Reminders: Please make sure your child turns in their $6.00 for Scholastics if you have not already.
We are now working on decimal computation skills. We are starting with decimal place value, rounding decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals and dividing decimals. Students will be tackling word problems.
The 5/6 group will be working on advanced decimal word problems, as well as dividing decimals with decimals in both the divisor and the dividend.
We are moving ORDER OF OPERATIONS to next week and focusing on decimal computation, which is a change from the calendar. Please note that the upcoming test will be on decimal computation skills and word problems, not order of operations.
I am grading all of the math notebooks. The students should have them back by the end of the week.
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ROCK ESSAY- The students are working on a rock story. They are writing a story from the point of view of the rock, where the rock is changing form from an igneous, to a metamorphic to a sedimentary rock. The students are using descriptive words, creativity and rock facts to develop their story. They will be graded on their creativity, writing skills, and science content. The students have a rubric in their science journal.
4 Square due Friday: October 13
Rough draft of Rock Story due: Friday, October 20
Final typed draft due: Friday, October 27
We are now moving into our weather unit! Students will be creating weather tools and learning about types of clouds and weather fronts.
Key Science Vocabulary for the Weather Unit
air mass — a large body of air which has about the same temperature and humidity throughout
air pressure — the weight of air pushing on everything around it; determined by several factors including the
temperature of the air
anemometer — a tool that measures wind speed
barometer — a tool that measures air pressure
cirrus clouds– feathery clouds associated with fair weather
cold front — the leading edge of a cold air mass that pushes up lighter warm air (Clouds may develop, and the
sudden rising of warm air may lead to showers or thunderstorms.)
condensation — the change of matter from a gas (water vapor) to a liquid state
cumulonimbus clouds– tall, dense, puffy clouds associated with heavy rain and thunderstorms (often very
large and dark at the bottom)
cumulus clouds– fluffy, white clouds with flat bottoms (When they get larger and darker at the bottom, they
evaporation — the change of matter from a liquid to a gas (water vapor) state
forecast — a prediction about the weather made by a meteorologist
front — the boundary between air masses of different temperature and humidity
high pressure — Cold air is heavier than warm air. Its matter is more closely packed together and it pushes
down harder on the earth’s surface; therefore, a cold air mass is called a high-pressure area. (Since cold air holds
less water vapor, it also tends to be drier air. If you are outside, feeling pleasantly dry and cool, chances are you
are in a high-pressure system.)
humidity — the amount of water vapor in the air
hurricane — a huge, slowly-spinning tropical storm that forms over water and has winds of at least 119km/h
low pressure — Warm air is lighter than an equal volume of cold air; warm air is lighter and tends to rise from the
Earth’s surface. (Because it is rising, warm air presses down on the Earth’s surface with less force. If you are
outside and the weather is cloudy and windy, you are most likely in a low-pressure area.)
meteorologist — a scientist who gathers weather data by using a variety of instruments
rain gauge — a tool used to measure precipitation
precipitation — a form of water which forms and falls from the Earth’s atmosphere (rain, sleet, hail, snow)
stratus clouds– smooth, gray clouds that cover the whole sky usually associated with light rain and drizzle