Today we are starting the "Growing and Flowing" unit about plant life. We are trying something very new this unit for our assessments called a Tic Tac Toe board. Your child should have brought this home and went over it with you on Friday. Please make sure this is signed and returned ASAP, as the first due date is coming up at the end of next week!
Check below for the resources we are using in class this week. Again, thank you for being so patient with the last unit and the limited resources. I know it is frustrating to not have the textbooks at home, but we made it! For this unit, we will be taking a lot more notes and using articles to get our information, so make sure to check here at least weekly to see what we're doing and to make sure your child has what they are supposed to have in their notebooks.
We will need volunteers this Friday (you can come all day or just for a class period) to help with flower dissections! If you are already registered with Wake County as a volunteer (call our office to check) and would like to help, please send me an e-mail!
To summarize last week, we were a little short on class time due to the pep rally and early release, but we still got a lot done! Your child was supposed to read, annotate, and answer a few questions using the "Water on Earth" article given out Wednesday. On Thursday, they were given 5 comprehension questions about the article that counted as a quiz grade. They were allowed to use the article to help them with the questions:
-How does water play a vital role in shaping the Earth?
-Using the terms erosion, weathering, and deposition, explain how the Grand Canyon was formed.
-List some places in your community that you might see evidence of weathering and erosion and explain each.
-What are some negative consequences of weathering and erosion? (both natural and man-made?)
-Based on what you have read, what are your thoughts about fertilizer? Use evidence from the text to support your claim.
This week, we are wrapping up the unit with the soil and rock cycle objectives. Ask your child how water has shaped the Earth this week and listen to everything they've learned so far! You can check their notes tomorrow and help them review for the assessment at the end of this week. On Wednesday, we will be joining Mrs. McShea's class for an outdoor Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt! This information is what will drive this week's assessment.
Just a few reminders...
ALL missing/late work is DUE TOMORROW! This is the last chance to turn in any late work from this quarter. Starting next week, we will no longer accept late work in accordance with the WMS grading policy. Please help us to help your child stay on track and get their work turned in on time in the future. :)
ALL test re-takes are DUE FRIDAY. I have personally reminded each student that did not get a passing grade on their test to see me out of class time to make up their test. It is supposed to be your child's responsibility to see me if they want to make up a test, but no one asked for a re-test, so I thought I would give a friendly reminder.
PLEASE check PowerSchool at the end of each week to make sure your child is getting their work complete. If you see that they have not passed any major assessment, please encourage your child to re-take the test and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions/concerns. Thank you :)
Over the past few days, we have been diving into our last two objectives for this unit about soil & the rock cycle. Check your child's notebook for a vocabulary chart and 11 review questions from the textbook. We had three days to get this work complete. If your child does not have it, please encourage them to see me during homeroom to get the work finished.
Today we used the article "Water on Earth" (see below) to learn more about weathering and erosion. Your child was supposed to annotate the text and answer the comprehension questions for homework tonight in preparation for the class discussion tomorrow. If you cannot find the assignment, please print a copy below.
Below is a copy of my answer key for the study guide that was given out Monday. We went over all of the answers in class using the presentation (you can find this in the previous post) yesterday and are playing a review game today. Please review the study guide with your child tonight to ensure that they are prepared for the test tomorrow. Thank you! :)
ERROR ON THE KEY: On the question that asks which layer is the LEAST DENSE, the answer should be the CRUST, not outer core. Sorry!
We will be having a 1/2 unit test this Thursday covering the first two objectives for this unit about Earth's Layers and Plate Tectonics. The study guide was given out in class today and is to be completed for class TOMORROW. We will go over the study guide tomorrow with a presentation and Wednesday will be a review day. Please mak sure that you review the study guide with your child each night leading up to the test. Students may only make up a test if they have no missing work leading up to the test. Students will have up to October 23rd to re-take the test if needed. See the link below for a copy of the study guide.
Extra help is available every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30. Please remember that you MUST fill out a permission form (below) and turn it in the day before in order to attend.
For some of our projects this year, I will be asking for parent volunteers. If you already know that you would like to volunteer in the future, please contact me. Otherwise, the need for parent volunteers will be included in the weekly update. Thank you! :)