5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 1/19 through 1/23

No School Monday, January 19th!

Enjoy your Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

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!

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 19 - School Holiday

Tuesday, January 20 - Reading STAAR Benchmark Test

Friday, January 23 - Report Cards Go Home


This Week in ELAR

Tuesday, students will be taking the Reading Benchmark Assessment. This gives us a great idea of where we are with our reading skills and how we are using our strategies for understanding of our reading!

This week, we will also be reading about Martin Luther King, Jr. and having great discussions. Also, we will be beginning our poetry unit.


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

We worked on adding and subtracting fractions last week, but I don't feel confident that the kids are where I would like them to be, so we are going to spend this next short week practicing the skill. Please review the three quick checks online I posted at www.pearsonrealize.com! If you child has trouble signing in, remind them that their log-in is their regular username with @lisd at the end. The password is abcd1234.

Our next unit will be adding and subtracting decimals. If time allows, we may touch on that at the end of the week!


Monday: No School

Tuesday: Daily TEKS Review 3-8 & 3-9

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 Alternative Energy Sources Unit. The kids will work to identify alternative energy resources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biofuels.

Learning Goals

  • I will understand that alternative energy resources rely on natural processes and can be used to produce renewable energy.

  • I will understand that alternative energy resources include wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biofuels.

  • I will understand that using alternative energy resources can sometimes produce less waste than producing energy from fossil fuels and can also help conserve the Earth’s resources.

Essential Questions

  • What are some examples of alternative energy resources? How are they used?

  • Why are certain energy resources called “alternative” resources?

  • What are some of the advantages of these resources? Are there any disadvantages?

This Week in Social Studies

Next week we will continue our 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 learn about the Boston Massacre and examine a primary source to accompany the lesson. We will also 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! 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


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!


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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