Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Week of September 9, 2013

Are you ready for another great week at Charles Ellis?!  I know I am!

In math this week, we will be reviewing division.  I know division is something that you have been doing for a few years now, but I really want to take a deep look at what it means to actually divide numbers.  After a review of long division on Monday, we'll take it up a notch and throw some decimals in the dividend and divisors.  Be sure to try your best on your classwork and homework this week because we will have a test on division Thursday.

Do you want more practice dividing decimals?  Check out this interactive lesson below:

An interactive lesson about dividing decimals.

In addition, check out this textbook chapter on dividing decimals.  If you choose to use this for some extra practice, I can check your work for you, just place it in my box.  Again, this isn't required, but it is a great tool to use if you feel you need more practice with the concept.

In science, we will continue our work with the rock cycle.  I've seen some amazing rock posters, read some creative narratives about journeys through the rock cycle, and even enjoyed a few rock poems! Keep it up, all this work is helping you more deeply understand the complexities of the rock cycle and is preparing you for your test on Friday.  You can also use the following study guide to get ready for Friday's test:

Please study the following items for your test on Friday.  You will also need to review your vocabulary words from last week.

You have a few other science-related items to keep in mind this week:  

1.  Your three choices from your Hard Rock Cafe menu are due Friday.  Be sure to put your name, date, and activity on each assignment before you staple it to your coversheet.  
2.  As you finish your menu sheet, I will have two choice labs associated with the rock cycle that you are more than welcome to explore. Please remember that only two people at a time can work on each lab, copy the lab procedures and answer questions on a piece of notebook paper to be submitted to me, and return the lab materials to their original condition once the lab is completed.  
4.  Ms. Diane has a really fun and tasty activity she would like to share with you where you will make edible representations of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks!

Finally, we will be continuing to work on the MAP test.  Hopefully, we can complete this requirement this week.  In addition, I will have you start the science OAS test.  Like the MAP test, this assessment is not something you can study for.  Your responses will be used to identify your strengths and need so I can better plan my lessons for you.  Please try your best on both of these assessments.  We will talk about your performance on them at your first term parent/teacher conference.

See you Monday morning,
Mr. Trent

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