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Greetings!

Students worked very hard on the ELA MCAS. They were very open-minded to computerized testing and went with the flow as we figured the semantics out together.

This week in Math students created and analyzed line graphs. We talked about how businesses make decisions for the future based on past performance or past sales like ordering toppings for a pizza parlor. Students plotted ordered pairs to create the line graphs. To end the week we played Fraction Bingo where the announced value was either in fraction, decimal, or percent form. Students either had to find the presented value or convert it another form to find it on their card. We then played another game of Bingo that included all operation skills, simplifying fractions, and converting to mixed numbers.

This week in Science students created a Mineral Learning Poster showcasing the 5 properties of minerals. To end the week students observed, analyzed, and rated 12 minerals according to these properties. I showed them a large geode, mica with peelable layers, and pumice which may be light enough to float.

Well, this break is going to feel good! I have really enjoyed having your children in my class this year. Everything is flowing smoothly and we will continue our rhythm when we return.

Cheers,

Chris

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Greetings!

This week in Math students completed the Division of Fractions and Whole Numbers Chapter. Students had to apply their knowledge of problem solving to identify which value was the dividend and divisor. Students then had to draw a diagram to show how each value was being divided. We then started the next chapter on the creation of line plots using fractions. Here, students have to count the frequency of each amount, add each column of values, and then divide the entire total to find the average. Also, students plotted ordered pairs on a coordinate plane made up of the origin, and both x and y axis. This sets the stage for graphing functions in the coming weeks.

This week in Science students continued their introduction to Rocks and Minerals. Students read together about the 3 types of rock types making up the rock cycle including sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. They created a rock cycle booklet. Some fun, catchy songs were played from today's pop culture to help students learn useful facts. Students also were given a list of minerals to locate at home. Students also learned about the 5 Mineral Properties including Moh's Hardness Scale. Students will look forward to observing, analyzing, and testing rocks and minerals next week.

ELA MCAS is next week!

Thanks,

Chris

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Hello,

This week sure was a busy one...

In Math students divided fractions by whole numbers and vice-versa. Word problems were assigned to apply the concepts to real-life situations with plenty of enrichment. A quiz re-take was offered from the Chapter 7B Quiz taken a week ago. The ideals of perseverance and rigor are being instilled in each student following our growth mindset model that they can do it, even if it takes a couple attempts.

In Science students learned about the 4 layers of Earth and about the 3 types of rocks in the rock cycle: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Some students brought in some samples to show the class. This will be the first of several opportunities to observe and analyze characteristics of each type. Students created a rock cycle reference booklet and also took notes from a reading to introduce this new unit.

Thanks,

Chris

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Greetings!

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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