Monday, April 30, 2012

Report Cards

Report cards have been sent home today.  You do NOT need to sign and return it.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Week of April 30

CRCT week is here!  You should be very excited for yet another chance to "show what you know"!  The best thing you can do now to prepare is to take a deep breath and have confidence in yourself!

Since testing will take up most of our time together this week, we will not have any homework or classwork to complete.  We will do a really fun art activity together that focuses on using ratio and proportions to create scale drawings.  I really think you will enjoy it!

See you Monday morning,
Mr. Trent

Friday, April 27, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Relay For Life STUDENT out-of-uniform day Friday May 4th 2012.

Students can dress-down by donating at least $1.00 to Our Relay for Life Team
that will be participating in the Chatham County Relay for Life event on May 4th
from 7 pm to 7 am at Benedictine Military School. Donations will be collected by classroom teachers on Friday morning. Cash or checks welcome. Checks should be made out to the American Cancer Society. Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Few Classroom Announcements....

Please take note of the following:

1.  "Lunch With Me" (a time we invite parents and family members to share lunch with 6th graders) will take place this Friday at 12:30-1:00.  Please fill out the slip that was sent home yesterday to attend.  At 12:30, please come to the classroom, pick up your child, and enjoy your lunch together in the cafeteria.  This fun activity is sponsored by the Ellis PTA.

2.  The First Annual "Bike to School" Day will be May 9th!  Please meet Ms. Patra at Hull Park at 8:00 AM to bike to school!
3.  Information verification sheets have been sent home today.  Please review these sheets, making notes of any changes, and return them by this FRIDAY.

4.  The CRCT testing schedule is as follows:

Tuesday,          May 1              Reading
Wednesday     May 2              English /Language Arts
Thursday,        May 3              Math
Friday              May 4              Make up for reading, ELA, Math
Monday           May 7              Science
Tuesday           May 8              Social Studies
Wednesday     May 9              Make up days.

5.  Spring pictures have been sent home today.  Please keep what you wish and return payment ASAP.  If you do not wish to purchase any pictures, please return the entire package. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Welcome to the Week of April 23!

Hello, Bobcats!  It's the last week of April already!  Lets work together to make this the best week of the entire year!

In math, we will be focusing on word problems that we can solve using ratios/proportions.  The math computation itself isn't too tricky, but deciding how to solve each word problem can be a challenge.  It is really important that you are sticking with me and taking our lessons very seriously so we can best take advantage of the short time we have together.  Check out this website for some GREAT information about solving ratio/proportion word problems.  In addition, here is a great video showing you how to solve such word problems:
In science, we will finish up talking about natural resources.  While we will NOT have a test on this information, please do your best work on your choice sheet to show me all you have been studying about the resources our planet give us to make our lives better.  Your four choices will be due Friday.  Click on the picture below to be taken to the US Energy Information Administration website that is full of fun games and information all about the resources we have here in the United States.

Please keep in mind that I am also expecting you to complete another geometry sky tower assignment this week.  Again, do not fall behind with this activity.  It helps you learn important geometric vocabulary that you will be using well into high school.  Also, don't forget about!  I've updated it with some proportion problems for you to try.

Finally, A great way to celebrate a week of hard work is with a dress down day on Friday!

See you tomorrow,
Mr. Trent

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Probability Game

Check out THIS great probability game!  Can you beat the robot race challenge?


To change a fraction to a decimal, divide the numerator by the denominator (1/4 = .25)
To change a fraction to a percent, divide the numerator by the denominator and then multiply by 100 (1/4 = .25 = 25%)

Have fun!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Week of April 16, 2012

Welcome back!  I hope you had a great spring break, and are rested up to start an exciting part of the school year.  Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing all we've talked about this year in math and science.  I've created daily small group lessons, based on need.  These lessons will take place during your work time, so it's very important that you are using your class time carefully to complete your required assignments.  You may have more homework that you are used to over the next couple of weeks.  Remember, the more you put into your studies, the more you will get from it.

In math, we will be investigating probably.  Using games of chance, we will discover fairness, odds of certain outcomes, and the difference between experimental/theoretical probability.  Check out this game to help you practice finding probability.  Don't forget to click "Help" at the top of the screen if you have trouble with the game.  We will have three homework assignments this week, and a quiz on probability Thursday.  Please remember to stay up-to-date with your geometry sky tower assignments.  Also, you should be working on as much as possible over the next few weeks.

In science, we will be looking at the role humans play in protecting the world around us.  Over the next two weeks, we will talk about natural resources.  Here is a copy of the powerpoint I will share with your tomorrow:

You will be given a choice sheet to complete for next Friday.  In addition, we will have a quiz on the following words THIS Friday:

Natural Resource- any natural material that is used by humans, such as water, petroleum, minerals, forests, and animals.

Nonrenewable resource- a resource that forms at a rate that is much slower than the rate at which it is consumed.

Renewable resource- a natural resource that can be replaced at the same rate at it is consumed.

Coal- a fossil fuel that forms underground from partially decomposed plant material.

Fossil fuel- a nonrenewable energy resource formed from the remains of organisms that lived long ago.

Natural gas- a mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons located under the surface of the Earth, often near petroleum deposits; used as a fuel.

Petroleum- a liquid mixture of complex hydrocarbon compounds; used widely as a fuel source.

Biomass- plant material, manure, or any other organic matter that is used as an energy source.

Geothermal energy-  the energy produced by heat within the Earth.

Hydroelectric energy- electrical energy produced by the flow of water.

I am ready to get the week started.  I hope you are, too!

Mr. Trent

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Happy Spring Break!

I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful, and well-deserved, spring break!  See you Monday, April 16th!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A Few Reminders About Tomorrow...

Please keep the following in mind about tomorrow (April 4, 2012)
1.  Your Solar System Essay is due.  Please be sure that you staple everything to the rubric cover sheet.
2.  Your weekly geometry sky tower activity is due.  Please remember to keep up to date with your sky tower assignments so you are not behind at the end of the term.
3.  If you are participating in the "Kiss a Pig" walk, it will take place tomorrow at 10:30.
4.  It is an out-of-uniform day!  To dress down, please bring in $1 that will go towards our peer remediation program.
5.  There will be no school Friday, April 6.  School will commence on Monday, April 16.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Found Poems

Students wrote "Found Poems" about comets, meteors, and asteroids today in class.