5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 1/26 through 1/30

Six Flags Read to Succeed

A few weeks ago, we sent home information about the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. To participate, your child needs to read for fun, a total of six hours or 360 minutes. Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, eBooks, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count. Please return the reading log to your homeroom teacher by Friday, February 20 in order to qualify for a free ticket to Six Flags.

A Note from Coach Parker...

With the cold weather comes a lot of students who wear boots to school to keep their tootsies even warmer. Please be sure they bring a pair of tennis/athletic shoes on the day their class visits PE, as well as, every Friday since all students are in the gym on Fridays. Thank you very much!!

Math Resource Links are Coming Soon!

We are working to put together a list of math resources for you to use to help your child at home with their math. We have so many great sites that the kids use in school, but we know that it would be nice to have one spot to go to for help when you, as the parent, need a refresher! We hope to have this list ready to send to you after next week!

New Accountability Plan

On Monday, your student brought home a copy of the new 5th grade Accountability Plan. (We also had them keep a copy in their Take-Home Folders.) This plan outlines the new guidelines for late and missing work. When a student comes to school without an assignment completed, they will have the opportunity to complete that work from 7:50 to 8:20 in a Study Hall in their classroom. If the student still does not complete their assignment, they will be required to go to Lunch Bunch for two days to finish the work. (Your child's teacher will call you to let you know that your child has been asked to attend Lunch Bunch.) If your child still does not complete their work, they will be required to attend an after school program called Encore from 3:00-4:00 in the afternoon. (Again, your child's teacher will call you to let you know that your child is required to stay for Encore.) If, after all of these opportunities, your child still has not completed their work, they will receive an office referral. The teachers worked very closely with Mrs. Sanchez, Mrs. James, and Mrs. Teddy to put together a plan that closely models the work requirements they will face at Arbor Creek. If you have any questions regarding this new policy, please email your child's teacher and she will be happy to answer any questions for you.

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:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

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!

Tutoring

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

Tuesday, February 3 - Walk to ACMS for building tour


Wednesday, February 4 - ACMS Counselors to present Middle School Class Info to Students


Monday, February 16 - No School for Students!


Thursday, February 19 - Digital Citizenship Student Showcase 5:300-6:30pm


Thursday, March 5 - Open House

Academics

This Week in ELAR

Next week we will be learning about poetry. We will explore various books to analyze the different characteristics of poetry. Analyzing (breaking down) poetry can be difficult. However, when we break it up into smaller pieces and look at one skill at a time, such as inferencing, structure, of drawing conclusions, it makes it easier. Poetry is also a fantastic venue to learn about figurative language!! Can't wait!!


Homework:

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

Our focus this week is on multiplying and dividing decimals. We will also be taking our second nine weeks math CBA (Curriculum Based Assessment) on Wednesday and Thursday.


Homework:

Monday: Lesson 6-5: pg. 301 - 302

Tuesday: Daily TEKS Review 6-4 & 6-5

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:

www.tizmos.com/indiancreek

This Week In Science

This week we will begin our Fossils Unit. The students will be expected to identify fossils as evidence of past living organisms and the nature of the environments at the time using models

Learning Goals:

  • I will understand that fossils are traces or preserved parts of organisms that lived in the past.

  • I will understand that fossils can be used to interpret past events and environments.

  • I will use models to represent the passage of time and past organisms and environments.

Essential Questions

  • How can fossils tell us which organisms lived millions of years ago?

  • How can fossils tell us what environments were like millions of years ago?

  • How can we represent fossils and past environments using models?

This Week in Social Studies

Last week was JAM PACKED so we did not get as much done as I had hoped. This week will continue our examination of the events that led to the American Revolution. We will focus on the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, and the formation of the Patriot militia, the Minutemen. This unit provides an excellent opportunity to expose the kids to some of the STAAR type reading passages and questions that they will see on the Reading STAAR test in April. As we work through each lesson, we will read a passage and answer some comprehension questions that will give them some additional practice on those important reading strategies!

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

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

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.