Weekly Updates

This week in class 1/16-1/19

I hope you all had a great extended weekend! It’s a shorter week this week but here’s a look at our week! Please notice STAAR Ready tests are next week in math and reading. The science STAAR Ready will be in Feb.

Things to watch out for:

  • Parent Survey:

    The annual Round Rock ISD survey is now open for parents to provide valuable feedback on how schools are working and what can be done to improve campus and District practices. The survey will be available through February 9, 2018 and can be accessed in English and Spanish.

    Once surveys are compiled, the information will be returned to each principal and posted on the District website. The results are used as part of the campus improvement planning process and some parent responses are used for House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement metrics.

  • SCIENCE FAIR
     All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to regionals. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 19 no later than 7:35am. Judging will take place on Monday, January 22.  Students will take projects to their classroom.
    For more information and frequently asked questions, go to https://sites.google.com/view/sommersciencefair/ If you are interested in being a science fair judge, please contact Danica Baker at  danica_baker@roundrockisd.org.
  • READING PROGRAMS are now in full effect!  Six Flags reading logs were distributed last month, and Schlitterbahn reading logs went home before the break.  Get rewarded for your fun reading with tickets to both parks!Deadlines:  Bluebonnet Reading Logs       January 19th
    Six Flags Reading Logs           February 9th
    Schlitterbahn Reading Logs   February 19th

Important Dates
1/19: Grade 3-5 Assembly
1/22: Science Fair @ 5:30
1/23: Unit 6 Science test (Earth’s rotation, Sun, Earth, and Moon)
1/24: STAAR Ready Math
1/25: STAAR Ready Reading

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: We are continuing with working with decimals to the thousandths place. Students will review rounding and apply skills to round to the hundredths place. We will be reviewing strategies for adding and subtracting decimals and practicing through problem solving.

Science: We are continuing our study of the Earth’s rotation in science. Students will continue identifying and comparing the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon through research and exploration of each one. Students will be able to compare and contrast the three objects in a venn diagram describing the size, shape, and make up of each and will know how to identify which one is being described through a list of characteristics. Students will be tested in this unit Tuesday (1/23).

Last Friday, we had the opportunity to see a presentation from students from South Korea about Korean culture. They demonstrated cultural clubs from their school such as fan dancing, traditional drums, jump roping, and Taekwondo (Korean martial arts). The students were mesmerized by their talents! 🙂

It was too cold to go outside for recess, but that didn’t stop these kiddos from having fun. Legos for the win!

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Thank you! Have a great week!

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Weekly Updates

This week in class 1/9-1/12

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Welcome back! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a a wonderful holiday break filled with rest, family, and fun! I know the students are adjusting to waking up early again, but we’re jumping back into learning this week! Here’s what a look at our week and what we are learning.

Things to watch out for:

  • Parent Survey:

    The annual Round Rock ISD survey is now open for parents to provide valuable feedback on how schools are working and what can be done to improve campus and District practices. The survey will be available through February 9, 2018 and can be accessed in English and Spanish.

    Once surveys are compiled, the information will be returned to each principal and posted on the District website. The results are used as part of the campus improvement planning process and some parent responses are used for House Bill 5 Community and Student Engagement metrics.

  • SCIENCE FAIR
     All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to regionals. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 19 no later than 7:35am. Judging will take place on Monday, January 22.  Students will take projects to their classroom.

For more information and frequently asked questions, go to

https://sites.google.com/view/sommersciencefair/ If you are interested in being a science fair judge, please contact Danica Baker at  danica_baker@roundrockisd.org.

  • READING PROGRAMS are now in full effect!  Six Flags reading logs were distributed last month, and Schlitterbahn reading logs went home before the break.  Get rewarded for your fun reading with tickets to both parks!Deadlines:  Bluebonnet Reading Logs       January 19th
    Six Flags Reading Logs           February 9th
    Schlitterbahn Reading Logs   February 19th

Important Dates
1/15: MLK Jr. day-No school
1/19: 3-5 Grade Friday assembly
Science Fair entries deadline
Bluebonnet Reading Logs deadline
1/22: Science Fair 5:30

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: Before the break, we began our next unit on extending decimal place value to thousandths and applying addition and subtraction of decimals to data analysis and perimeter. This week we will be introducing how to represent thousandths on a whole number model as well as on a number line (ruler). Students should be familiar with decimals and place value to the hundredths from their previous grade levels; we are building on to their background knowledge by introducing thousandths. From there, we will be working on comparing decimals and connecting it to applications in the real world like how more precise times determine a winner of a race.

Science: We are continuing our study of the Earth’s rotation in science. Students will be creating sundials and observing the sun’s apparent movement in the sky and connect it to their understanding of the Earth’s rotation. Students will see how the shadow of the sundial will appear in different directions and have different lengths throughout the day as the Earth rotates. Students will also be identifying and comparing the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon through research and exploration of each one this week.

