Letter to the Editor


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Review for upcoming tests

Math: (test Thursday)
  • Two digit by two digit multiplication ex. 25 x 45 (page 54)
  • Multiplying using partial product method
  • Multiplying using Lattice Method (worksheet attached)
  • Estimating to find the answer, ex. 3.6 x $29.67… 3.5 x 40 = 140 (workbook page Page 53, 79)
  • Multiplying whole numbers and decimals by 1000 and 10,000 ex. 1.4 x 1000 (workbook page Page 52, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85)
Science Review: (Test Thursday)
  1. The air composition
  2. Who is Leonardo Da Vinci and what is his relation to ornithopters
  3. Which mammals can sustain leveled flight
  4. Atmosphere – how many layers? And is it important to know the first, second, and the fourth layer (names and details from the notes)
  5. Who were the Wright Brothers
  6. Properties of Air
  7. What is Air Pressure
  8. What are the four principles of flight
  9. Bernoulli’s principle (draw an example – bottle and water flow)
  10. Should know at least one societal and environmental impacts of flying devices
Social Studies:
  • The number of countries in Europe
  • The different regions
  • The transcontinental countries
  • Largest/smallest country in Europe
  • Number of members in the European Union (the number when they started, and until now)
  • European Union’s previous name
  • Landmarks
  • Population – top 5 countries, % of the world‘s population living in Europe
  • How much percent does Europe cover of the Earth’s land
  • How big Europe compared to other continents (4th, 5th, 6th biggest?)
Language Arts: Practice writing your opinions especially on articles from the newsletter.

Compare and contrast

When we compare two things or more, we are looking at the things that are the same.

When we contrast two things or more, we are looking at the things that make them different from each other.

When we want to compare and contrast, we can use a Venn Diagram.

A Venn diagram can help you sort out and analyze similarities and differences.url.png

Fact vs. Opinion

We can differentiate between facts and opinions because:

Facts are statements that can be proven.

  • Facts may be true or false.
  • But facts can be proven.


  1. Statistically, women live longer than men.
  2. Most buses weigh more than most cars.
  3. There are ten inches in a foot (false).

Opinions are statements that cannot be proven.

  • Opinions can be argued.
  • Opinions may be supported with facts.
  • Opinions cannot be proven.


1.Golf is boring.

2.Pizza is delicious.

3.Math is the hardest subject.

Social Studies Assignment

Road trip across Europe

Imagine that you have the opportunity to travel across Europe. Where would you go? Who will go with you? What would you visit? What will you eat?

Your task is to research European travel destinations and create a travel journal for 4 days. It can be one country but visiting 2-4 different cities or travel from one country to another.  You need to include:

  • Name of the travel destination(s)
  • Dates of the trip
  • Daily entries about the trip (4 days)
  • Discuss important landmarks and cultural activities
  • Modes of transportation (how did you get around the city?)


You will be assessed on the completion of a travel journal with accurate and interesting details of the European destination. You cannot make-up places, not even restaurants; you have to research as if it were a real trip.  Due date: March 8, 2017




Exploring Opinions

In this new unit, students will explore a variety of opinion pieces like editorials, book reviews, and letters to the editor.  Students will be writing their own opinions on different topics. Each student’s goal in this unit is to:

  • Recognize the difference between fact and opinion
  • Present facts and opinions in a way that everyone understands
  • Listen and respond appropriately to the opinions of other students
  • Activate prior knowledge on a topic through brainstorming and developing mind maps
  • Accurately interpret point of views in a variety of texts
  • Communicate my message with complex sentences and strong verbs
  • Support my ideas using reliable information and research
  • Use an editing checklist to edit and proofread my writing to produce a published copy