Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Week of September 17, 2012

We are rolling right along through September!  I'm happy to see so many people beginning to feel comfortable in the classroom and following our daily procedures without much intervention from myself.  If you are one of my homeroom students, please remember to read the screen each morning for important instructions to follow before lessons begin.

This week is going to be chock-full of new things for you to investigate!  In math, we will be doing a touch of number theory by learning about the distributive property.  Here's a little introduction from Khan Academy:

The Distributive Property

After our lesson on Monday, you will get some homework and classwork associated with it.  In addition, I will be having some small group lessons to review it throughout the week.  You will receive a math-focused journal prompt that I would like you to thoughtfully respond to.  I will collect your journal entry on Thursday.  I will also be starting MAP testing in the classroom.  This online assessment will be used to see what you already know, create learning goals for you to achieve this year in math, and help me plan focused lessons.  More information about MAP testing can be found here.

In science, we will move on from studying minerals to focusing our time on the rock cycle.  Please study these words for a vocabulary quiz on Friday, September 21:

rock - a naturally occurring solid mixture of one or more minerals or organic matter
rock cycle- the series of processes in which a rock changes forms, changes from one type to another, is destroyed, and forms again by geological processes.
erosion- the process by which wind, water, ice, or gravity transports soil and sediment from one location to another.
deposition- the process in which material is laid down
composition- the chemical makeup of a rock; describes either the minerals or other materials in rock
foliated- the texture of metamorphic rock in which the mineral grains are arranged in planes or bands
texture- the quality of a rock that is based on the sizes, shapes, and positions of the rock’s grains
strata- layers of rock
nonfoliated rock- the texture of metamorphic rock in which the mineral grains are NOT arranged in planes or bands
igneous rock- forms when hot, liquid rock (magma) cools and solidifies
sedimentary rock- forms when weathered rock is compressed and then cemented together
metamorphic rock- created when the structure, texture, or composition of a rock changes due to heat, pressure, or a combination of both 

On Monday, I will set the tone for your studies and present the following:

Over the next two weeks, please complete the following menu choice sheet to guide your learning:
The Hard Rock Café Menu

This choice sheet will be due in two weeks on Friday, September 28th.  I'm excited to see how creative you can be with your choices!  Remember to use your time wisely over the next two weeks so you are not rushing to complete you work at the last minute.  Rushed work is usually not your best, most thoughtful work.

Ms. Cathy will stop by Monday to speak to us about some work she is doing for the Savannah Ocean Exchange.

Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see you Monday,
Mr. Trent

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