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 www.tenmarks.com 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

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