Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Week of October 26, 2015

I've been staying at school late this past week learning a lot about the Montessori Philosophy by attending classes conducted by Seacoast Montessori.  I'm learning so much about how to create an environment for you where you are free to explore your own interests, pursue personal learning activities, and choose how you share your knowledge with others.  I want to thank the Montessori Education Society of Savannah for making this possible through funding for this training!

In math this week we will be using a method that is quite familiar to you to measure objects that are much larger than ourselves.  We will use proportions to find the height of trees, buildings, and other tall objects!  This is called indirect measurement, and you will come to find out that shadows can help us when calculating the height of unknown objects.  We will have plenty of opportunities to practice this skill throughout the week.  Your classwork, homework (Due Tuesday and Wednesday), and work time choices will help you prepare for a quiz Thursday.  Here is a resource you can use to practice indirect measurement.  Place it in my box for me to check if you choose to do this extra practice. 



Our science studies will continue to focus on the ocean.  Over the next two weeks we will research currents (both surface and deep) and waves.  Use the following vocabulary list and study guide to help you prepare for your upcoming quizzes (Vocabulary quiz on Oct. 30, waves and currents test on Nov. 6).




During your work time you will be free to explore all you can about currents and waves.  Use the following choice sheet to guide your work time choices.  Three choices from the sheet are due Friday, November 6).



I've noticed quite a few people designing games (both on and offline) to help learn concepts studied in class.  A colleague suggested I tell you about www.classtools.net.  This site allows you to create arcade-like games that are customized to the terms and ideas you are studying.  Check it out HERE.



Ms. Susan and I will complete the remaining Parent/teacher/student conferences continue this week.  Please let me know if you need a reminder about the time your conference has been scheduled.

After-school math tutorials will continue this week.  Tutorial is held Mondays and Wednesdays each week from 3:15-4:00.

It's time for your first progress report of the second term!  They will be sent home to you and your family Monday.  Please review, sign, and return them to your homeroom teacher Tuesday, October 27.

Finally, this Friday is a dress UP day!  Feel free to dress up as your favorite sports superstar!  If you wish to participate, please bring in $1.00 to be donated to the Ellis athletics program.

Have an enjoyable weekend,
Mr. Trent

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