Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Week of April 22, 2013

Happy weekend to you!  The upcoming week at Ellis is shaping up to be a great one!

In math, we will continue reviewing topics we've covered this year in math.  You will get a chance to practice problems you may have forgotten how to do through a series of small group lessons and followup activities.  Please make sure to complete all followup assignments by this Friday.  Each night this week you will also be assigned a page to do in your review booklet.

In science, we will begin our last unit of the year.  Now that we've investigated from the center of the Earth to the farthest reaches of outer space, we are going to look at how we fit into the environment near (and far) from us.  Monday is Earth Day, so this is a perfect time to have this lesson!  With a focus on land, water, and air, you will have two weeks to complete a choice sheet based upon environmentalism.

The "Tragedy of Bunnies" game can help you understand the ramifications of overuse of the world's resources.

You will have a vocabulary test Friday on the following words:

aerosol- A substance enclosed under pressure and able to be released as a fine spray, typically by means of a propellant gas.

erosion- The process of gradual destruction by wind, water, or other natural agents.

conservation- Preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife.

exhaust fumes- gases ejected from an engine as waste products.

fertilizers- A chemical or natural substance added to soil to increase its fertility

renewable resources- any natural resource (as wood or solar energy) that can be replenished naturally with the passage of time.

oil-slick- A film or layer of oil floating on an expanse of water, esp. one that has leaked or been discharged from a ship

pesticide- A substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals.

alternative energy- energy derived from sources that do not use up natural resources or harm the environment.

non-renewable resources- any natural resource from the Earth that exists in limited supply and cannot be replaced if it is used up; also, any natural resource that cannot be replenished by natural means at the same rates that it is consumed.

In addition to your vocabulary test, you will have a chapter test next Friday (May 3).  This is also the same day that your choice sheet is due.   You can use this study guide to help you prepare. 

My homeroom will also take some time this week to write the script for our portion of the upcoming musical.  Our goal is to have a finished script by Friday, so get thinking about reptiles!

Parents, be sure to get your tickets for the Silver Jubilee Gala!  You can stop by the media center to purchase them, or get them online and pick them up at the gala.  

Finally, don't forget that this Friday is a free dress-down day!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Mr. Trent

P.S. I almost forgot to mention the Lyrid meteor shower! has a wonderful article about it HERE.  Hopefully, we will get to see some meteors tonight!

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