5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 5/4 through 5/8

Upcoming Dates

May 4 - May 8 - Staff Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 5 - Indian Creek Multicultural Night 5:30-6:30

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

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

Our media advertisement project presentations were this past Thursday. Boy, do we have some genius inventors! I was so proud of the hard work I saw!

We have started a "Whodunnit" mystery reading activity. This will take us several days to read the investigation notes and "solve" the mystery. Three thinking maps will be our recording sheets that we get to add information to every day.

We will continue to read The Watsons go to Birmingham and complete various activities to deepen our comprehension.

Writing is also on our daily to do list, which they love!

We did not have reading log homework this past week, but we will begin again this upcoming week! Please sign that your child has actually read the 20 required minutes and has a thoughtful answer on the sheet. Thanks!

We also have a new spelling list to work on the suffix 'ion.'


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.


Monday: Homework 16-5 pg. 901 - 902

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

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 we will continue to observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and nonliving elements.

Learning Goals

  • I will explain how organisms interact with both living and nonliving things to survive in their ecosystems.

  • I will describe how plants interact with living things such as animals and other plants in complex ways that also require nonliving things, such as carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight.

  • I will describe how animals depend on other living things, such as plants and other animals, and nonliving things, such as air and water, to survive.

Essential Questions

  • What is an ecosystem? What are the different parts of an ecosystem?

  • How do the living components in an ecosystem support the other components?

  • How do the nonliving components in an ecosystem support the other components?

This Week in Social Studies

This week we will be working on our Westward Expansion Unit. 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 Tuesday, May 5th.


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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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