Fearless in Fifth

Indian Creek 5th Grade Newsletter: Week of September 19th

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Hebron High School Silver Wings and Football players came to visit today. Each homeroom was able to visit with one of the football player during our morning Falcon Time.

The Bruised and the Beautiful Apple...

Please ask your children about this activity we did in class last week.
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What we are learning this week:

Math: We are continuing our unit on adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals.

ELAR: This week we will focus on the different story elements of fiction. We will also continue with the vocabulary we learned from our unit on context clues.

ans our unit on properties of waterlearn to identify the boiling and freezing/melting points of water.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit on geography. The students will take part in several geography challenges to learn about the continents, oceans, different landforms and the various physical features seen in the US.

-Your students will receive a recipe Tuesday to make "Salt Dough" for their American Salt Dough Map.

-Please send it in by Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Science: We are finishing up part 1 of Properties of Matter where we focused on identifying, solubility, mass, etc.

-Part 2 We are exploring Properties of Water

Salt Dough Recipe

Salt Dough Recipe

Remember to store your salt dough in a plastic bag or airtight container when not in use. And here's a neat idea: add a drop of vanilla extract to your homemade play dough recipe...not only will it give the dough a nice smell, but it also helps keep mold away!

Basic Salt Dough Recipe


1 cup of fine salt

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of water (may add more)


In a large bowl, combine the salt and the flour

Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water

Knead until smooth and shape into a ball

When not in use, wrap in plastic or store in an airtight container

HINT: To get a softer dough you can add more flour. Adding more salt will lend a more granulous affect.

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In science this week we explored the solubility of cinnamon, salt, sugar, and sand in water.

Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 5:30pm

4207 Plano Parkway

Carrollton, TX

Curriculum Night

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 5:30pm

Indian Creek Elementary School, Carrollton, TX, United States

Carrollton, TX

Falcon Father's Game Night

Friday, Sep. 30th, 6:30-7:30pm

Indian Creek Elementary School, Carrollton, TX, United States

Carrollton, TX

Love and Logic-"What's Our Job"

When asked, “What’s our job as a great parent or great teacher?” most people say something like, “To raise or help create respectful and responsible kids.” I disagree.

It’s not our job to raise responsible kids. Our job is to consistently do the things that give kids an opportunity to become responsible.

When we spend all of our time and energy trying to make our kids respectful and responsible, we open ourselves up to major power struggles. It’s as if we send an unstated message such as, “All of my self-worth and happiness is tied up in how well you behave.” This is far too much power for any child to have. Too often, strong-willed children use this power to punish their parents.

In contrast, when we focus on doing the right things and giving our kids a great opportunity, we place appropriate responsibility on them and they have no battle to fight. The unstated message is much different: “While I want very much for you to have a happy and responsible life, I can’t make that happen for you. You are the one who has to do most of the work.”

Take care of yourself by remembering that the only person you really have complete control over is yourself. For more helpful tips, check out the title, How to Discipline Kids Without Losing Their Love and Respect.

Teacher E-mail Addresses

Mrs. Brown - brownek@lisd.net

Mrs. Horne - hornej@lisd.net

Ms. Legg - leggn@lisd.net

Mrs. Purvis - purvisad@lisd.net

Mrs. Vitosh - vitosha@lisd.net


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. Horne - @fearlessin5th

Ms. Legg - @leggn1

Mrs. Purvis - @fifthisfun

Mrs. Vitosh - @AmyVitosh

Fifth Grade Team - @5thicefalcons

Indian Creek - @IndianCreekES

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From left to right: Mrs. Vitosh, Mrs. Horne, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Purvis, Ms. Legg