This is such a great unit and our kids have a really good time learning about Light Energy!


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

  • Now- Friday, October 5- Stuff the Boot Fundraiser
  • Friday, October 5, 2018- 3-5 Assembly
  • Friday, October 5, 2018- Round Rock High School and McNeil High School Homecoming
  • Monday, October 8- Tuesday, October 9, 2018- NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018- Parent Teacher Conference Day
    • Be on the lookout for signups from your child’s teacher.
  • Friday, October 12, 2018- In Class- Written Spelling Bee
  • Monday, October 15, 2018- 2nd Round of Spelling Bee
  • Monday, October 15, 2018- 12:55-1:45- PBL Presentations
  • Monday, October 22, 2018- BrightBytes Survey Due
  •  Thursday, November 8, 2018- TAG information Night

Stuff The Boot!!! Fall Fundraiser

Time to RAISE FUNDS to provide
programs, equipment, and supplies for our school. 

September 17th – October 5th

Goal: $25,000!!!

Make a ONE-TIME, TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION.

NO items to sell.

ALL money directly benefits Sommer students.

Donations support your children’s world-class education.

Click HERE to donate!!!

For more information, including company matching information,
please visit our Stuff the Boots information page.

TAG Information Night

Information Night will be Nov. 8  5:45-6:45 Presentation for if/how to refer your child for TAG.  Parents can go to our website to see the TAG referral timeline.

BrightBytes Survey

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

We are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our questionnaire.

Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help your child’s school choose the right technology for their classrooms. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The window to take the survey is Monday, October 8th thru Monday, October 22, 2018.

Please go to here.

https://bbyt.es/start/7Z6MC

Thank you for taking part in this important initiative!

Crayon Drive

The Student Ambassador Club is in cahoots with the Texas Association of Future Educators at Round Rock High School- We are collecting old and new crayons to donate to children’s hospitals. The drive is October 1st-16th The collection box will be by the office.

Database password access from home

Parents, we have a new link on our research resources page that allows students to see our database usernames and passwords.  Students must be logged into their district Google accounts to access this pdf.  Parents may not access this page with a Non-RRISD account.

Spelling Bee

If you want more information on the Spelling Bee, please read the Spelling Bee Letter.


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team