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Welcome to Ms. Altman's Class. Here is where I will update you on important information and upcoming events at Tomball Intermediate.  Also check us out on Facebook and Twitter.


I also have a Remind 101 setup for parents to get text messages of important things for our class. All you have to do is text @tisaltman to 81010 or use the link https://www.remind.com/join/tisaltman.


Make sure that you are checking out the Science and Social Studies pages for upcoming topics and references/resources to help at home.  Students should constantly be checking out their Google Classroom page for assignments and extra help with lessons.  Check the extra websites I have listed for practice on the Links page.

 

 Below you will find the Tomball ISD Calendar for this school year.

 

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Parent Letter

Dear parents,

This year has been such an amazing year with your students and I love each and every one of them. We have grown as a group and individually. We still have so much more to learn which is what makes this hard.

It is with a heavy heart that I send the following email. Today in class I talked with the students. I will not be returning to Tomball Intermediate School after spring break for the fourth nine weeks. I will be moving schools taking a Math/Science Specialist position. It’s going to be hard to leave the students in the middle of the year. However, I am leaving them in tremendous hands. We will be working to make sure that this transition is easy on the students and that there will not be a lot of change. I am going to miss every single one of them and you as well. As parents, you have made this year run smoothly and it has been incredibly enjoyable.

My last day will be March 6th and I look forward to each and every day between now and then. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message. Thank you again for all that you have done and all that you do. and thank you most of all for sharing your kids with me. I truly feel as if they are my own and I will whole heartedly miss them and the moments we have shared.

Here is the breakdown of what is going on this week in Science and Social Studies:
 
Today we began discussing earth's rotation. Students must understand that earth's rotation means to spin on its axis and this causes the day and night cycle. We will continue with this tomorrow and we will focus on shadows. Toward the end of the week, we will look at earth's revolution.
 
Social Studies, we are looking at the people affected by Westward Expansion. We will look at and study 6 different groups. We will test over these people on Friday and students will have their yellow long notes sheet to study.
 
REMINDER: Tomorrow we will have a reading shutdown to test students in reading
 
HOMEROOM INFO:
- We will have Family Academic Night on Feb. 20. Students should have brought home a flyer last week in Wednesday folders. The science/SS homerooms are collecting money for our gift basket that will be a money pizza! Please send money to me so we can have a nice gift basket for our raffle!!!!!! If you provide money, you will also get raffle tickets. Please read the flyer below for more details!
 
- The Heritage Festival Field trip is Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 am - 2 pm. If you are interested in volunteering please let me know! I will be sending out information as I receive it!
 
CALENDAR:

Monday, January 27- Parent Meeting for Course Selections ----> 5:30 pm in the cafeteria
 
Friday, January 31- People of Westward Expansion Test (Ch.17)
 
Thursday, February 20- Family Academic Night
 
Friday, February 28- Heritage Festival Field Trip 9 am - 2 pm

Weekly Information

Here is the breakdown of what we are working on this week in Science and Social Studies:
 
Monday: In Science, students will be reviewing for their upcoming test over Fossil Fuels and how they are formed. Students will be answering questions and completing a venn diagram comparing the three different types of Fossil Fuels. Students will also create a poster over Conserving Fossil Fuels. In SS, students will continue to work on their War of 1812 poster that we started on Friday.  It will be due this Friday, January 17th for a MAJOR GRADE!
 
Tuesday: In Science, we will be creating models of fossil fuels through a lab. We will complete a checkpoint as well to see what needs to be reviewed for our upcoming test this week. In SS, students will continue to work on their War of 1812 poster that we started on Friday.  It will be due this Friday, January 17th for a MAJOR GRADE!
 
Wednesday: In Science, we will finish looking at the lab we created on Tuesday and go ¨drilling¨ and ¨mining¨ for the fossil fuels we created. We will answer questions about the formation of fossil fuels to prepare for our test this week. In SS, students will continue to work on their War of 1812 poster that we started on Friday.  It will be due this Friday, January 17th for a MAJOR GRADE!
 
