## Pre-Alebra Weekly Updates...

## Week 39: Sent May 24, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 10-11 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-14.

Tuesday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 12-13 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-14.

Wednesday -- Students took the FINAL EXAM!

Thursday -- After reviewing the scores on the final exam & handing out class awards, the students spent the remainder of the hour watching & discussing material on testing their brains, specifically in the area of memory. Very appropriate for exam week, we tested our memory & looked at some of the brain's most fascinating functions that affect us every day. The students enjoyed the easy-to-digest scientific explanations of those functions. Did you know that competitive memorizers often try to remember the irrational number pi (3.1415926…etc). Lu Chao set the current world record by memorizing 67,890 digits!!! Surely, we see Psalm 139:14,

Friday -- No Pre-Algebra.

It has been a great year in Pre-Algebra! The students have been a joy, have worked hard, & have learned a lot!

Have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 10-11 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-14.

Tuesday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 12-13 & then continued reviewing Chapters 8-14.

Wednesday -- Students took the FINAL EXAM!

Thursday -- After reviewing the scores on the final exam & handing out class awards, the students spent the remainder of the hour watching & discussing material on testing their brains, specifically in the area of memory. Very appropriate for exam week, we tested our memory & looked at some of the brain's most fascinating functions that affect us every day. The students enjoyed the easy-to-digest scientific explanations of those functions. Did you know that competitive memorizers often try to remember the irrational number pi (3.1415926…etc). Lu Chao set the current world record by memorizing 67,890 digits!!! Surely, we see Psalm 139:14,

**"****I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."**Friday -- No Pre-Algebra.

It has been a great year in Pre-Algebra! The students have been a joy, have worked hard, & have learned a lot!

Have a wonderful summer!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 38: Sent May 17, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 14.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 14.

Wednesday -- Students received their Study Packets for the final exam. We began reviewing Chapters 8 & 9.

Thursday -- Students reviewed Chapters 10 & part of 11.

Friday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 8 & 9. We continued reviewing Chapters 11 & 12.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 14.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 14.

Wednesday -- Students received their Study Packets for the final exam. We began reviewing Chapters 8 & 9.

Thursday -- Students reviewed Chapters 10 & part of 11.

Friday -- Students took a quiz over Chapters 8 & 9. We continued reviewing Chapters 11 & 12.

**REVIEW FOR EXAM QUIZ SCHEDULE:****FRIDAY, MAY 17: QUIZ CHAPTERS 8-9****MONDAY, MAY 20: QUIZ CHAPTERS 10-11****TUESDAY, MAY 21: QUIZ CHAPTERS 12-13**

**FINAL EXAM OVER CHAPTERS 8-14: WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 37: Sent May 10, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 14.5 Multiplying Polynomials: Students learned how to multiply two binomials using the FOIL method.

Tuesday -- Students reviewed all of Lessons 14.1-14.5.

Wednesday -- Problem Solving Chapter 14: Students learned how to solve problems using a variety of methods & how to evaluate the methods used in solving problems.

Thursday -- Lesson 14.6 Dividing by a Monomial: Students learned how to divide a monomial by a monomial as well as how to divide a polynomial by a monomial.

Friday -- Lesson 14.7: Applying Algebra: Students learned how to use algebra to solve money problems.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 14.5 Multiplying Polynomials: Students learned how to multiply two binomials using the FOIL method.

Tuesday -- Students reviewed all of Lessons 14.1-14.5.

Wednesday -- Problem Solving Chapter 14: Students learned how to solve problems using a variety of methods & how to evaluate the methods used in solving problems.

Thursday -- Lesson 14.6 Dividing by a Monomial: Students learned how to divide a monomial by a monomial as well as how to divide a polynomial by a monomial.

Friday -- Lesson 14.7: Applying Algebra: Students learned how to use algebra to solve money problems.

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, MAY 14.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 36: Sent May 3, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 14.1 Types of Polynomials: Students learned how to determine whether or not an expression is a polynomial, how to find the degree of a polynomial, & how to evaluate a polynomial when the value of the variable is given.

Tuesday -- Lesson 14.2 Adding Polynomials: Students learned how to add polynomials.

Wednesday -- Substitute: Dr. Dolvin used teachings from the Bible (such as Matthew 6:24, 25:15, I Timothy 6:6-8, & Luke 14:28) to discuss our role as stewards of the resources God has provided. With this in mind, the class focused on the role of a budget in personal finance. In particular, the class discussed the factors that affect average incomes, the role taxes play on take-home pay, & what categories of expenses a budget would have. The goal was to help students start thinking about living within their means.

Thursday -- Lesson 14.3 Subtracting Polynomials: Students learned how to state the opposite, or additive inverse, of a polynomial & how to subtract polynomials.

