Welcome to Miss K's Blog!!!

Welcome to my blog! I hope that you enjoy checking out all of the information, links, videos, notes and STUFF that I put on here. Please visit this page frequently and PARTICIPATE in the blog by leaving a comment! Thanks! -Miss K :)

Reminder: Comments should be appropriate, kind, thoughtful and grammatically correct. I will DELETE comments that I think are inappropriate!

If you need to talk to me, please contact me via my school e-mail. Thank you.

Please note that all elements of this page are intended for educational purposes. All items included on this page are intended to be used within Fair Use guidelines. Please contact me if you have any concerns regarding any material included on this site. Thanks

Friday, January 29, 2010

Be the Change Assembly Today

Today's Schedule was a little wonky, but I was glad to see each of you today.  We corrected the homework and then did a little bit of practice work on area of irregular figures and converting in the metric system.  There is No Homework this weekend, so just enjoy yourself and stay warm!

Monday and Tuesday we will be working on converting in the customary system and we will begin to prepare for a Test on Friday.  More details on that to follow!

At the end of the day today we had our Spirit Assembly.  I hope that you all enjoyed!  Please leave your thoughts about the event in the comments section of today's post.  I would love to hear your thoughts and reactions!  I will see if I am allowed to post the slideshow from today on the blog and will add it to this post if I can!

Thanks for another wonderful week, see you Monday!

-Miss K  :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Camden Picture!

Gabby asked me where my dog was and hopefully this picture answers the question!  She was sleeping (and SNORING) on the couch next to me, but the flash woke her up!

Tomorrow is Friday!  I am VERY happy about this!  I am also really excited about our spirit assembly!  Fun Times!

-Miss K  :)

Easy Peasy Metric System!

Today we started our work in the metric system.

As you know, I said in class today that we really should be using the metric system for many reasons.

#1  Conversions are SOOOOOO much easier because everything changes by a power of ten.
Here is one chart.

And another one, more like what we used in class.

King           Henry          Died         by            drinking      chocolate    milk
Kilo            Hecto          Deka        base         deci           centi            milli
Km             Hm             Dm           m             dm             cm               mm
                                                    (meter)
KL             HL              DL           L              dL              cL               mL
                                                    (liter)
Kg              Hg              Dg           g               dg               cg                mg
                                                    (gram)

#2  We are practically the only ones not using the metric system.  (map and info from wikipedia)


Countries which have officially adopted the metric system. Only three nations have not officially adopted the International System of Units as their primary or sole system of measurement: Burma, Liberia, and the United States.

The countries that don't use the metric system...




#3  I like to say "milli" cause it makes me smile.

Tonight's homework is to complete the Metric Madness worksheet


Do your best on the homework and let me know if you have difficulty.  We will spend more time on this, so if it really drives you crazy, don't worry too much about it.  It will get better soon!

-Miss K  :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dimensions review...

1D- First dimension.  A line is one dimensional.

2D- Second dimension has two directions, left/right and up/down.  Any flat shape is two dimensional.  Anything that is drawn on a flat surface is two dimensional.

3D- The Third dimension has measurements that go in three different directions.  For example an object has height, width and depth.  This is why a 3D movie seems to jump out at you.  It no longer appears to be on a flat surface.

4D- The Fourth dimension is time.  Something can exist in space (the first three dimensions) as well as at a time.

5D- The Fifth Dimension.





Like I said in class, a musical super group from the 60's and 70's.  Rock on little ones, Rock on!

-Miss K  :)

Regulating Irregular areas

After our success with determining the area of figures like squares, rectangles and parallelograms, we began working with irregular figures. 

By breaking up the L, U and staircase shapes into smaller parts, usually rectangles, we were able to find the area of even weird-looking shapes.  We also practiced the "bite" method where we found the area of a large rectangle and then removed the smaller part from the total area.  This is a little confusing to describe with just words, so please check out the links and video tutorials below.  Tonight's homework is to complete the Area of Simple Polygons Worksheet
***Remember!!!  #4 has a typo!  The 5mm should be 3mm!!!***

This lady is crazy like me...  This video talks about area, not exactly what we are doing right now, but really interesting area lesson!



A little review of perimeter and then finding the area of a staircase shape.



Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Area of simple quadrilaterals

We began working with area today!

