Fifth-Eighth Grade Math/Nature Studies

28 September, 2020

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Dear Parents,

Greetings! My name is Elizabeth Block.

A little bit about me… I am from Portland, Maine, and I graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Geosciences in May.  I am so blessed to have this opportunity to teach your child math, science, and religion in a way that encourages curiosity, discovery, and a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s beautiful and intricate creation.  I am very excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work on providing the best learning experience possible for your child. 

I will be implementing St. Thomas the Apostle School’s COVID reopening plan and will ensure that my class has the safest while most productive environment possible.  We are all in this together. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or special needs.  I welcome any suggestions and would be more than happy to discuss how your child learns best.     

God Bless,

Elizabeth Block

Our upper school policy on late grades and absent work: 
When students are absent, they are to get work from their teachers during recess or homeroom (before dismissal). If the assignment is not turned in within 7 days, it is considered late. 
When assignments are late, students will lose 5% for each day it is late up to one school week (5 days), after which the assignment is a zero. 
Students can ask for assignments ahead of time if the absence is planned, but only up to 3 days in advance as lesson plans must often be adjusted and re-paced. 

Week of September 28

5/6th Grade Religion

This week we will be discussing how we respond to readings at Mass, the joy of the Gospel, hearing the Word of God, learning about Lectio Divina, and learning how to read the Bible properly

Math

5th Grade Math: This week we will be learning how to solve problems with missing addends, working on translating and writing word problems, and reviewing lessons 1-10 .

6th Grade Math: This week we will be learning about sequences and scales, using frequency tables, histograms, and surveys to solve problems, and reviewing lessons 1-10.

7th Grade Math: This week we will be reviewing lessons 1-10 before the first test on Thursday.

8th Grade Math: This week we will be reviewing, and completing practice problems for the first test on Wednesday, October 7.

Nature Studies

5th/6th Grade Nature Studies – Mixtures and Solutions: This week we will reviewing before taking the Investigation 1 i-check, and starting Investigation 2: Black Boxes.

7th/8th Grade Nature StudiesEarth History: This week we will be correlating Grand Canyon Rocks, and learn about weathering and erosion.

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