Friday, January 06, 2012

Weekly Class Summary: Jan. 2-6

SOLs Covered: 6.2 Relationships Among Fractions, Decimals, & Percents
Math Dictionary Sections: (10) Number Theory; (11) Fractions; (12) Decimals; (13) Decimals, Fractions, & Percents
Upcoming Assessments: Decimals, Fractions, & Percents Quiz (Tues. 1/10)

***I will be posting the class summary (and updated grades on Edline) possibly over the weekend but most definitely by Monday evening.  The school system's internet service was down all day today.  On top of that, I have been feeling a little under the weather, otherwise I would guarantee the updates sooner.  Any parents or students trying to email teachers (or other CCPS employees) might need to resend emails since external emailing appears to be hit-or-miss at the moment.  For any students hoping to earn a little extra credit over the weekend by completing JLabs, please make sure to either print your results or email them to yourself (or a parent) as a back-up in case the tech issues carry over the weekend.  I apologize in advance for the delay.

UPDATE (Mon. 1/9/12):

Since many students did not complete their circle quiz before leaving for the winter break, we jumped right back into things by wrapping that up after a little refresher. Grades seem to have improved between the last geometry and quiz and this one for those students who started implementing the strategies I have been showing in class. While the quizzes were on different shapes, the use/application of formulas is basically the same. Parents, please encourage students still struggling with these topics to start using the strategies (highlighting, pictures, etc) that I have been showing them in class. They can always borrow the class examples folder to review the work we've done previously in class each day.

After wrapping up the pre-break work, we jumped into a bit of 5th grade review: number theory, fractions, and decimals. While the basics of these topics are no longer considered 6th grade SOLs, they are essential to mastering the topics that will be covered over the next few weeks. We did not spend "loads of time" on each topic, but we did a little "YouTube Review" along with working a few examples in the Math Dictionaries.

These topics merged into the study of the relationships amongst fractions, decimals, and percents. While some students have a little understanding of percents, it is considered a "new" 6th grade topic. This will extend and merge into next week's lessons on "real-world problems" that cover fractions and decimals (only a few percents, as students are not expected to do computation with percents until 7th grade). We are and will continue to practice the work both with and without a calculator as this SOL is split into both the calculator (6.2 a&b) and the non-calculator (SOL 6.2 c&d) sections of the SOL test taken towards the end of the year.

Our week's theme song since it helps us remember to
"2 step" our decimal when converting decimals and percents.

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