Thursday: In Science, we will take our test over the Formation of Fossil Fuels. In SS, students will continue to work on their War of 1812 poster that we started on Friday.  It will be due this Friday, January 17th for a MAJOR GRADE!
 
Friday: In Science, we will review the data from our test we took on Thursday. In SS, students will finish to work their War of 1812 poster that we started last Friday.  It will be due today Friday, January 17th for a MAJOR GRADE! If time allows, we will continue to look at our Westward expansion and how the U.S. acquired more land and territory.

Remote Learning Lessons-Week 1

Here is the information from Google Classroom for Week 1: March 23-27.  This is what the students will be working on.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  THE GOOGLE FORM IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US GOING FORWARD!!!


Welcome Video: Please watch the following video from me before starting anything below!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18XBya0IPkixdYOQ0Ug_5KUa3zTCrK68M/view


https://drive.google.com/open?id=18XBya0IPkixdYOQ0Ug_5KUa3zTCrK68M

Either link should work


Office Hours: I will be available on Google Classroom to answer questions from students during normal hours of 9-11 and 1-3 and parents via Class Dojo and email.  Please make sure that you are on Class Dojo since that is a text message system that will get messages to me ASAP and I can answer them quickly.


***Please fill out the google formhttps://forms.gle/w6dZTwSRFaDnDFnb8

This will help me see where everyone is at when it comes to technology and our future lessons.

Please make sure to check both your science and social studies google classroom for your assignments.

Science Assignments:  This week we will review adaptations, inherited traits and learned behaviors. 

1) Structures and Functions Review

https://files.accelerating-success.com/1Science/Online%20Modules/English/5th/Life/Review-%20Structure%20and%20Function/HTML5/practice.html


2) Inherited Vs Learned Review 

https://files.accelerating-success.com/1Science/Online%20Modules/English/5th/Life/Review-Learned%20Behaviors%20and%20Inherited%20Traits/HTML5/practice.html


3) Quizizz: Adaptations and Inherited Vs Learned

https://quizizz.com/join/

Code: 070950

​Please use your first and last name as your username!


4) Please add a comment to this post answering the following question:

What types of adaptations would an animal who lives in a dry climate, like a desert, have in order to survive?  Explain your answer.


Social Studies Assignments: This week we will review the Industrial Revolution.

1) Please watch the following Edpuzzles.

REMEMBER: You must hit Log In (in the top right corner of the screen) AND sign in with google login.


https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5e74162bd4168a3eaf7ce3cd/watch

https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/5e74165f0e3f5d3ec2ad3899/watch


2) Read over the powerpoint for more information about the Industrial Revolution

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1aVbV7BerikjzetSKCmZw7PmxuU6Zqc_U5gUgdcaGy2E/edit?usp=sharing


3) Quizizz: The Industrial Revolution

https://quizizz.com/join/

Code: 926142

Please use your first and last name as your username!


4) Please add a comment to the post answering the following question: 

What do you think was the most important invention during the Industrial Revolution? Explain your answer.

Remote Learning Update

Hello Parents,

I hope you all are doing well with all of the changes that have been taking place recently. I wanted to let you know that we will begin our distance learning on Monday, March 23. I will continue using Google Classroom to post videos, assignments, and other resources as well as to communicate with your child. Be sure to have your child turn on their Google Classroom alerts so they will be notified when I post something new. I will continue to update my Edlio and Dojo pages each week.

I have created a quick technology survey for students to complete. This will help me see who has access to various types of technology from home and will help in future planning. This will be posted in Google Classroom on Monday with assignments for the week and must be completed by Thursday. (**Be sure your child is logged into their Tomball ISD Google account**) If your child does not have access to a computer/device or internet, please let me know so I can pass this information on to our district leaders. I believe everything I assign can be accomplished on a smartphone, but I do not want to make any assumptions. 

Office Hours: I will be available on Google Classroom to answer questions from students during normal hours of 8-4 and parents via Class Dojo and email.  Please make sure that you are on Class Dojo since that is a text message system that will get messages to me ASAP and I can answer them quickly.

This is certainly going to be a new experience for all of us and we will learn as we go. I will make sure I do everything I can to support you through this and I know that you will support your child so they can do their part to become the best online learner. 

