Wednesday, November 30, 2011

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

BREAKING NEWS - It's a fact that students that show their work are 90% more successful than those who do not.

We began working on the test today in class and I am seeing a very large number of students not showing any work and thus just guessing an answer. This is very careless and usually leads to a horrible grade. This test is a learning check for the last 6 weeks of school. If a 70% is not achieved then those students will be assigned mandatory tutoring for the remainder of the 9-weeks.

Because of the outbreak of carelessness I have made a new rule. STUDENTS MUST SHOW THEIR WORK ON SOME OF THE PROBLEMS. I HAVE PUT THAT LIST ON THE BOARD IN THE CLASSROOM. IF THIS IS NOT DONE, THEY WILL BE GIVEN A ZERO. I know this is harsh but I just cannot figure out why kids are ok with making bad grades.

GRADES ARE MADE NOT GIVEN, THEY ARE EARNED, SO WORK HARD FOR THEM!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome Back, It's Been A Long Time

The 6-Week Exam is tomorrow. I hope you're ready! This grade will count as a Unit Test. If a 70% or above is not made on the test, students will have to attend mandatory tutoring for the remainder of the 9 weeks.

If more reviewing is needed please please please work the problems listed on the Study Guide Answer Sheet (you can find a copy on the blog). Also there are many games to help you with like terms and the mathematical properties.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MATH TEXTBOOK ONLINE

FYI - JUST IN CASE YOU FORGET YOUR MATHBOOK THIS WEEKEND

6th Grade Math
username: bwhite1467
password: f5s

6-WEEK STUDY GUIDE ANSWERS & EXTRA PRACTICE

THE 6-WEEK EXAM IS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29

Below you will find the answers to the study guide problems and some extra practice problems. If you work the practice problems all the answers are in the back of the textbook.

Monday, November 21, 2011

"So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it."

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what movie this quote came from. Submit your answers to me on a 1/2 sheet of paper in class. :)

So its time again to gear up for the 6-week exam. Are you ready? I hope you are. Remeber if you don't make a 70% or higher you will be in mandatory tutoring until the end of the 9 weeks.

Today in class I have a study guide for you to complete. Everything on it is fair game for the exam. I will even being selecting 10 questions from the Study Guide for the test. Below you will find the study guide that will be given out in class today.







Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY

Of all the math properties we use it is EXTREMELY important that the 6th graders know how to use the distributive property correctly. At this time I don't believe we have had success reaching this goal. We are going to continue working on this so don't give up. Below are some activities that will help you get better at using the distributive property.

Distributive Property

Distributive Property

Distributive Property - along with like terms and simplifying expressions

LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE LIKE TERMS?

Last nights assignment was about simplifying expressions. To do this you first must know how to combine like terms. For example, in 5x, the term is x.

If I have:




I color coded the like terms. Like Terms means that the terms are the same (terms are the variables and/or exponents that are behind the numbers (coefficients)

In the following example I am going to show you how to combine like terms in order to simplify the expressions. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SIMPLIFY DOES NOT ALWAYS MEAN YOU WILL GET A FINAL ANSWER.


I color coded the like terms again just to show you what I combined. Notice that I did not get a final numeric answer. There is nothing else that can be done to this expression, this is as simplified as it can get.


FOR MORE PRACTICE ON IDENTIFYING LIKE TERMS CHECK OUT THIS GAME






Monday, November 14, 2011

MATH - A - THON

Every year the 6th grade participated in the St. Jude Children's Reasearch Hospital MATH-A-THON. In the past we have raised over $6000 for the Hospital. Participation is not required but I do encourage it, in the past years we have had BCMS students at St. Jude, so we are able to see how we are helping out.

How do you participate?
1. Get sponsors. (After you turn in a permission slip)
2. Do the math. (Complete all the math problems and puzzles in your Funbook)
3. Collect donations. (Collect the funds pledged by your sponsors)

Donations can be collected as flat donations if you choose not to complete the Funbook.

Permission slips will be sent home today.

HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND!

Today we are going to go back and take a pre-test that I should have given at the beginning of our Algebra Unit. Please don't stress this will not count as a grade it will only show me what you know and do not know. Some of the material on this pre-test has already been covered in class and should be a review for everyone.

After the pre-test is finished, the students will be working on a Vocabulary Worksheet to learn about the Math Properties (Commutative, Associative, Distributive, Identity)
This worksheet will be homework

Thursday, November 10, 2011

BREAKING NEWS!

New York (CNN). At John F. Kennedy International Airport today, a Caucasian female (later discovered to be a middle school mathematics teacher) was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a large number of pencils, a ruler and a large notebook.

According to law enforcement officials, she is believed to have ties to the Al-Gebra network. She will be charged with carrying weapons of math instruction.

ARE YOU GOOD AT SOLVING RIDDLES?

TRY THIS:

A man wanted to get into his work building, but he had forgotten his code.
However, he did remember five clues. These are what those clues were:

- The fifth number plus the third number equals fourteen.
- The fourth number is one more than the second number.
- The first number is one less than twice the second number.
- The second number plus the third number equals ten.
- The sum of all five numbers is 30.

