Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 18

Posted on May 7th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak

Everyday Math:

Students have become rather competent at finding equivalent fractions, doing math with negative numbers, and multiplying/dividing fractions. We are now working on ratios and rates in chapter 8 which bases off of these concepts previously learned.

Pre-Algebra:

These next two weeks will wrap up ratios and rates of chapter 6 and introduce linear equations of chapter 8. This is another major leap for students to develop toward the algebraic prowess they will need to excel in middle school math.

Science:

We are in the heart of chapter E which covers Weather and Climate. Students are now learning about the major impact that water has on the climate and stability of our planet. They will conduct labs regarding water soluble materials and benefits/detriments that can be created by such materials.

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

Homework for this period:

Mon, May 7

Wed, May 9

Fri, May 11

Mon, May 14

Wed, May 16

Everyday Math

Study Links 8.6

Quiz

Study Links 8.7/8.9

Study Links 8.10/8.11

Chapter Test

Study Links 9.1/9.2

Pre-Algebra

64/6.5 worksheet

(odd problems)

Quiz

6.6

Making a scale drawing of a room in your house

Chapter Review

(not doing 6.7 or 6.8)

Chapter 6 Test

8.1; #8-18

(all)

8.2; # 11-31 (odd)

Science

55: Heating the Oceans

Vocab Quiz

57: Oceans and Climate

58: The cause of Climate

59: Water as a Solvent

60: Changing States of Water

Wed, April 25 – Friday, May 4

Posted on April 26th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak

Everyday Math:

Students have become rather competent at finding equivalent fractions, doing math with negative numbers, and multiplying/dividing fractions. We are now working on ratios and rates in chapter 8 which bases off of these concepts previously learned.

Pre-Algebra:

The previous chapter went very well as this was a review for most of the group. This next two weeks will involve catching up to the similar material that the students in Everyday Math are covering. It has become obvious that the students are covering a lot of the same material, but that the Pre-Algebra students are seeing more difficult versions of the same math. This of course will make them much more competent in 7th and 8th grade.

Science:

We are starting chapter E which covers Weather and Climate. Students will be taking surveys of their family members and friends about the major weather events that have occurred in the greater Chicago area.

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

Homework for this period:

Wed, April 25

Fri, April 27

Mon, April 30

Wed, May 2

Fri, April 4

Everyday Math

Study Links 8.1

No Homework

Study Links 8.2

Study Links 8.3

Quiz on 8.1/8.2

Study Links 8.4/8.5

Pre-Algebra

Unit 5.3 #’s 7-31 and 37-49 (odd)

No Homework

Unit 5.4 and 5.5

Pg 240; #’s 8-24

Pg 245 #’s 16-27

Unit 6.1/6.2

Quiz on 5.3-5.5

Unit 6.3/6.4

Science

52: Local weather Survey

54: Earth’s Surface

56: Ocean Temperatures

55: Lab – Heating Earth’s Surface

Quiz on Weather/Climate

Oceans and Climate


Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 20

Posted on April 9th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak

Everyday Math:

We are currently approaching the end of chapter 6. This chapter has brought about the introduction to the algebraic processes. Students are learning how to multiply and divide fractions, how to add and subtract negative and positive numbers, and how to work with equations. These next two weeks will involve working with equations and inequalities.

Pre-Algebra:

Simply put, chapter 4 was generally a review chapter. There were a few ideas that had foundations in what they had learned earlier this year, but for the most part students already knew most of what this chapter covered. We will conclude these next two weeks with an in-class project and then the chapter test.

Science:

At this point, students are wrapping up their understanding of Chapter D. Since this material is so lab-based, I felt it ok to have a review in class then a chapter test upon returning from spring break. Following the test, we will be introducing the concept of weather and climate for the next month.

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.

