Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Week of September 23, 2013

I know most of you are disappointed that our classroom pet, Georgia the chinchilla, has not found her way to Ellis yet.  Keep your fingers crossed that we will get the ok to bring her in soon.  In the  meantime, I'd like to introduce you to our substitute classroom pet:  Ratey, the math cat!

Ratey will help us with our math studies associated with ratios, proportions, and unit rates this week!  Ratey is from a great site called Math Snacks that you will most definitely want to check out.  It includes other funny math videos and games.  The games include Ratio Rumble, that can be played online or downloaded at the App Store for your iDevice. ($1.99)  Be expecting some math homework Monday and Tuesday night, and a test Thursday.  Please take initiative to practice what we talk about in class during your work time and at home so you are best prepared for the quiz.  Don't forget about your Compass Learning assignment!  This can be completed at school or at home. 

In science, we will continue our work with soil.  On Monday, I will talk about different soils found around the word in various climate zones.  Here's the presentation I will use during the lesson:

Please remember that your "Rake the Leaves" choice sheet is due Friday.  Your final test on soil will also be Friday.  You can use the study guide I gave you last week to help your prepare.  Also, take a look at the booklet we've been using during our lessons.  When creating the test, I used both to come up with the questions to include.

I'm really excited for the lab this week!  We discussed briefly the effect pH levels have on the fertility of soil.  In lab we will test pH levels of various household liquids using a unique indicator:  cabbage juice!   

Here are a few more things to keep in mind this week:

1.  Progress reports will be sent home Tuesday.  Please review them with your parents, sign them, and return them Wednesday morning to your homeroom teacher.
2.  For my homeroom students, Scholastic book order money and forms are due by Thursday.
3.  Since this Friday is the last of the month, it will be a FREE dress down day!
4.  Just a reminder that I keep a classroom calendar that includes these and other important classroom dates to keep in mind.  You can access it by clicking "classroom calendar" at the top of the page.

I can't wait to start another week at Charles Ellis!  I'll see you bright and early Monday morning,

Mr. Trent

Students "dissect" soil and sort what they find to discover its composition.

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