## January/February 2017

## 5/6 Homeroom |
## 7/8 Health |

## 5/6 Math |
## 7/8 Math |

The 5th grade math group has completed 4 chapters in their MyMath book. We are currently working on rounding decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, and estimating solutions so that we can check to see if our solution is reasonable. Estimation is a major theme in 5th grade math. Coming up, we'll be learning to multiply and divide with decimals.
The 6th grade group is currently in chapter 5 of their books. They are learning to find absolute value, to graph on a coordinate plane, to compare and order integers, and to calculate repeating and terminating decimals. The students meet out in Salty's 4 days per week for their lesson from myself or from Mrs. Mitchell. Students continue to have 45 minutes of aleks.com to do each week. This 45 minutes needs to be completed between Monday at 8AM one week to 8AM on Monday morning the next week. The students are progressing well on Aleks. More than half the class has mastered at least 50% of the topics in Aleks! This year, I am using a program called JumpRope to keep track of student progress toward meeting the math standards. All assessments will be recorded there. If you would like a progress update from JumpRope, please let me know and I will print you a report. The end-of-trimester report card you saw last year will be the same one you'll see again this year. To keep track of your child's homework completion, please check PowerSchool. |
The 7th grade group is in chapter 5 of the Glencoe Course 2 book. We have begun diving deeply into algebra. The students are working with expressions. This includes learning mathematical properties (i.e commutative property means that addition (or multiplication) problems can be performed in any order), how to simplify expressions, adding and subtracting expressions, and factoring expressions. The next chapter will deal with solving equations and inequalities.
The 8th grade group is continuing with geometry in Glencoe Course 3. They are working with volume and surface area of cylinders, cones, and spheres, as well as the relationship between scaling linear dimensions and the effect that has on area and volume. After this chapter, we'll work with statistics and probability before jumping into algebra for the next year or more. A new group has formed. This is high school Algebra I. The idea is to prepare for the Lincoln Academy Algebra I final in June. If passed, students move into Honors Geometry as freshmen. We'll begin moving rapidly through the early chapters of Foerster's Algebra I. These chapters include dealing with expressions and simple equations, operations with negative numbers, and axioms and properties. Each week, the 7/8 students have 50 minutes of aleks.com to complete. This 50 minutes needs to be completed between Monday at 8AM one week to 8AM on Monday morning the next week. We are well into Aleks now and the kids are mastering a lot of topics each week. More than half the class has mastered at least 50% of the topics in Aleks! This year, I am using a program called JumpRope to keep track of student progress toward meeting the math standards. All assessments will be recorded there. If you would like a progress update from JumpRope, please let me know and I will print you a report. The end-of-trimester report card you saw last year will be the same one you'll see again this year. To keep track of your child's homework completion, please check PowerSchool. |

## 5/6 Science |
## 7/8 Science |

The 5/6 class is in the midst of a pretty lengthy unit called Earth Systems. In this unit, we are studying states of matter, volume, density, the water cycle, the rock cycle, erosion, Earth's structure, fossils, and hardness.
To keep up with your child's current progress in science, you can log in to Powerschool to look for grades and missing assignments. 50% of the grade is assessments (tests and quizzes), 40% is his/her grades on classwork and lab work. The remaining 10% is for participation and behavior in class. |
The 7/8 class is currently doing a unit about force and motion. We've done a big focus on Newton's 3 laws of motion and on gravity. The students have already begun designing their culminating project: a CO2 dragster that they will build and race. This project is largely done outside of class. Many students said they have access to power tools that can be used to complete the project. If your child does not have access to these tools, please have them contact another student that does. Those students expressed willingness to share that equipment with those that don't have it.
While students are building their CO2 cars outside of school, we'll be conducting hands-on and virtual (explorelearning.com gizmos) experiments in the classroom. To keep up with your child's current progress in science, you can log in to Powerschool to look for grades and missing assignments. 50% of the grade is assessments (tests and quizzes), 40% is his/her grades on classwork and lab work. The remaining 10% is for participation and behavior in class. |