Mrs. Harris' Class News

December 8 - December 19

What We've Been Up To

Happy December! We are just two weeks away from the halfway point in the year and we have been working hard on all of our objectives. Our lack of snow days has really allowed us to plow through our agenda! (See what I did there?)

In math, students are learning about fractions and how they are a part of a whole. They will learn to identify equivalent fractions, as well as add and subtract fractions with like denominators - a lesson that is incredibly relevant to life, especially when doubling a recipe for Christmas cookies! :)

In history we are studying explorers - four of them to be exact! We are learning about the sponsors, motivations, achievements, and areas explored by Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, and Christopher Newport. We will have our last history test of 2014 this Friday, December 12! Next week, we will spend some time working on an explorers-related technology project, and will revisit Scientific Investigations, Christmas-Style!

In reading we are currently spending a lot of time with our National Geographic Explorers magazines and practicing reading nonfiction. This includes using all of the text features to help us understand better. We are also learning about nonfiction resources, such as thesauruses, atlases, encyclopedias, and the Internet!

In writing, we are still working on on expository writing which we should finish up this week. We are also working on reviewing contractions.

2nd STEM Day

We had our second STEM day on Tuesday, November 25. This time around, students were asked to pick a habitat and build a recreation of an animal from that habitat, as well as the background environment. There was also the added challenge that the animal they created had to have a part that moved without touching it with your body. Even I was stumped at first! But the students tackled it like it was no big deal and it was amazing to see what they came up with! Ms. Weimer and I were even inspired to create our own animal! Check out the pictures below to see what our students came up with!

Holiday Lunch

Thursday, Dec. 18th, 11-11:30am

2055 Courthouse Rd

Louisa, VA

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Third Grade will have their annual holiday lunch on Thursday, December 18. Come join your student for a festive lunch of turkey and gravy, candied, yams, and green beans. Invitations went home in Fox Folders on Thursday. If you are interested in attending please be sure to send the blue form back in with your students.

Important Dates

December 8-12: MNES Holiday Shop

December 12: Explorers Test

December 18: PK, K, and 3rd grade Holiday Lunch

December 19: Polar Express / Frozen Day

December 22: Winter Break Begins

January 6: Classes Resume


- Please continue to check your student's Fox Folder every Tuesday and Thursday when they come home.

- As the weather becomes cooler, please keep the temperatures in mind for recess. Typically, we allow students to take their jackets off if the temperature is above 65 degrees.

Please visit our class webpage - - for up-to-date calendars and information regarding our class! You can even subscribe to our class Google calendar to receive notification when events have been added or changed!

Polar Express / Frozen Day

December 19 will be our last school day of 2014 and third grade has a festive day planned. As as school, MNES will celebrate a "Frozen" themed afternoon. These activities will follow our normal STEM day schedule, meaning this year the planned activities will take place in our classrooms and will happen from 1pm - 3pm. In the morning, third grade will continue its tradition of Polar Express Day. More information about this special day will be coming home this week in Fox Folders, so be sure to keep an eye out!

Contact Mrs. Harris

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. 540-967-1347 ext. 6145