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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!