Friday, March 19, 2010

Weekly Class Summary: Mar. 15-19

SOLs Covered: SOL 6.18 & 7.17&18 (MSMI.22) Graphing Data & Data Analysis
New Math Dictionary Sections:
(23) Graphical Methods
Upcoming Assessments: Graphing (TBA); Mini-Benchmark on Thurs. 3/25/10

After starting the week with our quiz on measures of central tendency, we began our two-week unit on graphing and data analysis. This first week was spent mainly on talking about the basics: types of graphs, when to use each type, the necessary parts for each, and interpreting the information from provided graphs. Many of the graphs covered in the unit are a review for most students from fifth grade: bar graph, line graph, circle graph, stem-and-leaf plot. New types (box-and-whisker plot, line plot, and frequency table) were introduced. We will begin creating graphs after gathering information next week and go further indepth with the new types of graphs next week.

Over the weekend, students were asked to study and prepare for a "mini-benchmark" test that will take place Thursday and Friday of next week. This test will be on paper and similar to our previous WWU Quizzes, only double the length and covering more SOLs for review. Students also need to buy 1-2 folders (with prongs to hold hole-punched papers) by the end of the week so I can start putting their SOL Review packets together. There are quite a few papers that will go into this packet and the folders should help students keep up with everything and prevent them from losing this very important information.

Data Picking from BBC Education

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