Friday, September 13, 2013

The Week of September 16, 2013

The upcoming week is shaping up to be another good one in our classroom!  Check out what is in store:  

In math this week we will be doing some more division, but with fractions instead of decimals.  I really want you to stretch your brain into understanding what it actually means to divide fractions.  It can be a rather abstract idea, but we'll work through it together.  Here's a great video that demonstrates division of fractions using fraction pieces:

Be prepared for two nights of math homework this week, and a quiz on division of fractions on Thursday.

I'm excited to start using a very powerful online program called Compass Learning as part of our math studies.  We will use this program to practice the math skills we are working on in class, and also give you individualized math practice based on your strengths and needs as discovered using the MAP test you took recently.  You will be required to complete at least one Compass Learning assignment each week during your worktime.  Please keep in mind that this program is also available for you to use at home in the evenings and on the weekends for extra math practice.  

It's all about DIRT in science class this week!  We will get our hands dirty as we discover many amazing facts about soil!  We'll use an interactive text on Monday to start our investigation.  Then, I will set you free to do your own research.  To guide you along, you will complete the following choice sheet.  It will be due Friday, September 27th.

Rake the Leaves Choice Sheet

You will have two tests during our lessons on soil.  The first will be a vocabulary test this Friday.  The second will be a unit test on soil next Friday.  Here is a study guide to help you with both tests:

Don't forget that our fieldtrip to Skidaway State Park is this Thursday.  Please turn in your permission slip and money ($2.00) by Tuesday to attend the trip.  While there we will discover fossils found on the island and take a nature walk.  The weather is shaping up to be pleasant this week, so I'm looking forward to a lovely day in the state park.  I hope you are, too!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

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