Hello from room 8B. We have a lot to catch up on. After having a wonderful visit with my two children and grandchildren in Omaha two weeks ago I came home to a whirl wind of activity. I would like to thank Mrs. Henderson for doing a wonderful job continuing the math progress of our junior high students in my absences. I would also like to thank all of the people who organized the activities for Spirit Week culminating in Grandparents Day. Those committees put in a lot of time to make these events a success and they don't get a lot of credit for it. I would also like to thank our administrators for there tireless work in making our school the classy place that it is.
Now, about math. The sixth graders have completed a marathon chapter on decimals and integers. We began with a review of decimal computation, no calculators. We then used these skills for various concepts, some with calculators, some without. An example would be metric conversions without the calculator. Finally we finished with order of operation and measures of central tendency, mean, median, and mode. We have reviewed for three days and on Monday we will have a final question and answer using the study guide and then we will test. Next chapter is on fractions and exponents. Our book does a nice job of reviewing previous skills and introducing pre-algebra skill in the same chapter. We hope to finish chapter two in the first trimester. These students have done a great job with difficult material. Let's keep it up!
Seventh grade is closing in on finishing their second chapter, an introduction to patterns, rules, and linear functions. We have two lesson to complete the unit, one easy, one difficult. The easy lesson involves simple and compound interest. Students will learn to use a couple of formulas and then to graph the results. The difficult lesson in on manipulating formulas. Here students apply algebra principles to equations that have no numbers! It can be quite confusing. We will use this week to complete these two lessons, take a short quiz, and begin to review for a chapter test next week.
Eighth graders have been working on a very difficult chapter on equations and inequalities. These concept are being covered in freshman algebra as well. We just finished a successful quiz on simplifying algebraic expressions and we are now moving on to inequalities. Students can expect a test mid week next week!
Now I must get to basketball practice! I will communicate with you again soon.