Day 68: The One where We Review Area

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To prepare for using coordinate geometry to find area and perimeter, we have to review area and perimeter. This is a nice chance to catch up the kiddos that weren’t here at the beginning of the year and review for many more kiddos who maybe didn’t fully understand the first time. It’s also a fascinating exercise into how long kiddos will draw boxes before using the base times height shortcut.

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Day 57: The One With the Area, Perimeter, Surface Area and Volume Group Test

Came back from a sub day (got to attend a meeting with fellow rookie math and science teachers) and went straight into two check-ins and a group quiz.

How was your Monday?

Photo: Area, Perimeter, Surface Area and Volume Group Quiz

Area Group Quiz

After we switched groups (did I mention today was busy?), kiddos pretty much got right to work. At Curriculum Partner’s suggestion, we did an opening about what groupwork looks like, cleaned out folders (sort of) and got to work.

Kiddos got most of the class period to work together and talk through four problems. Problems are written so that kiddos fill in what they know – they get some basic information to get them started, but have to fill in steps or explain or pick and justify an answer, so that everyone has a bit of access, but still has to say what they know.

Individual test tomorrow. So many projects still to grade. We’ll see how it goes.