Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Week of October 15, 2012

"The greatest sign of success for a to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist."   -  Maria Montessori

We've been spending a lot of time this year focusing on following procedures, practical life skills, and working together as a community.  Such skills are just as important as anything you will learn in your core subjects because they enable you to enjoy an optimal learning environment.  As a Montessori teacher, it is my goal to  help you reach a point of comfort and self-regulation that you and your classmates can function in the classroom even when I am not present.  On Monday, I will not be a school.  Please keep in mind all the procedures we've put in place.  I'm expecting a positive report when I return.

On Monday, Ms. Diane wil  introduce the science vocabulary words for the week.  She will teach you some study tips to help you prepare for your vocabulary test on Friday.  When I return on Tuesday, I will get you started with our next science topic: place tectonics!  I will share the following presentation, and we will work together to fill in the missing words during our lesson.  

Here are your vocabulary words and a study guide for next Friday's chapter test.
Plate Tectonics Study Guide

To help focus your studies, I invite you to complete the "Clean Your Plate" choice sheet.  Three connecting activities must be completed by the end of worktime Friday, October 26th.
Clean Your Plate Choice Sheet

In math, we will be taking a look at graphing ratios.  This lesson will combine what we've been studying about ratios, and line-graphs that you've studied in past years.  I really think you will enjoy making the graphs!  Here's an awesome site that shows what we will be doing.  You will have math homework Tuesday and Wednesday evening.  In addition to this, please remember to complete your weekly TenMarks assignment by Friday.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I'll see you Tuesday morning.

Mr. Trent

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