Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Week of February 10, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year!  Even if you don't celebrate this holiday, it can serve as a reminder to reflect on how 2013 is shaping up for you.  What steps are you taking to make this the best year of your life?

This Tuesday is also Mardi Gras!  I know many of you enjoy a traditional King Cake this time of year. I'm sending you luck so you may find the prize in your piece of the cake!

Speaking of celebrations, we will be celebrating Valentine's Day this week!  Feel free to bring in Valentines and treats to share with your homeroom classmates.  Please show grace and courtesy by including everyone if you are choosing to participate.  We will deliver our Valentines Thursday, February 14.  This is a wonderful opportunity to show kindness to your classmates and friends and spread the spirit of the Silver Jubilee 25 Acts of Kindness Challenge.

What a festive time of year!  But, we have some work to do this week, too!

In math, we will be studying area of composite figures.  Here's a preview of what we will be doing:

We will spend a lot of time in class practicing this skill.  Expect numerous classwork assignments and homework Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening.  We will have a quiz on area of composite figures this Thursday.  To prepare for it pay close attention during lessons, do your classwork and homework carefully, and review your assignments.  You can also take a look at the following reference material (Please note we will only be focusing on squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles.  You will NOT need to find the area of circular figures, but you are more than welcome to give it a try during your own studies):

In addition to this math work, please complete you math journal by Thursday and your Compass Learning choice by the end of the day Friday.

In science, we will continue our work with discovering patterns in weather.  Your "Meteorology Matrix" choice sheet is due Friday.  You will also have a test on Friday that will cover the main ideas we've been researching.  The study guide I gave you last Monday will be a great tool you can use to prepare.  Don't forget to refer to your three-column notes you took during the lesson, also.

Be sure to be checking the daily weather that is posted every morning on the clipboard by the science materials shelf.  Compare today's weather to that of the previous days, and see if you can take notice of the patterns we've been talking about in class.

Do you want to try predicting the weather on your own?!?  Check out this awesome game that lets you do just that:

Finally, we will continue sending our weather observations to NASA through the SCOOL Ceres Project.  I'll share with you some of the data we've collected so far, and we will compare it with satellite data gathered by NASA.  I think you'll be very interested in seeing the correlation between our data and what the experts have gathered!

After all your hard work this week, you will deserve a dress down day on Friday!  It only costs a dollar with all proceeds going towards Ellis athletics.  

Have a great Sunday!

Mr. Trent

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