Finish Multiplication worksheet (pg 66, #1-7) using one of the three multiplication methods. Due Tuesday April 9th.
Finish percent worksheet for tomorrow.
Science -A Reminder that the International Space Station Projects that we have been working on over the past month are due this Wednesday.  The majority of students are creating large posters or producing a prezi or power point.

Math -Finish page 174 #3-5 for tomorrow
Math - Complete exercises 1-5 on pg. 293 of the Math textbook for tomorrow. We are now working on working with improper fractions and mixed numbers.

Science - We are working on a research project about the International Space Station. Students should be working towards having their project finished on Feb 27th.

English - I read a short story that used the work OUT 55 times today. Students have chosen their own word to do the same with.  Their story, poem, or paragraph is due on Friday. The words they can choose from are: time, run, down, over, under, side, set, or back.
Math -Complete fraction worksheets (2 pages, but only three sides) for tomorrow (Tuesday).  Also practice your times tables and determining factors, they are an important part of working with fractions.
Math: Finish equivalent fractions worksheet. Remember to show your work by ensuring that your write down the operation you used to obtain the equivalent fraction.

English: Take advantage of the extra time I am offering to get your novel study duotangs caught up and completed for Monday.  Everything should be complete for chapters 1-5. Remember this means basic chapter notes, quotes page (connections, thinking, questioning, predicting), and chapter summary.  You should also have some information filled out in your character description and relationship organizers. Don't forget to write down those page numbers.
-Math: Finish equivalent fraction exercises. pg 290 #1-7 for Friday, Jan 25th.
-English: Finish chapter 5 summary of Everest novel for Friday, Jan 25th.
-Science: Start researching for Space Station Project and decide how you are going to show your learning (website, poster, prezi...)
Yikes! This is definitely a challenge for me keeping this blog updated everyday! :)  I will try my best as we move into even more and exciting units this term, a New Year's resolution of sorts. Perhaps I need to enlist some students to help me with this task. Any takers?

An update for parents, in case your students have kept "mum" about our new learning units. In science we have started our exploration of Extreme Environments. This is an exciting unit where we get to take a look at a variety of extreme environments and consider the challenges that scientists, and adventurers, face when exploring them. Examples of extreme environments we will be looking at include: Polar regions, High Mountain Areas, Deep Oceans, Deserts, Space, Volcanoes...  So far we have begun defining the terms: Extreme Environment and Technology. We have also started to consider what factors make each environment extreme and the technologies that can be used to aid survival and exploration in each environment.  We are also connecting our English Language Arts content with the Extreme Environments theme by reading the novel "Everest" by Gordon Korman and will be preparing to write some "Lab Lit" stories based on  their research of Extreme Environments.

Since our return from Winter Break we have also started a new unit in Math. Fractions, fractions, fractions! Doesn't everyone just love fractions??? I do, I love how concrete/visual they can be!  We have so far reviewed the definition of a fraction and have been using a variety of models to help us understand the relationships between key benchmark fractions. This week we have also been reviewing the concept of equivalent fractions. One way that parents can provide support during this unit is to encourage their kids to spot the wide variety of examples of fractions that exist in our everyday lives. Ask your son or daughter to tell you about some of the examples that they might have seen in an introductory slide show to help get the conversation started. 
English: Finish rough draft of totem story for tomorrow.

Science: Bring in all of the supplies that you have collected for your project. We begin building our circuit projects tomorrow.
There are a few different assignments that most students have already finished but some need to finish up.  Also some information on larger projects that are coming up.

-Point plotting (on a coordinate grid) worksheet needs to be completed for tomorrow. This is an activity where students plot points on a graph and then connect the dots to create an image.

-Students who did not complete a plan for their circuit project today in class need to finish this and hand it in tomorrow.
-ALL students should be talking with their families about their circuit projects.  Students have been encouraged to recycle parts for their projects from items that are no longer needed or wanted.  This project should not be costly for families. I have lots of paper clips for wires here at school and "D" sized batteries are available for students to use as well.  The purpose of the project is to get students seeing and understanding that circuits exist all around us and to think of a possible way in which a circuit (series or parallel) can be used to for a specific purpose. I haven't set too many parameters for this project as I want students to be able to be somewhat creative.  The two parameters that I am giving them is that their project needs to include a switch and their circuit must work. If for some reason a student is not including a switch they need to come and discuss it with me as to why. Some ideas for students that are still unsure what to do: robot, morse code machine, operation type game, question and answer game, flashlight (homemade).  Components that can be used include: lights, buzzers, and motors. The due date for this project is Dec 19th.

-Students should be working on their rough copies of their totem stories which are due on Wednesday.
-Also a heads up that students should be working on putting together a presentation that demonstrates an aspect of their learning with respect to their personal learning projects.  Students need to put together a presentation and/or demonstration that  summarizes their learning and allows the rest of the class to learn something new. These presentations will begin on Monday, December 17th.