Friday, November 30, 2007

Class Update

Email subscriptions have just been set up so if you made it here it worked! Over the last couple weeks we have been launching our class blog. I believe it is now ready to go officially public and share. I had sent home a letter about the blog and how you can subscribe to it. If you still would like to subscribe make sure you confirm. Remember you can easily unsubscribe at anytime by click on the link at the bottom of each email.

Report cards just went home, if you have questions or concerns email me to set up an appointment and we can sit down and go through the grade more closely. The best time for me is before school, any day and anytime between 7:15-7:45 am.

Here is the direct link to our blog:

A good post to start with to get oriented to our blog is to read
About This Site

Remember one of the most powerful features is it is read and write. So I really encourage everyone to join in on the conversation and comment on the posts.

Unit 3 Math Test

Here are the GLCE's (What are GLCE's?) for our Every Day Math Unit 3 Geometry Unit. Use these as a guide to study for our test on Tues 12/4 (see We Have a Class Calendar for other test). Remember if you find a good online resources (game, video, or website) post in the comments to share with other classmates.

G.TR.05.01 Associate an angle with a certain amount of turning; know that angles are measured in degrees; understand that 90°, 180°, 270°, and 360° are associated, respectively, with 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 and full turns.

G.GS.05.02 Measure angles with a protractor and classify them as acute, right, obtuse or straight.

G.GS.05.03 Identify and name angles on a straight line and vertical angles.

G.GS.05.04 Find unknown angles in problems involving angles on a straight line, angles surrounding a point and vertical angles.

G.GS.05.05 Know that angles on a straight line add up to 180° and angles surrounding a point add up to 360°; justify informally by “surrounding” a point with angles.

G.GS.05.06 Understand why the sum of the interior angles of a triangle is 180° and the sum of the interior angles of a quadrilateral is 360°, and use these properties to solve problems.

G.GS.05.07 Find unknown angles and sides using the properties of: triangles, including right,
isosceles, equilateral triangles; parallelograms, including rectangles and rhombuses; and

See Also:
Our Wiki
Chapter 3 Geometry Notes

We Have a Class Calendar

Click here to see our shared class calendar or look on the side margin of this blog for the calendar buttons and tools. I will do my best to keep this updated so you can know when the next test is comming or highlight important dates from our school calendar.

My Home: The American Dream Contest

A few students in our class entered the 3rd Annual Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and Scholastic "My Home: The American Dream" contest for a chance to win $2,000. They produced and edited their own movies at home and sumbitted good luck. Check out the their site here to follow the announcements.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Our First Class Podcast

This is our first podcast

1.Podcast welcoming by Mjw0708
2.Class news by Nl 0708
3.Movie review by Jl 0708
4.Book review by Sl 0708
5.Math fact of the week by DD 0708
6.Science fact of the week by RU0708
7.Jokes of the week by Df/JJ0708
8.Current Events by LN0708

I hope you enjoyed the show. If you have any questions, please comment below.

By the Producer

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wordcast Lesson #1

Our first "Wordcast" by CB0708 from quarter II SFA Class

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

How to Record a Podcast

We just set up a class podcast with Gcast!

Podcasting by phone is easy! Here's how it works:

1) Call toll-free anytime at 1-888-65-GCAST (888-654-2278) If outside USA: +1-305-437-8719

2) Type in primary phone number, which is our school phone number 313-833-1100

3) Enter 4 digit pin

4) Record your message, and either:
Save and Publish it instantly to our podcast channel, or
Save it in your Master Playlist for future publishing

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007

Mathcast: Multiplying Decimals Using the Lattice Method

Our first Mathcast!

presented by TD0708
recorded by BH0708

Friday, November 2, 2007

Student Paper: How To Use The Hamburger Method

If, you ever get stuck on a math problem, I got some news for you. My advice is called The Hamburger Method. I’m hungry just thinking about it. If you want an A+ listen up. This is going to be great! Here’s a sample problem I can use to show you how. Let’s Sam has 10 apples and 5 buckets. How many how many apples go in each bucket equally?

First, what comes on top of every good burger? That’s right the top bun. This bun means "What do I need to find?” When that question is asked you should highlight, underline, circle or box keywords. Example: How many apples go in each bucket? (I underline many, apples, and each.)

Second, is that crunchy and green lettuce, Mmmm. “Reread and find the givens” is what that’s all about. Figure out what do I already know? Look at the sample problem and see what it tells you. Example: Sam has 10 apples and 5 buckets is what I know.

Third, is that red skinny tomato. That red tomato means “Plan and strategize.” Choose a problem solving strategy. The strategies are look for a pattern, make a chart, draw a picture, guess and check, work backwards, solve a simpler problem, or act it out. Example: I have to choose a strategy. It will be draw a picture.

Next, is the best part of a hamburger, that juicy burger. The burger is solve and check. Here we do the math and use answer checking strategies like estimate reasonableness, plug in original equation, and fact triangle check. Example: Draw 5 buckets, split all the apples into each bucket. To check your answer you can do 5*2=10.

Lastly on that bottom bun. This holds the burger together. Now you “Restate” your answer, in a complete sentence. Example: Only 2 apples will fit in each bucket equally.

In conclusion, I have told you that tasty Hamburger Method. I explained every step. The steps were the top bun, the lettuce, the tomato, the burger and the bottom bun. This is a great method and easy to remember. Use the Hamburger Method for an A+.

By BM0708