Friday, April 16, 2010

Weekly Class Summary: Apr. 12-16

SOLs Covered: SOL 6.13 (MSMI.16) Angles; SOL 6.14 & 7.9&10 (MSMI.17) Polygons
New Math Dictionary Sections: (25) Angles & (26) Polygons
Upcoming Assessments: "You Can Do It" SOL Review Quiz 2 on Fri. 4/23/10

We started the new term off with two new units this week: angles and polygons. Angles and polygons are both topics that are mainly review for sixth graders. However, angles can be tricky for some when it comes to measuring angles. The students are split almost in half with which tool (protractor vs. angle ruler) they were taught in fifth grade. Either tool can do the job, but since we test on the computers at the middle school level, I focus most of our work around using the protractor, which is the eTool available for such questions on the SOL. In addition to measuring angles, students must identify the types of angles (acute, right, obtuse, or straight) and be able to estimate an angle's measure using 45°, 90°, 135°, and 180° as reference points. For polygons this week, students were introduced (or reintroduced) to the basic types of polygons through ten-sided figures (triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons, nonagons, and decagons). Polygons will be extended in the next few weeks with more work on triangles and quadrialaterals and an introduction to solids, which can be made from various polygons.

In addition to the new topics, we began working on our SOL review work. Most students received their SOL Homework Review Packets before Spring Break if they brought in a 3-prong folder to keep them stored safely. Those students that still have not brought a folder, need to do so to receive their packets in advance. Otherwise, they will only receive them one week at a time as they are covered. By Tuesday of next week, all students need to have their second folder in which to store their old Spiral Warm-Up Quizzes (#1-8), their mini-benchmark test, the five "You Can Do It" Quizzes (which started this week), and the released SOL tests (which will be worked on in our final weeks of review leading up to the BIG TEST!). Students completed the first homework review packet (Numbers & Number Sense) and the first "You Can Do It" Quiz this week as well as starting their SOL Simulation Test, which will be completed Monday. The "You Can Do It" Quizzes and the SOL Simulation Test will give us a good idea of what the students can hope to make on the real SOL at this moment and allow us to determine which areas each student needs to focus on in order to do better. Next week's review packet will be Computation & Estimation.

Protractor by Ambleside Primary

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