Area is the space contained within a shape.  Area is measured in square units.  We usually show our labels as something like in2 or m2.  (the little two should be up higher, but the blog won't let me do it- see the link for better examples)  (wikipedia definitions)

The Area of a Square can be determined by the following formula:
A = b X h

The Area of a Rectangle can be determined by the following formula:
A = b X h

The Area of a Parallelogram can be determined by the following formula:
A = b X h  (do not use the side measurement)

Links from




More explanations from MATHguide.com  Area (Feel free to ignore the information about triangles, trapezoids and circles for now.)

The AWESOME thing about these three formulas is that they are all the same formula!!!

Some video tutorials...

This guy is a really messy artisit, but his math is SPECTACULAR!



Since parallelograms can be a little confusing, here is another video, just about parallelograms.  (and the guy does some really cool computer stuff)



And this one just made me giggle.  Out loud.  By myself. A lot!



Tonight's homework is the two sided Area Worksheet that you got in class today.  Also please remember that your Signed quiz is due Tomorrow!!!

Good luck with this evening's work, and please, Please, PLEASE do not forget your labels!!!!!!!!!!!

-Miss K  :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Perimeter Party! Woo Hoo!

Hello everyone!  I trust that you all had wonderful weekends!  If you are anything like me, this morning was kind of a bummer.  Between the dreary weather and the mere fact that it was a MONDAY morning, it was really hard to get moving in the right direction!  We worked on perimeter again today and everyone worked really well!  I enjoyed our "pass around" assignment (blue class did not do this) and would like to try something like this again some time!

Tonight's homework is to complete the perimeter worksheet.  This is a challenging paper, but I know that you can handle it.  Work carefully and do not forget to label your answers!!!

Good luck and here's to wishing for better weather and more enthusiasm for the remainder of the week!

-Miss K  :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Four day week Friday

Is it just me or was this a long, goofy week???  I am excited for the weekend and some relaxation! 

In class today, we started talking about perimeter.  Perimeter is the distance around a shape or object.  You find the perimeter of a shape by adding all of the sides together.  We also practiced finding the missing sides of shapes by using what we already knew.




This site has great examples of finding perimeter and even some practice problems.  Please feel free to check it out!

I am going to keep the post short today because I am going to help my study hall students with a project for next Friday's Spirit Assembly.  If you were one of the helpers, Thank You!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

-Miss K  :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

symmetryrtemmys (not really symmetrical)

Today we talked about symmetry, rotations, reflections, and slides...

Congruent figures are two or more shapes that are the exact same size and shape.  Think of identical twins or cookies cut out with cookie cutters.




Similar figures are two or more shapes that are the exact same shape, but are different sizes.  Think of a blown up copy of a picture and the original or an adult bike compared to a child's bike.




Symmetry is when an object can be divided in half and the two sides end up being congruent, mirror images.  An example would be a heart split down the center.  Other types of symmetry exist, but we will just be dealing with reflectional symmetry.  You can have more than one line of symmetry in an object.  For example, the picture of the leaves below has more than one line of symmetry.




Other symmetry pictures.







Reflections are when a picture is flipped over a line to show the exact opposite image.  The parts of the object the are close to the "mirror" will still be close on the other side, just opposite.  Far parts will remain far.





Rotations are when a shape is turned.  The actual shape/figure remains the same, but is turned to a new position.  Often it will appear sideways or upside down.






A slide is when you just move an object to a new place.  The shape doesn't change, but is just moved.



It was here







                     Now it's here...



AWESOME site to review Symmetry Concepts!!!

Kaleidescope activity from the worksheet.

Tonight's Homework is to complete the symmetry worksheet.  Sorry to post so late in the day!  New pictures are up and I will see if I can find some of my own photography to add to the page later this evening!  good luck on the homework.

If you can think of any word with either vertical or horizontal symmetry, please type them in the comments section.  Remember, scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the word comments and you should be able to post as an anonymous contributor.  If you can think of any words that have both vertical AND horizontal symmetry, post them and I will find some sort of prize for you!  One per person and you aren't allowed to use OHIO!




-Miss K  :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Awesome Quiz Today!

I think that almost every single person improved their average today!!!!  I am SOOOOOO pleased with your performance on the quiz today!

48 100s!!!!!!




Awesome job everyone!  I am so happy and proud of you all!!!!

-Miss K  :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Geometry Quiz Tomorrow!

As you know, we have a geometry quiz tomorrow.  Listed below you will see the vocabulary words that you should know for the quiz.  Do not worry about memorizing a particular definition, just make sure that you understand the object or relationship that the word represents...  Please use the previous blog posts for extra information as needed.

