Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Week of August 12, 2013

Welcome to the first week of school!  I hope you had a wonderful summer and are ready for another great year at Charles Ellis.

I will update this blog each weekend with the lesson plans for the upcoming week.  This is a great place to start if you have any questions about upcoming due dates or assignments.  There is also a "classroom calendar" tab above that shows important dates to keep in mind for the near future.  Finally, I will also update the blog daily with pictures from the classroom, supplemental resources based on our lessons, and other fun  items of interest.  

This first week of school, we will start by going over our classroom procedures.  I'm sure you have a lot of questions about how a 6th grade classroom works, and I am going to work hard to make sure all of your questions are answered.  We will also be organizing your personal folders and cubby to make sure you are set up for success.  In addition, I'll allow you plenty of time to get to know your new classmates.  

This year in room 18, we will focus on both science and math.  Science work this week will include a key Montessori lesson:  The Unconscious Exchange of Services (UES).  The UES will help us begin to understand the amazing connections of living and nonliving things found in our universe.  We will use this lesson to motivate us in our studies of Earth Science this year.  

In math, I will share another Montessori lesson:  The History of Numbers.  In doing so, I hope you will learn to appreciate the amazing history of mathematics.  Here's a great video that shrinks thousands of years of math history into a few minutes:

By starting the year with these two key lessons, I wish to both set the tone of our Montessori classroom and inspire you to wonder about the amazing world of science and math and your place within it.    

The only homework you will have this week is to review your classroom procedures nightly, become familiar with the student handbook,  and sign/return the forms I send home Monday.  Each of these forms is due by Friday, August 16.

I look forward to seeing you bright and early Monday morning,
Mr. Trent

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