This post was updated Tuesday, December 11, 2018
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.
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.
The 5th Grade team