You are all in my thoughts and I miss each of your children. I look forward to returning to normal life, but until then, stay healthy and safe.

Kindest regards,

Jessica Altman

Update

I hope you are all doing well during this trying time. I just wanted you to know that I am working this weekend on adding some things to Google Classroom in Science and Social Studies for your kiddos to work on next week. These are not grades, but they are great resources to prepare for upcoming lessons. This will also give them something to do in their down time that will benefit them later. Also, please know that the school is offering lunches for those students that need them in this time. They will be ready for pick up on March 17 and 18 at Tomball High School, you just need their school ID number. Please give your kiddos a big hug from me and tell them I love them and I miss them!

Weekly News

This will be my final week at TIS and I just wanted to send out a quick thank you for all that you do as parents and for making this such an amazing school year. I love each and every one of your students and I have been so blessed to be able to have them in my classroom. I will miss them all SO SO much. As we wrap up this week before SPRING BREAK, there are a few reminders:
 
We have MARKET DAY ON FRIDAY. Remember that there are no glass items, no slime, and no stress balls for this assignment. This will be the last market since for the 4th nine weeks we do things a little different. We will have a Science Test on Thursday, but this grade will carry over to the 4th nine weeks. I just wanted you to know. In Social Studies, we are reviewing Reform, Women's Suffrage, and the Progressive Era.

Weekly Letter

Here is a breakdown of events for this week in Science and Social Studies:
 
Monday-NO SCHOOL/HOLIDAY!
 
Tuesday-We will review for our Science test over Rotation, Revolution, Shadows, Day/Night, Weather vs Climate, and the Water Cycle.  Students have everything they need to study in the sheets that came home in Wednesday folders last week, their INB, and the links on Google Classroom.  In Social Studies, we will continue our Shark Tank over the Industrial Revolution.
 
Wednesday-We will review for our Science test over Rotation, Revolution, Shadows, Day/Night, Weather vs Climate, and the Water Cycle.  Students have everything they need to study in the sheets that came home in Wednesday folders last week, their INB, and the links on Google Classroom.  In Social Studies, we will continue our Shark Tank over the Industrial Revolution.
 
Thursday-We will test over Interactions of Sun, Moon, and Earth. In Social Studies, we will continue our Shark Tank over the Industrial Revolution.  Please come out to FAMILY ACADEMIC NIGHT!!!
 
Friday-We will go over the data for the Science test on Thursday.  In Social Studies, we will continue our Shark Tank over the Industrial Revolution.  Adventures in Life will be in the afternoon (this is like Career Day).
 
Progress report grades went in today, so please check with your student about any zeros.  There are some unnecessary zeros that should not be there for some students.  If they have the work, please have them turn it in ASAP.

Weekly Information

Here is the breakdown of information for this week in Science and Social Studies:
 
Monday-We are working on a menu choice board to demonstrate an understanding of shadows, rotation, revolution, and the Sun, Moon, and Earth.
 
Tuesday-Math Shutdown in the morning; We will be completing a President Facebook for students to show information about a President of their choice from the ones we have already covered in History.
 
Wednesday-We will finish the menu choice boards and complete a rotation and revolution review packet. We will also look at the Star Spangled banner, Federalists, and Anti Federalists.
 
Thursday-We will look at the difference between weather and climate and see how we are affected by both.  We will look at the Industrial Revolution timeline and look into different inventions during that time and how we were affected by the changes.
 
Friday-We will review weather and climate and complete an activity over both. We will finish up look at different inventions of the past and start on out SHARK TANK PBL (project-based learning).  This is an in class project.
 
Please make sure that you are returning the FIELD TRIP PAPERS (2) to your students HOMEROOM teacher.  We need these by February 13th.  
 
Also, don't forget to donate money or items for the Family Academic Night!

Weekly Information

Here is a breakdown of what we are doing this week in Science and Social Studies:
 
Tuesday-We are looking at the characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon and creating a flip chart. We will get our review for our test on Friday and complete the information notes about the Florida Acquisition and the Texas Annexation.
 
