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Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Finally the test is here,
then we're done for the year!
We've had to subtract and add,
I am sure that you won't do bad.
You worked hard, you had to try,
you learned to divide and multiply.
Cross cancelling made problems easy,
so the test wouldn't make you queasy.
Miss K will release a sad little sigh,
if you forgot to SIMPLIFY!
You will get your grades back after vacation,
as long as I don't succumb to procrastination.
I hope you do well and get great scores,
since skills in math will open doors!
You've had the chance to prove you're a smarty,
now enjoy vacation and go to a party.
I will see you tomorrow at the Geo Bee.
Just under 4 hours and then we're FREEEEEEEEE!
-Miss K :)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tomorrow is the fraction test! In class today, we worked on some word problems to help prepare ourselves for the test tomorrow and you got another packet of study problems to help you practice for the test. Your homework for tonight is to Study for tomorrow's test. You can use the optional study packet to help you prepare. I have given you the answer key to that packet to help you review your work.
The big things to remember for tomorrow are cross cancelling to make your work easier to do and simplifying so I don't have to take points off! You should also be finishing your index cards this evening if you aren't already done...
What should the card say???
Addition and Subtraction: Convert fractions to equivalent fractions with common denominators, add or subtract the fractions borrowing or regrouping as needed, add or subtract the whole numbers as needed, simplify your answer.
Multiplication: Make everything a fraction, cross cancel if possible to make the problem easier, multiply numerators, multiply denominators, simplify your answer.
Division: Make everything a fraction, rewrite the problem using the reciprocal of the second fraction, cross cancel if possible, multiply, simplify your answer.
You will need to have the card checked at the beginning of class, but then will be able to use it for the test. You may also use your pink sheet during the test.
Best of luck everyone! Study, study, study!!!
-Miss K :)
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Enjoy the snow!
-Miss K :)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Well we made it to Friday! The weeks always seem longer when we get closer to vacation! As you know we have the Math Test on Tuesday. Today in class you received your Study Guide and you know that it is due on Monday. The answers are included on the back page, so you can check your work. Please come with questions on Monday if you have any trouble with the study guide that the answer sheet can't answer for you. You can also bring your index card on Monday for me to check. Remember, you may write on the card, but cannot type your information. If you have concerns about your handwriting, you may ask someone else to help you or speak with me privately about your concerns. We can work something out! Also remember that you must use an idex card the size of the one I gave out. If you need another one, please let me know. I can give you another, but you are only allowed to bring 1 (one) card on the day of the test.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the snow if it comes... and remember, you can wish for a delay on Monday, but we don't want to have school cancelled since we will still have the test on Tuesday even if there is no school on Monday!
Enjoy your weekend and good luck on the study guide!
-Miss K :)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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Today we corrected our first divison worksheet. I think that overall, everyone did pretty well. The majority of the mistakes were made due to flipping errors or simple calculation mistakes. Remember, 1. Make everything a fraction. 2. Rewrite the problem using the reciprocal of the SECOND fraction. 3. Multiply. 4. Simplify.
The second fraction should be flipped upside down. Not the first, not both, not remain the same. I know that it is hard to remember, but do what you can to hold onto that information. It will help!
Tonight's homework is to complete the Multiplication and Division Worksheet, All problems. Please do not forget that we only flip for division; multiplication involves not flippage. :)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I have set up a wiki page on wikispaces entitled KahrimanisWiki. For those of you that don't know, a wiki page is like a webpage crossed with an encyclopedia and a blog. Basically, it is a webpage filled with information to which you can add, correct or remove content. I hope that you will be willing to use your knowledge and skills to help me create wiki pages on the stuff that we have been doing in class.
The directions are on the actual page, but here's a quick description of what I hope to see on the page.
I want you to create online "notes" for the topics in this chapter. I set up a template for fractions and I was hoping that you will fill in the information. You can work independently or together, but ultimately the page should reflect the efforts of everyone that helped.
Check it out and see if you want to participate. This is my first time trying to use a wiki in school, so there are bound to be glitches. Please do let me know if you have any problems or questions and I will do what I can to figure things out!!!
Thank you in advance for your help!
-Miss K :)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Remember that this evening's homework is #1-9 on the front of the worksheet, #1-12 on the second worksheet. Be sure to cross cancel when you are working to make the problems easier. Web help: HERE (step 4 shows cross canceling). Another cross canceling video example is HERE.
