Friday, October 10, 2014

The Week of October 13, 2014

Welcome to term 2!  It always feels good to have a fresh start...today is yours!  The second term of the school year marks another chance for you to explore your interests and show what you know.  I'm excited to see what this term has in store for us!

This week also marks Earth Science Week!  We will celebrate everything Earth science with special activities and prizes each day!

In math we will be continuing to work with ratios.  We will use them to work with percents.  You will have lesson in class, homework Monday and Tuesday evening, a Compass Learning assignment (due Friday), and a Google Classroom journal (due Friday).  All of these will prepare you for a percents quiz that will take place Thursday.  Please see the following resource for more information about percents and how to use ratios to solve percent problems.  If you choose to do any of these practice problems, feel free to hand them in and I can check them for you.


In science we will begin this term going under the sea!  We will be studying ocean topography (landforms) over the next two weeks.  Here is an overview of what we will be discussing:


You will have your first science vocabulary quiz of the term this Friday.  Please study the following words to prepare for this quiz:


To help guide you in your research, please complete three of the choices on the following sheet by Friday, October 24.


Don't forget about our field trip to the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island this Friday!  We will be exploring the coastal ecosystem and focusing on currents and tides.  You will need to wear shoes that can get wet (hint, hint).  Your permission slip and $10 payment is due by Wednesday.  Any student who does not submit both of these items by Wednesday will NOT be allowed to participate in the field trip.  If you cannot afford the fee, please contact me via email and I can cover the cost for you (through funds from a generous donor).

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place over the next two weeks.  I look forward to speaking to everyone about all the awesome things going on here at Ellis.  Because of conferences, after school tutorials will be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Happy Earth Science Week!
Mr. Trent

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