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Week 2

August 26, 2019 by Mandy Helwig

The first week of school was a success! It was great getting acquainted with such wonderful students. We will continue to establish and practice classroom routines to help us maximize learning time.

Math homework begins this week. On Mondays, students will receive their Monday/Tuesday night homework, which is due Wednesday. On Wednesday, students receive their Wednesday/Thursday night homework, which is due no later than Monday.  

Coming up this week in 5th grade math: Rounding on a number line, estimating, finding factors and multiples, greatest common factors/least common multiples, and finding the prime factorization of a number. Khan Academy.com could provide a quick snapshot into these ideas if you search those key words.

Coming up this week in 6th grade math: Order of Operation properties, factors and multiples, greatest common factors. Khanacademy.com is a great resource to provide a quick recap of these math concepts. 

Coming up this week in 6th grade projects: The first project has been assigned and will be due Sept. 12. Students have met with their partners and have rubrics and inspiration to guide them. Our driving question is: How can the motion of the Earth explain seasons, eclipses and lunar phases?  The Project: Create a model of Earth, Moon, Sun; Presentation of seasons and eclipses. Last week we began covering concepts such as Earth’s rotation and revolution. This week we will gather information on what causes seasons, solar and lunar eclipses, and lunar phases. I am happy to see students motivated and excited about science and their upcoming project! 

Students will have a Science Test on these concepts on September 5.  They have had access to vocabulary on Quizlet since last week and may be studying the words anytime!

As always, please contact me at mhelwig@oanv.org if you have any questions or concerns!