Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Week of Feb. 25, 2013

The rain has finally stopped, and the beautiful sun is once again shining on our beautiful city!  I hope you take advantage of the light and heat given off by the star at the center of our solar system today!

This week at Ellis, we will continue our work with surface area and early astronomy.  In math, we will be working very hard to master finding surface area of cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and pyramids.  Remember, to find surface area:

1.  Find the are of each of the faces on the solid (it may be easier to draw a net of the solid, first)
2.  Add together the area of each of the faces
3.  Check your work
4.  Give yourself a pat on the back :)

Check out these videos for some more help:

You will have homework Monday and Tuesday night, as well as a good amount of classwork to complete.  Wednesday, we will be having a quiz.  It is important that you are on task at all times and working on your own at home to be sure you are prepared for this quiz.  I've also assigned you two Compass Learning tasks to complete this week.  Remember to take these tasks seriously because they will help better understand what we are talking about during our lessons.

In science, we will continue to talk about the early astronomers i've introduced you to last week.  Please finish your "Planetary Pathways" choice sheet by Friday.  You will also have  a test on Friday about each of the astronomers.  Be sure to look over your study guide.  Another great way to prepare is to listen as your classmates read you their astronomer letters and present their puppet autobiographies.  Your journal entry that is due Friday will also require you to think critically about the astronomers.

I'm really looking forward to the activities we are doing for Montessori Education Week!  On Wednesday, my homeroom will present our Germany skit to the school at our special multi-cultural celebration by the Peace Pole.  Ms. Carol's homeroom will work hard to create a festive bulletin board about peace in the school foyer.

This Friday is a dress-down day for $1.00.  All the proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Association "Kiss A Pig" fundraiser.

Finally, this is the last week of the "25 Silver Acts of Kindness Challenge".  Don't forget to be documenting all your kind actions in your journal.  Will you reach your goal by the end of the week?

See you tomorrow,
Mr. Trent

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