Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Week of February 4, 2013

Punxsutawney Phil predicts Spring is on its way!

It's official, Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog did not see his shadow this morning!  According to legend, if he doesn't see his shadow Spring is on its way!

This week, we will see how the professionals (meteorologists) forecast the weather.  I'll present the following lesson Monday in class.

To guide your weather studies, please complete three choices from the following sheet:

This Friday, you will have a quiz on some weather words.  Next Friday, you will have a test on the weather patterns we've talked about.  Here are your vocab. words and a study guide to help you prepare.

On Monday, we will also have a guest speaker who will talk to you about weather forecasting and safety.  This will lead up to a severe weather drill on Wednesday that will be part of our observation of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Finally, we will continue gathering daily weather data to send to NASA as part of our work with the CERES project.

In math, we will continue our transition into geometry.  Up first will be area of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles!  I'll show you an awesome Montessori tool you can use to easily find area of these shapes.

The Montessori Area Material 

After we've mastered the basics of area, we will then move on to using an equation to help us discover area of such shapes.  Here's a handy-dandy extra practice sheet you may choose to do to help you.

You will have some homework to complete to help you practice finding area.  Be on the lookout for a quiz on area to be announced in the near future.  In addition to your work with area, please be sure to complete your math journal by Thursday and your Compass Learning choice by Friday.

It's going to be another busy, productive, and fun week at Ellis!  I can't wait to get started Monday morning!

Mr. Trent

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