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December 8-12, 2014 Computer Science Education Week

This Week at a Glance

Monday - Computers - A Week Of Coding. Library

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Music

Thursday -Science Vocabulary Quiz 3.2 & 4.3

Friday - Spelling Bee (8:30) Collaboration Day - Early Dismissal - Unit 5 Ratio Math Test

Upcoming Events For Your Calendar

12/8 Computer Science Education Week

12/10 PTA holiday meeting; Chorus Kiwanis concert; Chorus parent performance

12/11 ALF winter concerts; Vocabulary Science Quiz 3.2 & 4.3

12/12 Collaboration Day; Early Dismissal, Unit 5 Ratio Math Test

12/17 Chorus School Assemblies; Chorus luncheon in Science Ctr

12/18 2nd Qtr ends, Spirit Rally, 6th gr STAR deputy

12/19 No School – Teacher Work day

12/22-1/2 Winter Break


This week we will be finishing our unit on Ratios. The homework assigned Monday will cover the rest of the Unit and is due on Wednesday. Wednesday we will be taking a practice test in class. Thursday, we will correct and review the test, and their homework for Wednesday and Thursday evening will be to review their notes for the test on Friday. I provided all students with the opportunity to take a yellow folder to keep their math notes in, they should have copies of all the notes, but if they do not, they may see me.

I am available all week at recess and lunch to answer questions, review, or just to practice. Please have your student see me if they would like to come in.


Students have a Vocabulary Quiz on Thursday, covering lessons 3.2 and 4.3. They have been working on the vocabulary from these lessons for their homework, and their flashcards will be due on Thursday, the day of the Quiz.

Monday, students will be working on coding activities in the computer lab during science. Tuesday and Wednesday, students will be rotating through labs, exploring sound and light waves, convection currents, and finishing research on the heat powered flashlight, and the soccket ball (links below).

Students will be working on annotating articles on both of the previously mentioned inventions, and write their own article to teach others about either the flashlight or the Soccket Ball. In the article, they will be expected discuss the inspiration behind the invention, how it works, and any improvements or expansions they would make to the invention and why. This assignment will not be due until February 12, but they may turn it in at any time. I will give them plenty of time and guidance to finish it in class.

Thursday, student will be taking the quiz, and Friday will be reserved for the Spelling Bee and Unit 5 Math Test.

Information on the Renewable energy inventions we are reading about:


Uncharted Play in Nigeria

Thermoelectric Flashlight

Ann Makosinski: Unleashing the Thermoelectric Power Inside of You
Thermoelectric Flashlight (Powered by Hand Heat)

Computer Science Education Week

What is The Hour of Code? (see the video below for more information)

Monday we are in the computer lab working on a week of coding. The district has compiled a group of resources for students to experience and learn coding and can be found here:

LCUSD Computer Science Week - Hour of Code

Tynker - more online coding games

iPad Apps for coding:

*Links go to a page with information about the App as well as a link to download.

Hopscotch *Free

Lightbot - Programming Puzzles *2.99

Other Cool Links

Mozilla Thimble - "Parents need to know that Mozilla Thimble is an online application that lets kids remix webpage projects and complete their own. Thimble is part of Mozilla's Webmaker.org, which is a site dedicated to making it easy and fun for kids to learn how the Web works and how kids can "write" or make their own digital content online."

Code Academy - "Parents need to know that CODECADEMY teaches users how to code in several programming languages by providing interactive exercises organized into lessons. There's no content that would be iffy for younger kids, but the reading level and skills taught are challenging."

The Hour of Code is here