5th Grade Falcons

News You Can Use for the Week of 01/26-01/30

New Accountability Plan is Here!

As you already know, we have begun a new accountability plan and a sheet explaining the new plan went home earlier this week. As we enter the last eighteen weeks of school, we want to help prepare the kids for Middle School as much as possible, so we have used the Late Work Policy at Arbor Creek to create our own policy to best suit our students' needs. Our goal is to help students learn more responsibility, especially when it comes to their work, and to learn how to hold themselves accountable. Please make sure you talk with your kiddo about the new plan, sign the bottom portion together and then return the signed form to school. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

Love and Logic

"Mistakes Made Online-Affordable or Not?"

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.


A Note From MAPS

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!!

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:


Classroom Needs

Our classrooms are in need of 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, January 23 - Report Cards Go Home

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

Friday, February 13 - Class Valentine's Parties

Monday, February 16 - No School for Students!

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

Thursday, March 5 - Open House

March 9 through 13 - SPRING BREAK!


LISD Student Software Applications Resource for Parents and Students (Link Below)

This week in ELAR

Our focus for the third nine weeks will be poetry and drama. We will be learning various skills and information through these reading genres. Next week we will focus on figurative language. Last nine weeks we focused on idioms and we will now focus on ONOMATOPOEIAS, IMAGERY, PERSONIFICATION, SIMILES, METAPHORS and HYPERBOLES. We will use various works of poetry and pop culture songs to study and identify the above pieces of figurative language.

Our academic vocabulary for the week: analyze, evaluate, figurative language (simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration) and entertain.

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!


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 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.

We will take a Curriculum Based Assessment on the prior semesters skills this week. We will be reviewing in class.

Later this week, we will begin learning how to multiply decimals.

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, http://www.thinkthroughmath.com, is another online resource your children have accessed. I will be checking to make sure they work with this resource at home at least two times a week. 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

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.

We will complete our lesson about the processes that created the sedimentary rock layers and fossils.

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?

Parents, in order to to encourage your child to complete the activities in the STEMscopepedia link below, I am offering them a chance to make extra credit if they bring in a completed activity that they did at home with you.

Look at the "Try it Now" on page 43, and have the students email me their answers, in complete sentences, worth 10 extra bonus points. . Completing the graphic organizer on page 45, would also be worth 10 points. If you are able to complete the "Connecting with your Child", on page 46 would be extremely eye-opening for your family, worth 15 points. All answers need to be emailed to my address at purvisad@lisd.net.


This Week in Social Studies

We will begin our unit on, "To Declare Independence or Not, " and will examine arguments FOR and AGAINST independence. The big question we will focus on is , "What were the arguments for and against colonial independence from Great Britain." The students will be able to identify the positions of the Loyalists and the Patriots and present a convincing argument, for either side, in a class panel debate. I am excited to see what they come up with! 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


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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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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.