Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Week of September 2, 2013

I hope you are enjoying your long Labor Day weekend!  I'm taking a break from relaxing to plan some great things for the upcoming week.

In math, we will use our knowledge of greatest common factor to help us better understand the distributive property.  Check out this video from www.khanacademy.org for a little introduction to the process.

The Distributive Property: The Distributive Property

You will have some homework and classwork to complete this week, but (since it is a short week) you will not have a quiz on distributive property.

Prime factorization is very helpful when performing the distributive property.

In science, we will be focusing on the rock cycle over the next two weeks.  Here are your vocabulary words you will need to know for a quiz on Friday.

After an introductory lesson, I will give you a choice sheet to help guide your research about rocks.  Your choice sheet takes the form of a menu where you must choose one appetizer, entree, and desert to complete.  Remember, the whole goal of these choices are to learn as much as you can about the rock cycle, so please always do your best on the assignments you choose.   The three assignments are due Friday, September 13th.

The Hard Rock Café Menu

In addition to your choice sheet work being due, you will also have a test on the rock cycle Friday, September 13.  To help you prepare for the test, here is a copy of the visuals I will share during my lesson.

The Rock Cycle

I know this is a lot of information to keep in mind for the upcoming week.  That is why it is so important that you are keeping up with writing your assignments and homework on your workplan daily.  Remember that I also keep a classroom calendar to help you keep up to date on what's happening.  Click on the "Class Calendar" button at the top of this page to see it.  The default display for the calendar is an agenda list, but you can also view a more traditional month and week format by clicking the buttons at the top of the calendar.

I know many of you enjoyed having the chance to "dress down" last Friday.  This Friday, you will have another chance to be out of uniform!  The first Friday of each month will be a dress down day for \$1.  This month, all of the money collected will be donated to the Ellis Solar Club.

Finally, I have been asked to report for Chatham County Jury Duty this week.  Because of this, I may be absent a few days from school.  I am expecting gracious and courteous behavior with the substitute teacher.  Remember your procedures and help your classmates remember them as well.  I will keep you posted the best I can about my jury duty schedule.

UPDATE:  I will not be at school Tuesday.  I will let you know my schedule for the rest of the week as soon as I find out what it is.

Happy Labor Day,
Mr. Trent