Wednesday, Feb 22 through Wednesday, Feb 29

Posted on February 21st, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak

Everyday Math:

After finishing the fraction chapter, we have begun working on geometry and continuing to fine tune fraction math. There are still a number of problems that students are having with adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. We will continue working on those kinds of problems daily while we work into the geometry chapter. This week will be focused on introducing relationships between angles and how the angles for different shapes add up.


Since we finished chapter 2, most of the students have begun fine tuning their algebra skills and are really starting to show they understand the material. There are still a few problems such as working with negatives in equations. This will be a focus point throughout algebra for most students. I intend on making at least one problem a day that they must work on math with negative numbers.


During the past month we have been working through the idea of landforms and how environmental changes alter the lay of the land. This week is the culmination of the chapter with a take home assignment that the students will need to complete before returning to science class and a test.


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.

Update Contact Info

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

Kind regards,

Mr. Stachowiak

Homework for this period:

Wednesday 2/22/12 Friday 2/24/12 Monday 2/27/12 Wednesday 2/29/12

Everyday Math

Study Links 5.2 and 5.3

Study Links 5.4

Study Links 5.5

Study Links 5.6

Pre Algebra

Page 127-128

#’s 11-19, 23-31 (odd problems only)

Page 134

#’s 11-29, 34-37

Page 140

#’s 7-10, 12-32

Page 146

#’s 12-35


Write Rough Draft of Geologist’s Report

Due 2/24/12


Test completed In Class

Completed In Class

Completed In Class

Name_________________________________________  February 23, 2012Essay:Think about the challenge presented to the Boomtown City Council. Based on the information you have gathered during this unit, choose a site for the construction of homes. Write an essay that explains the pros and cons for your site and makes a valid argument to convince the City Council to choose your site.


Three sites are:  Delta Marsh

Green Hill

Seaside Cliff


You May use this page for your brainstorming/ concept map/ notes. Please write yoru essay on a separate sheet of paper. It should follow the following format.

  1. Introduction with choice of site
  2. Reason one it is the best choice
  3. Reason two it is the best choice
  4. Reason three it is the best choice
  5. Conclusion


Your essay will be graded based on the following:

Site chosen (5 points)

Valid reasons selected (5 points for each reason)

Explanation (three per reason) (15 points per paragraph)

Conclusion (5 points)

Use of appropriate vocabulary words (10 points)

Evidence of learning (20 points)


Do not use outside resources – only your notebook. All the information for your essay should be evident in your notebook and based on the lessons from class.

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