Welcome back Pegasus students! I look forward to a fun and exciting year in reading class. We will start the year reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. This novel tells the alternating stories of two characters, Salva and Nya, who live in Sudan but at different time periods. Using various informational texts and resources, we will explore more about the region, the struggles the characters faced and the history of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan. We will also continue our vocabulary study of Greek and Latin stems.
As a reminder, students will need a 3 ring binder (1") for class this year. A separate notebook or folder is not needed for reading class. I look forward to a wonderful year together!
Also, as Trimester 2 gets underway, some class policies have changed to help better prepare students for high school. Late work will no longer be accepted & retakes will not be allowed on formative & summative assessments. I put this policy in place as these are the expectations at GBS. Please contact me if you have any questions about the policy changes.
The year is going by so fast! During Trimester 1, we learned about and explored the Water Cycle and Space Systems. During Trimesters 2 & 3, we will be covering Forces & Interactions, Biological Changes Over Time, and Human Impact.
Moving into Trimester 2, there will be a few changes as we get closer to high school. Late work and test corrections will not be accepted anymore.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the year with you and your kids! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Welcome back! Trimester 1 picks up right where we left off last year in math. We begin with solving equations and then learn about exponents and square roots. We will also learn the difference between rational and irrational numbers and have fun with square roots, cube roots and scientific notation. In November we will explore proportional relationships, slope and linear equations. Along the way we will work on problem solving strategies and developing a growth mindset. We got this! Students should bring their math notebook and folder, pencil and calculator to class (and home) every day! And don't forget you can practice your skills using ixl!
I can't wait to explore the world of Geometry with my Block 4 class! We will certainly be reviewing our Algebra skills every week, and work on more Problems of the Month. Chapter one focuses on seeing and thinking in 3-D. We will start with points, lines and planes, and then work with angles. Chapter 2 explores deductive reasoning and we will learn how to write proofs. We will then move to parallel and perpendicular lines. in Ch. 3. And Chapter 4 we get to prove triangle congruence and my favorite concept, CPCTC! We will work hard, think creatively and have lots of fun. Students should bring their math notebook and folder, pencil and calculator to class (and home) every day!
In Science we will be piloting a new program called HMH Science Dimensions to use with our units this year. Our first unit will focus on the water cycle, followed by a unit on space systems. The online program, Science Dimensions, will include projects, hands-on labs, engineering challenges, and a variety of other activities!
In ELA, we will be kicking off Trimester 1 by reading A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park. This novel tells the alternating stories of two characters, Salva and Nya, who live in Sudan but at different time periods. I look forward to the discussions we will have surrounding this novel! Additionally, we will continue our weekly Word Within the Word (Stems) lists and grammar practice using the online tool NoRedInk.
This trimester in Social Studies we will be learning about the five themes of geography and applying this information to different regions of the world. Once we become familiar with the five themes and the tools geographers use, we will move into our first unit and focus specifically on the physical features, culture, and history of Europe. Throughout the year, we will be exploring and discussing how where we live affects who we are.