Friday, March 26, 2010

Weekly Class Summary: Mar. 22-26

SOLs Covered: SOL 6.18 & 7.17&18 (MSMI.22) Graphing Data & Data Analysis
New Math Dictionary Sections: None
Upcoming Assessments: Graphing on Mon. 3/29/10

We continued our unit on graphing data and data analysis this week. Special emphasis was placed on the box-and-whisker plot since it is introduced to students for the first time in sixth grade. Handwritten notes were given in class; however the math dictionary section will be updated to include the new addition sometime over the weekend. Students already had a small section on box-and-whisker plots and simply needed a few extra details to clear up some of the confusion. While creating box-and-whisker plots is relatively simple when all the pieces of data are laid out in order from least to greatest, their shape can be somewhat confusing when placed above the number line. The quiz on this section will take place on Monday after a brief review.

In addition to the completion of our graphing unit, the mini-benchmark test (similar to our regular WWU quizzes, only double the length) was given on Friday. That marks the start of heavy SOL review that will take place leading right up to the day of the test. While new concepts will be covered after we return from Spring Break, a portion of every week will be spent reviewing the SOL Homework Review packets that many students received this week so they could start their personal review early. Several studentsstill have not brought in a folder with prongs for holding whole-punched papers and need to bring one next week so they can also receive their packets. Grade reports with a note regarding grades and the end of term were also sent home on Tuesday and should have been returned the next day with a parent/guardian signature. Parents/guardians of all students that have failed to bring the folder and/or the grade report will be receiving phone calls or emails over the weekend or at the beginning of next week. Please ask your child about these things if you have not heard of either.

Reading & Making Box-and-Whisker Plots from Quizville

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