Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Week of September 24, 2012

Happy first day of Fall!  I really do enjoy the hot and humid weather in Savannah, but i'm also looking forward to the cooler weather promised by the coming of autumn.

In math this week, we will be reviewing division.  I know division is something that you have been doing for a few years now, but I really want to take a deep look at what it means to actually divide numbers.  After a review of long division on Monday, we'll take it up a notch and throw some decimals in the dividend and divisors.

Dividing Decimals:

Be on the lookout for two division homework assignments this week, and a division quiz on Thursday. Your TenMarks assignment will also focus on division of decimals.  Please complete TenMarks by Friday.  We will also be continuing the MAP math assessment this week.  I hope to have everyone who has not taken the assessment complete it this week so we can get back to a normal workperiod.

In science, we will continue our work with the rock cycle.  I've am so impressed in the quality work completed this week.  I've seen some amazing rock posters, read some creative narratives about journeys through the rock cycle, and even enjoyed a few rock poems!  Keep it up, all this work is helping you more deeply understand the complexities of the rock cycle and is preparing you for your test on Friday.  You can also use the following study guide to get ready for Friday's test:

Please study the following items for your test on Friday.  You will also need to review your vocabulary list given to you last week.

Types of Rocks
            Igneous Rocks- form when hot, liquid rock (magma) cools and solidifies
Extrusive igneous rock- forms from magma that erupts onto the
earth’s surface.  It is common around volcanoes.  It cools quickly on the surface and contains very small or no crystals.
                        Intrusive igneous rock- forms when magma cools below the earth’s
surface.  The magma cools slowly and forms large, visible crystals.
Sedimentary Rocks- form at or near the Earth’s surface.  It forms without the
heat and pressure that are involved in the formation of igneous or metamorphic rocks.  Formed of weathered rock/mineral fragments, crystallized minerals, or from the remains of once-living plants and animals.
Metamorphic Rocks- Forms when rocks are exposed to intense heat,
pressure, or a combination of both.
            Contact metamorphism- When a rock changes to a
metamorphic rock through heating from nearby magma
                                    Regional metamorphism- When a rock changes to a
metamorphic rock due to the pressure from the Earth above it.

A Diagram of the Rock Cycle

You have a few other science-related items to keep in mind this week:  
1.  Your three choices from your Hard Rock Cafe menu are due Friday.
2.  A science journal entry will be due Thursday.  Please write at least five thoughtful sentences in response to the prompt.
3.  As you finish your menu sheet, I will have three choice labs associated with the rock cycle that you are more than welcome to explore. Please remember that only two people at a time can work on each lab, copy the lab procedures and answer questions on a piece of notebook paper to be submitted to me, and return the lab materials to their original condition once the lab is completed.  
4.  Ms. Diane has a really fun and tasty activity she would like to share with you where you will make edible representations of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks!

Finally, since Friday is the last Friday of the month, it is a dress down day!  But, I want everyone to wear a smile that day, too because it is also Fall picture day!  Mr. Charles just gave word that picture day will be rescheduled.  BUT, Friday is still a dress down day!

See you Monday morning,
Mr. Trent

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