Weekly Update!

Hello,

This week in Science students read a packet on Light Energy and took notes on the following: What is light energy and how does it behave. Students got to look through rainbow lenses. Students also took the Electricity Quiz online. Finally, students participated in the Bending Pencil Lab where pencils were dipped into both water and oil to show the illusion of both a bent and broken pencil.

This week in History students watched Brainpop videos on the Vikings and Leif Erickson and answered comprehension questions. Students also worked towards completing their Country Project.

There is no school on Monday in honor of Veteran's Day!

Regards,

Chris

Update

Greetings!

Please remind students to bring in their charged devices to school each day. Students are accessing short videos and responding through the Google Classroom. My contingengy plan is to have students write out what they would rather type and submit online. Of course, students are also completing assignments using pencil and paper. We are achieving a fine balance. In the meantime students are working very hard at writing strong, clearly written detailed sentences. Mechanics are improving as well. Well, this creates better morale with proper feedback. It is great to see at this early stage in the school year. In the meantime, there were a number of assignments turned in this week with no names on them.

This week in Science students learned about Current Electricity and its various elements and circuits. Students created a 4-Square drawing and labeling diagrams of series, parallel, open, and closed circuits. I demonstrated with Smashing Spheres to show how friction can burn right through a piece of paper and also create a burning smell in the process. Students created their own circuits with battery packs, wires, and light bulbs. Students tested many different items to see if they were conductors or insulators based on if the light bulb lit up when the circuit was closed. Students also reinforced the concept of Static Electricity by reading an article and writing 5 facts. Finally, students watched 2 Brainpop videos on Electric Circuits and Batteries and answered questions to check their comprehension. Today, students received flash cards for next Thursday's Electricity Quiz.

This week in History students learned about Viking Voyagers and Life on an Explorers Ship. Students wrote whether they would choose to venture on a voyage or remain home and work on the main land. They had to cite text evidence about all that they could endure on a ship in terms of dried food, stale water, scurvy, loneliness, etc. as opposed to wonder, adventure, chance to visit a new land, etc. Students also viewed 3-minute child-friendly videos from pbslearningmedia.com entitled "10 Things You Did Not Know About Christopher Columbus, Who were the Vikings?, and Leif Erikson and responded to questions in our Google Classroom. Students also learned the Viking Alphabet and wrote an encrypted message.

Reminder: There is no school on Tuesday!

Quite a lull to end the week with Halloween and the Red Sox Parade passing us by.

Regards,

Chris

Weekly Update!

Hello,

Students may participate in the afterschool Halloween Social Monday at 2:30 for an admission price of $2.00. Students may change into their costumes after school.

In Science earlier this week we recapped the content reading on Sound Energy including real-life examples, diagrams and charts. Students also completed a Static Electricity Paragraph and participated in the Static Electricity Balloon Lab. Students took their Sound Energy Quiz online using Google Forms. They accessed the quiz through our Google Classroom. Paper copies were made available.

In History we read about the voyage of Christopher Columbus from the Native Americans point of view. Students then determined based on text evidence if Columbus was a hero or a villain and wrote details on a sticky note to be placed on the front board. We then discussed as a class these attributes. Students also read an introduction to the tour of the Vikings and Leif Erickson displaying their navigational routes.

Big weekend for the Red Sox!

Regards,

Chris

Update

Greetings!

This week in Science students created a Rubber Band Banjo out of rulers and elastic bands. The purpose was the analyze both the sound frequency and pitch for varying points on the ruler and to determine the low and high pitch. Students also participated in the Slinky Lab in which the coils were extended from 2 table legs with attached yarn in the middle. Students released the coils to note the vibration waves of the yarn string. We also viewed a Mystery Doug video on why people from England and Australia have accents in our shared English language. Do they have the different accent or do we? Students took a Sound Energy Check-up on our reading online using Google Forms. This was to practice for the upcoming Sound Energy Quiz TBA. Students also viewed 3 PBS Videos on Sound Energy and responded online using Google Classroom


This week in Mr. Marrese's History Class students learned about the 5 Themes of Geography - Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region. This helped students with their "Create A Country" Project. Students are being very creative while addressing the aspects of the Grading Rubric.

Here is a video from 2011 that I was an extra in for students to see.

Bruins-Red Wings Thanksgiving Showdown!

World Series is next!

Regards,

Mr. Marrese

Update

Greetings!

This week in Science students read and learned about the definition of Sound. As a class we discussed the parts of a sound wave, how to measure sound waves, the quality of sound, and noise. We also discussed when sound travels and when it doesn't, the various wind instruments, the highs and lows of pitch, and how to synthesize sound. In addition, students learned about volume and its intensity, how to measure decibels, noise pollution, sign language, how the ear works, how ears keep us balanced, and also help with hearing loss. Finally, we discussed the various inventions since Thomas Edison's Phonograph followed by later inventions of the record player, audiocassette, compact disc, and improved bass sound. Students answered comprehension questions throughout the week on these topics.

This week in Mr. Marrese's Social Studies Class students were introduced to and worked on the 'Create A Country' Project. This includes a 1-2 written description following the directions and rubric in Google Classroom along with a drawn picture of their map and flag.

A general reminder that according to our handbook students should not be bringing in coffee to school.

Please send in your field trip permission slip forms and $6.

Please check your appointment time for next week's Parent Conferences.

Enjoy your weekend and root on our sports teams!

Regards,

Chris
 
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