February 23, 2007
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Parent letters

Look for the parent letters for each unit will be posted as we begin a new section. Letters will show how you can help you student study at home. It will some great advice and some terrific web links!

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 10:52 PM

May 18, 2007

There will be a test next Tuesday on metrics and customary units. Students are working on ratios and using them to convert units of customary measure. They need to remember the mnemonic "King Henry Dies By Drinking CHocolate Milk." This reminds them of the order of metric units. They need to know that you begin with the units that you are given and move your decimal point the number of units given in the same direction. The B stand for the basic units which are grams, liters and meters. This means that if you are given 7.9mg and want to change it to grams...grams are 3 units to the left so we will move the decimal 3 units to the left and get.0079
Students also made a chart of customary units. They need to remember that there are 8 oz. in a cup...2 cups in a pint, 2 pints in a quart and 4 quarts in a gallon. Using their knowledge of unit rates, the should be able to convert measures such as 6 pt. = ____ c. by creating a ratio that shows 1 pt. has 2 cups ; therefore we multiply 2 x 2 to find the number of cups in 6 pints. Remember - when you are moving from a smaller unit to a larger one you divide. When moving from a larger unit to a smaller one, you multiply! Homework tonight is practicing these skills in their workbooks unit 7-7 Practice (evens).

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 02:38 PM

May 16, 2007

With less than 2 weeks to go, I can't believe how fast the school year has gone by. The students have learned a great deal of math and I am so proud of them! I told them in class today that learning will continue through the end of school and I expect good attendance and behaviors from them. We finished our solids unit and I know some of it was difficult for them, but they are shining so far as they learn about ratios and proportions. They are practicing practical applications of proportions and doing very well. We continue this week (except Thursday - field day). by covering the metric system and doing conversions. After this we will touch on customary unit such as cups, pints, quarts, gallons etc. Next weewk we will look at scale drawings. There will still be HW's a quiz and one more test. We will stay focused and I'm sure they will all do well.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 11:26 AM

With less than 2 weeks to go, I can't believe how fast the school year has gone by. The students have learned a great deal of math and I am so proud of them! I told them in class today that learning will continue through the end of school and I expect good attendance and behaviors from them. We finished our solids unit and I know some of it was difficult for them, but they are shining so far as they learn about ratios and proportions. They are practicing practical applications of proportions and doing very well. We continue this week (except Thursday - field day). by covering the metric system and doing conversions. After this we will touch on customary unit such as cups, pints, quarts, gallons etc. Next weewk we will look at scale drawings. There will still be HW's a quiz and one more test. We will stay focused and I'm sure they will all do well.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 11:26 AM

May 03, 2007

We've completed our unit on solids.Surface area gave everyone a hard time so we will re-visit it at a later date.
This week we began studying ratios and proportions. A 'Proportion" is an equation that shows that two ratios are equivalent. To determine if a pair of ratios form a proportion, you can cross multiply. If the cross products are equal, then the ratios form a proportion. You can also use cross multiplication to solve proportions. 1. Write the cross products of the 2 ratios. 2. multiply 3. Divide.
3 = 12
____ ____ 32 x 3 = 96

x 32 96 divided by 12 = 8 so x = 12

HW Wed. 5/2 worksheet 9-4 practice
HW Thurs. 5/3 worksheet #2 solving proportions

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 09:24 PM

We've completed our unit on solids.Surface area gave everyone a hard time so we will re-visit it at a later date.
This week we began studying ratios and proportions. A 'Proportion" is an equation that shows that two ratios are equivalent. To determine if a pair of ratios form a proportion, you can cross multiply. If the cross products are equal, then the ratios form a proportion. You can also use cross multiplication to solve proportions. 1. Write the cross products of the 2 ratios. 2. multiply 3. Divide.
3 = 12
____ ____ 32 x 3 = 96

x 32 96 divided by 12 = 8 so x = 12

HW Wed. 5/2 worksheet 9-4 practice
HW Thurs. 5/3 worksheet #2 solving proportions

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 01:22 PM

March 22, 2007

We're about to complete our circles unit. We celebrated 'Pi' day and measured our bubbles all to learn how to find the area and circumference of a circle. We will be analyzing circle graphs and learning how to determine the number of degrees each percentage of a circle requires. Our unit test will be on Tues. Mar. 27th. The last few days before Spring Break we will be rolling dice and tossing coins to understand how probability works. Students will be given a homework packet to complete over Spring break. Very shortly after we return the students will be taking the CRCT exams and this will be a way to help them review and keep the information fresh.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 10:41 AM

February 23, 2007
Parent letters

Look for the parent letters for each unit will be posted as we begin a new section. Letters will show how you can help you student study at home. It will some great advice and some terrific web links!

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 10:52 PM

Unit letter-solving equations

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 10:45 PM

February 16, 2007

THIS WEEK WE'VE BEEN STUDYING POLYGONS. OUR PROJECT HAS BEEN TO CREATE A 'POLYGON MONSTER' USING ALL OUR SHAPES. STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE DIFFERENT POLYGONS ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF THEIR SIDES, AND ANGLES. WE WILL THEN WORK ON FINDING THE PERIMETER. HAVE A FUN AND SAFE LONG WEEKEND!

