Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Week of August 10, 2015

Welcome to your first FULL week of school!  I'm trusting you to follow the procedures we talked about last week to ensure that everyone has the ability to learn in a peaceful and smoothly-running environment.  Let's get started!

Your math lessons this week will include finding the least common multiple of a set of numbers.  We will use the peg board material to help us understand the concept.  You will have homework to complete Monday and Tuesday night.  Your first math quiz of the year will take place Thursday! If you need some extra practice finding LCM, feel free to refer to this sheet (the answers are found at the bottom of the page):


In science, we will start our earth studies lessons by investigating minerals!  After a lesson on Monday, I will set you free to explore all you can about minerals for the next two weeks!  To help guide your studies, please complete the following choice sheet.  Your three choices will be due next Friday.

You will have two assessment grades associated with our work with minerals.  This Friday, you will have a vocabulary quiz on the following words:

mineral- a naturally formed, inorganic solid that has a definite crystalline structure
streak- the color of the powder of a mineral 
luster- the way in which a mineral reflects light
cleavage- the splitting of a mineral along smooth, flat surfaces
fracture- the manner in which a mineral breaks along either curved or irregular surfaces

Your second test grade will be about what you've learned during your minerals studies.  I will teach you some note taking skills to help you organize your thoughts.  I will also provide you with the following study guide:

You will also have the opportunity to do a lab where you will identify unknown minerals based upon their characteristics.  You will perform a number of tests that will give you the data necessary to name the mineral.  Check out this video to see how to identify an unknown mineral:

Identifying Minerals

I know this seems like A LOT to remember!  To help you keep it all organized, please keep the following in mind:

1.  The daily and weekly schedule is written on the board.
2.  Your planners have not arrived yet, but I will print off a planner sheet for you to use until they are delivered.  Please copy your daily "I can" statement and homework into your planner for each class.  Your planner is kept in your travel folder and will be taken home with you nightly.
3.  I keep the calendar updated on this blog.  It includes all important tests and assignment due dates.  You can find the classroom calendar by clicking on the "Calendar" button at the top of this page.
4.  All upcoming graded items are shown on PowerSchool (the online shared grade book).  If you have not created your account, please see Ms. Valencia or Ms. Kim in the office for your username and password.

Finally, please remember to sign and return all of the "Back to School" paperwork by this Friday.  Click HERE if you need another copy of the forms.  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mr. Trent

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