Weekly Updates

This week in class 4/3-4/7

Hi! After a week of STAAR, it may feel like we’re done with the year, but we¬†still have learning going on! ūüôā Here is an update on our week as well as some other things going on in our school.

Things to look out for:

  • Silent Auction has already started and ends Thursday, April 6th at 8pm. Go to www.32auctions.com/PSE2017. Create an account in less than 60 seconds and start bidding. Some items include teacher activities, gift cards from the League, The Melting Pot, Chick-Fil-A, Phil‚Äôs Ice House, Third Base, Blaze Pizza, Face to Face Spa, Adventure Kids Playcare, Target, The Rotten Bunch, Dream Dinners, Fire House Subs, Painting with a Twist, Aqua Tots, Waterloo Swimming, Pluckers, tickets to Disneyland, Ultimate Eye Care kids sports glasses, It Works products, hooded towels, and MUCH MORE! Check the flier that will come home with your student this week. You don‚Äôt want to miss it!
  • Our carnival is set to happen on Friday, April 7th from 4:30-7:30. The inflatables, games, food, prizes, vendors and student helpers are all set. However, we desperately need parent volunteers to make this all come together! It takes all of us to make an event of this magnitude successful. Please sign up for at least one hour to help. I promise you will have fun and get to meet many of our awesome Sommer Stallions. An added bonus is the weather forecast looks beautiful!
    As an incentive, the top two classes with the most parent volunteers will get to choose if they want an extra recess, drawing time at the table during lunch or to pick a locker for prizes. Simply click on this link to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084eafa828a75-sommer7
  • Round Rock Empty Bowls Festival needs our help!! Students, faculty and community are challenged to bring items for the food drive benefiting The Round Rock Area Serving Center. The campus ( at each level) with the highest number of items by¬†April 6th¬†will be recognized at the Round Rock Empty BowlsFestival on¬†April 8th! Help feed our community and drop off items in the purple barrel located in the main Sommer hallway. More information at¬†http://emptybowlsroundrock.com¬†and flyers located around the school.

     

    Link for More Information: http://RRISD Food Drive Video/ Empty Bowl Festival

    Flyer for Food Drive Needs: Flyer for Food Drive Needs

Important Dates:
4/3:¬†5:30 Elementary Art Exhibition “Meet & Greet” at the PAC
4/3: 6:30 Bond Presentation at Westwood High School
4/4: National School Librarian Day!
4/5: Early Release
4/6: Class Pictures & Spring Portraits
Report Cards go Home
4/7: Carnival  4:30-7:30.

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing:¬†Students will be working on a research paper to inform their readers of a historical event of their choosing. Students will be conducting research from a book as well as use online databases to find all their information. Today, students brainstormed specific events. We discussed what were broad topics and how to narrow it down to an event (WWII would be too broad but a student could choose to focus on Pearl Harbor). We will be talking about skills such as paraphrasing, organizing information into notes, and writing a thesis statement guide the main idea of their topic.
  • Math: Students are working on a PBL where they are redesigning our classroom. Using what they know about measurement, conversion, and area/perimeter, they are designing their ideal classroom space. Today they continued to measure all the movable items in our classroom to include in their blueprint. We talked about drawing things to scale and how they need to think about how to represent the items on their blueprint as accurately as possible. Next week, groups will present their design and we will vote on our favorite. Then we will be moving our classroom around to fit the winning design!
  • Science:¬†¬†We’ve started our new unit on adaptations, traits, and metamorphosis. Last week we discussed how organisms have different structures that have different functions that help their survive. For example, a shark has several rows of sharp teeth (structure) to help them break down their food/meat because they are carnivores (function). This week students will be exploring more about structures and functions by designing their own super animal and plant that would have structures to give it the greatest chance of survival. I’m sure they will come up with some interesting and creative animals and plants!
  • Social Studies: We¬†are beginning our next unit on the Civil War. This week we will learn about the various causes of the civil war, including tension between the north and south over slavery and growing industrialization.
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Weekly Updates

This week in class 2/27-3/3

Things to look out for:

