5th Grade News!

January 4th - 8th

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Happy New Year!!!

We are kicking off 2016 with Cluster 3 - Decimals and Fractions. We will focus this week on Decimal place value. It is very important to have a strong grasp of place value before we start decimal operations. We will build on the students' conceptual understanding of numbers and operations throughout the cluster.

Homework: Reading, Writing, and Comparing decimals

FISD Cluster 3 Parent Letter:


FISD Cluster 3 Guide to Digging Deeper:



This week in writing we will publish our expository writing. The students will be revising and editing their papers and then typing them on the computer.

Homework: Study Spelling Words


1. devise

2. further

3. opposite

4. submit*

5. transmit*

6. permit*

7. originality

8. original

9. critic

10. criticize

11. habit

12. habitat

Challenge List

1. remittance*

2. admittance*

3. transmittable*

4. resubmit*

5. committee*


This week we finish up our first Earth and Space unit. The students will be able to identify alternative resources. The goal of the week is for the students to be able describe the different alternative resources.

HOMEWORK: Unit 3 Vocabulary words and STEMscopes activity Week 5


This week in Reading we will be discussing and viewing different types of Media Literacy. Media literacy includes Newspaper, Magazines, Advertisements, Websites, and other forms of technology that provide information. We will also analyze different techniques that are used in Media Literacy such as images, text, music, video, and interviews.

HOMEWORK: Read "The Zoo" (passed out in class on Monday) and use your coding strategy to track your thinking as you read. Then, answer the questions on the back. Due Friday!

Social Studies

This week in Social Studies we will discuss The Louisiana Purchase and its significance.We will also discuss the journey of Lewis and Clark.

Words to Know









Yearbooks are available for purchase on the Norris Website for $25 each.


Yearbook sales will end on January 31st, 2016.


  • Please let your child's teacher know if they will be going home with another student or going home another way (ex. carpool - walker)
  • We do have pencils on hand for students when they don't have one, but they are dwindling away quickly! Please help remind your student to be prepared with supplies when they come to class.

Wish List

  • Pencils
Overdue Books