Friday, September 12, 2014

The Week of September 15, 2014

Can you believe that we are over half-way through the first term of school already?  We only have 4 more weeks until the beginning of term 2!  Time flies when you are having a good time!

This week in math we will continue our work with division.  We will turn our focus from decimals to fractions.  You will have some division of fractions lessons, classwork, and homework to prepare you for a quiz Thursday.  Your journal (due Thursday) and Compass Learning assignment (due Friday) will also give you some practice dividing fractions.  Check out the following sheet for some instruction on the process and a little extra practice.  The answers are found at the bottom of the page.

In science we will spend the next two weeks getting our hands dirty studying soil!  After some lessons on soil topics, you will be asked to complete the following choice sheet to guide your soil studies.  Please note that it is due NEXT WEDNESDAY (because we do not have school next Thursday or Friday).

Rake the Leaves Choice Sheet

You will have two tests during our work with soil.  The first will be a vocabulary quiz Friday, September 19th.  The next will be a soil test on Wednesday, September 24.  Use the following two documents to help you prepare for the tests.

We will also spend some time studying soil horizons.  Here is a great diagram outlining the important parts of a column of soil.

Soil Horizons (click image to enlarge)

Progress reports will be sent home Tuesday.  Please take it home, review it with your family, sign it, and return it to your homeroom teacher Wednesday.  If you or your family have any questions, please note them on the report.  You can also email me any questions or concerns at

It's going to be a busy, busy, busy week!  Don't be so busy that you forget about the free dress down day on Friday!  This and other important things to remember have been placed on the classroom calendar.  You should also write them in your planner.  Please see me if you need some help doing so.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

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