  • Unfortunately, it is a week of testing.
    • STAAR Ready Science is this Tuesday
    • Wednesday is our Reading test
    • Friday is our Math test
  • Please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey if you have not already. The district would appreciate any feedback you have. The survey will be open until March 10.¬†Parent Climate Survey Link

Important Dates:
2/28: Science STAAR Ready
3/1: Reading test
3/2: 5th grade teachers out for planning day
3/3: Math Test

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: In reading¬†after our assessment Wednesday, we are reviewing for STAAR. We will be working on skills that were missed on the STAAR ready as well as reviewing genres and working on strategies for the test in March.
  • Math: Our current unit on coordinate planes, algebraic rules, and 2D figures is still going on. ¬†We’ve learned about the characteristics of shapes and¬†classified them based on their attributes. Students have notes in their math journals as well as examples we did in class.¬†I strongly suggest studying now for this test.

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  • Science:¬†¬†We will be starting our new unit on ecosystems. Students will build on their prior knowledge of what an ecosystem is and explore how organisms interact with both living and nonliving things in order to survive.
  • Social Studies: We are still towards the beginning of our new unit in SS over westward expansion. ¬†This part of the unit takes place over a few days because of the fact that we identify the motivations of the 49ers, the impact Chinese workers had on the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, and other factors that attributed to the growth of the gold industry out west. ¬†We do not have a date set for this test, but expect more information to come out over the next week or so
Weekly Updates

This week in class 2/20-2/26

Things to look out for:

  • We will have a Science¬†Assessment¬†Monday on the water cycle and weather and climate
  • STAAR Ready Science is this Tuesday

Important Dates:
2/27: Science test over weather/climate & water cycle
2/28: Science STAAR Ready
3/1: Reading test
3/2: 5th grade teachers out for planning day
3/3: Math Test

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing:The cereal box bio projects were a huge success! ¬†I really loved seeing the creativity of our students and the hard work they put into the project.

    The remainder of this unit will revolve around connecting themes and ideas across genres.  This primarily will deal with reading text from poetry, nonfiction, and fiction and see how they relate to each other.  There will be an assessment for this unit.  Our plan is to take it next Wednesday (3/1) In writing, this week we will be finishing our procedural writing assignment.  The students have been writing about something they are experts on.

  • Math: Our current unit on coordinate planes, algebraic rules, and 2D figures is still going on. ¬†The class has done a really great job with the first two categories and our focus will be moving towards classifying 2D figures this week. ¬†This can be a little difficult because this portion of the unit is not simply about identifying shapes. ¬†It also includes creating a hierarchy based on the features of each shape. ¬†An example would be:

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We will work on multiple examples of this over the next week and a half in preparation for the test.  The plan is to test on Friday, March 3rd.

  • Science:¬† Our current unit has been a review of the water cycle and a continuation of learning the differences between weather and climate. ¬†The students did come in with a lot of knowledge on both subjects and have done well so far in class. We identified features on a weather map and the difference between weather and climate. We then will review for the unit and test next Monday.
  • Social Studies: We are still towards the beginning of our new unit in SS over westward expansion. ¬†The students learned about the Indian Removal Act of 1830 on yesterday¬†and today we learned about¬†the Gold Rush of 1849. ¬†This part of the unit takes place over a few days because of the fact that we identify the motivations of the 49ers, the impact Chinese workers had on the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, and other factors that attributed to the growth of the gold industry out west. ¬†We do not have a date set for this test, but expect more information to come out over the next week or so.

Today we had the author Nathan Hale come to speak to our 5th graders about his books! He writes his books on historical events and stories. He is a comic and author, and today, he shared the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through drawing and fantastic storytelling! The students were so engaged and could relate his drawings to what we learned and are learning in history.

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That’s it for me! Thanks!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 1/30-2/3

Hi!¬†Here is a look at our week. We have the STAAR Ready Math today and the Cedar Valley showcase/Maturation Friday so it’s a little shorter than usual.

