Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Week of March 25, 2012

It's a short week at Ellis...no school Friday.  That means we have a lot to fit in a short amount of time.  Please remember to always work with good purpose so we can make the most of the time we have together.

In math we will be focusing on finding volume of cylinders.  I hope you remember how to use pi, because 3.14 is an important part of the formula for finding volume of cylinders.  Tim and Moby have a great Brainpop movie about this subject that you may wish to check out.  Here is another GREAT practice website to help you understand finding volume of cylinders.  We will have cylinder homework this week, but will not have a test on this until next week.

In science, we will be doing research about our own solar system.  Over the next two weeks, you will be working on a research paper that will tell all about the planets in our solar system.  Be very careful to follow the rubric I will give you Monday so that you get full credit for your work.  Your final paper will be due Thursday, April 5.  This paper will be counted as a test grade (we will not have a final test for this chapter).  We will have a vocabulary test, though.  It will take place this Thursday, and it will be on the following words:


Terrestrial planets- the dense and rocky inner planets closest to the sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars)

Gas giants- planets that have deep, massive atmospheres rather than hard and rocky surfaces like the inner planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune)

Comet- a small body of ice, rock, and cosmic dust that follows an elliptical orbit around the sun and that gives off gas and dust in the form of a tail as it passes close to the sun.

Asteroid- a small, rocky, object that orbits the sun, usually in a band between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Meteor- a bright streak of light that results when a meteoroid (space-rock) burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere

Meteorite-  a meteoroid (space-rock) that reaches the earth’s surface without burning up completely.  

In addition to everything else, the Book Fair starts this week!  See Ms. Rebecca for more information about books that will be available for sale.  

I'm looking forward to a great week!
Mr. Trent



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