This week in Math, we will be taking a Common Formative Assessment for the district on Monday. We'll do a short review and a quick check on Volume on Tuesday, and begin our project for the week, "Volume City". Students will be in groups and will have to build their own cities using the skills they have learned over the past two weeks concerning volume. On Wednesday, we'll also continue our lessons on volume and will have homework Thursday night. Friday we will wrap up this lesson on Volume, finish our Volume City project, and get ready to begin additive volume next week! If you have any questions about the skills that we are learning and want to know more, check out khanacadamey.org and watch the videos there concerning volume and additive volume!
This week in science, we will begin chapter two on reproduction. We'll simply be defining asexual and sexual reproduction, and we'll talk about reproduction at the cellular level. We'll compare the two and complete worksheet packets on Thursday. Next week we'll be looking at genetics and traits and how those are passed down from parents to children. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions or concerns about the material that we are learning this week!
This week in Math, we'll begin a unit on Volume. We'll start with how to count unit cubes and then move into how to use the formula LxWxH to find volume. We'll have a quick quiz over these skills next Tuesday.
This week in science we will be finishing up our unit on Ecosystems and we'll take a look at all we have learned Chapter 1. We'll review most of this week and take our Chapter One Test on Thursday.
This week is a four day week for students due to Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday night. There will be no school for students on Friday.
This week in math, we'll continue our study on conversions. We'll be using word problems to help us work things out this week, and just like last week, we will have more homework than usual. Please make sure and work on these conversions with your student!
This week in Science, we'll begin our study of photosynthesis and energy pyramids. There will not be a quiz on this information until next Tuesday, February 14.
This week in Math, we will be working on units of measure and converting them. We will continue working on this unit for two weeks because it does take some time for students to really understand this concept- this is a tough one!! Because of this, I am assigning three nights of homework this week so that students can practice conversions.
This week in science, we will continue our study of the ecosytem, food chains, and habitats. We will have a quick quiz on Friday.
Extra Credit Opportunity
For extra credit, I am asking that you pick an African American Scientist or Mathematician and write a brief paragraph about the contributions he or she made to his or her field of study. These details can include their birthplaces, backgrounds, family stories, and of course their contributions to the fields of math or science, and any other fact or piece of information that you deem important.
Please also attach a photo of the person you select to write about.
The assignment is due on Monday, January 30, and all student work will be displayed in the hallway on the bulletin board next to our classroom.
Helpful websites to use in your research include (but are not limited to):
Please don’t hesitate to ask should you have any questions or concerns about this project. Thank you for taking the time to work with your student on this extra credit assignment!
This week we'll be working on Lesson 20 which works with ordered pairs and graphing points on a coordinate plane. We will have homework at least twice this week so PLEASE make sure and work on these skills with your students! We will have a quick check up on Friday.
We will continue our work with Cells, this week we'll be comparing and contrasting Plant and Animal cells and hopefully do a few fun activities too!
This week in Math, we will be working on Order of Operations and writing and evaluating expressions. We will have a quick check up on Friday to see how everyone is progressing with this skill. A homework sheet will come home on Wednesday night. Please make sure and work with your child on these skills!
We are starting our unit on Cells this week. We will take a look at Plant and Animal cells and have a quiz over their parts on Friday.
This week in math we will continue reviewing skills that we learned in the first semester, and we will take the Winter I Ready Benchmark. If time permits, we will begin working on Lesson 19 that has to do with Order of Operations.
This week in Science we are wrapping up our chapter on The Earth's processes- volcanoes, earthquakes, weather and climate and will have our test on Thursday of this week. After we conclude this chapter, we will begin work on cells (Chapter One).
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Break. We're getting right down to business this week in Math and Science! One of the things that I ask for you all to do is make sure your students have all the supplies that the need for class- pencils, trapper keeper, scissors, glue, art supplies, and journals. Some of them have run out of pages in their Math and Science journals, and I asked them today to let you all know if they need new supplies. I would also like to thank those of you who have already sent in clorox wipes and hand sanitizer! You guys are great!
This week in Math, we will be reviewing many skills that we have worked on this past year- we will take a look a place value on Tuesday, Multiplying and Dividing whole numbers, working with Decimals, fractions, and on Friday we will take the Winter Benchmark in I Ready. This will help us to see how our students are progressing thus far with their math skills this year. Next week, we will begin Order of Operations (yeah, PEMDAS!!).
This week in Science we are wrapping up our unit on the Earth (Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and specifically this week, the atmosphere). Students will be working to learn about weather, climate, sea breezes and land breezes, as well as ocean currents, rain shadows, and El Nino. We will take next week to reveiw everything, and will have a Chapter 4 Test next Thursday. Study guides will come home for this on Tuesday, so students will have ample time to study.
I have also asked students to make sure and write in their agendas all assignments and daily tasks that we will be doing so that you will be able to see day-to-day what we are up to in class. Please dont hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Welcome back, and lets make this semester the best yet!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break- I know our family certainly enjoyed our time together. Now, its back to business for the next three weeks until Christmas Break!
In math class this week, we'll be learning all about dividing fractions. Students will come home with homework on Tuesday Night (Pg 123-124 in their Math B Book) and will also have a review sheet to complete for extra points on their math quiz which will be given Friday. This test will only be over decimal division. They will also have a letter in their Tuesday folders regarding what we've been learning about decimal division this week.
One of the strategies we are teaching this week is called "Keep it, Change it, Flip it!" Make sure to ask your students about that and show you what they can do with fractions!
This week, we begin our study of the Earth, starting with the crust, mantle and core. We'll then move into plate tectonics and what forms mountains, and what causes earthquakes. We'll be putting a ton of information into our Science journals, so make sure you're reviewing these with your students each night. They will have a review sheet come home on Thursday to prepare them for their check up on Friday.
Also make sure to check your students Tuesday folders tomorrow for information about our Holiday Gatherings and things that they should be bringing to class to prepare for that. Please don't hesitate to email me with any questions or concerns.
Have a great week!