RES 5th Grade News

500 Stockley St., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 302.227.2571

Science - Ecosystems

Our super scientists were diligent in building their terrariums this week. They look fantastic! According to our detailed observations, we added just the right amount of H2O and soil. We can't forget the temperature - that seems to be just right. We have discovered that the mustard and alfalfa seeds are starting to germinate! Now, why won't the grass seeds do the same? The students also did a great job as teachers for the day when they gave detailed instructions to Mr. Jones and Ms. Bailey in how to build their own terrariums. Great job! This week we will be reviewing photosynthesis and various environmental concepts such as interdependence, food chains/webs, and the niche of producers, consumers, and decomposers in various ecosystems. Special Thanks to Mrs. Monigle - our students will be planting in the RES Garden this week and we can't wait!

Mrs. Kisiel

Math - Volume

We are finally getting into the swing of things, following the first week of school and DCAS testing. Our students have been working hard on our first unit which covers volume. In this unit, the students figure out the two strategies for finding volume (length x width x height and base x height) of rectangular prisms and irregular solids. We've also been looking at how changing the dimensions of a box can affect the volume of the box. We will be wrapping this unit up this week with a unit test on Friday. This test will cover everything we've talked about with volume--finding volume of regular/irregular solids as well as finding/changing dimensions of boxes. Please make sure your child has dividers in his/her notebook since their first notebook quiz will be coming up soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Mr. Smith

Language Arts - Heritage

Let's get ready for another exciting week in Reading! First and foremost, we would like to congratulate everyone on such a great couple of weeks. Everyone came back to school with enthusiasm and ready to learn! In Reading class, we are continuing our unit on Heritage. It's fun to learn about the different cultures and traditions in the world around us! We look forward to learning more when we read the next couple of stories in our "Imagine It" student reader. As we continue our unit, we will be investigating our unit concepts such as story elements, main idea and supporting details, and characteristics of a good summary. These concepts are also being learned through our weekly Scholastic News magazines articles. Please make sure your child is keeping up with "Get to 50" homework assignments and studying for weekly spelling tests. We are off to a very successful beginning so far, and I just want to take the time to thank all of you for your support! Feels like it's going to be a great year!

Mrs. Engle ( and Ms. Bailey (

Social Studies and Writing

Our students have been writing personal narratives for the past 2 weeks. They wrote about a “far away” place they would like to visit and a “special memory” in their lives. In addition, they completed “All About Me Poetry." In response to the University of Delaware's Coast Day (Oct. 6) essay challenge, they also wrote about hurricane preparedness and the impact Hurricanes Irene and Sandy had on their lives and/or community. Writing assignments cannot be marked in a day. Students will get these back as soon as I finish grading them. This week they will start an essay for Fire Prevention Month on “Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”

We are trudging along with the book “Government in Action.” Students are learning about the branches of government. They will also write a letter to either our Washington, D.C. or State Congressmen. They will pick a topic that concerns them and write for the congressmen’s ideas and opinions on the topic. There will probably be a test on “Government in Action” during the week of September 30. Students will receive a study guide this week.

Ms. Ross (

University of Delaware Coast Day

Sunday, Oct. 6th, 11am-5pm

University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, Lewes, DE


Parent/Teacher Conference Night

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 3:30-6:30pm

500 Stockley Street

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Room 217

Scholastic Books

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Thank You!

I just wanted to thank all of our parents and guardians for their support during the first few weeks of school. Our students seem excited, prepared, and ready to tackle the 5th grade curriculum! Please continue to check and sign your child's agenda for any homework that has been assigned in the different subject areas. As always, if you need any questions answered, we are just an email away!!

Have a great week!

~ Mrs. Jacquie Kisiel