Friday, November 14, 2014

The Week of November 17, 2014

This time of year we often pause to think about the things we are thankful for in our life.  I am thankful that I get to come to Ellis each day and spend time researching our amazing world!

Our math lessons this week will continue to focus on algebraic number sentences.  Not only will we be talking about expressions, but also equations.  Equations are a bit different than expressions because they include the "equals" sign (=).  You will be spending your week investigating the properties of multiplication as they are related to expressions and equations.  Here are the properties you will get to know:

Properties of Multiplication (Click to enlarge)

You will have a homework to complete Monday and Tuesday night, and a quiz on Thursday.  Please complete your weekly Compass Learning assignment and Google Classroom journal by Friday.  All of these assignments will help you master these properties.

In science, we will continue our research with tides.  Be ready for an awesome lab where we will plot neap and spring tide data in Boston, MA and St. John, NB to visually compare their tidal ranges.  Your "Tides of Thanks" choice sheet is due Friday.  You will also have a test on tides Friday.  You can use your study guide to help you prepare, as well as the following presentation I shared last week:

There are a number of other things going on this week:

1.  Math tutorial will take place Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:00.
2.  Friday is a dress down day.  It will cost you $1 to participate.  All the proceeds will benefit "Pennies for Patients".
3.  Friday we will be taking a field trip to the Presidents Street Water Treatment Facility to see how waste water is cleaned and returned to nature.  We will also be traveling to Ellis Square.  Once there, we will use what we know about indirect measurement to find the height of the Cay Building!  Afterwards, we will enjoy a picnic lunch in the square before returning to school.  This is a free trip, so please return your permission slip by Wednesday to participate.
4.  Friday night is the middle school Fall dance.  Please return your permission slip to join the fun!

Enjoy your weekend,
Mr. Trent

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