Things to look out for:

  • We will have a Social Studies Assessment this Thursday 2/2 on our Forming a Nation unit. It includes how our government came to be (Articles of Confederation, Great Compromise, Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc…)
  • Maturation permission slips went home last week (blue slip). If you would like your child to opt-out, please make sure it is returned signed. Otherwise, all students will be listening to the presentation (boys and girls are separated).
  • If you do not plan on ordering coupon books for the Great American Savings Fundraiser, please make sure to send the booklet back to school. If not, you will be responsible for the $25 cost of the book.
  • Order forms for our 5th grade shirts went home this week! Please return by Friday 2/3! They are green and white.

Important Dates:
2/2: S.S Test
2/3: Cedar Valley MS visit for all students/Maturation/T-shirt forms are due
2/9: Field Trip to HEB Center/Progress Reports go home

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We are continuing in our Persuasive text unit. ¬†In reading, students are able to recognize¬†different persuasive techniques that authors use to try and convince their readers to do or believe something and have seen how the same techniques are used in advertising like in commercials and print ads. In writing, students will continue drafting and editing¬†a persuasive letter to me to convince me of a change to make in the classroom.
  • Math: We will be introducing coordinate planes. Students will learn how to locate points on a coordinate plane and understand what ordered pairs are.
  • Science:¬† We are continuing¬†our unit on the Earth‚Äôs rotation and the sun, moon, and Earth. This week we will be learning about the moon and its phases as well as comparing the sizes and characteristics of the moon, sun, and Earth.
  • Social Studies:¬†Our unit test is this Thursday. Some topics to review include the Preamble, understanding our system of checks and balances, knowing the amendments in the Bill of Rights, the branches or government, and the causes and effects of the War of 1812. We will be doing a review today and tomorrow (Kahoot) in class that I will share on Google Classroom tomorrow.

That’s it for now! Thank you!

Weekly Updates

This week in class 1/23-1/27

Hi! Here is look at our week as well as some important middle school/STAAR dates!

Things to look out for:

  • Middle school visits:

    Friday, Feb. 3rd 9:00-11:30:  Cedar Valley Elective Showcase (students visit the school)

    Tuesday, Feb. 7th 1:45-2:30:  Cedar Valley counselors visit Sommer
    STAAR Ready Dates:
    Math¬†STAAR¬†Ready–¬†Jan. 31, 2017
    Science¬†STAAR¬†Ready–¬†Feb. 28, 2017
     
    Reunion Ranch:
    Wednesday, May 16th, 2017

Important Dates:
1/27: Math Assessment
1/31: STAAR Ready Math
2/3: Cedar Valley MS visit for all students/Maturation
2/9: Field Trip to HEB Center

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We have started our¬†unit on persuasive text. ¬†Not only will the students be reading and analyzing persuasive writing, they will also be writing a persuasive essay of their own. In reading, students will be looking out for different persuasive techniques that authors use to try and convince their readers to do or believe something. In writing, students are drafting a persuasive letter to me to convince me of a change to make in the classroom. They are working on looking for good reasons and using evidence to convince their reader of their cause.
  • Math: Our very long math unit is coming to an end! We are testing in this unit on Friday (1/27). We have completed dividing fractions by whole numbers and vise versa and will be reviewing for the test for the rest of the week. ¬†I, like many of you, learned that the simple way to divide fractions is to ‚Äúinvert and multiply‚ÄĚ. ¬†There have even been a few students in class who are familiar with this skill. ¬†While it is a skill that the students eventually will figure out, it is not how I‚Äôve taught fractions so far. ¬†I want the students to understand how you divide fractions, not just a quick way to do it. ¬†We‚Äôve used pictures to help us and have identified that, yes, the resulting answer‚Äôs denominator is related to the dividend and divisor we started with. ¬†Here is an example of the anchor chart we created as a class:

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  • Science:¬† We¬†have started our unit on the Earth’s rotation and the sun, moon, and Earth. In this unit, students are investigating how the Earth rotates on an axis, creating the apparent movement of the sun and our day and night cycle.
  • Social Studies:¬†In our Forming a Nation unit, we are exploring more of how our government came to be what it is today. We’ve covering the 3 branches of government, how we have a system of checks and balances, and the difference between the state and national government. Next we’re learning about the Bill of Rights as well as some important founding fathers.