Thank you!

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This week in class 12/11-15

Things to watch out for:

  • SCIENCE FAIR
     All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to regionals. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 19 no later than 7:35am. Judging will take place on Monday, January 22.  Students will take projects to their classroom.

    • For more information and frequently asked questions, go to

    https://sites.google.com/view/sommersciencefair/ If you are interested in being a science fair judge, please contact Danica Baker at  danica_baker@roundrockisd.org.

  • SPOTLIGHT the ARTS NIGHT
    Thursday, December 14th
    5:00 Art Gallery Opens
    6:00 Middle School  Musical Performances
    6:30 Sommer Choirs Holiday performances
  • Gingerbread Houses
    Students who are interested in building a candied house are welcomed to show off their artistry on Monday, December 18th.  Bring your crafty house to the office Monday morning.  Make sure your name and teacher’s name is on your work.

    Our Student Council will place them in the front hallway near the trophy case.  Houses will be judged by our Student Ambassadors.  These creations will be judged for the following:  

    • Most Holiday Spirit
    • Favorite Kid Creation
    • Most Creative
    • People’s Choice

    Houses will need to be picked up by Thursday, December 21st (houses will not be kept past this date).

Important Dates
12/14: Science Assessment
Spotlight the Arts Night
12/15: Poetry Reading Assessment
12/18: Poetry Slam
Math Assessment
12/19: 5th grade holiday party (1:45-2:50)
1/10: 5th grade award assembly (8:00)

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: We will wrapping up this unit this week with division (students will solve with proficiency for quotients of up to a four-digit dividend by a two-digit divisor using strategies and the standard algorithm). This unit also includes solving for equations with a letter standing in for an unknown quantity. For example, if there are 24 boxes of pencils and each box contains 12 pencils. Mrs. Kim uses 3 pencils during class. What could be used to find p, the total number of pencils that Mrs. Kim did not use. The answer would be p= (24×12) -3. We have been doing a lot of problem solving examples in class and will continue to practice more problems in preparation for the test on Monday, so please review math journals. The assessment will also include multiplication that we covered last week and solving for volume.

Science: There is a science assessment this Thursday on changes to land. This unit includes landforms, formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels, and alternative energy. In class, students will be working in groups to research and present an alternative energy. These include wind, hydroelectric, solar, geothermal, and biofuels. Students will understand that alternative energies are renewable resources unlike fossil fuels that a nonrenewable.

Thank you!

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This week in class 12/4-12/8

Things to watch out for:

  • SCIENCE FAIR
    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 Thursday, December 7th 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 regionals. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 19 no later than 7:35am. Judging will take place on Monday, January 22.  Students will take projects to their classroom.

    • For more information and frequently asked questions, go to

    https://sites.google.com/view/sommersciencefair/ If you are interested in being a science fair judge, please contact Danica Baker at  danica_baker@roundrockisd.org.

Important Dates
12/7: Science Fair Research Night 5:30-6:30 (Library)
12/8: 
Assembly: Grades K-2
PTA Reflections Award Ceremony 5:30-7:30 (Cafeteria)
12/19: 5th grade holiday party (1:45-2:50)

This Week We Are Learning:

Math: We will be testing in this unit before the break on December 18. We will be multiplying three-digit numbers by a two-digit numbers using the standard algorithm. Students will also be estimating to determine solutions to mathematical and real-world problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. We will be applying these skills to solve problem solving involving volume.

Science: In science, we are continuing our unit on slow changes to land exploring how sedimentary rocks are formed. Students will be exploring through hands on experiments to see the different layers and processes that take place. From there, we will connect sedimentary rocks to the formation of fossil fuels. We will end this week introducing the focus question:  How do renewable energy sources provide alternatives to the use of fossil fuels? Students will work in groups and each group will take a different alternative energy source to present to the class.

Thank you!

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Pictures from our author visit from PJ Hoover on Monday! She shared about her books and what inspires her to write and encouraged students to not give up on their writing!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 11/27-12/1

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break filled with lots of food, fun, family, and football! 🙂

Things to watch out for:

  • Our field trip is Wednesday 11/29. Please remind students to wear their 5th grade class shirts and bring their sack lunches if they did not order a bagged lunch in advance.
  • I am also sending home their science and math tests from before the break. We can now start sending home district assessments. I would like for you not only see what we are learning in school but also see where your child may struggle in order to assist them with their learning at home. Please SIGN and RETURN them by the end of this week.
  • Innovation Station Needs Donations!
    Please help us stock our Makerspace. This is a space for creativity, expression, and innovation!
    Here is a list of items we currently need for our next rotation (2 weeks!):

    • Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
    • Egg cartons
    • Fabrics scraps
    • Unused crafting items (stickers, craft paper, hole punches, etc.)
    • Ribbon, string, rope, fishing line
    • Bottles, caps, etc
    • Old Cd’s, berry baskets, pretty much ANYTHING!

