  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 on: May 18, 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 on: May 03, 2007

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!

Ex. 1 -
Step 1 - Write the problem c - 26 = 45 WORK

Step 2 - Look at the side with the variable:
"UNDO" the operation! (here we are +26 = +26 45
dividing so instead we MULTIPLY. +26
71
Step 3 - Get the variable by itself. make it
= to the solution. **Keep the variable c = 71
on the same side it started on. BOX

Step 4 - THIS IS YOUR CHECK STEP
**Re-write the ORIGINAL problem (C-26=45) 71 - 26 = 45 71
BUT this time substitute the 'solution' -26
for the variable. 45

in the original problem 45 = 45 (yeah!)

Step 6 - GRAPH THE SOLUTION - THE SOLUTION!!!!! (71) not 45

posted on: February 16, 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 on: February 07, 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 on: January 30, 2007

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 on: January 30, 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.

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posted on: January 19, 2007

Today we began multiplying decimals. Everyone needs to practice their multiplication tables, and remember to 'save' a space when multiplying by numbers with two or more digits. We all know now that you count the numbers to the right of the decimals in the original problem and then count that many places from the end of our 'product'. HW tonight is in the workbook section 4-1 (Practice) #'s 7-12, 28 and 29 AND section 4-3( Practice) #'s 13 - 24 ODD only. We will have a short quiz on this tomorrow before we begin 'rounding' decimals and then review long division and finally dividing decimals.

posted on: December 11, 2006

Last tuesday we began dividing fractions. The students seemed to pick up on this very quickly. We reviewed it in class today and will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing fractions tomorrow. The steps to remember for dividing fractions are the following: 1.KEEP the first fraction as it is. 2. CHANGE the division sign to a multiplication sign. 3. FLIP the second fraction to it's RECIPROCAL. 4. simplify and multiply!!! They have H.W. in their workbook - 'practice' #'s 1-8, 9-23 odds only and #'s 22 and 32. We will continue to build on this skill this week by multiplying and dividing mixed numbers. This will give the students a review on how to convert mixed numbers to fractions and strengthen their multiplication and division facts.

posted on: November 27, 2006

Study guide 6-6 in your workbook to review subtracting mixed number with renaming. #'s 1-9 and 1, 13, 14, 15 and 18.
See 'classwork' section for an explanation of steps. There will be a test next wednesday on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers

posted on: November 03, 2006

Study Guide 6-4 in your workbook. Do #'s 1-8 and then do 9-20 (odd numbers only). We will check and review tomorrow and have a short quiz to check your understanding.

posted on: October 24, 2006

Today we reversed and changed mixed numbers to improper fractions. By the end of the class they were saying "this is easy"". HW is in the workbook section 5-5 #'s 1-12. On Monday we will review both concepts and then have a quiz. My notes for how to do this are posted under the general information section of the blog You can also look at the parent letter if you haven't seen it in our child's notebook. Next week we will be working on 'reducing' fractions. Have a great weekend!

posted on: October 06, 2006

We begin working with fractions. There are two worksheets for homework

posted on: September 26, 2006

Students mastered (LCM) today! The homework is to practice this skill in the workbook, lesson 5-7 Study guide #'s 9 - 20. Do this on a separate sheet of notebook paper a and list all the multiples

posted on: September 26, 2006

Today we switched from factors to multiples. Sometimes this can get confusing when we are trying to find the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and the Least Common Multiple (LCM). Tonight's HW was in the workbook lesson 5-7 #'s 1-12. They caught on quickly so many had time to do their homework in class.

posted on: September 25, 2006

Keep your minds fresh with the triple bobsled...Do workbook Practice 5-3 #'s 22 - 27. REMEMBER! 9 is NOT PRIME!

posted on: September 22, 2006

Practice the 'division with a remainder' on your handout sheet. We will have a short quiz tomorrow after we go over the HW.

posted on: September 21, 2006

Today we began using a double bobsled to find the greatest common factor of a number. HW is in the workbook (study guide) lesson 5-3. Do #'s 1-6. Do not use the factor tree method in the book...ONLY use the bobsled method! Please do it on a separate sheet of notebook paper so you will have enough room to bobsled.

posted on: September 21, 2006

In your workbooks, do lesson 5-3 (only the study guide), only the odd numbers. Please do it on a separate sheet of note paper so it won't get crammed into the little space in the book. Remember.don't do it the way it is shown in the book! Do the Bobsled. Show someone in your house how to bobsled. Remember to use your notes if you don't remember what to do. I have placed a copy of the notes explaining how to bobsled as an attachment.
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posted on: September 19, 2006

Tonight's homework is to do the handout"Wacky Waldo's Snow SHow". We are going to be spending a great deal of time deciding what operation to use when we encounter different types of word problems

posted on: September 18, 2006

Tonight's homework is in the workbook, practice page, Lesson 5-2. Do #'s 1-12 odds only! Be prepared for a short quiz tomorrow on whether a number is prime, composite or neither.

posted on: September 18, 2006

Homework tonight is in the textbook on page 76. Do #'s 10 - 2 4

posted on: September 06, 2006

Test tomorrow! Test tomorrow! we are ready for our unit exam on Data analysis. Ask you child about how to read bar graphs and line graphs, pictographs and pie charts. Ask them about the things that must be on a bar graph. Just to make sure we're ready, homework is a review. Textbook beginning on Pg. 560 - Do section 2-2 #4, section 2-3 #4,
section 2-4 #4, section 2-5 #'s 1 and 2, section 2-8 #'s 4 and 5.

posted on: September 06, 2006

HW 9/5/06

Tonight's homework is in our workbooks, section 2-3 (Study Guide!!). They are also practicing multiplication facts by completing their partial multiplication charts.

posted on: September 05, 2006

Tonight's homework is Practice 17, #'s 11 - 20. There will be a quiz tomorrow on odd/even, multiplication families, multiplying 2 digit numbers, multiplying by 0,1,5,10 and 11, and finally lines.

posted on: August 24, 2006

great job today! HW practice sheet 17, 1-10

posted on: August 23, 2006

Tonight's homework - Handout #16 practice. Do all. Today's discussion was about vertical, horizontal and oblique lines. We also covered "some went away" stories.

posted on: August 22, 2006

Tonight's homework is workbook PRACTICE 2-1 (#'s 1,3,6 and 7). You will need to do these on a separate sheet of notebook paper. Today's objective was to learn how to create frequency tables.

posted on: August 22, 2006

Tonight's homework - multiplication tables Supplemental practice 15 #'s 11 - 20

posted on: August 21, 2006  