Week of August 28-31

We are coming up on a big week next for tests. There will be as many as three tests next week. Math, Science, and Social Studies will all have a test next week. Social Studies may not have the test until Monday Sept. 9 depending on your block.

Math

We have been working on making our own riddle puzzles for math. They require a minimum of 12 questions. 2 using order of operations, 2 using absolute value, 2 using evaluations, 2 using the distributive property and simplifying. The other 4 are a choice of any of those four types. The test will be over solving those 4 types of problems. Making the riddle problem should be good practice for the test.

English

We are still reading, reading, reading for our logs, and writing one journal per week about our reading. We have also been doing “speed bumps” which are reading strategies to help with reading comprehension. They consist of 7 types of reflection while reading. 1. Connections to self, text, and world. 2. Images that we are having in our mind by the words of the author. 3. Questions about what is happening.  4. Inferences or Predictions about what is or will be happening. 5. Important Ideas that we need to remember about the story. 6. Synthesizing, which is bring together different aspects of the text or our own knowledge. And finally, 7. Fix-up Strategies or what we do when we encounter a problem while reading and how we handled it to get back on track. These strategies will be used throughout the reading this year in English.

Science

We are now going to be working on completing a poster on the entire digestive system that depicts all the organs and their function in digestion. This will be due on the day of the test and again is a good way to review the information that will be need for the test.

Social Studies

We are nearing the end of the first part in learning about the UN and the role it plays in the world. We will be having a test on that role, the nations that have permanent seats on the Security Council, the timeline of events important to the UN and looking at all of the different governing bodies that make up the UN. In addition to the UN students will need to know the 4 levels of questions that are used in social studies class to prepare for the test.

Next week will be stressful with all of the tests, and it being one of the only full week we have had since the beginning of school. Be sure to eat a good breakfast and use your time wisely.

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