- What were the five numbers and in what order?

11/08/2011 HOMEWORK

Complete the following worksheet. Follow the directions carefully. I will be looking for all 4 steps. So don't forget to underline, circle, box, write.


YIKES!!!!!

It seems that everyone is struggling with writing expressions. So we are going to continue talking about them today in class. We are going reviewing some keywords for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division by playing a quick version of Family Feud.

Next we are going to review our steps for working word problems.
1.) Underline the question.
2.) Circle the important information.
3.) Box the keywords.
4.) Write the expression to be worked.

***In all the problems we are working with right now there is not enough information to solve the problems so please don't let this confuse you. We need practice finding the correct expression before we can apply that to solve major word problems.***

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

11/8/2011 HOMEWORK

PAGE 60 1-13
VOCABULARY CROSSWORD & WORD SEARCH WORKSHEET

IT REALLY IS WEDNESDAY

It really is Wednesday. I keep thinking its Monday and refer to Mondays homework assignment as if it were Friday's, even though I never assign homework in Fridays. I am all messed up.

With that out of the way, we are going to Jump right into Algebra Land. Today in class we are talking about Translating words into math. Which means we will be reading mathematical sentences and transforming them into mathematica expressions. All of the lecture information will be below including a homework assignement. I do apologize because I never give Wednesday homework but we are a day behind, so maybe we won't have homework tomorrow night. Fingers crossed.









Monday, November 7, 2011

11/7/2011 HOMEWORK

ASSIGNMENT: PAGE 24 22-33
BONUS: PAGE 24 34-41

EVEN MORE ORDER OF OPERATIONS

In the class today we are working on the following assignment. This worksheet was worked on and completed in class. If you are absent, click on the worksheet, print and complete.


Friday, November 4, 2011

MATHEMATICAL KEYWORDS

Just for fun and to also get us geared up for our transition into Algebra the Advanced Math Classes created the following songs using Songify.

Addition Keywords



Subtraction Keywords



Multiplication Keywords



Division Keywords

ORDER OF OPERATIONS - EXTRA PRACTICE

Here are some websites with games and helpful information so you can continue to practice working with the order of operations. We will continue to work on this Monday so make sure you are ready. If you complete any of the activities make sure you comment with a short explanation of what you worked on.

Order of Operations Basketball

The Order of Operations Millionaire

Math Goodies - Order of Operations

RELAY RACES IN MATH CLASS????
















Sharpen up those pencils and get ready!

LET THE RACING BEGIN!

1) I will split the class into 5 or 6 teams. Our teams will be in rows.
2) I will give each team the same order of operations problem.
3) Each student on the team is allowed to complete only ONE step. To keep track of this each team member will have a different colored pencil.
4) When the student finishes his/her step, he passes the paper back (the last person in the row has to run up and give the paper back to the first student) until the problem is completed.
5) The first team to finish wins … almost. The teams that aren’t done must turn the paper over while I check the answer. If it’s incorrect, I will write the work on the board and the remaining teams can resume their problem solving until a team comes up with the right answer. Afterwards we will find the error together so that all teams can be successful on the next round.

GOOD MORNING FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today in class we will be doing more practice on the Order of Operations and then begin our official introduction into Algebra.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MORE ORDER OF OPERATIONS

Today in class we continued to talk about the Order of Operations. The following 6 problems were put on the board to be worked in class.

1.)  (18 ÷ 2) - 4
          9 - 4
             5

2.)  14 ÷ 2 x 14 - 12
          7 x 14 - 12
             98 - 12
                 86

3.)  20 ÷ 10 + 21 x 25
          2 + 21 x 25
              2 + 525
                527

4.)  9 + 23 + (11 - 3) x (4 ÷ 2)
        9 + 23 + 8 x 2
        9 + 23 + 16
         48

5.)  14 ÷ 7 x (6 ÷ 2) x 10
       14 ÷ 7 x 3 x 10
          2 x 3 x 10
               60

6.)  23 + (5 x 3) - 3 ÷ 1
      23 + 15 - 3 ÷ 1
      8 + 15 - 3 ÷ 1
       8 +15 - 3
        23 -3
         20

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

IS OPERATING IN THE CORRECT ORDER REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?

Does a doctor need to operate in a particular order?
Is there a correct order for getting ready for school?
Is it easier to count when you start with 1?
Is it better to do classwork and practice skills before you take the test?
Is it safer to know how to drive before you go on a road trip?
Is it better to start reading at the beginning of the book?

YES!!!!!

There is a PARTICULAR order we should do things for almost every activity we do in life. In math there is a particular order that we have to work problems. This is called the ORDER OF OPERATIONS, there is an order that we have to work out math problems especially when there are multiple operations used in 1 problem.

Check this out!!! With this problem, 9 + (2 x 4) - 22 ÷ 4, I bet some of you would get 10 and some of you would get 16. Which is correct?

Look at the following stuff to see if it helps you decide










PARENTHESES

EXPONENTS

25 + 6 - 8

31 - 8



ANSWERS: 1.) 24, 2.) 17, 3.) 365

























So what is the answer to 9 + (2 x 4) - 22 ÷ 4? Is it 10 or 16?