Hello again from room 510. Hope that all had as good a time at the fish fry last night. It is great to see the students with their families in a social setting. It was also nice catching up with some of our alumni now attending Central Catholic.
Now a little about math a Corpus Christi. Eighth graders will complete chapter nine this week. Our study of data display and analysis will finish with a study guide review on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a test on Thursday. I will also be introducing our "Park Planner Project" which is part of the Defined STEM program. In this project teams will be designing a new park. Each groups will select from a variety of park features such as exercise pads, basketball court, or remote control car tracks. The project is loaded with geometry applications and also some writing. Students will describe their thinking behind their park layout and sell their "companies" ideas in the hopes that their design will be chosen. It is a fun way to apply some real world math applications.
Seventh graders are studying a very important chapter in algebra. This chapter is instrumental in preparing those students who qualify for the algebra test in April. Many of the concepts will lay the ground work for success in freshman algebra for some students next year. Students can expect a quiz mid-week.
Sixth graders are also in the midst of an algebra unit. They have successfully completed the first quiz in their "adult math" lives! Ask your sixth grader to show you some of their homework this week. In the 1960's this material was eighth grade work! We will be studying two step equations and inequalities this week. Pretty heady stuff but our six graders are up to the task!