Line
Line Segment
Ray
Parallel
Intersecting
Non-Intersecting
Perpendicular
Acute
Right
Obtuse
Straight
Naming Angles
Complementary Angles
Supplementary Angles
Polygon
Triangle
Quadrilateral
Pentagon
Hexagon
Heptagon
Octagon
Nonagon
Decagon
Regular
Irregular
Acute Triangle
Right Triangle
Obtuse Triangle
Equilateral Triangle
Isosceles Triangle
Scalene Triangle
Trapezoid
Parallelogram
Rectangle
Rhombus
Square

I know that this is a large, long list, but I also know that you have been doing a wonderful job with geometry and are familiar witht these terms.  Use the two review sheets to help you prepare for the quiz tomorrow!

Best of luck!

-Miss K  :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I wanted to take some time to provide you with some information about this civil right leader and a man that is an inspiration to me and many others.

Dr. King was a religious man who used his spiritual beliefs as a stepping off point for the political and social beliefs that he fought and ultimately surrendered his life for.  Though his religious background may differ from mine and many others, he elected to consider equal rights for all as an overarching theme from his religious studies.  During the 50's and 60's he worked to end racial segregation and discrimination and became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  His "I have a Dream" speech is one of the most recognizable and inspirational speeches of our modern times.



Dr. King admired the work of Mahatma Gandhi and visited him in India in 1959.  As you know, Gandhi is the speaker of our school theme, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."  His visit with Gandhi and the inspiration he drew from Gandhi's work solidified King's desire to enact change through non-violent means such as peaceful protests.  Despite the non-violent nature of Dr. King, many were opposed to his views and sadly Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968.  I am glad that MLK day is celebrated on his birthday rather than on the anniversary of his death because I believe that we should celebrate his birth and his existence, not the cruel act that ended his amazing life.


The March on Washington in 1963 was the venue of the iconic "I have a Dream" speech.

   
(all photos from wikipedia)

I encourage you to view the video below to see Dr. King speak his famous words.



Audio of the speech below.  Click and listen.


Here is the speech in its entirety...  (from AmericanRhetoric.com)


I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
                Free at last! Free at last!
                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Thank you for taking some time to honor and reflect on the message behind the reason why we don't have school today.  Remember that you, too, can enact change and be a force for goodness and justice.  Dream YOUR dreams and be spectacular; I already think that you are!

-Miss K  :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Announcement

No School tomorrow!

Be on the lookout for a special post about MLK day tomorrow!

-Miss K  :)

ps- my voice is almost totally back!  WAHOOOOO!


Friday, January 15, 2010

Door decorating and more Quadrilaterals...

First off...  Some Math/Quadrilateral information.  Tonight's homework is to start preparing for Wednesday's Quiz.  The quiz will cover lines, angles, polygons, triangles and quadrilaterals.  Use your notes, homework, and the information on the blog to help you study!

Quadrilaterals



Consider the diagram that we drew in our Math Notes Notebook.  Each group also belongs to the group above it!

                                           Quadrilateral

                    Trapezoid                          Parallelogram

                                                  Rectangle               Rhombus 
                    
                                                                Square


DOOR DECORATING!!!  Everyone did such a wonderful job today!  I quickly took some pictures of the doors that were completed and I wanted to post them for you.  They aren't the best quality pictures as I took them with my cell phone, but I wanted to get them up today!


Mrs. Bickelhaupt's Door.


Mrs. Gladstone's door in the Guidance Office.



















My door near Miss M's room.


















The door near Mrs. McGinley's room.



















Miss Micciche's room.


















Mrs. Rosenstein's door in my room.


















The door at Mrs. Romatzick's room.


















Mrs. Sypher's door.

The two windows off of my room below.




Everyone did such a nice job today and the creativity was wonderful!!!  Thanks for making this such a wonderful project and for the beautiful results of your dedication and hard work.



-Miss K  :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Polygon parade!

Wowza!  I was super impressed by the wide variety of polygons that came in today.  Thank you to those of you that were super creative and were able to find all of the shapes!  Be on the lookout for a polygon display in the next few days!!!

This evening you should complete the Quadrilateral Worksheet.  Just a little bit of circling, so it shouldn't take too long.  Just so you know, we will have a Quiz next WednesdayThe quiz will cover lines, angles, polygons, triangle and quadrilaterals.

I will add more notes to tomorrow's post...  Have a great one everyone!

-Miss K  :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Creative Polygon Assignment

Tonight's homework assignment is to get your math test signed if you didn't last night and to complete the creative polygon assignment.  The creative assignment might be a little bit confusing, so let me take this opportunity to try to clarify what I meant.

