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Hello,

We had a great full week of learning this week highlighted by our Cabinets of Wonder display hosted by Miss Corrigan. It was great to see everyone during our visit time.

This week in Science students practiced studying their flash cards for next Wednesday's Rocks and Minerals Test. Students completed their Mineral Learning Poster. Next, students worked on their Wanted: Missing Rock Poster. The next day students had to read a poster and then identify the actual rock on a table of all rocks. Students worked in the Google Classroom on 3 Grand Canyon Activities, Caves and Karsts, Wonders of the World, and Minerals in their Environments. 

This week in Mr. Marrese's History Class students read about the Lost Colony of Roanoke. Students learned that settlers arrived to check out the landscape and that some returned home to get more supplies. When they returned the settlers who were left were nowhere to be found. The clues were not helpful and the legendary mystery began and continues to this very day. 

Go Patriots!

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Science students tested minerals for the 5 properties: luster, color, streak, hardness, and cleavage. Students created a Mineral Learning Poster stating the meaning of each property and mineral. Students also worked on a Wanted Missing Rock Poster. Next week students will each read a notice and try to identify the rock on the table. 3 Grand Canyon Assignments have been uploaded into the Google Classroom.

This week in Mr. Marrese's History Class students read about the settlements of New France, New Spain, and New Netherlands. Students filled out a chart showing the main explorers, reasons for settlement, locations, and treatment of Native Americans. Students wrote about how life would be different in this New World if these settlements never took place.

Thanks,

Chris

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Greetings!

This week in Science students studied their flash cards in preparation for the Quiz on Earth's Major Systems this past week. Students also read about the 3 Types of Rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic along with examples of each. This was followed by the Rock Cycle and how each rock type experiences melting, cooling, weathering, erosion, and heat and pressure to create new rock types. Students listened to catchy songs like "We Will Rock You" and "Formed This Way" to hear vocabulary. Students also read articles from Sciencedaily.com to learn about Earth and its rocks about 4 billion years ago. This was to encourage students to pick up a magazine with adult text to learn more in-depth about scientific topics. Finally, students participated in a check for understanding activity using the Plickers App. I scanned their QR Codes with my phone to gain instant feedback on 10 multiple choice questions. Students also used the FlipGrid Site to post short 30 second videos on what they learned this week about rocks and what they would like to learn more about within the topic.

Formed This Way Song

This week in Mr. Marrese's History Class students practiced studying their flash cards for next Wednesday's Explorers Test. We also practiced as a whole class to hear students call out facts and help gain confidence. Students also participated in rehearsals for next Thursday's Play called "America's Best Explorers".

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Greetings!

This week in Science students learned about the 5 properties of minerals, the gemstones for each birth month, uses at home for specific minerals, the Old Man in the Mountain, examples of non-living resources such as alloys, and answers to questions clarifying common misconceptions about rocks and minerals and how they are different. Students completed a fill-in the blank and crossword puzzle to demonstrate understanding of vocabulary. Students also had the opportunity to complete a Flipgrid stating differences between rocks and minerals. Finally, we discussed the components of soil including its 3 layers.

This week in Mr. Marrese's History Class students prepared for the Explorers Test. Students also prepped and performed in the play "America's Best Explorer".

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Chris


Update

Hello,

This week in Science students continued learning about Earth's Major Systems with a focus on the effects of climate on Earth. We also discussed the effects of air, water, and human impact on landforms and the atmosphere. Students worked in the Google Classroom to answer comprehension questions on the reading. Early finishers were able to view 2 videos on Arctic Climate Change and The Flow of the Gulf Stream. Once completed students were also able to create a Google Slides Presentation on Earth's Systems along with a Learning Poster. Students received flash cards to prepare for next Wednesday's Quiz. Finally, students watched 2 Brainpop videos on the Ocean and answered comprehension questions.

This week in History students learned about how the early explorers discovered major rivers and landforms. Students participated in a school-wide Geography Bee Assessment. The top scoring 6-8 grade students will participate in a School Bee later this month to determine representatives for the State Tournament. Students also received flash cards for the upcoming Explorers Test on Wednesday, December 19th. I gave them a large ziplock baggie to store them in. Finally, students read the script for the play America's Best Explorers Play which will held on Thursday, December 20th Time TBA. Parents are welcome to attend. The play will last approximately 15 minutes. We will be seeking some simple costumes. I will work on a list soon.

Regards,

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Science students learned about Earth's 4 layers. Students also learned through our National Geographic Text and provided notes about Earth's Major Systems (Biosphere, Geosphere, Hydrosphere, and Atmosphere) and how they all interact. Students also learned about the 3 ocean ecosystems, and how the ocean shapes the land and climate. Students answered comprehension questions through the Google Classroom using Forms. Early finishers completed Google Slides Presentations.

I was extremely pleased with the work students did on the Light Circle Books. The final product showed a clear understanding of the various concepts including behaviors of light. Clearly detailed sentences filled each page. I must say I was very proud to read them all :)

This week in Mr. Marrese's History Class students learned about the forms of modern technology including the compass, flash cards on America's Explorers and terms tied to their expeditions, and an article entitled "America...At Whose Cost?" which provided a detailed account of how the Native Americans had to leave their settlements including the Trail of Tears journey. Students should be getting familiar with the flash cards. I want them to know something about each explorer through reading each paragraph. They do not have to know everything word for word. A Test will be given in about 2 weeks.

Regards,

Chris
 
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