## March/April 2017

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

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

The 5th grade math group has completed 7 chapters in their MyMath book. We've just finished learning about the order of operations, generating and comparing sequences, finding a rule for a pattern and continuing the pattern, and graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane. Next up for the 5th grade is fractions and decimals. We'll be finding greatest common factors, least common multiples, writing fractions in simplest form, comparing fractions, and writing fractions as decimals. This work will lead us to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions.
The 6th grade group is currently in chapter 6 of their books. This is our first chapter having to do with algebra. The students are learning about variables, defining variables, writing expressions, and the properties that govern math operations (commutative, associative, and distributive properties). 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! One student has made it to 75% completion. 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. To keep track of your child's homework completion, please check PowerSchool. |
The 7th grade group just completed chapter 6 in their books: Equations and Inequalities. They had to take real world situations and write either an equation or an inequality for the situation. Then they used that to solve for an unknown value. Now we are beginning our study of geometry. In the first geometry chapter, we'll classify angles, work with triangles, make scale drawings, draw 3-D figures, and figure out the 2-D shapes of different cross-sections of 3-D figures.
The 8th grade group has just finished their unit on statistics and probability. They created scatter plots, created lines of best fit, wrote an equation for their line of best fit and interpreted the meaning of the slope and y-intercept of those lines. They also created two-way tables and interpreted all sorts of data. Now we are jumping back to chapter 2 and immersing ourselves in algebra for the rest of this year and next. The Algebra I group is currently working toward solving quadratic equations without the quadratic formula. Soon, they will learn and employ the quadratic formula to solve quadratic trinomials. We are about halfway through the high school book and hope to finish by the start of June. 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! One student has made it to 75% completion. 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, in that order. We have just completed our learning about the rock cycle.
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 had some fun with force and motion. Each child designed and built a CO2 car to race. Several of the cars made it all the way across the gym from corner to corner. Two students tied for the fastest speed over the 1st 50 feet of the course.
We are now nearing the end of our waves and energy unit. The students have learned the 7 forms that energy takes, how energy is transferred from one object to another or from one type to another, what materials are good conductors and which are good insulators, how to calculate potential and kinetic energy, and what temperature actually measures. The students have done several engineering mini-projects to determine the effect of mass, type of material, and volume on heat transfer. They created boats to compete with their classmates. The task was to keep an ice cube from completely melting longer than any other group. The two winning teams' ice cubes took more than 2.5 hours to completely melt! We are now talking about the properties of waves and how they are reflected by , absorbed by, or transmitted through different materials. 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. |