You need to find/collect/create examples of each of the eight polygon types that we talked about in class and bring it into class tomorrow.  Please try to be as creative as possible with as many shapes as possible.  I have provided some examples below.

Triangle



















Quadrilateral




Pentagon (the black patches)




















Hexagon




















Heptagon



Octagon




Nonagon




Decagon




Remember that you can take a picture of something if that make it easier.  Please limit your items to things that will all fit in a regular sized plastic shopping bag.

If you have further questions, please post them on this blog by clicking the comments link at the bottom of this post and writing your comments.  You might need to post as "anonymous."

I am very much looking forward to seeing your creative polygons tomorrow!!!

-Miss K  :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Polygons, triangles and regularity, Oh My!!!

We went over a lot today!  Shapes can be classified in a variety of ways and today we learned about many of those ways...

Here are the definitions that I gave you in class, but you can click on the term to link to the wikipedia page for more information and a more technical definition.

A Polygon is a shape that is a closed figure made up of line segments.  Another Polygon site with LOTS of info!

A Regular Polygon is a polygon in which all sides are the same length and all angles are the same measurement.

An Irregular Polygon is a polygon in which NOT all sides are the same length and/or NOT all angles are the same measurement.

A Triangle is a Polygon with three sides and three angles.

Quadrilateral is a Polygon with four sides and four angles.

Pentagon is a Polygon with five sides and five angles.

Hexagon is a Polygon with six sides and six angles.

Heptagon (also known as a Septagon) is a Polygon with seven sides and seven angles.

Octagon is a Polygon with eight sides and eight angles.

Nonagon is a Polygon with nine sides and nine angles.

Decagon is a Polygon with ten sides and ten angles.

Want to know what other shapes are called?  This site lists some of the other names for polygons.

Why is it that the beginning of the words September, October, November and December sound so much like the words for a seven, eight, nine and ten sided figure?   Check out this explanation about the months of the year for a little bit more information.

There were once just ten months in the year and during that time, September was the seventh, October the eighth, etc.

From wikipedia:  Gregorian Calendar

July: Julius Caesar (Roman dictator) (month was formerly named Quintilis, the fifth month of the calendar of Romulus)
August: Augustus (first Roman emperor) (month was formerly named Sextilis, the sixth month of Romulus)
September: septem (Latin for seven, the seventh month of Romulus)
October: octo (Latin for eight, the eighth month of Romulus)
November: novem (Latin for nine, the ninth month of Romulus)
December: decem (Latin for ten, the tenth month of Romulus)

Triangles can be classified by their sides or their angles

Sides:

Equilateral Triangles have three sides the same length.

Isosceles Triangles have two sides the same length.

Scalene Triangles have no sides the same length.

Angles:

Acute Triangles have three acute angles.

Right Triangles have two acute angles and one right angle.

Obtuse Triangles have two acute angles and one obtuse angle.

Hopefully these notes can help if you have any trouble with tonight's homework, Polygons and triangles worksheet.  Try this game to practice your sorting skills!  Also, don't forget to get the Test signed by Thursday!

-Miss K  :)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Complementary and Supplementary angles

Today we spent some time discussing and reviewing complementary and supplementary angles.  This evening's homework, comp & supp angles worksheet, should go pretty quickly.  The back page will be a little bit more challenging, but you will earn a smelly sticker if you get a 100% on that side, so it is well worth the effort!

Remember: 

It's always "RIGHT" to give a compliment (Complementary angles = 90 degrees)

SSSSupplementary angles are SSSStraight (Supplementary angles = 180 degrees)

Try this game to practice your skills!

Best of luck!  See you tomorrow, hopefully I will have a little bit more of a voice tomorrow!

-Miss K  :)

01/11/10

Hello there wonderful students!!!  Today is a really cool date!  As you can see, if you write out the date mm/dd/yy, the numbers form a palindrome (a word or list of numbers that can be read the same forwards and backwards) but the date also reads exactly the same upside down.  If you think about the way numbers are written on a calculator, what is the next date that will read the same upside down?


Remember that an upside down two turns into a five, a five into a two, a six into a nine and a nine into a six.  Ones, eights and zeroes stay the same.

Speaking of things reading the same upside down, you should learn about Ambigrams.  Check out this really cool AMBIGRAM site.  On this site, you can type in a word and and it will give you a picture that reads the same upside down or right side up!

Here is my first name from a different site...