Update Contact Info

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

Homework for this period:

Monday, April 9

Wednesday, April 11

Monday, April 16

Friday, April 20

Everyday Math

Study Links 6.5/6.6

Quiz

Study Links 6.7/6.8

Study Links 6.9/6.10/6.11

Chapter 6 Test

Pre-Algebra

Pg. 202; #’s 17-39 (odd)

Pg. 207; #’s 13-33 (odd)

Review for test

In-class project

Chapter 4 Test

Science

In Class: Review for Test

In Class: Begin Writing Essay

Chapter D Test

In Class: Weather Effects

In Class:

Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 30

Posted on March 19th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak

Everyday Math:

We have just concluded chapter 5 (Graphing Angles and Congruence) and are finishing with a test. These next two weeks is the introduction to higher level mathematics. We are now introducing the concept of the variable and algebraic math. This is always a little challenging to students as they are very used to thinking directly about numbers and how they relate to each other. The method for working algebraic equations will be something that we will need to work hard at in order to have the students succeed.

Pre-Algebra:

Chapter three was a new and difficult chapter to most students. It introduced the concept of algebraic equations and inequalities. Students had some difficulty working algebraic equations and solving for variables. We are far from finished with that topic, but are now going on to number theory. Chapter 4 deals with factoring, working fractions, and further depth of exponents. We will continue to work the idea of the variable into every lesson because from this point on every math course will use this concept. We will end before break taking a quiz on 4.1 through 4.4 and then going to enjoy the spring break.

Science:

This new chapter introduces the idea of volcanoes and earthquakes. Students are expected to use the lessons learned to apply the concepts to a decision on whether they would recommend storing nuclear waste in the caves of Yucca Mountain.

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.

Update Contact Info

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

Homework for this period:

Monday, March 19

Wednesday, March 21

Friday, March 23

Monday, March 26

Wednesday, March 28

Everyday Math

Test in Class

No Homework

Study Links 6.1/6.2

Study Links 6.3

Study Links 6.3

Quiz in Class

No Homework

Pre-Algebra

ReTest Chapter 3

Pg 175; #16-45

Pg 179; # 12-31

No homework

Worksheet for 4.4

Quiz over 4.1-4.4 in Class

No Homework

Science

In Class: Continental Drift

In Class: Theory of Plate Tectonics

In Class:

Measuring Earthquakes

In Class: Mapping Plates

In Class: Understanding Plate Boundaries


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.

Pre-Algebra:

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.

Science:

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.

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.

Update Contact Info

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

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

Science

Write Rough Draft of Geologist’s Report

Due 2/24/12

SEE BELOW

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.

Monday, Feb 6 – Friday, Feb 10

Posted on February 6th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

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:

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 we will be conducting lab to understand how cliffs are subject to the affects of wind and water. Lab notebooks will be collected this week and assessed according to the rubric that the students have agreed upon.

Because we have started a working through the entire lesson in class and finishing the assessment questions before concluding the day. Students are more able to pay attention to their math homework. Because of this, I will be assigning ISAT questions to be completed along with their math homeworks.

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.

Update Contact Info

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

Homework for this week:

Monday 2/6/12 Wednesday 2/8/12 Friday 2/10/12
Everyday Math Study Links 2.11
ISAT Practice Problems
Test Review Pack Study Links 5.1
ISAT Practice Problems
Pre Algebra Chapter 2 Review Using the book as a resource, identify the terms, like terms, coefficients, and constants of the equations in problems #1,2,3 on pg 130 Section 3.1
Science Completed In Class Completed In Class As we will be taking the field trip to the art museum, we will not be doing anything in science today.

Wednesday, Feb 2 – Due Monday, Feb 7

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.9

Pre-Algebra:

Took a test in class. Enjoy the weekend

Science:

Completed in Class

Monday, Jan 30 – Due Wednesday, Feb 1

Posted on January 30th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.8

Pre-Algebra:

Pg. 108-111 (odd problems)

Science:

Completed in Class, but prepare for Wednesday’s quiz.

