In Class Assignment, Friday April 11

solve these equations – in your math notebook OR on loose leafy.

Gd 6 Mixed Solve OneStep EQs

that is all.

yølø

6th Grade Curriculum Report – April 2014

hello, 6th graders…or, frankly, anyone out there who might be reading this.  I get the empty feeling sometimes that no one is out there reading this…

ANYWAY!

6th grade is in a pretty exciting point in the math year – solving one variable equations.  for perhaps the first time in our mathematical lives, we are putting into practice the notion of the ABSOLUTE RULE of keeping equations balanced and unlocking the POWER of solving equations by performing BALANCED OPERATIONS.  there are heady days, indeed…

if time permits, we’ll work a bit on solving and graphing one variable INEQUALITIES and all the hijinks that ensue.

peace on earth!
yølø

7th Grade Curriculum Report – April 2014

we just handed out a FRESH NEW MATH PACKET and yes, it’s all about LINEAR EQUATIONS…

we will learn about relations, functions, graphing linear equations, slope, writing linear equations in slope intercept form…and we’ll be using our TI 84 graphing calcu-ma-lators to do all this.

this unit will eat up all of our April time, and beyond…

peace on earth.

yølø

8th Grade Curriculum Report – April 2014

after a really scattered month where it was nearly impossible to maintain momentum, April brings the promise of better weather and algebra related hijinks!

the bulk of the month will be spent learning to factor polynomials, and that will lead into learning to graph quadratic functions.  it’s a critical skill – it pops up in just about every discipline in high school (algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, pre calculus) – so we’ll be fine with investing as much time as needed to MASTER all the vagaries of factoring these bad boys.

peace on earth.

yølø

Volume & Surface Area Formulas brought to you by YØLØ™

remember:

for Volume, it’s kind EASY — it’s always AREA OF THE BASE x DEPTH/HEIGHT of the SHAPE

if the SHAPE IN QUESTION has a pointy top, then you divide by THREE (cones, pyramids)

Gd 7 FORMULAS for Vol & SA

for Surface Area, you have to VISUALIZE ADDING ALL THE PIECES TOGETHER – the formulae are lovely, but you can’t just mindlessly plug n’ chug.

THINK THINK THINK THINK

Grade 8 – Curriculum Report, March 2014

this will be a month of Loyola Math Placement Exam Prep!!!  we basically lost this first week due to the vagaries of Terra Nova Testing; we’re in the midst of trying to gain some traction working on simplifying expressions with integer exponents and then will work on polynomials and that should lead us into simplifying polynomials.  all the while, I’ll be sending home PDFs of review material to help my students get ready for the exam in early April…even those who are NOT attending Loyola will benefit from the review; review is NEVER a bad thing.

in April, we’ll get deeply involved with factoring polynomials, a KEY concept in the world of Algebra 1!

that is all.

Grade 7 – Curriculum Report, March 2014

as we wind down on the Terra Nova Funhouse Week™…

the yølø 7 mathletes will finish up our work on Geometry — specifically an in depth investigation of area & volume of all sorts of figures and solids.

after that, we’ll likely begin a unit on linear equations, which is brand spanking new material (at last!) for this grade.  this will involve understanding inputs/outputs, review of the coordinate plane, slope of a line, graphing linear equations, writing linear equations in various forms (standard, slope intercept, point slope), finding the point of intersection of two lines…it goes on and on.

that is all.

Grade 6 Curriculum Report – March 2014

as we finish that test-tastic week of Terra Novas, we can set our sights on getting back to our regularly scheduled programming…

we’ll work on a unit in Geometry for the bulk of the month — working on a coordinate grid, transformations of figures, area and perimeter of figures, classifying polygons, and then a short bit of work on finding the volume of solids.  we will also have a comprehensive review of our integer work and, unavoidably, working with fractions and decimals.

that is all.