Middle School Mathematics
Mathematics 6, Pre-algebra, Algebra
Think about quotes
All things change, but GOD remains
“Don’t cry because it’s over, SMILE, because it happened.”
Humans area the only animals that blush.
Baby porcupines are known as porcupettes.
The Chilean sheep-eating plant uses sharp spines to catch passing sheep.
What did the acorn say when it grew up? Ans: Geometry
What do we use to tie a package for mailing? Ans: chord
What boils faster – an egg at sea level or an egg on Mount Everest?
Answer: An egg takes 3-4 minutes to boil at sea level, but more than 20 minutes at the height of Mount Everest
We are almost there – no longer a middle school student but in HIGH SCHOOL But even though this is true, we have some time to go and a lot of material to still cover and many things to do. At present we are involved in standardized testing. This has really put a strain on the amount of material we are able to cover due to loss of class time. And we still have things that need to be covered so that we are ready for moving on. We will be working on linear functions, systems of linear equations, Quadratic functions, and inequalities. If we have some time (this is probably a pipe dream) , we will also try to cover inequalities There is also the project that will be due near the end of May. So much to do – so little time.
In Math 15 we will be working on problem solving strategies and advanced percent problems. You must remember that this is part of your math grade. The concepts taught here are not in your algebra course, but are tested. You will be taking a test at the end of the unit that will be recorded and averaged in your grade.
As you undoubtedly remember from grade 6 and pre-algebra, we will be having assignments almost daily. Rule one in all my classes is “copy the problem when doing assignments”. The only exception is word problems. Here it is not copy the problem but show the process. A notebook is required and will be graded at the end of the year. Please purchase a notebook that will hold all your notes and not have to hand in several at the end of the year. Also DO NOT tear pages out of your math notebook to do you assignments on. Loose leaf note book paper for assignments – IN PENCIL. You will also have a project to complete in the spring. Daily review of work is to your advantage – it sure beats cramming for tests.
While we are never finished with fractions, we have completed the introductory work of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing simple fractions and mixed numbers. To finish out the year we still have to cover Ratio, Proportion, Percent, Integers, and graphing order pairs of numbers on the coordinate plane. Hopefully we will have some time to go into Measurement in a little more depth. Having all of this under our belts will really be of great help next year in our pre-algebra.
Remember rule #1 – THY SHALL COPY THE PROBLEM WHEN DOING ASSIGNMENTS – not doing so will lose you points – something you don’t want to happen. The assignments are very important, as in order to master a topic practice is needed and copying the problem reinforces the process.
REMEMBER You are required to maintain a notebook which will be graded at the end of the year. This notebook should be for class notes only and you should not be tearing pages out of it for assignments or doing other subject’s work in it.
We are almost finished unit 9 – The Coordinate Plane. We are going into much more detail than your textbook. We are going to really work with the slope-intercept form (y = mx +b) of solving equations on the coordinate plane. We will also be graphing inequalities. After this, we will be covering ratios, proportions, and percent. If time allows we will finish out the year applying algebra to right triangles. The more we cover this year, the easier it will be next year in algebra.
Math 15, the fifteen minutes we meet in the morning is going well. Remember, these activities are part of your math grade. As I work with you almost daily, I know how you are working and participating in these activities. Here we will be learning and working on problem solving strategies – like making a picture or diagram, making a table, making an organized list, looking for a pattern, working backwards, using logical reasoning, making it simpler, and yes, even at times, using the guess and check method.
The number one rule in my class with assignments is “copy the problem”. There were a few people last year who had trouble with that rule – straighten it out. You will again be required to keep a notebook that will be graded at the end of the year. Of course, we will be having assignments almost daily. I thought you would just love hearing this again. Remember I don’t GIVE grades you earn them.
5/21/18 – Five problems on overhead – solving quadratics graphically
5/21/18 – Pages 348-350 (1 – 4, 21 – 26, word 1 – 4) and Page 354 (1 – 10)
Mathematics Six Homework
5/21/18 – Page 443 (6 – 63)
I love fall – too bad we haven’t had it yet. I just hope we don’t go from the weather we are having now to full blown winter. I love the changing of the leaves – but my husband hates the raking no matter how beautiful their color. I love the smell of pumpkin pie, cinnamon apples, decorating my house for Halloween and then Thanksgiving, cooking and having my family for “Turkey Day” and crisp mornings but fair afternoons.
If I could describe myself in several phrases, they would be I am a child of God. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I am a teacher. I am a lover of music. I love life and its many possibilities.
My motto: “HOORAH FOR MATH!”Mrs. Mentzer