Wednesday, Jan 25 – Due Monday, Jan 30

Posted on January 26th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.6 & 4.7

Pre-Algebra:

Page 105-107; #’s 12-45 (odd questions)

Science:

None – Completed in Class

Monday, Jan 23 – Due Wednesday, Jan 25

Posted on January 23rd, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak


REMEMBER, GRADES ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25. ANY ASSIGNMENTS DUE BEFORE THIS ASSIGNMENT MUST BE TURNED IN BY TUESDAY TO EARN CREDIT.

ANY WORK COMPLETED FOR PREVIOUS CHAPTERS CAN STILL EARN 50% AND ANY WORK COMPLETED FOR THE CURRENT CHAPTER RECEIVED BEFORE WEDNESDAY WILL RECEIVE 100%.

Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.4 & 4.5

Pre-Algebra:

Pg. 87-88; odd questions for 9-35

Pg. 93-94; odd questions for 11-41

Science:

None

Friday, Dec 20 – Due Monday, Dec 23

Posted on January 21st, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak


REMEMBER, GRADES ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25. ANY ASSIGNMENTS DUE BEFORE THIS ASSIGNMENT MUST BE TURNED IN BY TUESDAY TO EARN CREDIT.

ANY WORK COMPLETED FOR PREVIOUS CHAPTERS CAN STILL EARN 50% AND ANY WORK COMPLETED FOR THE CURRENT CHAPTER RECEIVED BEFORE WEDNESDAY WILL RECEIVE 100%.

Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.3 and 4.4

Pre-Algebra:

Pg. 81-82

#’s 10-30, 37,38

Science:

The class assignment was to create two bar charts for the following two sets of information:

Table 1: Annual Rainfall in Boomtown: 1996 – 2005

Year

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Rainfall in centimeters

92

99

89

94

94

84

97

85

94

72

 

Table 1: Annual Rainfall in Boomtown: 1996 – 2005

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall in centimeters

7

10

7

3

3

0

0

3

7

7

25

20

Use the bar charts to answer the following questions.
1. Look at the graphs of annual and monthly rainfall in Boomtown that you created. Describe any patterns that you see in the rainfall.
2. a. Is there anything unusual about Boomtown’s annual rainfall? Explain.
     b. Is there anything unusual about Boomtown’s monthly rainfall? Explain.
3. During the same year, a town in california and a city in Maryland both received about 99 cm of rain. In August, the town in California had less than 1 cm of rain while the city in Maryland had 7 cm. Explain how these two places could have the same annual rainfall.
4. Which location – Delta Marsh, Green Hill, or Seaside Cliff – would be mostly affected by
     a. a year of typical rainfall in Boomtown? Explain
     b. another flood in Boomtown? Explain.

Wednesday, Jan 18 – Due Friday, Jan 20

Posted on January 18th, 2012 in 503 by bastachowiak


REMEMBER, GRADES ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25. ANY ASSIGNMENTS DUE BEFORE THIS ASSIGNMENT MUST BE TURNED IN BY TUESDAY TO EARN CREDIT.

ANY WORK COMPLETED FOR PREVIOUS CHAPTERS CAN STILL EARN 50%.

Everyday Math:

Study Links 3.6 (2 pages) and 4.2

Pre-Algebra:

Pg. 73-75; #’s 7-10,28-35,44,45,50

Science:

1. What is the contour interval on the tpographical maps of Boomtown?
2. a.What major changes did you observe between 100 years ago and 20 years ago?
    b. What major changes did you observe between 20 years ago and today?
3. Look at the maps of the three locations in Boomtown.
    a. Which of the three locations is the most stable? In other words, which location has changed the least over the past 100 years?
    b. Which of the three locations is the least stable?
    c. Explain the evidence that supports your answer to 3a and 3b.
4. Do the maps indicate possible problems for building at any of the possible locations?
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