    Don’t throw it away-give it to us! A Large box will be left in the school entryway to collect the items. Please make sure the items are clean and ready to use!

    ** due to latex and nut allergies, please avoid donating items that use to contain these items (i.e. peanut cans, balloons, etc) Thank you for helping us keep Innovation Station safe for all our students**

Important Dates
11/28: Spelling Bee
11/29: Field trip to the Zach Theater (Kim/Nieto, Baker/Balakrishnan)
12/1: 3-5 Friday Assembly
12/4: Author Visit: PJ Hoover

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Math: Students will be exploring volume. Students will understand that volume can be found by multiplying length, width and height together. Through building towers, they’ve already concluded that we can calculate how many cubes are used by finding how many cubes are in the base and multiplying that by how many layers/levels there are. We will be working on familiarizing them the vocabulary and making connections. Students connect the multiplication of the number of cubes in a layer by the number of layers to the formula V = Bh; They connect the multiplication of the three dimensions of a prism to the formula V = l x w x h .
    We will be doing more problems to build the students understanding of volume and will relate the number of cubic units it takes to fill a space with the volume of the space. 
  • Science: In science, we are continuing our unit on slow changes to land to create landforms. Before the break, we simulated the formation of landforms in the science lab. This week we are reviewing what we saw. Students will recognize how landforms such as deltas, canyons, and sand dunes are the result of changes to Earth’s surface by wind, water, and ice. We will begin exploring the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels by the end of the week.

Thank you!

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This week in class 11/13-11/17

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Hope you all had a great weekend! Being from New England, Fall is my favorite season because of the colors and holiday season! Here are some important dates, and what we will be learning in class before the Thanksgiving break! 🙂

Things to watch out for

  • Field trip forms were sent home Friday for our field trip 11/29. Because it is the week after the break, please return forms and money by Friday (11/17).

Important Dates
11/13: Science Test
Author visit- Don Tate
11/14: Math Test
11/20-11/24: Thanksgiving break
11/28: Spelling Bee
11/29: Field trip to the Zach Theater

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Math: Our unit test for multiplying and dividing fractions is Tuesday. We will be reviewing Monday before the test. Students may study by referring back to our problem solving examples and homework they completed and corrected in class. Our next unit is Unit 4: Introducing Volume and Finalizing Fluency with Whole Number Multiplication and Division. We will begin this unit with a pretest to assess students’ background of finding volume and multiplying and dividing whole numbers. We will end the week with reviewing multiplication strategies in preparation for multiplying with fluency a 3 digit by 2 digit number.
  • Science: We have our Science test Monday on experimenting with forces. Our next unit will be changes to land, formation of fossil fuels, and alternative energy. This week students will go to the science lab to explore how landforms such as deltas, sand dunes, canyons, and glaciers are formed as a result of changes to the Earth’s surface by wind, water, and ice. Students will be rotating stations set up in the lab to answer what forces cause changes to Earth’s surface and what the result of those changes are. We’ll wrap up the week exploring how sedimentary rocks are formed as a result of streams and rivers eroding and depositing sediments over time to create layers by observing a sediment jar (bottle with water and different materials such as gravel, sand, and dirt) to see how layers of sediments are formed because heavier materials will settle to the bottom when carried by water.

Thank you!

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This week in class 11/6-11/10

Hello! I’m back! 🙂 Although I’m sad to leave my baby after being home with him for 3 months, I’m so excited to be back teaching 5th grade and to meet the students! Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this transition. I’m looking forward to getting to know your families throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Important Dates
11/10: Veteran’s Day Assembly
11/13: Science Test
11/14: Math Test
11/28: Spelling Bee

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Math: This week in preparation for our Math test on Tuesday, we are solving problems where students will need to identify the correct operation for the problem and solve. Students will explore the ideas and concepts of multiplying and dividing fractions through contextual situations or real-world problems using objects, pictorial models, area models and estimation. Dividing fractions by a whole number and dividing a whole number by a fraction tend to mix students up, so we have been doing a few practice problems together as a class and discussing different strategies students could use to solve (ex. drawing a picture, asking if their answer makes sense in the end). We took notes this week to assist in studying and homework/classwork.  (There are anchor charts under the Math tab on my website if you would like to see!)
  • Science: This week we are exploring forces, such as gravity, friction, and magnetism, and the effects these forces have on an object. Students are conducting hands on experiments, such as dropping marbles from different heights into sand and rolling toy cars down different surfaces. In their experiments they are coming up with a testable question that test one variable. We also discussed how repeated trials are required to demonstrate the reliability of results. The test on forces will be Monday.