# Math Test Tomorrow

It’s that time again . . . unit 8 math test.  Today we completed a review in class of the material on tomorrow’s test.  Unit 8 focused on area and perimeter.  To prepare for a math test we need to PRACTICE.  Students have the OPPORTUNITY to practice for their test and earn bonus points (5 points!).  They have two options to practice:

1. Make a practice test with 20 problems (Must contain a variety of problems).  The mathboxes and journal pages are a great place to find math problems for a practice test.  Students must complete the practice test and return it tomorrow to receive the bonus points.

2. Play Jeopardy and keep track of your work on a 4×4 grid.  See directions below.

Jeopardy Game Directions:

• Open file by clicking on the words Jeopardy above
• Click “Play slideshow from beginning”
• Once you are at the game board, choose a place to begin and click on it.  You may get a warning (Security Alert-Macro) . . . the file is fine.  You can click on “enable content” or try to X out of the box.  The game should be ready to go!
• Read question and answer on your game board (5 x 5 grid).  Remember to show all your work-not just answer.  Use back if you need more room.
• To reveal the answer on the computer click anywhere in the question box and the answer will show up on top.
• Click on the HOUSE button to return to the game board and select another question.  Questions already answered should be highlighted a different color.
• HAVE FUN!!!!

# Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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Check out the new “HOMEWORK” page on the the left (in between “About Me” and What we’ll be learning”). Each day I will try to record daily homework.

We finished writing on-demand reports today.  The kids worked really hard and wrote 4 paragraph essays!!!! We have been working for the past month on writing nonfiction pieces and learning essay format.  This piece was our final assessment of report writing.  Now we are going to turn our focus to another essay:  response to literature.  This will be a breeze because they write letters about their reading regularly and turning one of them into an essay will be a snap!!

We learned how to calculate the area of a triangle today!!!  It was related to our work yesterday solving area problems for parallelograms.  Watch this short video to learn how architects use area and perimeter.  The video also demonstrates the formulas we’ve learned:  area of rectangle, parallelogram and triangle.

Area Video

# Tuesday, April 7, 2009

We went to the Flynn Theater today to see Freedom Train.  It was a performance about Harriet Tubman’s life.  Please ask your child what they thought of it.  When we voted just about everyone either liked or loved the play.

In math we are working on area and perimeter.  We learned that the formula for the area of a rectangle and the formula for the area of a parallelogram are the same!!  To find the area you need to multiply the base x height.  Ask your child to explain how they have the same area.