Friday, May 06, 2011

Weekly Class Summary: May 2-6

SOLs Covered: 6.14, 7.9&10 (New 6.13 & 7.7) Polygons; SOL 6.15 & 7.11 (New 6.12 & 7.6) Congruency & Similarity
Math Dictionary Sections: (30) Polygons; (31) Congruency & Similarity
Upcoming Assessments: Geometry Test (Thurs. 5/12/11); "You Can Do It" SOL Review Quiz 4 (Fri. 5/13/11)
SOL Review Section: Patterns, Functions & Algebra

We built on all of our geometry work from last week (Angles, Triangles, and Quadrilaterals) by introducing other polygons (Pentagons, Hexagons, Heptagons, Octagons, Nonagons, and Decagons). Most sixth grade students are already familiar with these polygons, though many were still struggling with attaching the correct name to each shape. To help with this, we watched the following YouTube video several times. With the repetition and rhyming, most students had no trouble learning the proper names and spellings.

Before taking the quiz on quadrilaterals and polygons, we also viewed my presentation on Polygons, which shows several examples for each type. These shapes (and several of the picture examples) will come into play again next week when we review the geometric solids.

This week also had us briefly covering congruent and similar shapes and how to "match" the congruent or proportional sides and angles between each shape. This topic will be embellished upon after the SOLs in order to cover additional seventh grade SOLs (using proportions to find missing sides) that have been added into our MSMI curriculum.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, students had an opportunity to use the netbooks to help them customize their own SOL review. Between the list they made for Monday night's homework and their old grades, students pinpointed the areas they need to target with their personal SOL review and I helped them find the sites and videos through the class YouTube channel and Portaportal that focused on those areas. We should be able to do this several more times before the SOL test. The current date, which is unlikely to change much, were set this week: Block 1 on Wednesday, May 25; Block 2 on Thursday, May 26; Block 4 on Friday, May 27. Sixth graders will be taking both their Math and Language Arts tests over that three-day span and their Social Studies test the previous week, so students really need to be studying on their own now as well as in class. As part of our continued class review, students wrapped the week up with the third "You Can Do It" SOL review quiz.

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