# Stuck In The Middle!

## ELA

We’ve been learning about the message of the story in ELA this week with our exploration into literary theme. Your hornets did a great job of teaching what they know and understand about theme, so ask them to tell you about it. You can also look it up on Twitter under #fmsteach.

With our look at theme, we read the short story, “Zoo,” and learned that multiple themes can apply to one work. Next week, we’ll continue to learn about theme, as well as how to summarize with the story, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”

In writing, we continued to work on realistic fiction, looking at our small moments, and creating stories we wish existed in our world. We also discussed social issues that we may like to write about.

Our root word vocabulary for this past week was -dict-, scrib/script, and graph/gram. Next week, we’ll learn about words that have the roots of -chron-, -temp-, and -loc-.

Monday: Introduce "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street", Review Theme

Tuesday: Writing Realistic Fiction, reading "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street",

Wednesday: Introduce Summary, watching film version of "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"

Thursday: Summary, comparing and contrasting the film version with story "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"

Friday: Writing Realistic Fiction

## Science

Hello Parents and Guardians!

This past week we have spent time acting out experiment scenarios and conducting our own experiments. We have explored the different aspects of experiments and have put those explorations into practice. We struggled with constants and how to make sure things are the same in all trials but in the end came out understanding why we have to keep those things the same to have a valid experiment. Next week we will be reviewing our unit and performing our last experiment. Please expect a test on the 25th of October over Experimental design and Scientific Inquiry.

Graham:

Monday: Independent and Dependent Variables Review, Cells Pretest

Tuesday: Hypothesis, Constant and Control Groups Review

Wednesday: Graphing and Data Table Review

Thursday: Scenario Review

Friday: Teacher Prepared Lab

Davison:

Monday:

1st and 3rd Hours- Parts of an Experiment Quest and Cells Pre-Test

2nd and 8th Hours- Finish Data Table and Graph Notes and complete Data Table and Graph Practice Problems (Homework)

Tuesday:

1st and 3rd Hours- Conduct Experiments (Day 1)

2nd and 8th Hours- Parts of an Experiment Quest and Cells Pre-Test

Wednesday:

1st and 3rd Hours- Conduct Experiments / Write Up Results (Day 2)

2nd and 8th Hours- Conduct Experiments (Day 1)

Thursday:

1st and 3rd Hours- Conduct Experiments / Write Up Results (Day 3)

2nd and 8th Hours- Conduct Experiments (Day 2)

Friday:

1st and 3rd Hours- Cells Exploration / Conclude Experiments

2nd and 8th Hours- Conduct Experiments / Write Up Results (Day 3)

## STEM

Hi families!

I never could have imagined the bridges that could be build using only craft sticks, toilet paper rolls, and glue, but I am completely amazed at how creative the class has been! Lots of hard was put in before the final challenge, but not without a few gluey tables, broken craft sticks, and bridge disasters. But now that the week has concluded we had to test, which bridge could hold the most weight, but also be most visually appealing? Check out some of the completed bridges below!

Here’s next week at a glance!

Monday: Bridge Challenge Wrap Up (WebQuest, Lab Sheet, and Missing Work)

Tuesday: Halloween Science Party!

This quarter has been so much fun to watch your student learn and grow into critically thinking scientists. I’ll miss this crew a lot, but look forward to hearing about other projects they create in the future

## Social Studies

Hello students, parents, and guardians!

We have been hard at work studying European exploration of the Americans. Student's have been engaged in determining why people decided to explore the New World, and why they created colonies!

Monday, 10/17/16-Read Lesson 2, Section 3 in TCI and do the questions. It's about the Spanish Borderlands. We will be detectives in class trying to determine what life was like in the Spanish Borderlands by analyzing paintings.

Tuesday, 10/18/16-Continue the studies of the Borderlands from Monday.

Wednesday, 10/19/16-Read Lesson 2, Section 4 in TCI and do the questions. It is about New France.

Thursday, 10/20/16-We will be acting out the French and Indian partnerships North America!

Friday, 10/21/16-Today we will be playing the Hot Seat game to review information we have learned this far. You won't want to miss it!

## Math

Monday: Section 2.8 Simple Interest on page 167. After the “I do” portion of the lesson (going over the examples in the book), students will work on the Guided Practice problems and “Rate Themselves” on page 170. Next, they will work on Independent Practice numbers 2-10 EVEN & 13 on page 171, which becomes homework if it is not completed in class.

The last 30 minutes of class will be spent on ALEKS and reteaching content to students who are still struggling with the new content or still need to do quiz retakes.

Tuesday: “Dine and Dash” group activity. Groups will be assigned a family, a budget, and a situation. From there, they will choose where they will go out to eat and what each “family member” will order. Next, students will create a receipt showing the discount, tax, and and tip.

Students will also be taking a pretest for Chapter 3.

The last 30 minutes of class will be spent on ALEKS and reteaching content to students who are struggling with the content or need to do quiz retakes.

Wednesday: Review for Chapter 2 “Percents” Test. After the review game, students can work on page 179.

The last 30 minutes of class will be spent on ALEKS and reteaching content to students who are still struggling with the new content or still need to do quiz retakes.

Thursday: Chapter 2 “Percents” Test. If students finish, they can work on ALEKS. If they get 30 minutes of ALEKS and still have more time, they can work on page 181.

Friday: Today will be used to reteach any concepts from Chapter 2 “Percents” that are not yet mastered. Students who have mastered these topics and don’t need any reteaching will work on the project on page 183.

The last 30 minutes of class will be spent on ALEKS and reteaching content to students who are still struggling with the new content or still need to do quiz retakes.

## Student-led Conferences

Hey Hornet families!!! Student-led conferences are just around the corner!! Don't forget to mark your calendars for October 26, 2016 from 3:30-7:00PM or November 2, 2016 from 3:30-7:00PM. This is a great opportunity for your students to demonstrate the learning and growth they have experienced so far this school year!! If these dates don't work for you, please contact your student's teacher, as parental involvement is very important to child's success.

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