5th Grade News!

March 14 - 18

Plano Symphony Orchestra Field Trip

Wednesday, March 16th, 9am

Richardson, TX, United States

Richardson, TX

Dress in Concert Attire

(dress pants, nice shoes, dresses, etc.)

Miscellaneous Info

  • Please reinforce at home the importance of having all of necessary supplies ready to go at school. There is a good percentage of students that don't come to school with PENCILS. Our extra supply ran out before winter break, and we have kept "loaners" marked with tape available in the classrooms, and now that supply has also dwindled to stubby pencils without erasers. Thank you for your help with this!
  • Please let your child's teacher know if they will be going home with another student or going home another way (ex. carpool - walker)

Wish List

  • Pencils
  • Tissues

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This week we are working on our Personal Financial Literacy Unit. Students will be expected to:

  • Define Income tax, payroll tax, sales tax, and property tax
  • Explain the difference between Gross Income and Net Income
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of payment (including credit card, debit card and electronic payment)
  • develop a system for keeping and using financial records
  • Balance a simple budget
  • Describe actions to take when expenses exceed income to balance a budget.

Students have received a page to record vocabulary definitions on their own terms. There will be a Personal Financial Literacy Quick Check on Friday that they will need to study for.

Homework: study Personal Financial Literacy vocabulary terms.


This week in writing we will continue working on our creative writing unit. The students will start working on imaginary stories whether they are from ordinary moments or what we wish the world was like.

Homework: Study Spelling Words


1. wouldn’t

2. vegetable

3. wrong

4. phobia*

5. aquaphobia*

6. aerophobia*

7. bomb

8. bombard

9. heir

10. inherit

11. condemn

12. condemnation

Challenge List

1. acrophobia*

2. technophobia*

3. claustrophobia*

4. arachnophobia*

5. autophobia*


This week we will start our 2nd organisms and environments unit. We will learn about how organisms have adapted over time! The students will be able to compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals.

HOMEWORK: Unit 5 Vocabulary, STEMscopes activities week 1


This Week in Reading we will analyze fiction text to identify the main idea, draw conclusions, and use this information to create summaries.

Homework: Read "Maze Runner excerpt". Remember to code while you read and answer the questions! Due Friday!

March Book It Due Tuesday, April 1st! March Book It goal is 700 minutes!

Social Studies

Identifying all 50 states and their capitals is an important skill. This is also something that is fun to study at home! When we come back from Spring Break, a pre-quiz will be given on the 50 states and capitals. The pre-test is not for a grade, it will be used to show what we know already. The final states and capitals quiz will be given during the week of April 25th. Below are some fun ways to practice at home! If you find additional websites or apps that your child loves and find helpful in studying, please let me know!

Lizard Point: http://lizardpoint.com/geography/usa-quiz.php

Ironic Sans: http://www.ironicsans.com/state22.html

IPAD Apps: Stack the States, iAmerica


Tuesday, March 29th, 8am

Norris Elementary School, Frisco, TX, United States

Frisco, TX

Reading STAAR

Wednesday, March 30th, 8am

Norris Elementary School, Frisco, TX, United States

Frisco, TX

Nelson Parent Meeting

Tuesday, April 5th, 6pm

Norris Elementary School, Frisco, TX, United States

Frisco, TX


WIN a night at the MOVIES!

1. Ensure your family and friends have linked their Kroger Plus cards to NORRIS ELEMENTARY PTA (https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards).

2. Shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card.

3. Make a “raffle ticket” by tearing off the bottom of your Kroger receipts showing:

2015-2016 Kroger Community Rewards
You are contributing to

4. Clearly write your first and last name, your grade and your teacher’s name on the “raffle ticket” in CAPITAL LETTERS.

5. Drop your “raffle ticket” in the raffle box in the school office.

Raffle tickets will be accepted from January 15, 2016 through February 29, 2016. The drawing will take place on March 1, 2016.

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