Update

Hello,

This week in Math students were tested on Geometry and Volume to conclude the final test of the school year. Students began working in class on their Math Carnival Games. Students learned about the law of mathematical probability and actual experimental probability. Students flipped a coin 50 times to test my hypothesis that we would fall within 1% of 50% for each outcome. For Ms. Corrigan's class the final results were 502 Heads to 498 Tails for 50.2%. For my homeroom the final results were 51.4%. The total aggregate did fall within 1%. We also pulled colored coin chips out of a bag and tallied the results for 3 colors. We used these results to predict how many of each color were in the bag of 12 colored chips. Based on 2 rounds both classes successfully predicted the actual number of colored chips: 6, 4, and 2.

This week in Science students created an Ecosystem Pyramid based on an animal which included the individual, population, community, biome, and biosphere. Students then selected another animal and researched the stages of their life cycle in the computer lab. Students also enjoyed the addition of duckweed, crickets, and fish into their Bottle Ecosystems. Thank you again to all parents who donated materials to make this project possible.

Permission slips should be turned in as soon as possible.

Regards,

Chris


Update

Hello,

This week students had an assembly with Mrs. Ferranti, our school nurse about upcoming back checks for Scholiosis which will occur during phys ed class on Tuesday for Mr. Marrese's homeroom and Friday for Miss Corrigan's homeroom.

Students also attended an assembly on Bike Safety. The presenter shared many useful tips for students to utilize including the care of a bike, proper clothing, and rules of the road.

In Math students practiced finding the volume of composed figures. Here, you could have multiple prisms stacked, or an irregular solid that can be strategically divided into 2 prisms. The Chapter 11 Test will be given on Wednesday. The Tic Tac Challenge will be due on Wednesday.

In Science students completed comprehension activities on Photosynthesis and Food Webs. Students also read about the types of biomes, the difference between biotic and abiotic factors, freshwater and saltwater ecosystems, and components of biodiversity. 

3 more weeks to go. Wow, time is flying by!

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Math students completed the Test Review for Friday's Test on Converting Customary and Metric Measurement Units. Students also completed Enrichment within the topic.

This week in Science students completed comprehension activities on Structural and Behavioral Adaptations for animals with a specific example regarding beavers.

Students also completed the Science MCAS this week and are done with standardized testing for the year.

We are awaiting the final amount of bottles to begin the Ecosystem Bottle Project.

There is still a lot of missing work. I am updating each student today and tomorrow. I have extra copies in class and they are also available in my Scanned Assignments Tab.

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week students completed sessions 1 and 2 of the Math MCAS using chromebooks.

In Math students reviewed the Coordinate Plane, Line Plots, Perimeter, Area, Volume, Finding an Average, and Converting Metric Measurements. Later in the week students converted both customary and metric measurements to solve multi-step word problems. Students created their own computational fluency cards including 10 operation steps. We also played the class card game 'I Have...Who Has?'

In Science students were introduced to the Ecosystem Bottle Project. We also did some background reading on what is an ecosystem, producers, consumers and their 3 types, decomposers, the food web, and the various cycles including water, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide-oxygen.

Thanks,

Chris


Update

Hello,

This week was a great one!

In Math students were introduced to converting and comparing metric measurement units in addition to reviewing all concepts in geometry. Testing for these chapters will take place following next week's MCAS.

In Science students saw samples of sand from many parts of the world in addition to a bag of fossils. We replayed some Rock Songs and took a test on the Rocks and Minerals Unit. Students were able to share their Activities with classmates which were very informative and entertaining.

Miss Corrigan's class was treated to a presentation by High School Senior Caitlin Fields who shared her Senior Project on Bacteria and Viruses. She was very knowledgeable and discussed her future goals. It was pretty powerful and inspiring for young students to meet her and hear her story. Her activity was age appropriate and exciting.

The Math MCAS is next Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been prepared and have earned the right to do well!

Thanks,

Chris
 
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