5th & 6th Grade STEM
(303) 772-3711 x216
Room 216

I'm Mrs. Farquhar! I really enjoy teaching Math and Science! Although I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in History, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading, my passion is helping students realize that everyone is good at Math! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, crocheting, traveling and spending time with my family.

Dear Parents,

Here we are at the last full week of school! It will be a week FULL of hard work as we head into the home stretch...

Coming up, we have the school field day on Friday, May 19th. Students should wear their maroon field trip shirts, athletic pants or shorts, and should also bring their own sunscreen. Students may also bring a hat and should have a refillable water bottle. Hot lunch will be available to students who usually get hot lunch.

On Wednesday, May 24th, the last day of school, the 5th grade class will take a walking field trip to Settler's Park in the Oak Meadows subdivision. We will also be having our 5th grade awards assembly at the park! All parents are welcome to meet us at the park, for the awards and for fun. We will arrive around 9:30 AM and plan to leave to walk back to the school at 12:00 noon. Students need to wear their maroon field trip shirts and athletic pants or shorts, and bring a sack lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and appropriate sports equipment (find this list on the permission slip). Permission slips will go home Monday, May 15th and are due back no later than Monday, May22nd!

In math, we are continuing to focus on those mathematical skills necessary for student success in 6th grade, while in science we are concluding our Endocrine System/ Reproduction System unit and moving on to Astronomy! 

Let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns...

Have a great rest of the week, as we head into the final days of this school year, and you gain a middle schooler! 

Mrs. Farquhar

What We're Learning in Math

5th Grade Chapter 4 Math Re-Test on Wednesday,March 8th!

5th Grade--Chapter 4--School-Home Connection

5th Grade Chapter 3 Test on Friday, February 3rd!

5th Grade Chapter 9 Math--Chapter 9 Test on Thursday, December 15, 2016!!!!

5th Grade Chapter 2 Math

5th Grade Chapter 8

5th Grade: Chapter 1


Fifth-grade students now have access to online resources for Math at www.thinkcentral.com. At this website, your student can view such online resources as Mega Math and Virtual Manipulatives, to further complete their understanding and mastery of the concepts we study, as well as the Student Editions of both the textbooks and workbooks.

To log on, students will use the first initial of the first name and their last name, all lowercase, for their User ID. Their passwords will be their first names, all lowercase.  

For example, Joe Smith's user ID is jsmith and his password is joe. 

SIXTH GRADE ONLY: Students who attended Imagine as 5th graders will still have access to the 5th-grade material through Think Central, if they would like to review past concepts and skills. The log in and password are the same as when they were 5th graders. 

Students also received their Math in Focus user name and password in class today. This will give students access to the textbooks (A & B) online, in case students forget to bring textbooks home for homework. Click the link below and enter the student's user name and password to access this online textbook: 

Math in Focus Online Textbook

Chapter 3 Test on Tuesday, December 13, 2016!!!

In Quarter 2, we have focused on dividing fractions, and multiplying and dividing decimals. We'll conclude this quarter with a Cumulative Review of Chapters 1-3. 

In Quarter 1 of 6th Grade Math, we have focused on Positive Whole Numbers. As we conclude this chapter, we move on the Negative Whole Numbers. Feel free to have your student look ahead at this concept, in preparation for the upcoming instruction around it.

Mrs. Farquhar's Class Syllabus

What We're Learning in Science

 2016-2017 5th Grade: Year-Long Plan*:           
    August:                    Scientific Inquiry 
    September:              Animal Classification, Adaptation, Food Webs
    October:                   Cells & Plants (Reproduction and Photosynthesis)
    November:               Elements, States of Matter, Physical & Chemical Changes
    December:               Earth Systems, Renewable & Non-renewable Energy
    January:                   Weather, Changing of Earth's Surfaces
    February:                 The Human Body, Organs & Systems
    March:                      Electromagnetic Spectrum & Energy Transfer
    April:                        Science Fair
    May:                         Astronomy, Human Reproduction
        *Subject to change  

Cells Project--Due February 28, 2017

Renewable Energy Sources Link

Plant Project

Animal Report Project

Animal Report Rubric

Science Recitation


            2016-2017 6th Grade: Year-Long Plan*:           
    August:                    What is Science? (Scientific Inquiry and Measurement)
    September:              Chemistry
    October:                   Energy
    November:               Force & Motion
    December:               Astronomy
    January:                   Astronomy
    February:                 Earth - Land
    March:                      Earth - Water
    April:                        Science Fair
    May:                         Ecosystems

        *Subject to change   

6th Grade Science Homework--Friday-9/2/2016: 

On pg. 30 in the online Science textbook (link below), students will watch three TV commercials and read three ads in magazines. They will record the claims each advertisement made. Next, students will classify each ad as being vague, misleading, reliable and/or scientific. Students should be prepared to turn in their written results on Tuesday when we return to school. 

Plate Tectonics/Boundaries--PowerPoint to Review for Test on Wednesday!

Continental Drift Student Project

Motion, Force and Energy--Chapter 5

Nature of Matter: Chapter 3

6th Grade Science--Atoms Explained (pdf slideshow)

Atoms--Student Choice Project

News and Notes


We enjoy celebrating birthdays in class and will do so usually at the end of first Core (plan for 12:15 PM), just before lunch. Treats are welcome, but optional. Students celebrating will be appreciated by each student in the class, and then we will hand out treats on the way out the door for the day. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend! Please let Mrs. Farquhar know a day or two in advance  if you plan to attend and/or bring treats. Please also note, we do have some students with severe nut allergies and specific dietary restrictions, so by letting me know in advance, we can keep all of our students safe and included in our celebrations. 

Scholastic Book Orders


If you would like to order Scholastic books, you may order online, (website: scholastic.com/bookclubs) using our  Class Activation Code LLT8C. Let me know if you have any questions!

Mrs. Farquhar's Calendar