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Monday, January 31, 2011

Looks like more snow...

From The Weather Channel...

Homework is to complete the area worksheet if you didn't finish it in class.  Remember, you can't do #13, so don't try!  (The measurements aren't filled in) 

Not sure what the weather will bring, so I'll see you when I see you!  Stay warm and safe!

-Miss K  :)

Another Rubik's genuis!!!

Awesome job Matt!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oy Vey!!!!

Homework:  Complete the Graphing Quadrilaterals packet for Friday!  :)

-Miss K  :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Area = b x h

(videos coming later)

Homework is to complete the area worksheet.  :)

-Miss K  :)

Monday, January 24, 2011


The copier was dead, so no homework!

Have a great night!!!

-Miss K  :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rubiks Sphere solved!

Great job Ryan!!!!


-Miss K  :)

Perimeter today

Hello lads and lasses!

We started exploring perimeter today.

Check out the spy guys video by clicking on the picture below.

You can also take a look at the other video we watched in class today:

Homework tonight is to complete the white perimeter paper for tomorrow.  If there is no school tomorrow, you have the colored perimeter worksheet that is due on Monday.  Sorry for giving you the work ahead of time, but I don't want us to fall behind!  :)

From The Weather Channel:

Have a good night tonight!  I will (or will not) see you tomorrow!

-Miss K  :)


Check out this site!

Adrian Bruce

-Miss K  :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

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  :)

(originally posted 01.18.10)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

How animation works! from Pixar

-Miss K  :)

Study for tomorrow's quiz!

Use the videos from yesterday and the blue term sheet to help you study.  The quiz will give you a definition and ask you to name the term and draw a picture, so the best way to study is to have someone read a definition to you and figure out what they are talking about!

Study, study, study!

-Miss K  :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

If you're only gonna watch one...

Watch this compilation!

-Miss K  :)

Geometry Terms Books

Red Class:

White Class:

Blue Class:

Green Class:

Nice work everyone!!!  :)

-Miss K  :)


I will post some of my pictures in a little bit.  I am working on finalizing the review video.  Check back in around 1:30-2:00 to see your online book!

-Miss K  :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Straight Angle competition!

First Place:  Sylvan V-E  14 minutes

Second Place:  Frank G  13 minutes, 40 seconds

Third Place:  Bowman R  11 minutes

Fourth Place:  Jack B, 9 minutes

Straight Angles


I got nothin', but that's a lot of 1's...

Homework is to study for the vocab quiz (on Thursday or more likely Friday) and to hope for snow!

Geometry terms

PARALLEL - going in the same direction and always being the same distance apart.
PERPENDICULAR – forms a 90 degree angle.

INTERSECT – to meet or cross.

LINE SEGMENT – two endpoints and the straight path between them (a “part of line”).

RAY – a path that extends endlessly from one point in one direction.

LINE - a path that extends endlessly in two opposite directions.

STRAIGHT ANGLE – an angle with a measure of 180º.

RIGHT ANGLE – an angle with a measure of 90º.

ACUTE ANGLE – an angle with a measure between 0º and 90º.

OBTUSE ANGLE – an angle with a measure between 90º and 180º.

REFLEX ANGLE – an angle with a measure between 180º and 360º.

POLYGON – a closed figure made of 3 or more line segments.

TRIANGLE - a polygon with 3 sides and 3 angles.

Classifying Triangles by Sides:

SCALENE TRIANGLE - a triangle with no sides congruent.

ISOSCELES TRIANGLE - a triangle with 2 congruent sides.

EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE – a triangle with all 3 sides congruent

Classifying Triangles by Angles:

RIGHT TRIANGLE - a triangle with one 90º angle.

OBTUSE TRIANGLE – a triangle with one obtuse angle and 2 acute angles.

ACUTE TRIANGLE – a triangle with all acute angles.

QUADRILATERAL - a polygon with 4 sides and 4 angles.

RHOMBUS - a parallelogram with 4 congruent sides and 4 angles.

SQUARE – a parallelogram with 4 congruent sides and 4 right angles.

TRAPEZOID – a quadrilateral with exactly 1 set of parallel sides.

PARALLELOGRAM – a quadrilateral with 2 sets of parallel sides

RECTANGLE- a parallelogram with 4 right angles

PENTAGON - a polygon with 5 sides and 5 angles.

HEXAGON - a polygon with 6 sides and 6 angles.

HEPTAGON - a polygon with 7 sides and 7 angles.

OCTAGON - a polygon with 8 sides and 8 angles.

NONAGON - a polygon with 9 sides and 9 angles.

DECAGON - a polygon with 10 sides and 10 angles.

LINE OF SYMMETRY – a line that divides a shape into 2 halves that match exactly when folded.

-Miss K  :)


-Miss K  :)

Okay, so not ALL technology works the way it's meant to...

-Miss K  :)

I heart technology!

-Miss K  :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

It's my Birthday!

So NO HOMEWORK for you!!!

Have a great night!

-Miss K  :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

7 Billion from National Geographic

-Miss K  :)

Who's Cool?

This guy...

Homework is to email me a picture of one of the shapes that we have been studying!  kahrimanisn@madison.k12.ct.us

-Miss K  :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cool AND Mathy!

google Beatbox

1) Go to Google Translate

2) Set the translator to translate German to German

3) Copy + paste the following into the translate box: pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch

4) Click “listen”  (or "beatbox" below the translate box)

5) Be amazed :)

Plus, this little guide to the various sounds you can make using consonants:

zk = suspended cymbal
bschk = snare
pv = brush
bk = bass
tk = flam1
vk = roll tap
kt = flam2
kttp = flam tap
krp = hi hat tap
pv = short roll
th = better hi hat
thp, ds = instant rimshot.

Have fun and leave any songs that you make up in the comments section below!

-Miss K  :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dogs in different languages...

By Javier Jaen

-Miss K  :)

These commercials are from 20 years ago...

Pretty cool how much of it is accurate...

-Miss K  :)

Welcome Back!

As you are well aware, we completed a mad minute and two pre-tests in class today.  Your homework is to complete "The stuff we hope that you didn't forget over vacation" packet for Thursday!  I know that many of you made some good progress on that in class today.  :)  (by the way, the school website isn't working for teachers today, so if you hoped to check the homework on the webpage, we were unable to post assignments today.)

In the meantime, enjoy this little movie!

-Miss K  :)