5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 1/5 through 1/9

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Digital Citizenship

5th grade will begin teaching Digital Citizenship lessons to the students. 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:


Its Time to Order Your Yearbook!

Yearbook orders can be placed online at balfour.com. 5th grade dedications can also be completed on the Balfour website. The cost is $10. Please contact Mrs. Sorrells if you have any questions!


5th grade teachers will offer tutoring this week 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 would like your child to attend tutoring, please contact your student's homeroom teacher.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 5 - Back to School!

Thursday, January 15 - 2nd Grade Musical Performance at 8:45 am

Friday, January 16 - End of 2nd 9 Weeks & Early Release

Monday, January 19 - School Holiday

Friday, January 23 - Report Cards Go Home


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.


Monday--Reading Log

Tuesday--Reading Log

Wednesday--iStation on home computer or iPad

Thursday--Reading Log

Please also make sure your child is completing their 20 minutes of reading per day and completing the Reading Log.

This week in Math

Thank you very much for providing the supplies for the gingerbread house project. The students had a great time creating them!

We are continuing to study adding and subtracting fractions. This week we will learn how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. To be successful adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, we need to be able to find a common denominator for the fractions and then rewrite the fractions using the common denominator.


Monday: Homework 7-5: Finding Common Denominators: pg. 353 & 354

Tuesday: Homework 7-6: Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators: pg. 359 & 360

Wednesday: Think Through Math: students will need to use either a computer or their iPads and should complete one lesson.

Thursday: no homework

Friday: no homework

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


This Week In Science

This week we will begin our study of landforms. By the end of the unit, the students will be able to recognize how landforms such as deltas, canyons, and sand dunes are the result of changes to Earth’s surface by wind, water, and ice.

Learning Goals

  • Students will understand that wind, water, and ice can change Earth’s surface.

  • Students will learn that sand dunes form when wind-blown sand builds up. Deltas form when water-born sediments are deposited at the mouths of rivers.

  • Students will learn that canyons form when moving water cuts through the Earth’s surface.

Essential Questions

  • What are some different forces that can change the Earth’s surface?

  • How can you describe and identify landforms like deltas, canyons, and sand dunes?

  • How is wind, water, or ice involved in the formation of these landforms?

This Week in Social Studies

This past week I stumbled upon a rap song about the causes of the American Revolution. Most of the kids LOVED IT! (Some were too cool to rap with Mrs. Finley!) We have used the song to create a timeline of the events that led to the war and will now begin focusing on each event in detail. This week we will focus on the Committees of Correspondence and their impact of the colonists' feelings about the British King and their support of the Patriot cause. We will also focus on the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, and the formation of the Patriot militia, the Minutemen. Each day, we will continue reading Chains. I think that is the kids' favorite part of each day! I love to see them so enthusiastic about such an amazing piece of literature!

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


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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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