Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grade 6: Integers test study guide

For the next test you need to be able to:

  • Label a number line
  • Find answers for problems using all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Demonstrate how operations work using cubes or number lines
  • Find the range between two numbers
  • Be able to solve a complex problem using the order of operations (PEMDAS). 

What can you do to prepare?  Take a look at…

Your notebook (and the number lines we worked with)
This should be your best source of information. This is why taking careful notes is so important.

You may have done some of these as homework or on your own.
Grade 6:

  • N1 and N3 (uses counters—similar to using cubes)
  • N2, N4-11 (practice with the different operations)
  • M1-6 (reviews what integers are)
  • O10 and O11 (PEMDAS practice)

Grade 5:

  • A9-11 (reviews what an integer is)
  • O4 (PEMDAS practice) 

Your textbook
Pp. 236-258


Monday, May 22, 2017

Grade 7: Investigating body ratios

Last week, the seventh graders learned that the human body has a number of places where the relationship between the measurements of one body part to another uses a constant ratio.  Sometimes, the ratio may actually be an example of what is often called the Golden Ratio.  We watched a short video clip about the Golden Ratio.  If any parents would like to see it or if any seventh grader wants to watch it again, go to:   

Today was the beginning of an investigation of ratios using parts of the human body.  Students are able to choose what kind of investigation that they would like to follow.  Students in the past have had some interesting and creative projects involving people of all ages, furniture, dolls, and other toys.  I am looking forward to seeing what this year’s seventh graders decide to find out about.

Class time was given today to create a question and plan for the investigation.  Students who did not finish need to do that for homework.  Our next class (Wednesday) will be devoted to finding the data and organizing it.  Thursday’s class will be given to writing up the findings of the project.  If students make good use of their time, there should be very little that needs to be done as homework.