Friday -- Lesson 14.4 Multiplying by a Monomial: Students learned how to multiply a monomial by a monomial and a monomial by a polynomial.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 14.1 Types of Polynomials: Students learned how to determine whether or not an expression is a polynomial, how to find the degree of a polynomial, & how to evaluate a polynomial when the value of the variable is given.

Tuesday -- Lesson 14.2 Adding Polynomials: Students learned how to add polynomials.

Wednesday -- Substitute: Dr. Dolvin used teachings from the Bible (such as Matthew 6:24, 25:15, I Timothy 6:6-8, & Luke 14:28) to discuss our role as stewards of the resources God has provided. With this in mind, the class focused on the role of a budget in personal finance. In particular, the class discussed the factors that affect average incomes, the role taxes play on take-home pay, & what categories of expenses a budget would have. The goal was to help students start thinking about living within their means.

Thursday -- Lesson 14.3 Subtracting Polynomials: Students learned how to state the opposite, or additive inverse, of a polynomial & how to subtract polynomials.

Friday -- Lesson 14.4 Multiplying by a Monomial: Students learned how to multiply a monomial by a monomial and a monomial by a polynomial.

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, MAY 14.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 35: Sent April 26, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.8 Volumes of Pyramids, Cones, & Spheres: Students learned how to find the volume of these various shapes.

Tuesday -- Reviewed for Test 13.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 13.

Thursday -- Chapter 13 Math in Use (God's Wisdom & Noah's Faithful Work) & Math in Scripture (Ruth, A Faithful Daughter-in-Law): Students gained a better understanding of the dimensions of the ark, how God can use each Christian in their occupation, & how God recognizes & rewards those who are faithful to Him.

Friday -- No class (FABA)

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.8 Volumes of Pyramids, Cones, & Spheres: Students learned how to find the volume of these various shapes.

Tuesday -- Reviewed for Test 13.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 13.

Thursday -- Chapter 13 Math in Use (God's Wisdom & Noah's Faithful Work) & Math in Scripture (Ruth, A Faithful Daughter-in-Law): Students gained a better understanding of the dimensions of the ark, how God can use each Christian in their occupation, & how God recognizes & rewards those who are faithful to Him.

Friday -- No class (FABA)

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, MAY 14.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 34: Sent April 19, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.4 Lengths & Areas of Similar Triangles: Students learned how to find the perimeter of a polygon when given the perimeter of a similar polygon & the measures of a pair of corresponding sides, how to find the area of a polygon when given the area of a similar polygon & the measures of a pair of corresponding sides, & how to find the missing lengths of similar polygons using the ratio of areas to perimeters.

Tuesday -- Lesson 13.5 Surface Area of Prisms & Cylinders: Students learned how to identify the parts of a 3-dimensional figure & how to find the lateral surface area or surface area of a prism or cylinder using the appropriate formula.

Wednesday -- Lesson 13.6a Surface Area of Pyramids, Cones, & Spheres: Students learned how to find the lateral surface area or surface area of a pyramid, cone, or sphere using the appropriate formula & how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a pyramid, cone, or sphere when given the lateral surface area or surface area & other lengths.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.6b Surface Area of Pyramids, Cones, & Spheres & Problem Solving Chapter 13: Students continued working on finding the surface area of pyramids, cones, & spheres as well as a look at using more than one strategy in solving a problem.

Friday -- Lesson 13.7 Volumes of Prisms & Cylinders: Students learned how to find the volume of a prism or circular cylinder as well as how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a prism or circular cylinder when given the volume & other measurements.

Mrs. Dolvin

**Thank you for your prompt response regarding your student's Progress Reports. These were e-mailed on Thursday.**Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 13.4 Lengths & Areas of Similar Triangles: Students learned how to find the perimeter of a polygon when given the perimeter of a similar polygon & the measures of a pair of corresponding sides, how to find the area of a polygon when given the area of a similar polygon & the measures of a pair of corresponding sides, & how to find the missing lengths of similar polygons using the ratio of areas to perimeters.

Tuesday -- Lesson 13.5 Surface Area of Prisms & Cylinders: Students learned how to identify the parts of a 3-dimensional figure & how to find the lateral surface area or surface area of a prism or cylinder using the appropriate formula.

Wednesday -- Lesson 13.6a Surface Area of Pyramids, Cones, & Spheres: Students learned how to find the lateral surface area or surface area of a pyramid, cone, or sphere using the appropriate formula & how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a pyramid, cone, or sphere when given the lateral surface area or surface area & other lengths.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.6b Surface Area of Pyramids, Cones, & Spheres & Problem Solving Chapter 13: Students continued working on finding the surface area of pyramids, cones, & spheres as well as a look at using more than one strategy in solving a problem.

