MON 3.23.20

Today, we went over our decimals homework, learned about probability, and I showed the students how to insert a Drawing into their Google docs.

There were some connectivity issues, so to help out,
I have decided to record videos of all my lessons. Video links will be on Google Classroom, so that students can revisit the material anytime.

At Home Math Learning update

Students will continue to do their math work remotely. We will meet M W F 10:15 – 11:15 as usual. using this link.

We are starting Unit 5 of Illustrative Mathematics. You can access an overview of the unit here. Assignments will be managed through Google Classroom, with additional practice using Khan Academy. My class times are M, T, F 10:15 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Students should use this link to join our Google Meets.

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Weeks 12/13

We have been so busy with the move to our new space, that I have not had time to post. I hope you can forgive me.

We have started our measurement work – naming units of measurement, knowing whether the unit should be used for indicating length, weight or volume, and converting units. We are continuing to review area and equivalent ratios. Th e students are absolutely loving our new space!

Student Goals

  • Generalize (orally and in writing) that it takes more of a smaller unit or fewer of a larger unit to measure the same quantity.
  • Given a measurement in one unit, estimate what would be the same amount expressed in a different unit, and explain (orally) the reasoning.

Week 6 – Ratio

Ratios and Ratio Language

  • Comprehend the word “ratio” (in written and spoken language) and the notation (in written language) to refer to an association between quantities.
  • Describe (orally and in writing) associations between quantities using the language “For every of these, there are of those” and “The ratio of these to those is a:b (or a to b).”
  • Draw and label discrete diagrams to represent situations involving ratios.

Student interpretations of a 1:2 ratio:

Area of Irregular Shapes

Find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes

Week 5 – Discovering a Formula

Students reviewed the important concepts from our recent investigations, and determined a formula for the area of ANY parallelogram using the base and the height.

Students drew diagrams to show that the area of a triangle is half the area of an associated parallelogram. 

Students determined a formula to find the area of ANY triangle.