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March 9-13, 2015 Art Appreciation Week!

This Week at a Glance

Monday- Art Week: Juggling for All

Tuesday- Science vocab quiz (postponed due to studio day) Art Week: Cartooning,7/8 Concert- choir/strings/band

Wednesday- Art Week: Ballet as Art, Drama

Thursday- Getty Villa Field Trip

Friday- Collaboration Day- End of 3rd Quarter


Have a fabulous spring break!! No School 3/16-3/20


Upcoming Events for your Calendar:

3/23-27 Health & Fitness Week

3/23 Skatedogs Assemblies

3/27 Spirit Rally; Jump for Heart

Progress Reports

I would like to apologize for not getting the progress reports out to you like I anticipated last week. Due to benchmarks this week, I do not want students to stress, therefor, the Monday we return from break, I will be passing out missing assignment sheets. Homework, for that week will be minimal in order to allow students who have missing assignments time to work on making them up and those students who do not have missing assignments, some time to "sharpen the saw." All assignments will be due Friday, March 27.

This Week in Mathematics

The students have been working very hard on "finding the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. Apply the formulas V = l w h and V = b h to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems." (CCSS 6.G.2)


Understanding this concept is no easy task! For example, we began by looking at a large marshmallow as a 1 inch unit cube. Students then had to cut it into half inch cubes. Do you know how many 1/2 inch cubed units are in one 1 inch cubed unit? How about how many 1/4 inch cubed units in one 1 inch cube? (even the language is difficult!) Students have persevered and worked together to get through stuck points and deepen their understanding. Teachers attending studio day last week were very impressed by their ability to reason, explain and create mathematical representations to communicate their thinking. I am very proud of them all!



Benchmark

We are going to pause our geometry unit until after the break in order to review for the third quarter benchmark, as we are ahead of the curve. Due to the new standards, and other schools differing schedules, not everyone was able to complete their geometry units by the end of the third quarter as planned in our pacing guide. Therefor, the benchmark only covers expressions and equations. The benchmark will not be included in students grades, I am only using it as a tool to stay informed on student growth and the effectiveness of my teaching. Students will be taking the benchmark this Friday and I have no doubt they will be successful.


Upon returning from break, we will finish up our geometry unit before moving into Statistics and Probability.

This Week in Science

Tuesday kicked off with a vocabulary quiz which was postponed from last Thursday, due to all the exciting things happening here at LCE!

Students are diving into the theory of plate tectonics and how their movement affects the earth`s surface.


This week students will be working on chapter 5 lessons 3 and 4 workbook pages 103-106 and 109-112.

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