## Sunday, January 20, 2013

### The Week of January 21, 2013

It's a short week this week!  When I see you on Wednesday, get ready to hit the ground running!

In math, we will be studying some tricks to help you better understand algebraic equations that include multiplication.  These properties of multiplication can really save you time when trying to decipher complicated equations.  You must focus on the following properties:

Commutative property: When two numbers are multiplied together, the product is the same regardless of the order of the multiplicands. For example 4 * 2 = 2 * 4

Associative Property: When three or more numbers are multiplied, the product is the same regardless of the grouping of the factors. For example (2 * 3) * 4 = 2 * (3 * 4)

Distributive property: The sum of two numbers times a third number is equal to the sum of each addend times the third number. For example 4 * (6 + 3) = 4*6 + 4*3

Be expecting some classwork and homework to help you practice this skill, a Compass Learning requirement, and a quiz on this topic sometime in the near future (Tuesday, January 29).  If you would like some more practice with the properties, check out the fun basketball game found below.

In science, we will continue our study of the Earth's atmosphere by focusing on the weather that happens in the Troposphere.  I will present the following lesson Wednesday:

There are some important vocabulary words that must be understood as you delve into this topic.  Please study the following words and be prepared for a quiz on them THIS friday (January 25).

Over the next two weeks, you will be free to explore all you can about weather and climate.  To guide your studies, please complete the following choice sheet.  The date printed on the sheet is incorrect...it will be due Friday, February 1.

Cloudy With a Chance of Learning.

You will also have a test on February 1st.  You can use this handy-dandy study guide to help you prepare.

Climate and Weather Study Guide

Please keep the following in mind as we go through the week:
1.  Conference will take place this week.  Please let me know if you need to change your conference date or time.  I look forward to meeting with everyone!
2.  This Friday is a dress down day.  It's a free one because it is the last day of the month.

Finally, as you may already know, President Obama is having his inauguration this weekend!  Check out this site that tells you all about the exciting ceremony.

Have a wonderful MLK Day holiday!
Mr. Trent