As we begin the second month of the year 2000, we will be learning the following concepts and skills: In Math we will add & subtract decimals. Last week, we learned that decimals are numbers that use place value and a decimal point to show a value of less than one. We also learned that equivalent decimals are two or more decimals that stand for the same amount ( example  1.3 and 1.30 ).We will begin adding and subtracting decimals to the hundredths place. We will look at problemsolving experiences, many of them about using money. Try to notice reallife experiences in which you must add and subtract decimals, like shopping. I will send home a multiple choice test over this chapter on Monday, along with the answer key so that you can study for the test, which will be Friday. In Science, we will continue to study oceans and ocean life. We will learn about the ocean bottom, fish, and take the test on Friday. A study guide will come home along with the chapter vocabulary on Tuesday. In computer lab on Monday, Miss Naponic and Mrs. Vaughn will teach the classes how to type their collected data about animal babies into a word processing document. They will also learn how to save it as an html document as well as an Appleworks file.We were pleased with how well they worked in the lab last Monday finding information on the websites that were bookmarked for them. They continued to research throughout the week using more websites, books and encyclopedias. THIS WEEK'S HOMEWORK: Monday: Math  book p. H108, Lessons 23.1 and 23.2 Tuesday: Math  worksheet P141; Science  begin studying for test and vocabulary quiz Wednesday: Math  book, p. H108, Lesson 23.4, parts 1 & 2; Science  study for test and vocabulary quiz Thursday: Math  Chapter 23 Review, p. 422; Science  study for test and vocabulary quiz Here's this week's poem to illustrate if you'd like to. The Germ A mighty creature is the germ, Though smaller than a pachyderm. *pachyderm means elephant His customary dwelling place Is deep within the human race. His childish pride he often pleases By giving people strange diseases. Do you, my poppet, feel infirm? * poppet means a child You probably contain a germ. Ogden Nash Soon, this page will be discontinued because I have been creating a new class page that I believe you will really enjoy. It's still under construction but can be visited by clicking on the link in the Useful Links section below. Take a look at it and let me know what you think so far!

