Friday, January 24, 2014

The Week of January 27, 2014

Welcome to the last week of January!  There are a lot of fun things in store for you at Ellis this week.

In math, we are using what we know about area and composite figures to investigate surface area of 3-dimensional solids.  You may want to review your 3-D shapes before we begin.

Surface area is defined as the number of square units it takes to completely cover the outside of a three dimensional solid.  Surface area problems take a long time to do, and take intense concentration to come up with the correct answer.  We will get A LOT of hands on practice this week with calculating surface area.  Keep in mind that it will also take some practice on your own time to master this skill.  Here's a great tool you can use to help you understand this concept.

Surface Area Practice Tool

Your Compass Learning assignment (due Friday) will also give you some practice with surface area.  I highly suggest that you complete this before your quiz on Thursday.  

In science, we will continue our studies about weather.  Please work hard to complete your "Cloudy With a Chance of Learning" choice sheet by Friday.   On Friday you will also have your test on weather.  Be sure to review your study guide and the information I gave you on weather fronts.  

Students created barometers to track high and low air pressure systems.

Ms. Carol's homeroom became mentors to teach Ms. Kiersten's class about weather using our classroom responders.

Parent/Teacher conferences start this week. I am very much looking forward to meeting with everyone and talking about this year's progress.  If you need to change your conference time, please let me know as soon as possible, because we are on a very tight schedule.  

Our photocopier is STILL not working correctly, so we are unable to print your progress reports as planned.  Your grades are always available on the PowerSchool Parent Access program.  

This Friday is the last Friday of the month, so you know what that means: it is a FREE DRESS DOWN DAY!  

Enjoy your weekend,
Mr. Trent

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