That’s it for now! Thank you!

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Important Middle School dates and EGGI week

It’s hard to believe it, but¬†there are already some important middle school dates coming up in February. Below are some information on Education Go Get It week (1/17-1/20) and important dates for each middle school.

If you have any questions let me know.

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

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

  • Tuesday-¬†Hats off To College!
    • Wear a college cap, graduation cap, or any other hat to kick off our week!
  • Wednesday-¬†Show your College Spirit!
    • Wear a shirt from your favorite college
  • Thursday-¬†Be All You Can Be ‚Äď College Is For Me!
    • Wear camouflage
  • Friday-¬†Career Dress Day!
    • Dress up as what you want to be when you grow up

MIDDLE SCHOOL DATES:

Pearson Ranch

  • 2/6 ¬† ¬† ¬† Choice Sheet Review ¬†8:00-9:00am (Students)
  • 2/10 ¬† ¬† Community Meeting to Review Choice sheets 6:30-7:30pm
  • 2/17 ¬† ¬† ¬†Choice Sheets due (Give to Mrs.¬†Kim)
  • There will be additional parent meetings at the end of Spring to review construction and the fall semester.

Cedar Valley 

  • 2/7 ¬† ¬† ¬†Choice Sheet Review 1:45pm (Students)
  • 2/13 ¬† ¬† Parent Meeting at CeVMS 6:00-7:00pm (Cafeteria)
  • 2/17 ¬† ¬† Choice Sheets due (Give to Mrs. Kim)
  • August- ¬†Jag Camp- 6th Grade Orientation (8:00-12:00/ Date TBD)
  • Welcome Walk ¬†(4:30-6:30/ Date TBD)
Weekly Updates

This week in class 12/12-12/15

We’re almost there! I know the students are looking forward to their winter break (as I’m sure many of you are too :)), but here is a little about what we have before we get there! Here’s to a 4 day week!

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Things to look out for:

  • We will have a¬†Science assessment (landforms and formation of fossil fuels) and Reading assessment (Poetry) tomorrow.
  • We are having a in-class poetry slam this Wednesday as part of our Poetry PBL. Parents are welcome!
  • Our holiday party is Wednesday (12/14) @ 1:40

Important Dates:
12/13: Reading DCA and Science DCA
12/14:Classroom PBL (Poetry Slam) presentation
Holiday Party @ 1:30
12/15: Last day of the first semester

This Week We Are Learning:

  • Reading/Writing: We are wrapping up our¬†poetry unit for both reading and writing. ¬†In reading, the students will analyze poems and answer questions on making inferences and conclusions. The test will evaluate their ability to recognize elements of poetry. In writing, the students are publishing¬†poems in preparation for our first annual Sommer 5th Grade Poetry Slam. ¬†Our focus question for our slam is ‚ÄúHow can you express your identity through poetry?‚ÄĚ. ¬†We are inviting parents to join us for the classroom slam on Tuesday, December 13th. ¬†We will talk about poetry slam etiquette and norms like snapping instead of clapping, memorizing poems, reading expressively, and wearing black! Last week, we had a poet from the Austin Poets Society come and speak to the students about writing and reciting poetry. She gave some great tips that I’m sure will help them Wednesday!
  • Math: Our class is continuing our unit with dividing decimals. ¬†Before the break we will continue to work on multiplying decimals with whole number and other decimals. We will be adding to that with dividing decimals. Students will solve word problems where they will need to divide. We have talked about several strategies such as estimating, breaking up the numbers using partial product, and getting the decimals to whole numbers.
  • Science:¬† We are wrapping up landforms¬†and fossil fuels this week. ¬†Students will need to review both for tomorrow’s test. Students should review which agents (wind, water, or ice) form which landforms, formation of sedimentary rocks, what the scientific processes that change the Earth are (weathering, erosion, and deposition) and formation of fossil fuels.
  • Social Studies: We have wrapped up the Revolutionary War and now onto the formation of our country and constitution. The students will learn about the Articles of Confederation and how they were the first form of government. Students will see who because they were weak,¬†it eventually led to the writing of the Constitution.

That’s it for now! Thank you!