As we head into the last week before spring break the action in the math department show no sign of slowing down. Seventh and eighth will have chapter quizzes midweek while the sixth graders are finishing up a unit on percentages. Eighth graders will have a quiz on rational numbers and exponent. This quiz will also contain scientific notation. Although this material is not too difficult it is brand new. A basic understanding of a few simple principles will carry students a long way. Early signs indicate success!
Seventh graders are testing their skills with rational numbers. This unit combines some old friends in new ways. We will be revisiting fractions and decimals but this time they may come in the form of negative numbers. This throws a definite curve ball into things! Although students have completed operations with fractions and decimals and integer functions, can they apply these skills simultaneously? We shall see.
The sixth graders are off to a great start in their study of percentages. As we near the end of the unit we are working on multistep problems. When all is said and done these students will be required to differentiate between nine different types of problems. I wanted to quiz before break but I don't feel it is fair to rush these difficult concepts. We will review after break, take our third quiz on the unit, then prepare for the chapter test.
I hope all have enjoyable breaks. My prayers include safety for all those traveling. Let us all come back rested and prepared for the all important home stretch!