This is the e-mail that I sent on Sunday as Weebly was not up!
We have an exciting week coming up. This Friday will be the Middle School Dance, from 6-8 p.m. Costumes are allowed, but they must meet dress code. I’m sure more information will be coming out about it, but that is what I know at this point.
Also, book orders went home with the students today. The online ordering process should be all straightened out now on Scholastics end. Please let me know if it's not, but they ASSURE me it is. If you choose to do a paper order, those will be due on Weds, otherwise the online orders can be taken through Friday. There is a school-wide book log being done and I will be checking that daily. Students need to read for a MINIMUM of 20 minutes a night, and a parent signature is required. Ordering books from Scholastic is a good way to ensure your child has high interest reading material available - along with the library, of course! We will start back going to the library next week.
We have begun writing in our planners every single day, and I am initialing them. This should help you keep up to date with whether your child is completing their work in class, or whether they will need to complete it at home. If it is not completed in class, it must be done that night as homework to be accepted for a grade. We will be writing due dates in the planners also.
In Math, we will continue to work with Integers. The concept of positive and negative numbers can be really difficult for students to understand, but the kids did FANTASTIC last week with addition and subtraction. This week we move on to multiplication and division. Some of the students had been BEGGING for worksheets (go figure), so for this unit I gave them a choice of working on the worksheet packet or working on IXL. The test for integers is currently set for Thursday, and I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of strong grades based on their work so far.
Students who failed the Divisibility Rules test in math will have a chance to re-take that test on Tuesday for a higher grade. An e-mail will be going home to let you know if your child will need to re-take the test. Please help them study for this so they can raise their math grades!
In Language Arts, we have started the novel, The Giver. It is a great book about a utopian society. It has led to some very interesting discussion so far! Students are working on vocabulary lists for Chapters 1-4. They need to write the definition on the front and then find the sentence from the book and write it on the back. Students will be choosing 12 words from this list as spelling words. The spelling and vocabulary tests will be held as we near the end of Chapter 4 (we will start Chapter 3 this week). This is also when the vocabulary lists will be due. I will keep you updated. To go along with this unit, we will begin writing a Compare/Contrast essay this week. No due date has been set at this time.
In Social Studies, we continue to study Egypt. Last week we worked on engineering pyramids (both on paper and online via Tinker CAD) and doing an online "treasure hunt". We will be working on building pyramids (students will need to bring materials from home) and determining the social hierarchy of Ancient Egypt, which will be incorporated into their pyramids.
In Science, we will continue with our hands-on unit, Lava Flows. Students did their first lab on this and this week they will be analyzing the data that they collected and comparing it to the other group’s data. Students will work in their groups to refine their Constraints to establish a more reliable set of data collection. Students will then begin Lab 2, after which they will again analyze their data. We will wrap this part of the unit up by reflecting on how this data helps Scientists study volcanoes and how it impacts evacuations in populated areas with live volcanoes. I am working with the Parks Service to plan a trip up the volcano – the kids are really looking forward to it – I’ll keep you advised when I know the date.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.