Monday, May 3, 2010

Paws Team Update

In Social Studies, we are continuing our study of Rome—its collapse and the rise of the Byzantine Empire. Students Wonders of the Ancient World Mini-Project will be presented on Monday (5-10-10) for blue classes and on Tuesday (5-11-10) for gold classes. The information sheet is attached. Students need to begin completing the written and visual parts of the project as they prepare for their presentations. I can’t wait to see what creative and interesting projects come out of the assignment!

The test over Chapter 9 will be on Thursday (5-13-10) for blue classes and on Friday (5-14-10) for gold classes. I also handed out an extra-credit sheet that covered Roman and Greek Gods (attached). The extra-credit will be due on the same day as the test. This is a great way to make up some points that students have missed during the quarter.

In Communication Arts, the students continue to do Bell Work upon entering the classroom. All Bell Work is designed to be done in the classroom and is usually a writing activity to get them engaged upon entering the room. The students will be starting the novel, Zach's Lie by Roland Smith and all the activities for this novel will be done in class. The Spelling Words for this week include: agile, companionship, congregate, department, derby, diminished, disability, display, equipment, fatigue, forfeit, hurl, husky, lunge, maintain, novice, occasional, pennant, unaffected, and zest. The tests will be Thursday and Friday of this week.

In Mathematics, we will review Monday and Tuesday for a short test over chapter 8, lessons 7-10, and chapter 9, lessons 4-7. Gold classes will test on Wednesday and Blue classes will test on Thursday. There are great review questions at the end of each chapter. Good luck!

Blue classes will complete their on-line Performance Testing on Monday, May 10, 2010. Gold classes will test on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Be sure to ask about your student’s scores! I expect to see super gains. This is an exceptional math class!

Thank you for re-stocking paper and pencils! Almost everyone is coming to class prepared now.

In Science, we are continuing our investigation of the solar system. This week, the students will focus on gravitational differences between the planets and the causes of these differences. I continue to remind the students that the planet packet will be the major portion of their grade in this unit and staying organized is critical. The students should have approximately ten papers so far to be included in this packet. Please discuss the importance of staying organized with your student and check to see if they have these papers together. This attention to detail will prevent problems in the future. Thanks.

In Reading Exploratory, please make sure that your student is reading 100 minutes per week, writing three complete summaries, and having you sign the Reading Log (attached). Please have students proofread and edit their summaries if it is not their best work. There will be a reading log due every Friday.