Friday -- Lesson 13.7 Volumes of Prisms & Cylinders: Students learned how to find the volume of a prism or circular cylinder as well as how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a prism or circular cylinder when given the volume & other measurements.

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013****SPECIAL NOTE: Chapter 13 "Area & Volume" includes numerous formulas. To help students learn these formulas, I have created drills on "Flashcard Machine." The students know how to find Flashcard Machine by clicking on the Extra Resources button on the course website. Students will be assigned approximately 5 minutes of drill each evening. They will surely have these formulas completely mastered!!!**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 33: Sent April 12, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 12.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 12.

Wednesday -- Lesson 13.1 Areas of Parallelograms: Students learned how to find the area of parallelograms, including squares & rectangles. Students also learned how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a parallelogram, square, or rectangle when given the area.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.2 Areas of Triangles & Trapezoids: Students learned how to find the area of a triangle or trapezoid using the appropriate formula, how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a triangle or trapezoid when given the area, & how to find the area of a more complicated region using sums or differences of known area formulas.

Friday -- Lesson 13.3 Areas of Circles: Students learned how to find the area of a circle when given the circle's radius, diameter, or circumference. Students also learned how to find the radius, diameter, or circumference of a circle when given the area, and how to find the area of a more complicated region using sums or differences of known area formulas.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Students reviewed for Test 12.

Tuesday -- Students took Test 12.

**SPECIAL NOTE: Chapter 13 "Area & Volume" includes numerous formulas. To help students learn these formulas, I have created drills on "Flashcard Machine." The students know how to find Flashcard Machine by clicking on the Extra Resources button on the course website. Students will be assigned approximately 5 minutes of drill each evening. They will surely have these formulas completely mastered!!!**Wednesday -- Lesson 13.1 Areas of Parallelograms: Students learned how to find the area of parallelograms, including squares & rectangles. Students also learned how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a parallelogram, square, or rectangle when given the area.

Thursday -- Lesson 13.2 Areas of Triangles & Trapezoids: Students learned how to find the area of a triangle or trapezoid using the appropriate formula, how to find the measure of the missing dimension of a triangle or trapezoid when given the area, & how to find the area of a more complicated region using sums or differences of known area formulas.

Friday -- Lesson 13.3 Areas of Circles: Students learned how to find the area of a circle when given the circle's radius, diameter, or circumference. Students also learned how to find the radius, diameter, or circumference of a circle when given the area, and how to find the area of a more complicated region using sums or differences of known area formulas.

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 32: Sent April 5, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- No Class (SAT)

Tuesday -- No Class (SAT)

Wednesday -- No Class (SAT)

Thursday -- Review Lesson 12.1-12.7 Students reviewed Chapter 12. They are now able to: name, describe, & use the 3 basic terms of geometry, find the complement & supplement of given angles, identify by name pairs of angles formed when 2 parallel lines are intersected by a transversal & give their measures when 1 angle is known, identify polygons by the number of their sides & find the sum of their interior angles, classify triangles according to the lengths of their sides & the measures of their angles, find the perimeter of polygons & the circumference of circles, identify corresponding parts of congruent polygons & write statements of congruence, identify corresponding parts of similar figures & use proportions to find missing lengths, use proportion to compute the length of 2 unknown sides in 30-60 and 45-45 right triangles, & find the distance between 2 points in a coordinate plane & the midpoint of the segment joining them. Whew!

Friday -- Lesson 12.8 Symmetry & Transformations: Students learned how to reflect, translate, or rotate a figure. They also learned how to determine how many lines of symmetry a figure has & whether a figure has line, rotational, or point symmetry.

Mrs. Dolvin

**THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS WHO TOOK THE FABA MATH TEST:****Katy****Kelsey****Alyssa****Denise**

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- No Class (SAT)

Tuesday -- No Class (SAT)

Wednesday -- No Class (SAT)

Thursday -- Review Lesson 12.1-12.7 Students reviewed Chapter 12. They are now able to: name, describe, & use the 3 basic terms of geometry, find the complement & supplement of given angles, identify by name pairs of angles formed when 2 parallel lines are intersected by a transversal & give their measures when 1 angle is known, identify polygons by the number of their sides & find the sum of their interior angles, classify triangles according to the lengths of their sides & the measures of their angles, find the perimeter of polygons & the circumference of circles, identify corresponding parts of congruent polygons & write statements of congruence, identify corresponding parts of similar figures & use proportions to find missing lengths, use proportion to compute the length of 2 unknown sides in 30-60 and 45-45 right triangles, & find the distance between 2 points in a coordinate plane & the midpoint of the segment joining them. Whew!

Friday -- Lesson 12.8 Symmetry & Transformations: Students learned how to reflect, translate, or rotate a figure. They also learned how to determine how many lines of symmetry a figure has & whether a figure has line, rotational, or point symmetry.

