Friday, December 09, 2011

Weekly Class Summary: Dec. 5-9

SOLs Covered: SOL 6.10 Coordinate Geometry (Perimeter & Area); 6.10 Circles
Math Dictionary Sections: (8) Coordinate Geometry; (9) Circles
Upcoming Assessments: Circles (Fri. 12/16); WWU Quiz 6 (Fri. 1/6)

Monday saw the students taking their fifth spiral review quiz of the year, which was followed by a review of perimeter and area.  Tuesday started off with more review time before the students started the quiz that carried over into Wednesday for most students.  The rest of the week was taken up with the introduction of circles, which has again set students slightly on edge as formulas are still "weirding them out."  To help explain how the formulas for circles were derived, we did (or for some classes will be doing since we ran out of time) a Smarties® activity that explores the relationships between the radius, diameter, circumference, pi, and area.  We also watched several videos that should hopefully help students remember these relationships while entertaining them.  Circles will be continued next week with the quiz taking place prior to the winter break.

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