Robin Harris

Robin Harris

5th Grade Team

Hello Wildcats!  I am Mrs. Harris, and I am excited to be teaching 5th Grade at MAC again this year!  This is my twenty-seventh year teaching and my eighteenth year as a McKeel teacher.  I graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Elementary Education.  I am certified to educate students in grades 1-6 and have my ESOL and Reading Endorsements.  I strive to help my students reach their full potential to become life-long learners through inquiry-based lessons in Social Studies and Writing.  I am looking forward to a great year!


Here is a link to my Amazon Wishlist if you care to donate items to our class! These items, along with individually wrapped candy and small treasure box items are always appreciated!

Amazon Wishlist

Social Studies

This week, we will begin learning about the early settlements in North America. We will put a special emphasis on the British settlements to lead into our study of the 13 Colonies.

Students have received grades in Social Studies! We wrote scores in the portfolio in the blue folder.  Please remember we have switched our grading system to percentages.  90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 59% or less F.  Our new grade book is up and running and can be viewed by clicking HERE.  Students who scored a D or F and wish to retest to improve their grade on the U.S. Physical Features Summative or Climate/Vegetation/Geography of the U.S. Summative must fill out a "Request to Retest" form (see Important Files on my website or pick one up in class) and see me to retest by Friday, September 16th!


This month we will continue our study of Expository Writing! We will learn how to plan and write text-based expository essays.

5th Grade Schedule

8:15 School Begins

8:25-8:55 MAC Time

8:55-10:10 1st Period + Recess

10:10-11:05 2nd Period 

11:05-12:30 3rd Period + Lunch

12:30-1:25 4th Period

1:30-2:10 Specials (PE & Art)

2:15-2:55 Math Group Time (Homework Completion) / Spanish (Tuedays) / Music (Thursdays)

3:00 Dismissal

Digital Citizenship & Goals

Students will learn how to become positive Digital Citizens this year!  They will learn the importance of using technology properly, expectations of using iPads in the classroom, how to be responsible with technology, and how to use digital information fairly. These skills will be taught in the homeroom classrooms at the beginning of the year, and continued throughout the year as needed.

Important Dates


2 - Orientation (4:00 - 4:45 A-L and 5:15 - 6:00 M-Z)

4 - First Day of School

5 - House Day

16- Parent Night 5:15 in Cafeteria

31 - Fall Picture Day


2 - No School

4 - No School

7- Drug Prevention Education Begins (Every Wednesday for 10 Lessons)

15 - Spirit Night - Pelican's 4-8 pm

20- FAST Reading (State Progress Monitoring)

27-FAST Math (State Progress Monitoring)


7 - End of 1st nine weeks/AR goal due

17 - No School

24 - Report Cards

26- Spirit Night - Skate World 6-8 pm


17- Spirit Night - PDQ

18 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break


5 - BizTown Field Trip

16 - End of 2nd nine weeks/AR goal due

16 - last day before winter break


5 - Students Return

12 - Report Cards

16 - No School


17 - No School

20 - No School


10 - End of 3rd nine weeks/AR goal due

13 - 17 - Spring Break

28 - Report Cards


7 - No School


25 - Last Day of School

Sign up for reminders!

We will use Remind as a source of communication this year.  5th grade teachers will send reminders via text to all 5th grade students and parents that sign up. You may sign up as many phone numbers as you would like.  It is beneficial if you sign up both parents as well as the student, if they have a cell phone.   Send a text to the number below and include the message listed below to sign up! 

To:    (240) 297-4477 

Message:  @macgrade5