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March 9-13, 2015 Art Appreciation Week!
This Week at a Glance
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
This Week in Mathematics
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!
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
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.