## Friday, December 20, 2013

### Wishing You a Happy Break!

I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday break!  I'll see you in 2014!

Merry Christmas,
Mr. Trent

Our holiday sing along is a favorite Ellis tradition!

Today we decorated our room with snowflakes that showed reflective and rotational symmetry!

If you have some free time over your break, check out this cool "Make-A-Flake" program!  Can you identify the lines of symmetry on your flake?

## Sunday, December 15, 2013

### The Week of December 16, 2013

It's the last week of school for 2013!  I hope this past year has been full of happiness and joy, and wish you an upcoming year even better than the last!  Let's see what's in store for this week:

In math, we will talk about negative numbers.  Using number lines, we will investigate opposites of numbers and absolute value.

After some classwork and homework based upon these topics, we will have a quiz on Thursday.  This will be your last grade for the term, so please try your best (as always).  We will use our time in the afternoon together to work on your Compass Learning assignment for the week.

In science, we will be completing a writing assignment.  This assignment will allow you to review everything we've studies so far this year and put it into the context of the Unconscious Exchange of Services matrix we discussed at the beginning of the year.  Please follow this plan when completing your assignment.

You will be given class time to complete your assignment.  Your rough draft will be due Wednesday, and your final copy will be due Thursday.  This is your last assignment of the term in science.  It will be counted as a test grade.

In addition to it being a free dress-down day, this Friday is also the annual Ellis holiday sing along at 2:00 in the schoolyard!

It's going to be a wonderful week!
Mr. Trent

## Thursday, December 12, 2013

### A Geyser in Our Classroom!

As part of our discussion about the distribution of water on Earth, we created a model of an erupting geyser!  Remember that the conditions must be just right for a geyser to form.  Most of the world's geysers are found in Yellowstone National Park.

Our classroom geyser is created using a glass jar, rubber stopper, and a glass tube.  The water is heated using an electric stove.

## Tuesday, December 10, 2013

### Progress Reports Issued

The last progress reports of the term have been sent home today.  Please review, sign, and return them by Wednesday, Dec. 11.

### Graphing Inequalities Resource and Practice

Do you need some more practice graphing inequalities?  Check out this resource and practice page (answers included).

Inequalities Handout

## Friday, December 6, 2013

### The Week of December 9, 2013

I'm so excited to share with you what is planned for the second week of December!  It's going to be a busy and fun-filled week at Ellis! Here is what is in store for the week:

In math, we will be looking at solving and graphing equations that include inequalities.  The important thing to keep in mind is that the only thing that is different from the equations we've solved in the past and inequalities, is that inequalities include a greater than, less than, greater than or equal to, or less than or equal to symbol instead of an equals sign.

Inequality symbols and meanings

After we solve inequalities, we will graph them on a number line.  Check out the following resources for more information about solving and graphing inequalities.

You will have homework Monday and Tuesday night to complete about inequalities. You will have a quiz on Thursday and your weekly Compass Learning assignment due Friday.

In science, we will continue to research the distribution of Earth's water.

Earth's Water Distribution Interactive

To prepare for Friday's test, review your vocabulary list and notes you received last week.  Your "Drop in the Bucket" choice sheet is due Friday, as well.

Finally, be looking forward to your field trip to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum on Friday!  Be sure to bring in your signed permission slip and \$5 by Wednesday to attend this awesome trip.  Remember that this trip, as well as all of your other reminders, assignments, and upcoming tests can be found on the classroom calendar.  The calendar button is located at the top of this page.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

## Wednesday, December 4, 2013

### Field Trip: Mighty 8th Air Force Museum

Permission slips were sent home today for next Friday's field trip to the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum in Pooler.  Please return the form (with both sides completed) and \$5.00 to your homeroom teacher by next Wednesday, December 11.

The mighty 8th Air Force Museum

### A Festive Time of Year!

Our classroom is all decked out for the holidays!  Check out our "geolotree" that is decorated with rocks, minerals, seashells, and starfish!

Our classroom's "geolotree"

### Earth's Water Materials

We are practically drowning in information about Earth's water!  There are a number of materials students are using to investigate the distribution of water on our planet.

A simple demonstration shows a scale model of all water on Earth (1 L) compared to water that is usable for human use (1 mL)

Here students are using three part cards to practice identifying water features like rills, springs, and canals.

## Tuesday, December 3, 2013

### Solving One Step Equations How-To

Here is a great overview of the work we've done solving one step equations.  Keep in mind that you will only need to focus on positive integers this year, so pay no attention to the examples showing negative numbers (unless you want an extra challenge).

## Monday, December 2, 2013

### How Much Water Do You Use?

Did you ever wonder how much water your household uses a day?  I think you'll be surprised to find out the answer!  Use www.wecalc.org to estimate your family's daily water usage.

Use www.wecalc.org to see how much water your family uses a day.

## Sunday, December 1, 2013

### The Week of December 2, 2013

Welcome back!  I hope you had a restful and happy Thanksgiving Break!   Now it’s time to get back into our school routines.

When we meet tomorrow, we will have a math lesson on solving equations that include multiplication and division operations.  You will solve them in much the same way we solved addition and subtraction equations:  isolating the variable by doing the inverse operation.  You will have plenty of practice doing this which will include homework Monday and Tuesday night, daily classwork, and a quiz on Thursday.  Completing this week’s Compass Learning activity will also help you master solving these equations.

Over the past few weeks in science, we have been limiting our studies to ocean water.   This week, we will begin to investigate other water found in other places on our planet.  Check out the following slides I will share with you on Monday about Earth’s water.

Please study the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Friday.

To help guide your studies concerning Earth’s water, use this “A Drop in the Bucket” choice sheet.  Your FOUR choices are due next Friday.

You will also have a test next Friday on what we’ve studied about Earth’s water.  This week’s lab is all about groundwater (water found below the surface of the Earth).  I hope you come to appreciate this very delicate source of drinkable water.

Be looking forward to some fun this Friday.  First, it is a dress down day for \$1.00.  All money raised will be donated to Toys for Tots.   Secondly, it is career day!  Throughout the day, visitors will come to our classroom to share information about their careers.  It’s never too early to explore what job you may wish to pursue after schooling.  Perhaps one of our visitors will inspire you to follow in their footsteps.

See you Monday morning,
Mr. Trent