Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Week of August 26, 2013

Welcome to the last week of August!  There are a number of items planned as we finish up this first month of school.

This week in math we will be focusing on finding the greatest common factor (GCF) of two numbers.  It is really important that you are not getting it mixed up with LCM that we studied last week.  I want you to really focus on using the two interchangeably without getting confused.  Get ready for some classwork and homework that will prepare you for a quiz on GCF and LCM this Thursday.  If you feel you need additional lessons on either, please don't hesitate to ask one of your classmates or me for a review.  Click below for a great game to help you practice finding the GCF of a set of numbers.

Fruit Shoot Greatest Common Factor Game

We will also start taking the MAP test this week.  This test will test your math skills and give me a good indication of your strengths and needs.  I will use this information to plan my upcoming lessons.  This is the first of three times you will take this assessment.  Please take your time and try your best.  If you have any questions about testing, please refer to this guide.  When consulting the guide, please keep in mind that we will only compete the mathematics portion of the test.  

For science, i'll talk to you briefly about how minerals are mined.  This week, please use your worktime to learn as much as you can about the topics we've covered concerning minerals.  Your "Minerals Tic Tac Toe" choice sheet is due Friday.  You will have a test on Minerals this Friday, too.  To help you prepare for the test, please refer to this study guide.

Minerals Study Guide

You will receive your first progress report of the year this Tuesday.  Please take it home, sign it, and return it to school Wednesday.  There will be a coversheet on the report telling you a bit more information about our grading procedures for 6th grade.  If you have any other questions, please note them on the coversheet and I will respond ASAP.  You can also contact me a

Friday will be a "dress down" day for students since it is the last Friday of the month.  Please refer to pg. 36 of the Student Handbook for Success for a list of appropriate clothing for the day.

I'll end my post with some pictures from our mentoring time with Ms. Kirsten's class last Friday afternoon.  Keep up the good work!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Mr. Trent

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