Mr. Ross' Weekly Newsletter
September 26, 2014
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."
What Will We Be Learning This Week?
We will be starting our guided reading groups. This week the groups will be reading different books but they will all be concentrating on the point of view of the different characters in the stories.
We will also begin learning about aquatic ecosystems. Aquatic ecosystems are categorized by the level of salinity in the water.
The ocean is the major saltwater ecosystem that we will be studying. It is is split into different zones based on water movement, proximity to shore, and the amount of sunlight that reaches into the depths. The shore/intertidal zone is close to the beach and is characterized by crashing waves and changing tides. Producers and consumers must be adapted for both. The open ocean is farther from land and spreads over most of the ocean, but only goes as deep as sunlight still penetrates. Deeper than that is considered the deep sea, where sunlight does not reach so there are no producers and consumers must be adapted to living in complete darkness. Coral reefs are also an ecosystem that we will study, closer to land and supporting a wide variety of producers and consumers.
Freshwater ecosystems include ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams. Ponds and lakes are similar, but ponds are smaller and have constant temperature throughout. Lakes are larger, some are so large that sunlight may not reach the bottom and they may have variances in temperatures within the same lake. The main difference between rivers and streams is mostly their size.
The main brackish ecosystem that we will study are estuaries. These occur where freshwater rivers meet saltwater oceans. Consumers and producers must be adapted to surviving with varying levels of salt in the brackish water.
We will probably have the ecosystems unit test the Friday after we return from Haw River. At this point students should be reviewing their study guides nightly.
10/8-10/10 Haw River Field Trip
It is almost time for our trip! Please remember that if you would like your child to bring any medications on the trip you will need to submit a Physician's Order to the office by 10/6, along with the meds.
Also, all payments are due 10/1.
10/17 Blackburn Blast
7:35-8:05 Morning Work and Breakfast
8:05-9:20 Language Arts and Social Studies
9:20-10:00 Remediation and Enrichment
10:00-10:40 Block (A - Art, B - PE, C - PE, D - Music)
11:15-11:30 Read Aloud
2:30-3:00 Accelerated Math and Dismissal
Monday 9/29 - Music
Tuesday 9/30 - Art
Wednesday 10/1 - PE
Thursday 10/2 - PE
Friday 10/3 - Music
Monday 10/6 - Art
Tuesday 10/7 - PE
Wednesday 10/8 - Haw River Field Trip
Thursday 10/9 - Haw River Field Trip
Friday 10/10 - Haw River Field Trip