Update

Hello,

This week in Math students are converting metric measurements for length, weight, and capacity. Each place value position is 10 times more or less than its neighbor. Students have also converted hours, minutes, and seconds to simplify elapsed time. The Problem of the Week due on Friday 5/25 will now be due on Wednesday 5/23. Students will take the Chapter 10 Quiz on Wednesday.

This week in Science students learned more about Adaptations through reading comprehension activities. The focus has been on both physical and behavioral adaptations of people and animals. Students also learned about various cycles pertaining to water, carbon dioxide - oxygen, and nitrogen. We are setting up for our Ecosystem Bottle Project. Thank you for donating to make this project possible. Project Signup The Rocks and Minerals Project is due Thursday 5/31.

Students took the Science MCAS these past 2 days so they are all set until next year!

Foreign language preference letters should be turned in to me as soon as you can.

Today, students received an entire package of pictures from their Spring Photo Shoot. You have the option to purchase following the directions on the flyer. Or, you may return the pictures on Monday.

Next Friday we will visit Old Sturbridge Village. Students should bring a bagged lunch. Most of the ground is dirt so depending on weather students may want to wear a pair of old sneakers. Students will walk around in groups of 4-5 students per adult.

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Math students learned how to convert customary units of measurement relating to length, capacity and weight. Students practiced identifying mixed number on a ruler to halves, quarters, eighths, and sixteenths. Students also practiced doubling and halving to convert measures from cups to pints, to quarts, and gallons. Students then related ounces to pounds to tons.

This week in Science students began a unit on Adaptations. Students are learning about how people and animals adapt to their environment. We made several connections from my takeaways from the show One Strange Rock. Would we be able to adapt to living on another planet? There is much to learn in this unit which will extend into Ecosystems.

Next week students will take the MCAS Science on Thursday and Friday.

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Math students learned how to create line plots made of fractional amounts and how to find the average. Students also created line graphs and learned how to set a scale and interval amount based on the range of values in the table. Students practiced identifying the rule for input/output tables and plotted the ordered pairs on a coordinate plane. We also discussed how businesses use data displays to make decision for future business like the types and quantity of pizza toppings and how to market basketball sneakers and 'push' business into low peak months of the year.

This week in Science students read Wanted: Missing Rock Posters and had to identify the missing rock out of a line-up of rocks. Students went outside and cracked geodes to keep. The crystals inside bring the concept to life. To prepare for the Rocks and Minerals Test I read each question to the class out loud. We also played a classroom game of Jeopardy to practice answering questions.

The Math MCAS is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Students should bring in enough reading material for after the test.

The permission slips and money are due next Friday.

May the Fourth Be With You!

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Math students took the Ch. 7.7 - 7.10 Quiz on Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers. This included solving problems using an area model and rectangular graph. Applying knowledge of all solving steps were necessary to solve word problems. Students then began the 1st lesson on dividing whole numbers by fractions and vice-versa. This included a new way to divide in which you set both values to a common denominator and then divide the numerators to get the quotient. For instance, 4 divided by 1/2 can be re-written as 8/2 divided by 1/2 in which 8 divided by 1 is equal to 8. Finally, on Friday students will be working on solving problems called "Would You Rather?' in which students prove the better option between 2 scenarios.

This week in Science students created a Mineral Learning Poster in which they had to define the term mineral along with its 5 properties: luster, hardness, cleavage, streak, and color. Students were asked to draw pictures and use color in their presentation. Students are going to need to gather a rock from outside to bring in for a missing rock activity. Students will have to describe their rock so that classmates can properly identify it from a table of rocks.

The MCAS ELA seemed to go well and the next MCAS will be MATH during the 2nd week of May. I asked students to use lined paper to write a draft for the essay questions for revising and editing and noticed some students acted on the advice which I feel produces a better overall writing sample. While students were allowed chewing gum and hard candy, I also noticed regular candy coming in as well.

Enjoy the April Vacation Week!

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Math students students practiced multiplying mixed numbers using area models, the distributive property, and for proper scaling comparing values to a whole. The quiz review was given on Thursday in preparation of Tuesday's quiz. Students are encouraged to use their journal as a resource during classroom problem solving to recognize problems and how to solve them.
The Problem of the Week was due this Friday. Students also competed in groups to find products from rolling 3 whole number and 3 fraction dice.

This week in Science students read a rocks and minerals packet as a review to gain a basis of understanding of the 3 types of rocks in the rock cycle. Students viewed Moh's scale of mineral hardness as a guide for determining hardness for when we use mineral kits. Students learned the most popular monthly birthstones including the diamond for April. Students learned what minerals make up batteries, bikes, books, clothing, etc. Students also completed a scavenger hunt to discover what minerals can be found at home inside or out. Finally, students learned about non-living resources and how combining metals makes for a stronger metal called an alloy.

Next week students will take the MCAS ELA Sessions 1 and 2 on Wednesday and Thursday. Students will need to bring 1-2 reading books for when they are finished. We will begin testing at 8:30 and continue on up until 11:00. If a students is not finished at this time, he/she will be brought to another classroom to continue work and perhaps even bring back lunch until testing is completed.

Thanks,

Chris
 
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