Good luck on the homework this evening!!!
Friday, December 11, 2009
My post will be short today because it is a Friday for me too!
To those of you celebrating Hanukkah this evening, I hope that you have a wonderful time with your families and/or friends! I will be celebrating with many friends this evening at my synagogue!
See you on Monday! Have a fun weekend and stay warm!
-Miss K :)
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Today was a super fun day for team 6-3!!! We had two super cool things happen!
#1 We saw Rob Surette this morning! He describes himself as a hero artist and the world's fastest portrait artist. You can check out his website at amazingheroart.com.
Today Rob painted many pictures including a backlit Statue of Liberty, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Ludwig van Beethoven, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Albert Einstein. Go to his website to see what these and some of his other artwork looks like!
Here's a video of Rob painting Einstein on TV...
There are also many videos on Rob's site if you click HERE!
#2 We met with Dr. Kent, Danny's mom, to look at BONES! Dr. Kent is a Radiologist at Yale Hospital. She brought in models of various bones including a hand, a foot, a pelvis and even half of a real skull. We were also able to see X-rays, MRIs and/or Ultrasounds of the skull, hands, arms, neck, spine, chest, ribs, pelvis, legs, feet and even a few babies before they were born. Everyone had big reactions to the fractures and other injuries, but I think that everyone's favorite story was about the woman that swallowed her rings so that a mugger couldn't steal them!!! (Sorry, no picture of that one!)
All in all, today was a really fun and exciting day at school! I hope that you enjoyed! Study for the Quiz this evening! I am hoping for lots of really great grades!
-Miss K :)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Today we continued with our work on mixed number addition and subtraction. After correcting last night's homework, we did a small class activity on regrouping for subtraction. Everyone did a really nice job on both last night's homework and the class assignment! So good in fact that we finished layer 2 on the 100% Club bulletin board and started on the third layer of 100's! Keep 'em coming!!!!
Tonight's homework is once again on two different sheets of paper. Worksheet 6-5, problems #1-9 and Worksheet 6-6, problems #1-12. Please do not go beyond the assigned problems tonight as we will be doing the other problems in class tomorrow. You were able to start your work in class and I saw that quite a few of you were able to come close to finishing! Once again, I think that the extra sleep this morning really helped!
We will have our quiz on Friday and the quiz will cover adding and subtracting with simple fractions with common denominators, fractions with uncommon denominators, and mixed numbers. We will also do very simple solving equations and a few word problems. Your study packet will totally prepare you! Remember that is due Friday. Please bring it to class on Thursday so that we can go over any material that you are having difficulty with.
Well, I don't have too much to add to this post. Please check out the posts from the last two days for the fun stuff and videos that will help you with our current topic.
Happy Wednesday everyone!!!
-Miss K :)
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Today we started adding and subtracting mixed numbers. The videos I posted yesterday can be a big help in reminding you how to complete these types of problems. The notes on the back sides of the two homework papers should be helpful as well.
As you know, tonight's assignment is to complete 8 problems on each homework paper, but I want to give you a hint to help you get on the 100% Club bulletin board... If you do more than eight problems on tonight's homework, you can still get on the board as long as you have at least eight problems correct on the paper. Remember that each paper is eligible for the 100% club, so you could have TWO papers on the board tomorrow! I was so excited that we started on the second layer already! (Thanks White class for putting us over!)
So subtracting with mixed numbers can get a little tricky, so I have found a few websites to help you improve your skills. Feel free to play around with some of these to help you!
Good luck tonight!
-Miss K :)
AAA Math Game This game allows you to work with the numbers and solve a few subtraction problems. Change the problems while you work by clicking in the boxes and typing in the new values.
Interactive Practice This really cool site will show you with animation how to change the problems. Then it let's you do a few by dragging the correct numbers into the problem. Good practice and very clear demonstrations.
Cliffs Notes Notes to help you understand the process. Not very interactive, but good to help you review. Very similar to the notes on the back of your homework.
Jamit Game A game using subtraction of mixed numbers. A little challenging. Make sure that you have pencil and paper nearby to do your work. (I needed it!)
Monday, December 7, 2009
Here is another example of adding and subtracting fractions. I think that this guy is doing math grafitti, but he explains things well. Hopefully it will help you as well!
