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

Update

Hello,

This week in Science students read a picture book called Lessons about Light. We learned about how light behaves and facts about rainbows. Students participated in the Just Passing Through Lab where they tested various objects for transparency, translucency, and for being opaque. Students then began working on a Light Circle Book. We ended the week with a Brainpop Video on Light Energy. Students were also given the opportunity to retake the Electricity Quiz.

This week in Mr. Marrese's History Class we read from an online site to get to know America's greatest explorers. Students then participated in a scavenger hunt to jot down basic facts about each explorer. These explorers include: Amerigo Vespucci, Henry Hudson, John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Hernan Cortes, Francisco Pizarro, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco de Gama, and Christopher Columbus. Others include Leif Erikson, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Hernando de Soto, Marco Polo, and Lewis and Clark. We will learn about technology next week.

Thanks,

Chris

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
 
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