We spent the beginning of Chapter 3 revisiting Proportional Relationships and Part-Whole Relationships. Students made connections to re-world topics such as taking discounts at the mall or figuring out the best deals at the grocery store. Students also spent some time exploring probability, developing probability games, and determining if situations are fair. Chapter 6 we brought back Algebra Tiles and made connections to the 5D process rules that we had been working with in Chapter 5. Students After a few days of the 5-D process, students quickly realized that the rules (expressions) they were writing could be turned into equations and then problems quickly solved. Students were quite happy when the made these connections and quickly realized the benefit of writing the expressions in the problem.
We are going to finish the quarter by continuing to strengthen our understanding of algebra as we continue to look for more ways to be efficient in our mathematical thinking and work. Students will be working with problems involving distance, rate, and simple interest. They will also continue to work with proportional relationships and equations.
In Chapter 7, students will begin to look at statistic and angle relationships before finishing the year investigating circles, volume and surface area. We are hopefully to finish the year with a robot project where students build their own robot out of cardboard boxes, then determine the surface area of the robot. With correct calculations, students will be able to cover their robot with tinfoil.
Odds & Ends:
We are in need of a few supplies to end the school year. If you are willing to donate pencil cap erasers, we are in great need of some more! Also, please check with your student, they should have a calculator for class daily. This does not need to be expensive, a basic 4-function calculator will work.
For our project at the end of May, we are looking for donations of cardboard boxes (shoe boxes, snack boxes, etc.), duct tape, and tinfoil.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.