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

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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

Week of January 14th

Hello Everyone,

We hope you had a great winter break and are enjoying 2019 so far. The fifth-grade teachers were so happy to see all of everyone back last week. With one week down, things are starting to pick back up in 5th grade. One important reminder is that fifth-grade has a field trip on Friday, January 18th.


Reading– In reading we are working on our drama unit. Students will be working to understand, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the elements of drama. Students will use their previously gained knowledge as they read and interpret dramatic literature and compare and contrast themes or moral lessons across works of dramatic literature and fictional texts. One exciting way we are going to be exploring drama is through our field trip this week to see the play This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing based on the fairy tale by Finegan Kruckemeyer.

Writing– We are also going to be 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 developing a narrator, using stage directions to convey character traits and exploding the turning point in their stories so that it is apparent to their audience.

Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on Westward Expansion. Students will be talking about Lewis and Clark’s expedition to explore the Lousiana Purchase, and the Gold Rush. 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 Westward Settlers and the 49ers.

Math-We are heading into our 5th Unit DCA over Extending Decimal Place Value to Thousandths and Applying Addition and Subtraction of Decimals to Data Analysis and Perimeter; the DCA will be on Friday 1/18 before we leave for our field trip. Students have been working on estimating decimals to the thousandth place value and adding and subtracting decimals using grids.

Science- We began Unit 6-  Sun, Moon and Earth System. In this Unit students will be able to answer these essential questions: How often does the day and night cycle occur on the Earth? Describe the positions of the Earth and Sun in daytime and nighttime. What are the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon? Students have constructed a Sundial using a paper plate, playdough, and a pencil- several times a day- Sun cooperating- students will go outside and trace the shadow of their “Sundial” to determine the time of the day. Students are also completing a Moon Phases Calendar that will include the time of the sunrise and sunset for 30 days. In addition, we created an Earth Model image using a ping pong ball to show the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. Coming up we will identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon. WOW- what a busy -and fun! two weeks we are having!


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

  • Thursday, January 17 at 9:45- 5th Grade Awards Assembly
  • Friday, January 18, 2019- Math DCA
  • Friday, January 18, 2019- Field Trip- Zach Theater
  • Monday, January 21, 2019- No School- Martin Luther King Jr Day
  • 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- 3rd-5th Assembly
  • Monday, February 4, 2019- 101st Day of School
  • 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.


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

Thanks!!

The 5th Grade team

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

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