5th Grade Newsletter

May 2016

Science with Mr. Twa

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Students will be enjoying an amazing time preparing to become 6th grade scientists this month. We will be taking the science STAAR test on Wednesday, May 11. After we complete the assessment, we will be preparing for our alternative energy projects, conservation, and the Night of No Limits.

Reading, Writing, & Social Studies with Mrs. Brittain & Mrs. Harris

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For the rest of the school year, we will continue to work on our 20th Century event projects. Some of the events our students have chosen include the Great Depression, World War II, Desert Storm, and many others. Students will be learning how to research and creating a technology piece that showcases what they have learned about the event that they have chosen. We will be displaying these projects at Night of No Limits at the end of May! We can't wait to see what our students come up with!

What Can Parents Do to Help Their Child At Home In Reading?

  • We have changed the way we are doing reading homework. Each week a reading passage and questions will be coming home. Please encourage your child to complete the homework.
  • Texas Stride-Stride is a great way to practice the Texas 5th Grade standards. http://texas.stridelogin.com/
  • Mr. Nussbaum-This is a great website that lets your child practice their reading skills in a fun way! http://mrnussbaum.com/
  • News ELA-This website is a great place to find Nonfiction texts with high interest articles. You can sign up for a free account and gain access to hundreds of articles and comprehension questions. https://newsela.com/
  • READ, READ, READ and READ some more. It is not too late to meet the Million Word Challenge. Keep encouraging your child to read so that they can attend the field trip to the zoo!

Math with Mrs. Hladky

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In math were are having fun learning all about finding best buys and exploring rates and ratios. We will soon begin our Fifth Grade Graduation Party Project. Students will work in teams to create the best idea for a graduation party. Each team will be given a budget of $1000. They must do research for best buys, keep a record of expenses and stay within their budget. We will continue to take our multiplication quizzes and computational fluency quizzes, so keep practicing those math facts at home!

What can parents do to help their child at home in math?

· Math weekly homework is always provided at the beginning of the week and due on Friday. I am always available in the morning to go over questions for the homework and homework hub is available in the cafeteria.

· Practice those multiplication facts at home. Your child has the opportunity to grab an extra multiplication quiz any time so they can quiz themselves. Parents you can help by using flash cards and having your child practice multiplication anytime and all the time!

· Stride: Have your child get on Stride and practice math at home: http://texas.stridelogin.com/

· Hands On Banking: We will be covering a unit on Financial Literacy in April. In the meantime, there is a great website that provides fun and educational learning for students about money, budgets, income, expenses. Go to http://handsonbanking.org/htdocs/en/k/ and check it out!

· Go to my class moodle webpage for Kahn academy videos and other extra activities that your child can work on to build up those math skills: http://moodle.nisdtx.org/course/view.php?id=11606

Happy Spring!

Million Word Challenge

As we are ending the school year, we are coming to the end of our Million Word Challenge. Many students have already met their challenge!!! Please ask you child where they are on their challenge. We want EVERY student to be able to attend the zoo trip!!

May Dates to Remember

Math STAAR Retest-May 9th

  • Closed Campus-No Visitors

Reading STAAR Retest-May 10th

  • Closed Campus-No Visitors

Science STAAR Test-May 11th

  • Closed Campus-No visitors

Field Trip to FW Science & History Museum-May 16th

  • Please make sure that your child has turned in their permission slip for the field trip. Students will need a sack lunch that can be completely thrown away. Students will have the opportunity to purchase a sack lunch from the cafeteria if needed.

Talent Show & PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.-May 17th

  • Come check out all of our talented students at the Seven Hills Talent Show!

Field Day-May 20th

MWC Zoo Field Trip-May 25th

  • More information will be coming home soon for all students who meet their challenge!

Night of No Limits-May 26th

  • More information will be sent home about the Annual Night of No Limits.

Star Carnival-May 27th

No School-May 30th

There will be no school in observance of Memorial Day.

Keep in Mind

The end of the school year is always a busy time. We already have several things on the agenda. Be on the look out for more information about the Million Word Challenge trip, Night of No Limits, and 5th Grade graduation. The following are dates in June that have already been set that you may add to your calendar.

  • June 2nd-Half Day
  • June 2nd-5th Grade Graduation at 6:00 p.m.
  • June 3rd-Half Day & Last day of school

Texas Stride

Stride is a valuable resource that reinforces what is being taught in your child's science, math, and reading classroom. Please encourage your child to use it at home. If your child needs another copy of their login, please let their homeroom teacher know!
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May 27th-Star Carnival