We took care of some housekeeping matters: discussed the Lunch & Dismissal Permission Form (parents should have received this from their student), went through the Class Syllabus (also sent home with the student), and went through classroom expectations.
Below, you will find links to all three of the documents that we went through together in class:
- Lunch & Dismissal Permission Form
- Claeson MS ASP Math Class Syllabus
- Claeson Classroom Expectations/Procedures
We also got started on our first two topics in Math. We learned about and practiced rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, ten-thousand, as well as to the nearest tenth and hundredth. This was our first Do Now activity. Usually you/your student will be bringing home the Do Now that we worked on together in class; this week I have kept it because I want to set up Math Binders for the students - I will have them ready for next week. Routinely, I will scan the Do Nows before students leave and pass them back, they will put them into their binders, and home they will go. I scan them so that I can share them with the virtual math teacher, Ms. Finley. This is one way that Ms. Finley and I communicate about what our students are doing in the classroom.
The second topic that we reviewed and practiced is the order of operations. We did an activity where students worked individually to solve an expression. Once students solved their expression, they were to seek out another student that had the same answer that they had. Those two students then worked together to solve a second expression in which they had to figure out where to put parentheses in the expression in order to make it equal the answer to their first expression. (Tuesday math students needed to do the last part as homework - time got away from us.)
We set up our Interactive Math Journals (JAMs - Journal About Math). We worked on our first entry in these journals: Order of Operations. Tuesday's class didn't finish, so we will be building in time next Tuesday to finish the entry.
- Tuesday Session: Solve your second expression, inserting parentheses where needed in order to get the same answer as your first expression. You will have to play around with putting the parentheses in different parts of the expression until you find the spot that gives you the answer from your first problem. If you do not have your expression strip or did not write it down, Kmail me or comment below.
- Wednesday Session: No Homework!
We had a great session this week! I am very excited to be working with you this year!