Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Week of December 1, 2014

"I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December."

-   Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

There is a lot in store for you this first week of December!  I've updated the classroom calendar to reflect all upcoming assignments and tests.  You can get to it by clicking on the "calendar" tab above, or by simply logging onto your Google account (it is synced to your Google Calendar).  

Our math lessons this week will focus on solving algebraic equations.  We will be "using inverse operations to isolate the variables".  While this may sound a bit confusing, with practice you will catch on.  Here is a quick-reference chart you can use when working problems:

Solving Equations Quick-Reference Chart (Click to enlarge)

As usual, you will have homework Monday and Tuesday evening to complete.  Your lessons, Compass Learning requirement (due Friday), and Google Classroom journal (due Friday) will help you prepare for a quiz on solving equations Thursday.  

If you'd like some more practice solving equations, check out the following sheets.  The answers to the problems can also be found in the document.  

We will continue our work with Earth's water, but expand our focus from the oceans to other places where water is found.  You'll have "the world in your hands" during a fun introductory activity using an inflatable globe during tomorrow's lesson.  Your notes from the lesson and weekly vocabulary words are found below.  Use them to study for Friday's vocabulary quiz and next Friday's test.

You will have the next two weeks to do your own research about Earth's water.  Use the following "Drop in the Bucket" choice sheet to help focus your work.  Four assignments from the sheet are due next Friday.

There are also a few other things happening this week you shouldn't forget about:

1.  The Montessori Education Society of Savannah is having its annual holiday party this Thursday from 6:30-9:00 at 802 East Victory Drive.  Please click HERE for more information and to RSVP.

2.  Math Tutorial will take place Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:00.  This is an invite-only tutorial.

3.  Career Day is this Friday!  Ms. Carla has scheduled many community members to come into school and talk about their jobs.

Finally, when you are signing-in tomorrow at our entry area, be sure to check out our classroom "Geolo-tree"!  It's covered with festive rocks, minerals, and fossils!

Mr. Trent

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