You can also type in different words of the same length and it will create a picture in which one word is read right side up, and the other is read upside down.

Here's another site.  The graphics are better but you have to click a terms of use agreement before you can see the ambigram.  (Not a big deal as long as you don't plan on copying and using their image!)'

A whole bunch of ambigramed names on this site!

I hope that you found this at least a little bit interesting!!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Homeroom Only!

Hello there homeroom students!

During our door decorating conversation today, we decided that we would be bringing in recyclable materials to create our doors. We will need the following items:

Newspaper- Not a lot, one day from one person should be enough. I can bring this in.
Magazines- We will need LOTS of magazines. Please bring in at least one or two by Friday.
Water bottles
Plastic bags
Bottle caps
School Papers
Chip bags

Do you have any other ideas?  Please leave a comment if you can think of anything else to bring in!

Thanks!

-Miss K  :)

Late start + door decorating planning today = short classes!!!

Blue, Green and Red classes were only about 26 minutes long today, so things were super rushed!  Thank you to those of you that turned in your REDOs today.  I should have them back to you sometime next week.  I will not be bringing them home this weekend, so it will take a little bit longer to get them back.

Today we reviewed angles.  There are four main classifications to angles:

Acute:  angles that measure between 0 and 90 degrees  (Not including 0 or 90)
Right:  a specific angle that measures exactly 90 degrees
Obtuse:  angles that measure between 90 and 180 degrees (not including 90 or 180)
Straight:  a specific angle that measures exactly 180 degrees

We also talked about naming an angle in three ways.  For example: abc, cba, b

Homework is Angles and Lines worksheet.  I know it's a bummer to have weekend homework, but you should be able to complete it in less than ten minutes!  If we had more class time, we would have finished it in school!  Sorry!!!!

Have a great day!!!

-Miss K  :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lines!

Today we started talking about geometry and our first topics was lines!

The three main types of lines are:

Line: an infinitely-extending one-dimensional figure that has no curvature

Line Segment: a part of a line that is bounded by two end points

Ray: part of a line which is finite in one direction, but infinite in the other

(definitions from wikipedia)

Play a mini game to help you review the different types of lines!

Lines of all types can interact in three (four) ways:

Intersecting: The point where two lines (of any type) meet or cross

You can also discribe a relationship as non-intersecting if two lines (of any type) never meet or cross

Check out this online demonstration of what intersecting and non-intersecting line segments look like!

Perpendicular: A line is perpendicular to another if it meets or crosses it at right angles (90°)

Another online demonstration, this time showing perpendicular line segments.

Parallel: Lines are parallel if they lie in the same plane, and are the same distance apart over their entire length

Parallel online demonstration.

(definitions and demonstrations from Math Open Reference)

More definitions with drawings from the Math League.

Your homework tonight is worksheet 8-1, All problems, but if you are reading this, please comment below with a real life example of parallel lines.  My example would be train tracks!













Thanks and have a great night!

-Miss K  :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

REDO-do-do-do-dooooo

Hello there ladies and gents!  I was glad to see that the jelly brains seem to be solidifying today!  If strikes me that some of you might still be unsure about some of the concepts from the "Stuff we hope you didn't forget over vacation" worksheet, so I wanted to provide you with a little bit of help!

The following links provide help on some of the concepts covered on the worksheet.  Hopefully you will be able to use these pages to help you refresh your mathematical memories and complete these problems with great success.

Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals

Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions

Converting fractions to decimals

Converting decimals to fractions

I hope that these sites help with the tough stuff!!!  Good luck!

-Miss K  :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Jelly Brains


(Who would have thought that google actually had multiple pictures of "jelly brains?")

We were a class of jelly brains today...  The vacation was super relaxing and I think that the math parts of our brains may have been on vacation today too.  Fortunately, I am giving everyone a second chance to prove that somewhere, deep in your cranium, the math that we did in '09 is still there.  Tomorrow I will be returning your graded assignment from today.  I have already entered the grades in the gradebook, but if you REDO (and I mean REDO, not just change the answers- you must show your work for credit) the entire paper, I will regrade the assignment and put the better grade in my gradebook.  This assignment is totally optional, and you can decide to do whatever you wish, but I would suggest that unless you earned a 100, you might want to try for a higher grade!  These will be due by Friday, January 8th, 2010.  No exceptions!!!

Tonight's homework is None so enjoy your night and come back to school tomorrow fully rested with your brain in gear!

-Miss K  :)

ps- It was great to see you all today!  I missed you!