Friday, October 16, 2015

The Week of October 19, 2015

I spent this past few days attending workshops at GEEKEND here in Savannah!  Geekend is a yearly conference focused on all things technology.  It is a chance for people to meet and collaborate on technology-based projects.  I met many people who were interested in using technology to help students learn.  I'm excited to share with you some of what I learned!

Your math studies this week will involve working with percents.  Having knowledge of percents is important because they are seen many places in your everyday life.  You will come across them at the sale racks of clothing at the mall, on food nutrition labels, and even on your report card.  By the end of our time working with percents, you should be able to answer the following questions:

- What is 20% written as a fraction?
- What is 15% of 30?
- 45 is 10% of what number?
- 10 is what % of 30?

Understanding percents will be easier if you keep in mind what you learned about proportions.  We will use the "part(is):whole(of)" proportion to unlock the secrets of percents.  Here is a resource you can use as a reference as you practice this skill:

You will have homework Monday and Tuesday evening and a quiz Thursday.  Your weekly journal will also give you an opportunity to think about percents.  Use your class time wisely so you can get enough practice with this still to do well on the quiz.

The second term also marks the beginning of weekly Compass Learning required assignments.  Compass Learning is a computer-based math skills practice program.  The lessons made available to you are based upon your MAP assessment results, so they are unique to your specify needs.  Please complete two Compass Learning activities of your choice each week.  These choices can be done in class during work time or at home at your convenience.  I will give you your log-in information Monday so you can get started.

Ocean Topography Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

You also can use this week's work time to continue your research about undersea topography.  Your vocabulary list and study guide is a great resource to use when working on your "Go Fish" choice sheet.  This Friday the choice sheet is due, and you will have a test on the landforms we've been studying.  You can use this test as another opportunity to "show what you know".

Finally, please consider attending the upcoming Montessori Parent Education Series information session: "The Montessori Three-Year Cycle".

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mr. Trent

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