Friday, October 18, 2013

The Week of October 21, 2013

I am really enjoying getting to meet with everyone's parents at conferences!  Talking about all the wonderful things we've done so far in our classroom makes me so excited to see what is yet to come this year!  Those of you who signed up online can review your conference day and time by visiting the Sign Up Genius page.  I look forward to meeting with the rest of the 6th grade parents this week.

During school hours, we will be having some math lessons on exponents.  Our lessons will include some work with the exponent montessori material, a fun number cube game, and plenty of other opportunities to practice this important skill.  You will have homework Monday and Tuesday night.  A quiz on exponents will take place Thursday.  Don't forget your weekly Compass Learning requirement (it's all about exponents, too)!  Here is a textbook excerpt and a few notes you can use to further your understanding of exponents.

Exponents notes (click to enlarge)

Exponents notes (click to enlarge)

In science, we will finish up our studies on ocean floor topography.  Your "Go Fish" choice sheet is due this Friday.  Please complete at least three items as you do your research.  You will also have a test this Friday about the different landforms we discussed.  Use your study guide to help you prepare.  During our lab time, we will be doing a simulation where we will map the ocean floor using data collected from sonar equipment aboard a research vessel.  When you are finished, you will have a map of what landforms lie below the waves.    

Speaking of oceans, I came across this great song parody about how amazing the world's oceans are.  It was created by the people at, who are committed to protecting the ocean ecosystem.  Do you recognize the song?

Finally, check out this awesome game from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Join players from around the world who are working together to reveal an aquatic image by answering trivia questions about the ocean.  It's a lot of fun, and you are guaranteed to learn something new!

Don't forget to keep an eye on the online class calendar.  I make sure it is updated often with assignment due dates, upcoming tests, and other important information (like this Friday's free dress down day).

Have a wonderful weekend, and i'll see you bright and early Monday morning!
Mr. Trent

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