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We are still collecting yearbook order forms.

This week in Math students completed the unit on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. The final quiz involved high-order thinking skills to solve word problems. I am driving towards increasing each student's stamina level with regard for perseverance and a positive growth mindset. Problem solving was weaved in to refresh such skills as reducing fractions and adding/subtracting mixed numbers. The Problem of the Week was based on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. Students also reviewed place value, adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals from the beginning of the school year. We are off to dividing fractions by whole numbers and vice-versa.

This week in Science students completed a 12-lesson unit produced by the NHL Future Goals Program which served as a useful review for the upcoming MCAS. Students learned many applications for applying quantitative and qualitative data, and independent and dependent variables. We also learned the science of preparing the radius of hollow on a skate blade, the lie, flex, and face angle of a stick, and the materials used in goalie pads. We are off to Rocks and Minerals.

Thanks,

Chris

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Greetings!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This week in Math students were introduced to multiplying mixed numbers. Students also used scaling to compare products. A quiz was given on multiplying fractions by fractions and whole numbers. I will offer a re-take to all who would like to improve next Wednesday. Numerous enrichment opportunities were made available for students.

This week in Science students explored the NHL Future Goals as a whole class for math and science review including the distance formula for speed skating and the correct formula for shooting velocity. Students also converted potential to kinetic energy for the release of puck drops.

Enjoy your weekend!

Chris

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Hello,

This week in Math students learned how to multiply whole numbers by fractions through modeling and dividing out common factors. This helps students understand how we take parts of a whole like 2/3 of 9 cakes. Students were given the opportunity to solve challenges like 25/75 by 50/150 by 33/99 and then the big one: 65/196 by 84/225 by 90/169. Here students had to identify common factors of 14, 15, and 16 and then divide them out to get a simplified solution of 6/91. A new Tic Tac Challenge was given out for the month of March. A new Problem of the Week will be given out on Monday.

This week in Science students completed a study guide to be used to create flash cards for the Solar System Test. Students also explained in essay form what causes day and night, the difference between a revolution and a rotation, and why we can only see certain constellations at each time of year.

Thanks,

Chris

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Greetings!

This week students practiced the computer-based MCAS to get comfortable with the testing format using Chrome books. We will continue to practice as we approach testing dates. 

This week in Math students practiced multiplying fractions and learned how to multiply mixed numbers using area models. We will continue to train students to divide out common factors to reduce large fractions to be simplified. Enrichment opportunities were shared with interested students.

This week in Science students completed a table showing the time in seconds, minutes, and hours for a person to send a 'hello' to the moon and various planets. Students also participated in the NHL's Future Goals Program. We completed 2 of the 12 lessons focused on the area of the wooden tiles on an ice rink, and states of matter of both appropriate ice and air temperatures for an ice hockey game in an arena. 

Thanks,

Chris

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Hello,

This week in Math students solved problems in review for the Chapter 6 Quiz on Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Students also practiced skills in review such as dividing decimals. Continued practice of past taught concepts will continue through March. We are headed towards multiplying fractions and mixed numbers in our next chapter.

This week in Science students solved multiple choice questions to demonstrate comprehension of topics in the Solar System Unit. Students will be finalizing the unit the following week with a Test following the vacation week. Students also read and summarized articles taken from the Sciencedaily.com website. They also took a quiz on the Moon Phases.

MCAS 2.0
This week teachers were trained on how to help students prepare for computerized testing. Each week students will get practice utilizing like tools to become better acclimated with the functionality of MCAS 2.0.

Thanks,

Chris

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Hello,

This week in Math students applied adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers to identify patterns, the commutative and associative property, and algebraically to find a missing amount in a word problem when a total was given along with 2 amounts. The Birthday Bash Project was collected on Wednesday. I really look forward to grading them and enjoying the creativity of our students.

This week in Science students completed their final week of filling out their Moon Calendar. Students learned factual information about Neptune and Pluto. We checked out articles on Sciencedaily.com. Students responded to comprehension questions regarding the inner and outer planets and then calculated their weight on some other planets using a given formula. Students then enjoyed this week's meteor sighting in the mid-west.

Get ready for more snow!

Chris
 
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