## Thursday, Feb 9 – Thursday Feb 16

During the past couple weeks we have been working through the skills surrounding fractions. This has included finding equivalent fractions, converting between improper and mixed numbers, finding common denominators, and multiplying fractions. During this week we will be concluding this chapter and taking the chapter test.

I have noticed that many students are having trouble deciding on when to find a common denominator. This should be performed when fractions with different denominators are either added or subtracted. When fractions are multiplied it is crucial to remember it is not necessary to find a common denominator. Instead you should remember the phrase, “Top times top, bottom times bottom.” Lastly, regardless of adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing fractions, you must always remember to reduce the answer to the simplest fraction.

**Pre-Algebra:**

This week we will be finishing Chapter 2 (Introduction to Variables and Equations) and progressing on to Chapter 3 (Multi-Step Equations and Inequalities). These topics are a bit difficult so extra work is advised.

**Science:**

**INFORMATION UPDATE:**

We have been asked to have students update their contact information online. In the next week, it would be great if you would please go to the following link and complete the form. It should only take a couple minutes and it would very much help operations here at Ray Elementary.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at bastachowiak@cps.edu or call me at 773-535-0970.

Kind regards,

Mr. Stachowiak

Thursday 2/9/12 | Tuesday 2/14/12 | Thursday 2/16/12 | |

Everyday Math | Test Review Pack | Study Links 5.1 ISAT Practice Problems |
Study Links 5.2 |

Pre Algebra | Using the book as a resource, identify theĀ terms, like terms, coefficients, and constantsĀ of the equations in problems #1,2,3 on pg 130 |
Section 3.1ISAT Practice Problems | Section 3.2 |

Science | Completed In Class | Completed In Class | Completed In Class |