The Mr. Ellis Newsletter

What's Going On in Mr. E's Class and Around Midway Middle

Week of September 28th to October 2nd

Hope everyone had a great rainy day weekend!

I will be absent on Monday and Thursday of this week. Science classes will be watching a documentary on oceans which is our next topic. Math class will review exponent rules and scientific notation on Monday and take a math test on Thursday.

There will be a math test on Thursday. It will include combining like terms, distributive property, exponent rules, and scientific notation

SCHOOL PICTURES: Please return pictures and money by Thursday, October 1st. Please return the picture form even if you don't plan on buying them. Make-up Pictures will be done on Monday, October 19th.

On October 8th, Midway Middle will host a screening of "Finding Kind". This is a documentary about girl bullying and the mean girl phenomenon. Boys will be watching the film "Bully". I have added movie trailers to this newsletter for you to see what the students will be watching.




- "Oceans" Documentary

- Oceans Powerpoint Notes

- Four Corners Game

- Upwelling Video/ Think Pair Share

- Ocean Technology Articles Summaries


- Review Scientific Notation and Exponents

- Test Study Guide

- Test on Thursday

- Solving Equations

Finding Kind - Documentary Trailer
Bully Trailer Official 2012 [1080 HD]
Exponent Rules Math Learning Upgrade
Algebra - Exponents and the Laws of Exponents (Powers)
Properties of exponents
Math Shorts Episode 7 - Scientific Notation

Science Homework Week 6 (9/28 to 10/2)

Oceans Vocabulary 8.E.1.2 for Week 6

Part One: Define the following words.



intertidal zone

marine ecosystem







Part Two: Search each word in Google Images to see pictures and diagrams.

Part Three: Choose the best answer

What would most likely happen to the entire ocean food web if plankton were not available?

A. All organisms that live in the ocean would not survive.

B.The organisms would adapt and find another source of food.

C.Only whales and other large ocean mammals would be affected.

2. What causes upwelling in the oceans?

A. coral reef construction B. photosynthesis reactions

C. winds and ocean currents D. animal migration patterns

3. Which organism is at the base of a marine food web?

A. crab B. phytoplankton C. whale D. zooplankton

4. Which of the following events along the west coast of the United States provides direct evidence that upwelling brings nutrient­ rich waters to the surface?

A. an increase in fisheries production during upwelling

B. a decrease in larval fish populations during upwelling

C. an increase in algae and phytoplankton during upwelling

D. a decrease in surface water temperatures during upwelling

5. Which dissolved gases are most needed by plants and animals living in the ocean?

A. nitrogen and oxygen C. oxygen and carbon dioxide

B. carbon dioxide and nitrogen D. carbon monoxide and nitrogen

6. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is made by algae. Where do most of the algae live?

A. coastal ocean B. deep ocean C. ponds D. lakes

7. Which most likely causes the western coast of the United States to be so plentiful and diverse in sea life?

A. typhoons B. upwelling C. water runoff D. offshore winds

8. Why are many fishing boats found near ocean upwellings?

A.There is less vegetation there.

B. The water is less turbulent there.

C. Many marine species gather there to eat the nutrients brought to the surface.

D. Upwellings are found in more shallow waters, so boats do not need deep anchorage.

9. Which represents the most diverse ecosystem?

A. freshwater lakes B. coastal waters C. oceans

10. Which best describes the source of oxygen in ocean water?

A. Oxygen is produced by marine plants in the process of making food.

B. Oxygen is produced through the exhalations of marine animals.

C. Oxygen is produced through precipitation falling on the ocean.

D. Oxygen is produced by nodules on the ocean floor.

11. Which best explains the poor productivity of the open ocean?

A.Photosynthesis is reduced because sunlight does not penetrate very deeply.

B. Most of the phytoplankton is found at depths where there is no sunlight penetration.

C. Photosynthesis cannot occur in the phytoplankton because the temperature is too high.

D. Large fish consume most of the phytoplankton, which reduces photosynthetic reactions.

12. Why are large numbers of ocean animals found in areas where upwelling occurs?

A. Oxygen is increased by the movement of water.

B. Oxygen is decreased by the movement of water.

C. Nutrients are increased by the movement of water.

D. Nutrients are decreased by the movement of water.

13. Which best explains where the richest deposits of oil and natural gas can be located?

continental shelves B. intertidal zone C. deep zone

14. Which causes cold ocean water to rise during an upwelling event?

A. motion of organisms B. deep water currents

C. mass of nutrients D. surface winds

15. Which are the two main sources of the dissolved oxygen in the ocean?

A. surface air and ocean plants

B. warm water vents and Earth’s core

C. underwater volcanoes and earthquakes

D. animal respiration and dead matter decomposition

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