Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Week of January 25, 2016

Can you believe it is the last week of January!?   2016 seems to be passing just as fast (or maybe even faster than) 2015!  Let's make the most of this week together at Ellis.

In math we will use our knowledge of area to discover the surface area of geometric solids.  The solids we will be working on will be cubes, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, and pyramids.  It's important that you review the characteristics of each of these solids before we delve deeply into finding their surface area.  I suggest exploring the geometric solids Montessori material during your work time.  Focus specifically on the number of faces each solid has.

Surface area is the number of square units that are contained on the surface of a geometric solid.  You can use this activity to help you understand this concept:

You will have plenty of practice finding surface area in class.  Please be sure to complete your math homework Monday and Tuesday evening, as well.  You will have a quiz on surface area Thursday.  In addition to this work, make sure to complete two Compass Learning choices and your Google Classroom Journal by Friday.

Our science studies will continue to involve weather fronts, air masses, clouds, and the water cycle.  Use the "Cloudy With a Chance of Learning" choice sheet to help guide your research.  Your study guide, "Types of Fronts" chart, and vocabulary words will be crucial study aids when preparing for Friday's test.

Please keep the following in mind as we begin the upcoming week:
1.  Our field trip the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum will take place this Thursday.  Your permission slip and $5 are due by Tuesday.
2.  Friday is a dress down day for $1.  All proceeds will benefit the Red Cross "Dollars for Disasters" program.
3.  Math tutorial will take place Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-4:00.

See you Monday morning,
Mr. Trent

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