Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Week of January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!  The Earth has completed one more revolution around the Sun just as it has for more than 4 1/2 billion years.  Here's to another fun-filled trip around our closest star!

This week marks the start of the third term of the school year.  Ms. Carol and myself have finished collecting grades for the 2nd term and they will be made available for you to see on your report card. We will discuss them in more detail at the upcoming parent/teacher conferences.  Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet requesting conference times to come home in the near future.

This week in math we will take a look at plotting ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.  It's a pretty basic concept that can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.  You will have homework Tuesday and Wednesday night, and a quiz on Thursday.  The website www.mathsnacks.com has a great game about coordinate planes called Game Over Gopher.  Not only will it give you some extra practice with this skill, but it is also a lot of fun to play!


In science we will start our unit on weather.  Our studies will begin with a look at the Earth's atmosphere.  You will need to know the following vocabulary words for a quiz on Friday.


On Tuesday, we will take a look at the following information about Earth's atmosphere:


I'll provide you with a paper copy of the information to help you prepare for you final test on the atmosphere that will take place next Friday.

In addition, the following choice sheet will also be due.  Use the choice sheet at as a way to help focus your studies on that atmosphere.


Finally, when you come in Tuesday morning a brand new planner will be waiting for you!  We will use this planner to write our homework, classwork, due dates, upcoming tests, and other important items to remember.  The planner will take the place of your work plan.  If used correctly, these planners can really help you organize your life.

UPDATE:  Don't forget (like I almost did) that this Friday is a dress down day to benefit our peer mediation program.

I'll see you Tuesday morning,
Mr. Trent

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