5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 5/11 through 5/15

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, May 12 - STAAR Reading retake

Thursday, May 14 @ 8:45am - Honor Choir Program

Friday, May 22 - Bad Weather Makeup Day

Monday, May 25 - School Holiday

Tuesday, May 26 - Field Trip to the Perot Museum

Thursday, June 4 - End of the Year Celebration & Class Parties

Friday, June 5 - Last Day of School, Early Release @ 12:30

5th Grade End of Year Celebration

Dear 5th Grade Parents!

Hard to believe that the end of year is almost here!

Our 5th Graders will be Celebrating their completion of Elementary on June 4th at 8:45am. So mark your calendars. You will be getting a formal invitation soon with more details and how you can help if you would like.

Right now we would like to get started on the Slideshow!

We would love for each student to have up to 3 pictures of them in the slide show!

(suggestions are: baby – kinder –current 5th grade picture)

If you could please send in pictures (that will be returned if labeled properly) or email digital ones to Mark Forbes at mtforbes@mac.com no later than Friday, May 15th.

If sending digital pictures please make sure they are sent as 1mb file or larger.

Thank you!

Accountability Plan Reminders

We have had our Accountability Plan in place for several weeks and we have met to discuss and work out some of the kinks. Here are a few important reminders:

  • If a student does not turn in an assignment on time, they will be given the opportunity to work on it the next morning if they choose to.
  • By the second class period, if the student has not turned in an assignment, they will be given 2 days of Lunch Bunch. The teacher will notify you by filling out a green form and putting it in their Daily Folder. The dates for Lunch Bunch will be listed on the green form and the students will be expected to attend Lunch Bunch on those dates.
  • If a student does not attend Lunch Bunch when it is assigned, or fails to turn in the assignment after the 2 days in Lunch Bunch, they will be assigned to ENCORE from 3:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon.
  • Encore notices are orange and will be stapled into the Daily Folder telling you which day your child will need to stay.

There have been updates made to our Grading Policy as well. Here are the basics:

  • Daily work may be redone for full credit, regardless of the original grade.
  • Failed tests and quizzes will need to be retaught and may be redone or corrected (per teacher instructions) for a 70.
  • It is the student's responsibility to meet with their teacher regarding failed work that they would like to redo or correct for a higher grade.

Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have any questions!


In an effort to connect more with technology and to interact with our community in a different way, ICE teachers are taking to Twitter! Be sure to follow your favorite teachers to see and get updates on what is being done in the classroom/school!

Mrs. Brown - @MrsBrowngrade5

Mrs. Finley - @finleys5thgrade

Mrs. Horne - @fearlessin5th

Mrs. Purvis - @fifthisfun

Mrs. Vitosh - @AmyVitosh

Fifth Grade Twitter handle @5thicefalcons

Math Resource Links

Math Textbook: www.pearsonrealize.com

Think Through Math: http://lms.thinkthroughmath.com

Khan Academy: www.khanacademy.org


This Week in ELAR

For the next couple of weeks, we will be working in Literature Circles combining all parts of language arts with our novel. Our end product will be a presentation of each student's choice, such as a Google Slide presentation or even an iMovie movie trailer.

We will also be finishing up our Whodunnit Mystery!


Monday--Reading Log

Tuesday--Reading Log

Wednesday--iStation on home computer or iPad

Thursday--Reading Log

iStation Resource for Parents:


This week in Math

We will continue our unit on financial literacy. This includes learning about taxes, income, methods of payment, and budgets. As a part of this unit, we began discussing careers that they are interested in on Friday. There is a link on Edmodo for the students to use to research. Ask your child what two careers they researched and what they learned.


Monday: Mixed Problem Solving and Number Sense pg. 909 - 910

Tuesday: Topic 16 Review

Wednesday: Think Through Math

Thursday: Khan Academy

Friday: no homework

This website provides a link to several resources we use for math:


This Week In Science

This week the kids will be expected to identify the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals.

Learning Goals

  • I will explain how people and animals exhale carbon dioxide during respiration.

  • I will explain how plants use carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight to produce their own food, releasing oxygen as a waste product.

  • I will explain how in order to survive, people and animals inhale the oxygen released by plants.

  • Essential Questions

  • How are plants and animals involved in the cycling of carbon dioxide and oxygen?

  • What is the relationship between plants and animals? Where is oxygen produced? Where is carbon dioxide produced?

  • What is the significance of this cycle to the survival of plants and animals?

This Week in Social Studies

Due to getting ready for Multicultural Night, we got a little behind in Social Studies this week! Therefore, we will continue this unit into next week. We will specifically study the Louisiana Purchase, the contributions of Lewis and Clark, The War of 1812, and the Native American struggle. The kids will have a quiz over Chapter 11 Lesson 2 and the Louisiana Purchase on Monday, May 11.


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Contact Us!

5th Grade Teacher Email Addresses

Mrs. Brown brownek@lisd.net

Mrs. Finley finleyl@lisd.net

Mrs. Horne hornej@lisd.net

Mrs. Purvis purvisad@lisd.net

Mrs. Vitosh vitosha@lisd.net

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