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.
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.
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.
oh, I HEART my sixth grade math class…
for February, we’re finishing up our fairly in depth work on “STATISTICS and the SIXTH GRADERS WHO HEART STATISTICS” — and I’ve been REALLY IMPRESSED with both the diligence & the intelligence with which they’ve attacked this unit.
so – after THAT is on our BEEN THERE, DONE THAT list — we’ll start a unit on Geometry.
- measure & classify angles (BIG FUN)
- learn more about polygons than we ever could have dreamt in our dreamiest dreams (DREAMY FUN!)
- learn & apply formulae for areas & perimeters of polygons (YUMMY!)
- learn about parallel lines & angle relationships – not THOSE kind! we’re talking about vertical angles, complementary & supplementary angles, silly! (FUNZO!)
- learn to find volume & surface area of SOLIDS – as in 3D shapes like prisms, cylinders, cones, pyramids (BOOYAH!)
and then we’ll WAVE OUR HANDS IN THE AIR LIKE WE JUST DON’T CARE!!!
that is all
we’ve only just completed a jaw-droppingly exciting unit on proportional reasoning — you know, the usual unit rate problems, solving proportion problems, percent problems, finding percent of change, calculating discounts & sales taxes in word problems and a very light touch of basic probability (more on THAT later in the year…).
yesterday (Friday the 7th) we began a HIGHLY COMPRESSED, RAPID FIRE UNIT on statistics; seriously, I slapped together a unit packet and my unstoppable mathyøletes (yølø + math + athletes) are basically TEACHING THEMSELVES all the finer points of frequency tables, line plots, mean/median/mode/range, stem & leaf plots, box & whisker plots, bar graphs & histograms — I’m “working the room” a la Shecky Greene, giving BIG HINTS, but, YES, I’m putting the ball in their hands and letting them run with it – as I feel they are more than capable of this and, frankly, I’m just that lazy!!!
I kid, I kid…
anyhoo – after this blistering 2 day activity; well, then we’ll be working on a Geometry Unit…
oh, the angles!
oh, the polygons!
oh, the areas of polygons!
oh, the volume of solids!
oh, the humanity!
that is all…
for the month of February, we’ll go EVER DEEPER into the riveting world of linear equations – setting our laser-like focus upon solving systems of linear equations, whether by graphing, by substitution or by elimination. after that, we have dreams of working on polynomial operations — and they will, for the first time in their mathematical lives, learn how to multiply a binomial by another binomial (reminds me of the Royal Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things…).
want to see if this works better than GoogleDocs – which I hate with THE HEAT OF A THOUSAND SUNS!!
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