Students,

As the 2011-2012 school year comes to a close, I want to thank you all for your attention, questions, friendship, and patience. I will never forget our year together. I wish you all the best as you finish middle school.

Please take a moment to complete the following survey about math class. Your honesty is expected and appreciated. Remember, this survey is anonymous.

Thank you,

Miss Dees

## Wednesday, May 16, 2012

## Sunday, May 13, 2012

### Parent Survey 2012

Parents,

As the school year is coming to a close I would like to thank you all for your support in the educational progress of your child. Your children have shown tremendous growth in math and I know it would not have been possible without your steady support and at home.

In order for me to continue to grow as an educator it would be very helpful if you could answer the following questions about your child’s school experience this year.

Thank you in advance,

Miss Dees

As the school year is coming to a close I would like to thank you all for your support in the educational progress of your child. Your children have shown tremendous growth in math and I know it would not have been possible without your steady support and at home.

In order for me to continue to grow as an educator it would be very helpful if you could answer the following questions about your child’s school experience this year.

Thank you in advance,

Miss Dees

### Weekly Update 5/14-5/18

### Homework Schedule:

#### Monday 5/14:

Course 2: Tangram Story MapPre-Algebra: Chapter 8 Celsbration

#### Tuesday 5/15:

Course 2: Tangram ProjectPre-Algebra: Tangram Story Map

#### Wednesday 5/16:

Course 2: Tangram ProjectPre-Algebra: Tangram Project

#### Thursday 5/17: (Miss Dees Gone)

Course 2: Tangram ProjectPre-Algebra: Tangram Project

#### Friday 5/18: (Miss Dees Gone)

Course 2: Tangram Project??Pre-Algebra: Tangram Project??

### Three Cheers For:

The PCMS Band students! The concert was great!### Challenge Problem:

#### This week:

Clara was born on January 1, 2004 and her mother, Sinclair, was born on January 1, 1976. In what year will Sinclair’s age be twice Clara’s age?#### Last week:

It is believed that people generally gain weight in the colder months in large part due to this lack of physical activity. Lou decided to be pro‐active about this and promised himself he would exercise at least four days of every week (Sun-Sat). If Lou never wants to skip exercising on consecutive days within a calendar week, and he exercises exactly four days out of the seven, how many different workout schedules are possible for a calendar week?
ANSWER: 10 Options

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## Tuesday, May 8, 2012

### Pre-Algebra Chapter 8 Review

### Higher Order Thinking Questions - Bloom's Taxonomy

I want to clarify your chapter 8 assignment; I never meant for it to be hard to understand! I want you to write questions (and answers) using the different verbs listed under each level of thinking. There are six different levels of thinking, listed on the sheet. Examples of words/verbs to use in the questions for each level are also listed.

### Here's an example:

__Level 2: Comprehension__

*Verbs: confirm, explain, relate, convert, infer, match, estimate, predict, paraphrase, describe*

Question: Describe, in your own words, how you graph a line using the y-intercept and the slope.

Answer: To graph a line using the y-intercept and the slope, you first graph the y-intercept. This is the b part of the equation. It is always a point (0, ___). After you graph the y-intercept you count to the next point using the given slope. This is the m part of the equation. The top number is the rise and the bottom number is the run. For example, if the slope were 2/3, you would count up 2 and then to the right 3.

I hope this makes sense! If not, ASK ME!!!

If you run out of room on your worksheet, just use another sheet of notebook paper OR you may type your questions/answers.

#### In case you have miss placed your sheet here are the levels of thinking and the verbs:

__Level 1: Knowledge__

*Verbs: draw, identify, locate, label, select, repeat, list, record, outline, write, state*

__Level 2: Comprehension__

*V*

*erbs: confirm, explain, relate, convert, infer, match, estimate, predict, paraphrase, describe*

__Level 3: Application__

*Verbs: apply, modify, build, construct, solve, report, sketch, produce*

__Level 4: Analysis__

*Verbs: analyze, sort, categorize, investigate, compare, debate, differentiate, examine*

__Level 5: Synthesis__

*Verbs: combine, compose, design, generate, invent, plan, formulate, originate, revise, hypothesize*

__Level 6: Evaluation__

*Verbs: critique, criticize, appraise, assess, conclude, solve, justify, judge*

## Sunday, May 6, 2012

### Pre-Algebra Video 5/7

### 8-8 Writing Linear Equations

Here's the last video for chapter 8, enjoy it while you can! :)

How about one last Khan Academy Video. This is Sal teaching about how to write equations using the Point Slope Form. Enjoy!

Here's an exercise practicing this concept on Khan Academy. You will be converting equations in Point-Slope Form to Slope Intercept Form.

Point Slope Form: y-y1 = m (x-x1) I can't make the little subscript 1.

Slope-Intercept Form: y = mx + b

### Weekly Update 5/7-5/11

### Homework Schedule:

#### Monday 5/7:

Course 2: 2B WorksheetPre-Algebra: 8-8 Video (In class: P442 #10-30 even)

#### Tuesday 5/8:

Course 2: 2C WorksheetPre-Algebra: Question Worksheet (In class: Pg 451 #14-36 even )

### Wednesday 5/9:

Field Trip to Ft. ScottEnd of the Year Celebration

No regular Core Classes today.

### Thursday 5/10:

Course 2: Test Review -- STAR TestPre-Algebra: Review -- STAR Test

### Friday 5/11:

Course 2: Chapter 7 CelebrationPre-Algebra Chapter 8 Celebration

## Three Cheers for:

PCMS for raising over $651 for the Humane Society!## Challenge Problem:

### This week:

Clara was born on January 1, 2004 and her mother, Sinclair, was born on January 1, 1976. In what year will Sinclair’s age be twice Clara’s age?### Last Week:

It is believed that people generally gain weight in the colder months in large part due to this lack of physical activity. Lou decided to be pro‐active about this and promised himself he would exercise at least four days of every week (Sun-Sat). If Lou never wants to skip exercising on consecutive days within a calendar week, and he exercises exactly four days out of the seven, how many different workout schedules are possible for a calendar week?
ANSWER: 10 options

Rather than listing the four days he could exercise, let’s list the three days that he can miss. (S=Sun, M=Mon, T=Tues, W=Wed, R=Thurs and Q=Sat)

(S,T,R), (S,T,F), (S,T,Q), (S,W,F), (S,W,Q), (S,R,Q)

(M,W,F), (M, W, Q), (M,R,Q)

(T,R,Q)

There are only these 10 “missed days” options

## Wednesday, May 2, 2012

### Pre-Algebra Videos for 5/3

### 8.7 Slope Intercept Form

Here's a short video about how to write and interpret lines written in slope intercept form. Remember to always watch the ENTIRE videos (hint, hint). :)

In case you'd like to hear it from Sal over at Khan Academy here's a video from him.

Wanna practice this concept before you come to class tomorrow? Sal has you covered here too! Try this, then let me know if you like it or if it helped!

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