5th Grade News!

September 19 - 23

Picture Day - Wednesday, September 21st!

Calling all Dads!

Thank you for everyone who has volunteer. We still need male chaperones!!! If you are a father of a boy (or girl) and were thinking about chaperoning Pine Cove, PLEASE consider it! We are still short 2 males!

If there is a grandfather or uncle that is interested, that's fine too! They have to pass the FISD background check!!!

Please fill out this form if you are interested -


Popcorn Fridays

Popcorn Fridays start this Friday, September 23rd. You must send in Popcorn Money no later than Wednesday, September 21st, to participate on Friday. There will NOT be an opportunity to purchase popcorn on the day it is being served. Please send in your form with $7 for the year or $1 for the September 23rd event by Wednesday. If you have lost your form, you may send the money in an envelope labeled with your child's name, grade and teacher.


Norris is now asking students to bring their own headphones to school for students to use when they are on the computers. This ensures that your child will always have a pair when needed, as well as helping keep everyone clean! Your child is welcome to keep a pair here in the classroom throughout the year. They do not have to be anything fancy!

At your convenience, please send a pair of headphones in with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher.

Thank you!


This week in writing we will begin drafting our personal narratives and focusing on adding sensory details, show-not-tell language, and communicating feelings and emotions into our writing. Writing a power personal narrative requires strong word choice and excellent detail!

Grammar Focus: Subject-Verb Agreement


  1. affect
  2. lose
  3. engine
  4. equal
  5. equation
  6. equator
  7. relate
  8. relative
  9. breath
  10. breathe
  11. meter
  12. metric

Challenge Words:

1. equity

2. equality

3. equally

4. equilateral


Latin Root: equ-

meaning equal, the same


This week in Reading we will start off a new cluster and explore Character's Roles in a story. We will also do our Beginning of the Year iStation assessment.

Homework: Read for 20 minutes each night

Social Studies

We will be learning about Free Enterprise this week in Social Studies!

States and Capitals: It is an expectation in 5th grade that all students learn the location and capital of each state. A copy of the states and their capitals will go home with your child this week. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to help your child study at home. There are many websites and apps that are excellent for practicing this skill.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to help your child study at home. There are many websites and apps that are excellent for practicing this skill.

The final assessment will be on Friday, September 23rd.


This week in math we will write equations using a variable to represent the unknown quantity.

  • This is an extension of problem-solving skills acquired in earlier grades.

  • Parameters include multiplying a 3-digit number by a 2-digit number and dividing a 4-digit number by a 2-digit number.

  • A letter (variable) may occur in any position in the equation.

  • There are several different and correct ways to write equations for most problems.

We will also develop concepts of expressions and equations by discovering why it is necessary to have order of operations.

  • Common Misconceptions: Students may think that all operations must be done in order from left to right. For example, students who are taught to follow PEMDAS may think that multiplication must be done before division. Use of scientific calculator to verify answers may help students to realize the importance of following the conventional order of operations.

  • The sequence for the order of operations is listed below.
    1. Calculate inside parentheses.
    2. Multiply and divide in order, from left to right.
    3. Add and subtract in order, from left to right.

Homework: Drops in a Bucket

For more math support and see what we are learning from day to day, please check out our math site for additional resources.


MATH CBA September 22nd over multiplication, division, prime and composite numbers, equations, and grouping (order of operations).


This week we will continue our Matter and Energy Unit. The students will learn the boiling and melting/freezing points of water through 2 labs. At the end of the week, we will start mixtures and solutions. The students will complete several labs to determine if different substances are mixtures and solutions.

Homework: Vocabulary Week 4, STEMscopes 7-10, ScienceSaurus 260-265

SCIENCE CBA September 29 over Properties of matter; boiling, melting, & freezing; and mixtures & solutions.

Meet Our 5th Grade Student Teacher - Mrs. Fitts!

Hi! My name is Anna Fitts. I am currently the fifth grade student teacher at Norris! I am originally from Dallas, Texas and I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas. I live in Frisco with my husband Joel, and daughters Kate and Emma. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, doing DIY projects at home and gardening. I look forward to working with the wonderful fifth grade students at Norris!

College and Career Week

Monday, Sep. 19th, 8am to Friday, Sep. 23rd, 3pm

10101 Shepton Lane

Frisco, TX