Friday, January 27, 2017

The Week of January 30, 2017

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 and triangular prisms.  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 TenMarks and journal and you Google Classroom journal requirement by Friday.  You will have a quiz on surface area Thursday.  Math tutorial will take place Wednesday after school.  You may wish to use the following resources 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 you 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. 3) and chapter test (Friday, Feb. 10).


In addition to all of this, we will also continue our daily cloud observations as part of the Globe.gov program! I've set up a small weather station in our classroom to help you gather even more information about the present condition of the atmosphere.  Feel free to visit it throughout the day to see any changes in the weather as they happen.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Trent

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Progress Reports Issued

Your Bi-weekly progress reports are being sent home today. Please review them as a family, sign, and return it school.  Please write any questions you may have on the front of the report.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Cloud Observations using Globe.gov


As part of our studies on weather, we will be making daily cloud observations.  These observations will be sent to globe.gov and combined with thousands of other pieces of student-gather data.  This data can be used to look for patterns and make hypothesis about our climate.  Read more about the project below:

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Week of January 23, 2017

Can you believe it is the last full week of January!?   2017 seems to be passing just as fast (or maybe even faster than) 2016!  Let's make the most of this week together at Ellis.

In math we will use our knowledge of area to discover the surface area of geometric solids.  The solids we will be working on will be cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and pyramids.  It's important that you review the characteristics of each of these solids before we delve deeply into finding their surface area.  I suggest exploring the geometric solids Montessori material during your work time.  Focus specifically on the number of faces each solid has.

Surface area is the number of square units that are contained on the surface of a geometric solid.  You can use this activity to help you understand this concept:


You will have plenty of practice finding surface area in class.  Please be sure to complete your math homework Monday and Tuesday evening, as well.  You will have a quiz on surface area Thursday.  In addition to this work, make sure to complete your TenMarks assignment  and your Google Classroom Journal by Friday.  Math tutorial will take place Wednesday at 3:15-4:00.

Our science studies will continue to involve weather fronts, air masses, clouds, and the water cycle.  Use the "Cloudy With a Chance of Learning" choice sheet to help guide your research.  Your study guide, "Types of Fronts" chart, and vocabulary words will be crucial study aids when preparing for Friday's test.


See you Monday morning,
Mr. Trent


Weather Fronts

Check out these great animations showing the weather fronts we've been researching this week.  Feel free to use this as a resource for your research on weather.


Friday, January 13, 2017

The Week of January 16, 2017

Take some time this long MLK weekend to think about this special holiday, and why we celebrate the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr.   www.history.com has a great overview of the holiday; you can check it out HERE.

Our math lessons this week will continue to focus on finding area.  We will take our work to the next level by combining polygons to create composite figures and then find their areas.



Kindly complete your assigned TenMarks activity by Friday. In addition, you will need to submit two math homework assignments on Wednesday and Thursday (This is a departure from our routine because of the holiday on Monday)  There will NOT a google classroom journal requirement this week.  Math tutorial will take place Wednesday after school from 3:15-4:00 for those who normally attend.

Now that you are familiar with the layers of Earth's atmosphere, let's focus on the troposphere and the weather events that happen there!  After your lesson on weather, please use the following choice sheet to guide your research.  Your four choices are due Friday, January 27th.



You will have two assessments associated with our work about weather.  Your vocabulary quiz will be Friday, January 20 and the chapter test will take place on the 27th.  Please use the following materials to help you prepare for them.




Enjoy your LONG weekend,
Mr. Trent

Report Cards Issued

Term 2 report cards are being sent home today. Please review them with your family.  You do NOT need to sign and return them to school.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Week of January 9, 2017

The week is shaping up to be a good one in our classroom!  I have a number of fun activities planned that will get you thinking critically about geometry and Earth's atmosphere.

This week marks our first exploration of geometry!  We will start our studies by focusing on finding the area of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles.  You will get a lot of hands-on practice calculating area that will help you better understand the abstract formulas.  Here is how you will eventually find area using formulas:



You will have homework Monday and Tuesday night to complete, as well as a test Thursday.  Please complete your Google Classroom journal and a TenMarks assignment by Friday for some more math skills practice this week.  

Our science work will continue to focus on Earth's atmosphere.  You can use your work time to complete your "Extreme Skydiving" choice sheet.  Feel free to continue your research even after you have completed the 4 required assignments.  This sheet is due Friday.  You will have a final test on Earth's atmosphere Friday, as well. Use your "Earth's Atmosphere" sort to help you prepare for it.  I've been very impressed with some of the 3-d models of the atmosphere that some of you have been creating!  Be sure to share them with friends so they can better understand each of the layers we've been studying.

Parent/Teacher conferences will take place this week.  I look forward to talking to everyone once again about what is happening in our classroom.  Please contact me as soon as possible if you forget when your conference is, or if you need to reschedule.    

Mr. Trent

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2nd Term Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conference request forms were send home yesterday.  If you haven't done so already, please select the times that you are available to meet with your homeroom teacher and return it to school by tomorrow.  I will place your chosen time on a slip of paper and staple it into your planner.  Conferences will take place next week.  Report Cards will be sent home Friday, January 13.

Sort It Out!

Sorts are a great way to learn information about topics you are studying.  This week's "Layers of the Atmosphere" sort can be used to prepare for next Friday's test.

Earth's Atmosphere Sort

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Week of January 3, 2017

A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. 
It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. 
- Anonymous 

Welcome to 2017!  I'm excited to start the second half of the school year with you!  Because this first week back is only 3 days, we will not be able to return to our normal routines yet.  Be expecting a shortened schedule this week, and a regular lesson schedule next week.

We will start out the first term in math by reviewing the properties of multiplication.  We are taking the time to do this so that we can use these properties to help us with out upcoming geometry studies (that can be very computation-heavy).   We've touched on the distributive property already this year, and you may have come across some of the other properties in some of your studies in the past.  This week, we will put them all together!   While you will have lessons and followup classwork to complete, you will NOT have any math homework, TenMarks, journal, or quiz!  Here's an additional resource you can use to help you understand the properties of multiplication:



This week we will start our next unit of study in science: weather!  Our first weather lessons will focus on the layers of Earth's atmosphere.  By the end of next week, you will be able to describe each of the 4 basic layers of Earth's atmosphere!  While you will NOT have a vocabulary quiz in science this week, you will have a test next Friday.  Use the following study guide to help you prepare:


Use your work time to do research about Earth's atmosphere.  Complete the following choice sheet by next Friday.  The choices on the sheet will help guide your research, but don't let the choices hold you back from doing other creative activities you wish to do with your research.  


Parent/Teacher conferences will take place the week of January 9.  You will get a conference request form Wednesday.  Please identify the times you will be able to meet with your child's homeroom teacher to discuss their progress.  Return it by Friday, January 6.  We will staple your scheduled conference time in your child's planner.  We look forward to speaking to you about what's been happening at Ellis!

Finally, I will NOT be holding math tutorial this or next week.  Tutorial will resume Wednesday, January, 18.

I'll see you soon!
Mr. Trent