Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Week of January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and are ready for an exciting new year filled with many wonderful opportunities to learn something new. 

We are "hitting the ground running" when you return to school tomorrow.  In science, we will be looking at weather and climate.  You will need to know the following vocabulary words for a text next TUESDAY, January 10:

Air pressure- the measure of the force with which air molecules push on a surface.
Relative humidity- the amount of water vapor in the air compared with the maximum amount of water vapor that the air can hold at a certain temperature.
Air mass- a large body of air where temperature and moisture content are similar throughout.
Front- the area where two types of air masses meet.
Barometer- an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure.
Anemometer- an instrument used to measure wind speed.
Weather- the condition of the atmosphere at a certain time and place.
Precipitation- any form of water that falls to the Earth’s surface from the clouds.
I will be presenting a presentation on climate and weather tomorrow.  Here is a copy of the PowerPoint:

 Based on this information, you will be required to complete a choice sheet called "Cloudy with a Change of Learning".  This sheet (with four items completed) will be due next Friday (January 13).

In math, we will be reviewing perimeter of polygons.  You will have a homework sheet to complete and a test on perimeter this Friday (January 6).  I know perimeter is a review of previous years work, but I want to make sure we are comfortable doing it before we move on to harder items (like finding area).

Watch out, 2012!  Here we come!

Mr. Trent

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