Friday, January 29, 2016

The Week of February 1, 2016

Happy February!  Growing up in Pennsylvania, the 2nd of February was an exciting day...Groundhog Day!  On this day, the people of the little town of Punxsutawney nudge a groundhog from its burrow.  If the groundhog (named Phil) sees his shadow and hides it will be six long weeks of winter weather.  But, spring will come early if Phil is not scared back into his home!  Let's hope that Punxsutawney Phil predicts a short winter!  You may wish to explore this and other types of weather lore as part of your science studies this week!

Punxsutawney Phil Celebrates Groundhog Day

In math, we will continue working in geometry by looking at volume of rectangular prisms and cubes.  You will have plenty of practice in class to master this skill.  You will need to complete homework Monday and Tuesday evening.  In addition, please complete your weekly Compass Learning and journal and you Google Classroom journal requirement by Friday.  You will have a quiz on surface area Thursday.  Math tutorial will take place Monday and Wednesday after school.  You may wish to use the following interactive practice and worksheet to help you better understand finding volume.

Weather continues to be our topic of study in science this week.  Now that you know the foundations of what causes weather to happen, we can take a look at some patterns take place in weather around the world.  Here is a copy of the lesson visuals I will share with your Monday.

You will have at test on weather patterns next Friday.  To help you prepare for the test (and to learn as much as you can about weather patterns) please complete the following choice sheet.  It is due Friday, February 12.  

You can use the following study guide to help you study for your bi-weekly vocabulary quiz (Friday, Feb. 5) and chapter test (Friday, Feb. 12).

This week also marks Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Georgia!  We will take some time this week to talk about severe weather safety, create plans for preparedness, and practice severe weather drills. is a great site for you to use to get all kinds of information about being safe in severe weather.  Some special guests from the Chatham Emergency Management Agency will be visiting our room to speak to us about weather safety.  You will get to share what you learned from their visit when completing your weekly journal.

In addition to all of this, we will also begin our daily cloud observations as part of the NASA S'Cool program!  I will show you how to use an awesome tool called a Labdisc that will give you accurate temperature, humidity, and air pressure data to submit to NASA, as well.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Trent

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