5th Grade 101

Mrs. Harris' Class Newsletter Week of 9/28/15

What We Did This Week

We had a very busy week! In Math we practiced the order of operations some more and began our Fraction Unit by focusing on using prime factorization to simplify fractions. In Science we learned about plant and animal adaptations including inherited traits. We enjoyed a lovely day studying Science outside on Friday. Students did a wonderful job at Garden Day. We also made observations of our terrariums after a week of allowing them to sit in the atrium for a week. We will observe them again on Friday. Students may bring them home after that.

What We Are Doing Next Week

We will be continuing the fractions unit by adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators. Students will need to watch a video about adding and subtracting fractions by Thursday morning. In Science we will discover what factors cause changes to an ecosystem. We will also review the life cycle and metamorphosis.

Lunar Eclipse

Sunday, Sep. 27th, 8pm

Your House or Somewhere with Clear Skies

Make sure to check out the lunar eclipse on Sunday! This special even won't occur again until 2033. The eclipse is supposed to be over by 10ish, so students wouldn't have to stay up too late. Ignore the map. I can't get rid of it, and it doesn't really do anything for this event!

Upcoming Events

Students received a handout for the Family Fun Night event for this year as well as information for students interested in Student Council. Both of these things were sent home Friday.

We will get to check on our worm ecosystem on October 5th.

The first Science unit test will tentatively be Friday, October 9th.

Students will get to enjoy a day off while the parents have to go to school on Monday, October 12th. Please make sure to sign up for your child's homeroom. Mrs. Whittington and I have sent out a Sign Up Genius link so that you can choose a time that works best for you. If you are not able to meet on the 12th, please email me to schedule a time on another day.


Math DMH Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Adding and Subtracting Fractions video on Wednesday.

Science Week 6. Please remember to have your child justify their answers in order to receive full credit for homework completion.