Friday, May 13, 2011

Weekly Class Summary: May 9-13

SOLs Covered: 6.17 Classification of Solids; 6.11 & 7.8 (New 6.10 & 7.5) Surface Area & Volume Math Dictionary Sections: (32) Solids; (33) Surface Area & Volume
Upcoming Assessments: "You Can Do It" SOL Review Quiz 5 (Fri. 5/13/11)
SOL Review Section: Probability & Statistics

We wrapped up the remainder of our pre-SOL lessons this week with geometric solids, working on both proper classification and calculating surface area and volume. We went through a presentation on the various types of solids, which is available for viewing on YouTube and for download from Edline for students wanting to review the matieral again on their own.

We reviewed our 3-step procedures for using formulas (Step 1: Copy the formula. Step 2: "Plug" the numbers into the formula. Step 3: "Plug" the numbers into the calculator. "Plug it in, Plug it in!"). Since we were lucky enough to book time with the netbooks again this week, students were able to to work with virtual models of various solids on MathsNET and NLVM as well as creating their own through Google SketchUp. This helped many students see how this solid geometric shapes play a role in their everyday lives, down to the bed (rectangular prism) they sleep in every night. Below is Kris D's dream rooms, complete with a cylindrical pool accessible from both the top and bottom floors. Our geometry unit was wrapped up for the moment with a Geometry Test covering everything from Angles through Solids (27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32).

Students also continued their web review of the years SOL topics. The current "big hit" sites are XPMath, which offers arcade-style games on an array of math topics, The Lure of the Labyrinth, a comic-style game centered on utilizing algebraic thinking skills to save a beloved pet, and Arcademic Skill Builders, which allows students to compete in real-time with each other in arcade-style games on basic computation and number sense skills. These sites and many more are bookmarked on the Class Portaportal to make it easier for students to keep track of all our favorite sites. In addition to reviewing the Math Dictionary and old class materials and quizzes, I encourage all students to continue playing and practicing on their own at home whenever possible since I consider this a form (and a fun one at that!) of studying for our SOL test.

As is tradition this time of year, the week concluded with our fourth "You Can Do It" SOL review quiz. Students will take the last quiz next week and will have an even better idea about which strands (Numbers and Number Sense; Computation and Estimation; Patterns, Functions, and Algebra; Probability and Statistics; Measurement and Geometry) they need to put most of their studying focus on while working on their own. Starting next week, we will spend each block reviewing everything that will be on the Math 6 SOL test, which will take place May 25 (Block 1), May 26 (Block 2), and May 27 (Block 4). Students have been given a copy of our daily schedule for the next four weeks since blocks and times fluctuate to accomodate each subject and grade for all of the testing.

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