We will continue to work on adding and subtracting fractions all week and hopefully have a quiz on Friday or Monday. I will probably decide on Wednesday...
Have a good one!
-Miss K :)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
My challenge for you today is to see if you can add to the fibbonacci sequence. First I will explain how it works and start you off. Then I hope that each additional comment added to this post will add the next number in the sequence. (No being greedy, just put one down and then let someone do the next one... If a mistake is made, feel free to addyour correction and then we can go from there.)
The fibbonacci sequence is a list of numbers in which the next number is determined by adding the two previous values.
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etc....
1 + 1 = 2
1 + 2 = 3
2 + 3 = 5
3 + 5 = 8
5 + 8 = 13
8 + 13 = 21
13 + 21 = 34
21 + 34 = ?
When you comment, please show the equation that you used to determine the next value. Let's see how far we can get with these numbers.
Thanks for a great class today! I was happy to see that you were into the movie and the math background. We have the mini-assessment tomorrow. Be sure to complete the practice paper so that you come in prepared and ready! I will take questions at the beginning of class before we do our class assignment!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A few rules:
- Keep it clean: Just because this isn't the classroom doesn't mean that anything goes. You know what is appropriate and what isn't.
- Use your grammar and spelling rules: Your responses don't need to be formal essays, but I expect that you do your best to be correct. Remember, everyone can see this! Put your best forward!
- Keep private information private: Do not include private information like phone numbers, e-mails or addresses. This is a public site and I want you to remain safe.
- Not sure about something? Hold Off: If you are sure that what you are writing is appropriate or safe, wait until you talk to me about it.
- Be Nice: I want to use this as a way for us to communicate outside of school and bring some fun and interesting math concepts to you. Be sure that what you write is kind to me, your classmates and their ideas. We need to work together kindly for this to work.
Good luck on your proportion homework tonight! Need some extra help or a reminder of what we talked about? Click this link for some notes: Proportions
Have a good night everyone!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Well I attended my ATOMIC conference today and had a great time. It was fun to be in a large conference room with hundreds of other math teachers. You all might find that a little geeky, but I really enjoyed meeting new people and learning about new ways to teach some math skills. The keynote speaker, Jim Rubillo, was excellent! He spoke at the beginning of the conference to the huge group (there were about 50-60 tables with 8-10 people at each table... What is the range of people that were there?) and talked about education in math and specifically spent time talking about technology and how you are learning and growing up with more technology that I did (or most of your teachers for that matter).
One of the things that he talked about and I am studying in one of my college classes right now is how you all are learning and playing with technology on a regular basis. In fact, sometime this week I am going to survey you to learn a little bit about how much you use and like technology. Cell phones, wiis, ipods, even fb (!) all interest me. I know that you all use tech in different ways and I want to know how! I might even have a few of you help me create a podcast!!! We will probably record during lunch bunch or study halls, so let me know if you are free.
One last thing to mention about the awesome ATOMIC conference I attended today... The President of the group, a very important job, is someone that you know pretty well. Next time you see the Vice Principal with the lovely English accent, tell her that she did a wonderful job organizing and running the event!!!!
Missed you guys today! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! Happy Monday!
-Miss K :)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I hope that everyone had a nice vacation! My Thanksgiving Math(ish) question for you is.... "How many miles did you travel to get to your Thanksgiving dinner?"
I only went to Guilford, so I know I didn't travel the furthest....
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Welcome to my blog! I am super excited to get started on this blog with all of you in mind. I am going to spend some time talking about it in class after the Thanksgiving break and will talk to you about how I plan on using it in conjunction with our class activities and assignments. I hope to "see" you on here frequently and look forward to your thoughts and responses.
Like me, parts of this blog will be fun and silly, but our main focus will be to expand our minds in the area of math. Sometimes challenging, sometimes fun, sometimes boring; many different math items will pop up on here. Please do not expect something everyday, but I will do my best to add what I can to this site to keep it exciting and relevant!
Going to sign off now as it is an hour after school was dismissed the day before Thanksgiving and I am still at school doing work. (Silly me!) I am curious to see if anyone finds this during the break! If you do, please be sure to leave a comment so that I know that you stopped by. Include your first name and last initial so that I know it is you!
More to come soon!