Friday, May 18 – Due Tuesday, May 22
Last Minute assignment update
Pre Algebra: page 388; #919, 2733 (odd)
Pre Algebra: page 394; #1331 (odd)
Everyday Math: Study Links 9.1 and 9.2
Last Minute assignment update
Pre Algebra: page 388; #919, 2733 (odd)
Pre Algebra: page 394; #1331 (odd)
Everyday Math: Study Links 9.1 and 9.2
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.
PreAlgebra:
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 PreAlgebra 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:
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at bastachowiak@cps.edu or call me at 7735350970.
Kind regards,
Mr. Stachowiak
Tue, April 24 
Thur, April 26 
Tues, May 1 
Thur, May 3 

Everyday Math 
Study Links 8.1 
Study Links 8.2 
Study Links 8.3 
Quiz on 8.1/8.2 Study Links 8.4/8.5 
PreAlgebra 
Unit 5.3 #’s 731 and 3749 (odd) 
Unit 5.4 and 5.5 Pg 240; #’s 824 Pg 245 #’s 1627 
Unit 6.1/6.2 
Quiz on 5.35.5 Unit 6.3/6.4 
Science 
53: Weather & Climate 
52: Local weather Survey 
Quiz on Weather/Climate 54: Earth’s Surface 
Quiz on Weather/Climate 55: Lab – Heating Earth’s Surface 
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.
PreAlgebra:
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 inclass project and then the chapter test.
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 7735350970.
Kind regards,
Mr. Stachowiak
Tuesday, April 10 
Thursday, April 11 
Tuesday, April 17 
Thursday, April 19 

Everyday Math 
Study Links 6.5/6.6 
Quiz Study Links 6.7 
Study Links 6.8/6.9 
Study Links 6.10/6.11 
PreAlgebra 
Pg. 207; #’s 1333 (odd) 
Review for test 
Inclass project 
Chapter 4 Test 
Science 
In Class: Review for Test In Class: Begin Writing Essay 
Chapter D Test 
In Class: Weather Effects 
In Class: 
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.
PreAlgebra:
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:
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 7735350970.
Kind regards,
Mr. Stachowiak
Tuesday, March 20 
Thursday, March 22 
Tuesday, March 27 
Thursday, March 29 
Friday, March 30 

Everyday Math 
Study Links 6.1/6.2 
No Homework 
Study Links 6.3 
Study Links 6.4 
Quiz in Class No Homework 
PreAlgebra 
Pg 175; #1645 Pg 179; # 1231 
Pg 189; #335 
pg 196; #336 
No homework 
pg 202; #’s 1739 (odd) 
Science 
In Class: Theory of Plate Tectonics 
In Class: Measuring Earthquakes 
In Class: Mapping Plates 
In Class: Understanding Plate Boundaries 
In Class: Understanding Plate Boundaries 
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.
PreAlgebra:
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:
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 7735350970.
Kind regards,
Mr. Stachowiak
Tuesday 2/21/12 
Thursday 2/23/12 
Tuesday 2/28/12 
Thursday 3/1/12 
Friday 3/3/12 

Everyday Math 
Study Links 5.2 
Study Links 5.3 
Study Links 5.4 and 5.5 
Study Links 5.6 
Study Links 5.7 
Pre Algebra 
Page 127128 #’s 1119, 2331 (odd problems only) 
Page 134 #’s 1129, 3437 
Page 140 #’s 710, 1232 
Page 146 #’s 1235 
Page 151153 #’s 1421, 2530 
Science 
Write Rough Draft of Geologist’s Report SEE BELOW 
Test completed In Class 
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.
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. 
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.
PreAlgebra:
This week we will be finishing Chapter 2 (Introduction to Variables and Equations) and progressing on to Chapter 3 (MultiStep 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 7735350970.
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 the terms, like terms, coefficients, and constants 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 
Study Links 4.7
PreAlgebra:
Pg. 108111; Odd numbered problems
Prepare for the chapter 2 test
Science:
Study Links 4.6
PreAlgebra:
Pg. 9394; #’s 1141 (odd)
Pg. 105107; #’s 1345 (odd)
Study Links 4.5 & ISAT Extended Response Question
PreAlgebra:
Pg. 8182; #’s 1129 (odd), 37,38
Pg. 8788; 935 (odd)
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
PreAlgebra:
NONE
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 
REMEMBER, GRADES ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25. ANY ASSIGNMENTS DUE BEFORE THIS ASSIGNMENT MUST BE TURNED IN BY TUESDAY TO EARN CREDIT.
Everyday Math:
Study Links 3.6 (2 pages) and 4.2
PreAlgebra:
None