Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Week of February 18, 2013

We are starting the week with a holiday from school!  There will not be classes on Monday because of Presidents' Day.  On Tuesday, we will hit the ground running!

In Math, we will continue our geometry work by focusing on surface area.  We will need to remember all our practice with area as we investigate this sometimes tricky topic.  Be expecting a fair amount of homework and classwork throughout the week.  The classwork will include working with nets...no, not fishing nets!  Geometric nets are like flattened out solids.



We will have a quiz early next week on surface area of cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and pyramids.

Here are two resources you can use as reference and extra practice:





In science we will start our studies on outer space!  I've been looking forward to this all year, I hope you have been, too!

We will start our investigation into the vastness of outer space by looking at the history of space exploration.  You will get a chance to study famous astronomers throughout history.  I'll present this lesson on Tuesday:


I'll also give you the following study guide and vocabulary sheet to help focus your studies.  Be prepared for a vocabulary test on Friday and a test on the astronomers next Friday.





During your work time over the next two weeks, please complete the following choice sheet.




As always, you will also have your weekly journal assignment due on Thursday.  This week, I will challenge you to write some haiku poems! Since you have one less work day this week, you will be excused from completing a journal entry.


Your weekly Compass Learning assignment will be a little different for the remainder of the year.  You will now be required to complete TWO lessons that I will choose for you to focus on.  These assignments can be found in your backpack in the program.  You will need to complete both of these lessons by the end of the day on Friday.  After you complete these two required assignments, you are free to choose additional assignments on your own for extra practice or review.

It's time once again for progress reports to be sent home.  You will get your report on Wednesday, and it is due back to your homeroom teacher Thursday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please note them on the coversheet and we will get back to you ASAP.

Also, please review the following note from our media center intern:


Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, February 26, we will be presenting a lesson about Cybersafety to 6th grade classes in the media center.  We will cover a wide range of topics, including “Sexting.”  We will introduce the lesson by presenting a 20-minute cybersafety video produced by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  You can view the video online at http://www.tyla.org/index.cfm/projects/r-u-safe/ and clicking on “Middle School Edition.”

If you have any questions, or would prefer that your child “opt-out” of this presentation, please contact your child’s teacher and other arrangements will be made.

Sincerely,

Aimee Yarber
Media Center Intern


Finally, since this Friday is the last Friday of the month, it will be a free dress-down day for everyone.

Enjoy your holiday tomorrow,
Mr. Trent

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