Friday, May 18 – Due Tuesday, May 22

Posted on May 18th, 2012 in 512 by bastachowiak

Last Minute assignment update

Pre Algebra: page 388; #9-19, 27-33 (odd)

Pre Algebra: page 394; #13-31 (odd)

Everyday Math: Study Links 9.1 and 9.2

Tuesday, April 24 – Thursday, May 3

Posted on April 26th, 2012 in 512 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:

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

Pre-Algebra

Unit 5.3 #’s 7-31 and 37-49 (odd)

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

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


Tuesday, April 10 – Thursday, April 19

Posted on April 9th, 2012 in 512 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:

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

Pre-Algebra

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:

Tuesday, March 20 – Friday, March 30

Posted on March 20th, 2012 in 512 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:

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

Pre-Algebra

Pg 175; #16-45

Pg 179; # 12-31

Pg 189; #3-35

pg 196; #3-36

No homework

pg 202; #’s 17-39 (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

Tuesday, Feb 21 through Friday, Mar 3

Posted on February 21st, 2012 in 512 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 week:

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 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

Page 151-153

#’s 14-21, 25-30

Science

Write Rough Draft of Geologist’s Report
Due 2/23/12 

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.

  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.

Thursday, Feb 9 – Thursday Feb 16

Posted on February 10th, 2012 in 512 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:

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

Thursday, Feb 3 – Due Tuesday, Feb 8

Posted on February 2nd, 2012 in 512 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.7

Pre-Algebra:

Pg. 108-111; Odd numbered problems

Prepare for the chapter 2 test

Science:

Completed in Class

Tuesday, Jan 31 – Due Thursday, Feb 2

Posted on January 31st, 2012 in 512 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.6

Pre-Algebra:

Pg. 93-94; #’s 11-41 (odd)

Pg. 105-107; #’s 13-45 (odd)

Science:

Completed in Class

Thursday, Jan 26 – Due Tuesday, Jan 31

Posted on January 26th, 2012 in 512 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.5 & ISAT Extended Response Question

Pre-Algebra:

Pg. 81-82; #’s 11-29 (odd), 37,38

Pg. 87-88;  9-35 (odd)

Science:

Completed in Class, but prepare for Tuesday

Tuesday, January 24 – Due Thursday, January 26

Posted on January 26th, 2012 in 512 by bastachowiak


Everyday Math:

Study Links 4.4

Pre-Algebra:

None

Science:

None – Completed in Class

Thursday, Jan 19 – Due Tuesday, Jan 24

Posted on January 20th, 2012 in 512 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:

NONE

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.

Tuesday, January 2

Posted on January 18th, 2012 in 512 by bastachowiak


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

Pre-Algebra:

None

Science:
Consider your side to the concepts of Mined versus Manufactured Diamonds and write a rough draft weighing the pros and cons. Make sure to consider the trade offs you accept in order to have the choice you prefer.
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