Wednesday-We will complete a scavenger hunt over the Sun, Moon and Earth based on Tuesday's lesson. We will look at the Mexican Cession and the Gadsden Purchase as well as the Acquisition of the Oregon Territory.
 
Thursday-We will look at the ROTATION of the Sun, Moon and Earth and see what they cause.  We will be acting this out, writing/drawing it, and making connections to it. We will also complete a reading passage with questions. We will study and review for the Chapter 16 test in Social Studies.
 
Friday-We will finish up looking at ROTATION for Science. We will take our Chapter 16 test for Social Studies.
 
I hope you all had a fantastic 3 day weekend this past weekend and I am glad to be back in class with the students. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Weekly Information

Happy Last Week!

In Science, we are working hard on our sedimentary rock unit. The test is Thursday and has ONLY 7 questions. Please start asking your students how sedimentary rock is formed. You should hear them discuss weathering, erosion, deposition, compaction and cementation. I have already posted review videos and practice in their science google classroom.

In Social Studies, we also continuing the Bill of Rights looking deep into the rights of the people in the first 10 amendments. Students have been interested in learning their rights as citizens of the US! The chapter will be loaded into their social studies google classroom. The test is on Wednesday and they will be allowed to use their notes!
 
Also, MARKET is on Thursday. Please scroll down and look at the previous post to be reminded of the guidelines!

HOLIDAY PARTY is on Friday from 10:15 - 11:15 am! Please remember to bring the item you signed up for. If you are bringing food, please send it with your student STARTING ON WEDNESDAY! If it needs to be refrigerated, please send it Friday morning. Unfortunately, we do not have enough space to refrigerate party items at school.
 
I hope you all have an amazing Holiday break and enjoy the time with your students.

Weekly Information

Here is a breakdown of what we will be working on this week in Science and Social Studies:
 
Monday: We will be going over our data for the Unit 6 Assessment we took and then preparing for our CBA (benchmark) this week.  In SS, we will be looking at the powers that the 3 branches of government had.
 
Tuesday-We will be review previous topics and concepts to prepare for our CBA this week.  In Social Studies, we will review for our test we will be taking the next day.
 
Wednesday- We will be reviewing for our CBA looking at previous topics. We will be taking our test over the Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, the Constitution, the 3 Branches of Government, and Checks and Balances.
 
Thursday-We will be taking our Science CBA. This will be over everything we have learned so far this year. After, students will be able to catch up on unfinished work and look at our next unit.
 
Friday-We will begin looking at the formation of Sedimentary rock in Science. In Social Studies, we will start looking at the Bill of Rights.

Progress Reports

Today in Wednesday folders, the student's progress reports went home. I will tell you that these grades have since changed. There have been 2 more grades added to Science and a MAJOR GRADE added to Social Studies. Please check your students grades or have them check for you to see the new grades.

Weekly Newsletter

I hope that everyone had an amazing, relaxing Thanksgiving break.  I am so happy to see everyone back today.  Here is a breakdown of this week:
 
Monday-We will complete a checkpoint to see what students remember for our Changes to the Earth's Surface Unit. An extra credit packet for the test will be sent home and due on Friday before the test to receive points. We will compare and contrast landforms and review with a vocabulary sheet. In Social Studies, we are starting our next chapter and looking at the start of our new government. We are looking at why the Articles of Confederation didn't work, Shay's Rebellion, and the Constitutional Convention.
 
Tuesday-We will complete a review scoot in the hallway to get ready for our test on Friday.  These questions will help prepare students the most for their test. For Social Studies, we will look at the 3 branches of government and what each branch does.
 
Wednesday-We will review for our Science test by completing a review packet with a reading and questions and then start on our landform brochure.  Students will be able to complete this over today and tomorrow. For Social Studies, we will finish looking at the 3 branches of government and their powers to have checks and balances.
 
Thursday-We will finish our review for the test tomorrow and complete the landform brochure of how landforms are created. In Social Studies, we will have a program presentation on the American Constitution.
 
Friday-We have our Unit 6 Assessment for Science today.  The extra credit for this test is due today also. We will finish our power cards looking at the powers of the 3 branches of government.