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 10:57 PM

I hope everyone is ready for a nice long weekend! We began learning how to solve on-step equations this week. The problems were simple (only addition and subtraction) but the process may be tedious. Although you think you can solve these equations in your head, it is important to follow all the steps correctly, for when they become longer and more difficult you will be able to stay organized and solve those too. *Remember..right now it's not so much the answer but the process that is important! Next week we should begin equations with multiplication and division. Following that we will be using decimals and fractions all over again. This should be a good review. Th basic process for solving one-step equations is as follows: (Remember "Undo" the operation means to do the opposite of what is being done to the variable)
Remember to show ALL WORK!
Homework for the weekend: (We don't want you to forget what we just learned) is Worksheet #2 "Solving 1-step equations (ADDITION/SUBTRACTION)#'s 1-10 ON NOTEBOOK PAPER *SHOW ALL WORK!

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 10:53 PM

February 07, 2007

Students have been working very hard this week. We will be taking a test on Thursday covering all we've learned this 9 weeks. Students have a study packet that we will go over tomorrow and Thursday as well as classroom practice. The test will encompass changing fractions to percents to decimals and back. It will also cover finding a percent of a number and estimating a percent of a number as well as order of operations and exponents. This is a great deal of information but we have drilled it well. Quiz grades have been good and the students are prepared. Next week we will begin learning how to solve 1 step equations.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 04:53 AM

January 30, 2007

Today we worked on estimating and rounding numbers. In addition we continue to review word problems and lines, angles and fractions. Homework tonight is a worksheet called "Round to the nearest ten".

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 12:21 AM

Today we began using exponents. We learned to express exponents as a product and t o express numbers as exponents and to evaluate expressions using exponents, including those with variables Students will practice this skill tonight by doing workbook section {1-6}. They will have a short quiz tomorrow on their homework problems.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 12:18 AM

January 23, 2007

we began a fun unit last week. In addition to our regular goals, we are studying geometry terms, specifically lines and angles. Students are working on a project where they identify and create different types of angles (acute, right, straight and obtuse) and lines such as (intersecting,perpendicular and parallel). We will be having a test on these concepts on Friday.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 06:13 PM

Students are doing well with percents and decimals. We will finish the conversions today and then begin learning how to find a % of a number (very handy when figuring tips and sale prices!) Mostly they need to remember that (% of) means multiply!!! There will be a quiz on Thursday on changing fractions (that don't have a denominator as a factor of 100) into percents. Fridays we will continue to reinforce the weeks concepts and work on our accelerated math. Monday, the 29th we will find a % of a number and have a sort quiz. A unit test will be on Thursday, Feb 1. Then we will begin learning 'order of operations' and exponents.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 06:10 PM

January 19, 2007

Today we had a quiz on changing percents to fractions and back again. We went on to learn how to convert percents to decimals and back. Students understand that a percent can be made into a fraction and then written as a decimal but then they were shown the 'trick'. Thinking about the alphabet...we now that to go from a'D' (for decimal) to a 'P' for percent, you travel to the right. So going from a 'P' to a 'D', you travel to the left. Therefore, when you convert a decimal like .34 to a percent, you move the decimal point 2 places, (always 2) to the right and your answer is 34%. Likewise, if you are converting a percent such as 9% to a decimal, you move the decimal point 2 places to the left such = .09 [we assume the decimal is after the whole number unless there is one present]. Tonight's homework reviews fractions and percents as well as decimals. Homework is in the workbook [8-4] Practice 1-5 and 11-16 AND [8-5] Study Guide 1-16.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 12:29 AM

We are already into our 3rd nine weeks and rolling along! Students have been working on their accelerated math goals and are doing well. We continue to reinforce basic skills such as time and money in addition to the 4 basic operations. We touched briefly on fractions and percents and will revisit tis skill again as it pertains to money. Currently we are working on geometry facts such as lines and angles. Tonight the homework is a worksheet where they will identify different types of 'lines'.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 12:19 AM

January 11, 2007

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a restful and fun holiday break. We have started right back into full swing, continuing to multiply decimals. This week we conclude by covering zeros on the quotients and repeating decimals. We will have a test on Friday and then begin percents on Monday. Students will be learning how to convert % to fractions, % to
decimals, fractions to decimals and back again. This can get confusing so we will address each concept one at a time. I have posted a guide for you so you use it to do homework and study.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 10:15 PM

December 19, 2006

It's almost vacation time! We're finishing the semester learning how to divide decimals. We went back a bit first to review long division and their memories serve them well. Tomorrow we will have a quiz on what we've been practicing. Remember to do tonight's homework on a separate sheet of paper. It can get confusing if the numbers get scrunched together.

Posted by Mrs. Jennings at 02:55 PM

December 11, 2006