Friday, October 25, 2013

The Week of October 28, 2013

Happy Halloween Week!  I hope this week brings you more treats than tricks!  
This week in math we will begin our work with algebra.  I know even just saying the word "algebra" can make some students shudder with fear, but we will work together to make it as painless as possible.  Our lessons begin with a discussion on how to read and write expressions.  You will have some homework Monday and Tuesday night.  On Thursday, we will have a quiz.  Your Compass Learning activity on expressions is due Friday.  Here are a few resources you can use to practice reading and writing expressions.  The first one is a textbook chapter.  If you choose to do some practice work from this resource, bring it into school and I can check it for you.  The second one is a worksheet that has the answers conveniently found at the bottom of the page.  

In science, we are continuing our studies of the ocean.  We will spend the next two weeks talking about currents and waves.  You will have a quiz on the following vocabulary words this Friday, November 1.

In class, I will present a lesson on currents and waves.  I will give you a note-taking sheet to help you organize your thoughts during the presentation.  I've also included a completed copy of the sheet below.  This is your study guide for your final test on currents and waves on Friday, November 8.

To help guide your studies on currents and waves, please complete the following choice sheet entitled "Seafood Feast".  You will need to complete on appetizer, entree, and dessert by Friday, November 8. Please hand you choices in to be corrected as you complete them.  Don't forget to use a rubric if required.

Here are a few more notes to keep in mind for the week:

1.  Even though I thoroughly enjoy Halloween, please remember that costumes are not part of our dress code.  Please come to school in uniform on Halloween.
2.  If you've been invited to math tutorial, please be in the classroom at 7:15 am Tuesday and Thursday.  Tutorial will continue to holiday break in December.
3.  This Friday is a dress down day for $1.00.  All donations will be donated to "Pennies for Patients".

Finally, I am going to take a few minutes throughout the week to share some spooky short stories from one of my favorite books:  "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"!

Mr. Trent

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