5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 01/05-01/09/2015

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New Accountability Plan Coming!

As we enter the second semester, we want to prepare the kids for Middle School as much as possible. We have used the Late Work Policy at Arbor Creek to create our own policy that we will begin using this next semester. Our goal is to help students learn more responsibility, especially when it comes to their work, and to learn how to hold themselves accountable. More information will be coming home after the holiday season.

Digital Citizenship

5th grade will begin teaching Digital Citizenship lessons to the students Friday, December 12th. We will teach one or two lessons each week, as our schedule allows. The students will be given a Digital Citizenship "passport" and will earn badges/stamps for each lesson they complete successfully. Inside the passport, is a list of rules the students must follow when using their technology. This passport will also be used to keep track of any problems that occur with the student's use of their technology. On the back of the passport is a chart detailing the consequences for each different level of technology misconduct. If you have any questions about the Digital Citizenship project, please contact your child's teacher.


This link contains excellent resources for parents wishing to look into how to keep their child safe on the Internet:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Classroom Needs

Our classrooms are in need of (1.) hand sanitizer, especially with cold and flu season upon us. If you are able, could you please send a bottle or two to school with your kiddo? We greatly appreciate it!

It's time to order your yearbooks!

Yearbook orders can be placed online at balfour.com. Fifth grade dedications can also be completed on the Balfour website. The cost is $10. Please contact Mrs. Sorrells if you have any questions!

Academic Tutoring

Fifth grade teachers are still offering tutoring on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:05-3:35. Your child's teacher will notify you if they would like your student to attend tutoring. If you feel your child needs to attend tutoring, for either reading or math, please contact your student's homeroom teacher.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 19 - Early Release, 12:30 PM


December 22 through January 2 - Winter Break

Academics

This week in ELAR

We will begin learning the difference between biographies and autobiographies and will begin a biography project where the students will get to choose their own biography about any historical figure. We will also tie in our research standards and learn how to perform research about our chosen historical figure. Over the next couple weeks, we will also learn all about affixes.We will do several activities to differentiate between prefixes, suffixes and root words. Our academic vocabulary for the two weeks: biography, autobiography, affix, historical events and conventions.


Please continue to make sure your kiddo is doing their daily reading log and logging at least 20 minutes of reading a day and completing iStation on Wednesdays! I have really enjoyed reading their logs each week and seeing their thought process!


Homework:

Monday--Reading Log

Tuesday--Reading Log

Wednesday--iStation on home computer or iPad

Thursday--Reading Log

This week in Math

We have an exciting project this week to help us learn about area, perimeter, fractions and geometric shapes. On Tuesday and Wednesday we will be making gingerbread houses during class. Your child will represent the amount of candy they put on their gingerbread house as a fraction and identifying the geometric shapes they use. A note was sent home Thursday, December 11 listing the items your child needs to bring to make their gingerbread house. These items include one cube-shaped tissue box (empty), on box of graham crackers, 2 tubs of white frosting, and one other item of candy to share with the class (circled on the page sent home). Thank you for helping make learning fun!



The website for their math textbook is www.pearsonrealize.com. Their log-in is their last initial, first initial, ID number@lisd (example: va12345678@lisd). All student passwords are abcd1234.


Think Through Math is another online resource your children have accessed. Please encourage your child to access this great resource as well. They all have their usernames and passwords saved in their Evernote account.

This Week In Science

This week we will explore the uses of energy, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy.

Key Concepts for the Week:

  • There are different types of energy including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy.

  • We can use different types of energy including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy.

  • Bicycles, stereos, computers, lamps, and toasters are useful objects that demonstrate the use of mechanical, sound, electrical, light, and thermal energy.



Below you will find a link that will assist you with making science connections with your children at home. It is called STEMscopepedia. Please ask your child to log in with their username and password in order to read this wonderful resource.


https://ali1.acceleratelearning.com/downloads/7194/pdf_file.pdf

This Week in Social Studies

This week, we will continue examining various events that led to the American Revolution, such as the French and Indian War, the Boston Tea Party and the Intolerable Acts. The big question we will focus on is, "What British actions angered the colonists?" Be sure to ask your kiddo about the Skittle Tax Simulation activity we did earlier in our unit! They were able to experience first hand how the colonists may have felt during this time. We will now be focusing on putting the events in order and building a timeline. We will be able to bring our knowledge from Language Arts and synthesize information, draw conclusions, summarize and make predictions as we continue learning about our history.


Here is the link to the Causes of The American Revolution rap we have been listening to in class. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci1pj34C_YQ


Social Studies Alive Online Curriculum

The students are able to access the social studies curriculum, Social Studies Alive, from their iPads (and should also have a shortcut saved to their home screen). Below is the information they will use to log-in.


User Name: last name, first initial

Password: ID # (numbers only)

teacher email: hornej@lisd.net

A Message from our Counselor

Calling all dads...

Please consider joining our Watch D.O.G.S program! If you are interested, please follow this link to fill out some information for Mrs. Sanchez: Watch DOGS information sheet


If you are able to join, follow this link to order your t-shirt before your volunteer time: order a shirt

The PTA is LIVE ONLINE!

Please support our school by joining PTA! Follow this link to see what our amazing PTA has in store for us and find out about membership information!

http://www.icepta.my-pta.org


Our PTA is also live on Facebook! You can find them at https://www.facebook.com/icepta.

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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Indian Creek Elementary

Vision

All of our students enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create.


Mission Statement

Students, staff, and community design and implement a learning organization that provides engaging, innovative experiences every day.

Love and Logic

"If Kids Can Hear Promises-They Can Hear Requests"


Weekly, we will send you a link from a parenting resource called, "Love and Logic. I believe you will appreciate the information as much as I have.



http://www.loveandlogic.com/t-If-Kids-Can-Hear-Promises-They-Can-Hear-Requests.aspx

Reminders...

Parents, your children were given an envelope with information regarding our class parties and upcoming events. The room moms have asked for $15 in order to offset the cost of food and supplies for your child. Thank you for helping with this.

Digital Citizenship

5th grade will begin teaching Digital Citizenship lessons to the students Friday, December 12th. We will teach one or two lessons each week, as our schedule allows. The students will be given a Digital Citizenship "passport" and will earn badges/stamps for each lesson they complete successfully. Inside the passport, is a list of rules the students must follow when using their technology. This passport will also be used to keep track of any problems that occur with the student's use of their technology. On the back of the passport is a chart detailing the consequences for each different level of technology misconduct. If you have any questions about the Digital Citizenship project, please contact your child's teacher.


This link contains excellent resources for parents wishing to look into how to keep their child safe on the Internet:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/