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 “How can you express your identity through poetry?”.  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!

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Education Go Get it Week

Parents,

Sommer ES will celebrate EGGI week (education go get it) January 16-20, 2017. The theme is DREAM BIG. We are looking for parent volunteers to come and visit with classes about their job. We are only asking for 1-2 hours of your time.  If you are interested please fill out the following formhttps://docs.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBiMulvET8I0lURW-9UYpivbnyFdvJBiamTPzGnKgs_tvpqw/viewform

If you have any questions, please contact Iben Dyke at iben_dyke@roundrockisd.org or 512-704-0631.

Weekly Updates

This week in class 12/5-12/9

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Hard to believe we will be off for another break soon! Here’s a little bit about what’s going on in class this week.

Things to look out for:

  • We will have a Science assessment (landforms and formation of fossil fuels) and Reading assessment (Poetry) next Tuesday.
  • Our holiday party is Wednesday (12/14) @ 1:40
  • Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Thursday, December 8, 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 Tuesday, January 17 no later than 7:35am. Judging will take place on Wednesday, January 18.  Students will take projects to their classroom.

Important Dates:
12/8: Science Fair Research Night
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 currently in our poetry unit for both reading and writing.  In reading, the students are spending time analyzing a variety of poems and analyzing different elements of fiction (figurative language, imagery, rhyme scheme, etc…).In writing, the students are writing poems in preparation for our first annual Sommer 5th Grade Poetry Slam.  Our focus question for our slam is “How can you express your identity through poetry?”.  Each student will write a perform a poem about themselves.  It can be silly, serious, free verse, rhyming; the opportunities for unique poems are endless.  We are inviting parents to join us for the classroom slam on Tuesday, December 13th.  More information will be coming on that front.  There will be a 5th grade slam the following day, but that will be students and teachers only.  This is due in large part to the fact that holiday parties will be happening during this time and parking is very limited.
  • Math: Our class is currently working on multiplying decimals.  We’ve worked with base ten blocks to see what actually is happening when we multiply decimals and we have also practiced strategies that help solve problems as well.  This unit is a large unit consisting of not only multiplying decimals, but diving decimals, and multiplying and dividing fractions by whole numbers.  We will not be testing until after the winter holidays due to the length of the unit.
  • Science:  We are continuing of landforms unit this week.  The students have explored the formation of sand dunes, glacial valleys, canyons, and deltas.  The students have also created a model of sedimentary rock using modeling clay, sand, and humus and saw how sedimentary rock cannot form with compaction and cementation.    We also discussed how all of these changes to the earth happen over long periods of time so they are slow changes that happen over the Earth’s surface.  We will also learn about the formation of fossil fuels in the layers of sedimentary rock and also spend some time reviewing concepts from earlier in the unit.  .
  • Social Studies: Our American Revolution unit is wrapping up this week and next week we will begin our unit on the formation of the United States.  We will wrap up talking about the Declaration of Independence and final battles of the war (Treaty of Paris).

That’s it for now! Thank you!