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 31: Sent March 29, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- No School.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.5 Congruence & Similarity: Students learned how to list pairs of corresponding sides or angels, given a pair of congruent triangles or a pair of similar triangles. They also learned how to find the measure of a side or an angle from a pair of congruent triangles or a pair of similar triangles.

Wednesday -- Math in Use (Nathaniel Bowditch, Marine Navigator), Math & Scripture (The New Jerusalem): Students learned to appreciate the impact mathematics has had on navigation. Students also studied the dimensions and beauty of the New Jerusalem. We had a wonderful class looking at verses in Revelation & Matthew as we discussed how glorious Heaven will be, that we are citizens of Heaven, & that should cause us to desire to lay up our treasures in Heaven.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.6 Special Right Triangles: Students learned how to use the properties of special right triangles in order to find a missing side.

Friday -- Lesson 12.7 Coordinate Geometry: Students learned how to derive the distance formula using the Pythagorean theorem, how to use the distance formula to find the distance between 2 points, & how to find the midpoint of a segment using the midpoint formula.

Mrs. Dolvin

**FABA TESTING IS NEXT WEEK! THANK YOU TO THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE PREPARED WELL FOR THIS TEST!**Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- No School.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.5 Congruence & Similarity: Students learned how to list pairs of corresponding sides or angels, given a pair of congruent triangles or a pair of similar triangles. They also learned how to find the measure of a side or an angle from a pair of congruent triangles or a pair of similar triangles.

Wednesday -- Math in Use (Nathaniel Bowditch, Marine Navigator), Math & Scripture (The New Jerusalem): Students learned to appreciate the impact mathematics has had on navigation. Students also studied the dimensions and beauty of the New Jerusalem. We had a wonderful class looking at verses in Revelation & Matthew as we discussed how glorious Heaven will be, that we are citizens of Heaven, & that should cause us to desire to lay up our treasures in Heaven.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.6 Special Right Triangles: Students learned how to use the properties of special right triangles in order to find a missing side.

Friday -- Lesson 12.7 Coordinate Geometry: Students learned how to derive the distance formula using the Pythagorean theorem, how to use the distance formula to find the distance between 2 points, & how to find the midpoint of a segment using the midpoint formula.

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013!**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 30: Sent March 14, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.3 Polygons: Students learned how to identify types of curves, whether or not a shape is a polygon & how to classify polygons as concave, convex, or regular. Students also learned how to classify triangles by sides & angles, to classify quadrilaterals & identify the relationship among the different types of quadrilaterals, how to find the sum of the angles in a polygon, & how to find the measure of an interior angle in a regular polygon.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.4 Perimeter & Circumference: Students learned how to find the perimeter of a given polygon, how to find the circumference of a circle when the radius or diameter is known, & how to find the missing dimension when the perimeter or circumference is given with other dimensions.

Wednesday -- Math in Use (M.C. Escher, Mathematical Artist), Math & Scripture (Building the Walls & Gates) & Problem Solving (Organizing Data with Diagrams): Students learned to appreciate the relationship between mathematics & art, to appreciate the miraculous accomplishment of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, how to recognize that believers can accomplish mighty tasks for God if they work diligently & depend on Him, & how to use the "organize data with diagrams" strategy to solve word problems.

Thursday -- Pi Day!!! Students learned more about the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle, calculated their age in "pi years," learned more about the history of pi, learned about pi in the Bible, worked with circumference & diameter using their cardboard & string, sang a pi song (click button below to hear the Freshmen enjoying Pi Day!), & listened to a mathematical adventure involving Sir Cumference. The students seemed to enjoy Pi Day, 2013!

Have a great break!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 12.3 Polygons: Students learned how to identify types of curves, whether or not a shape is a polygon & how to classify polygons as concave, convex, or regular. Students also learned how to classify triangles by sides & angles, to classify quadrilaterals & identify the relationship among the different types of quadrilaterals, how to find the sum of the angles in a polygon, & how to find the measure of an interior angle in a regular polygon.

Tuesday -- Lesson 12.4 Perimeter & Circumference: Students learned how to find the perimeter of a given polygon, how to find the circumference of a circle when the radius or diameter is known, & how to find the missing dimension when the perimeter or circumference is given with other dimensions.

Wednesday -- Math in Use (M.C. Escher, Mathematical Artist), Math & Scripture (Building the Walls & Gates) & Problem Solving (Organizing Data with Diagrams): Students learned to appreciate the relationship between mathematics & art, to appreciate the miraculous accomplishment of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, how to recognize that believers can accomplish mighty tasks for God if they work diligently & depend on Him, & how to use the "organize data with diagrams" strategy to solve word problems.

Thursday -- Pi Day!!! Students learned more about the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle, calculated their age in "pi years," learned more about the history of pi, learned about pi in the Bible, worked with circumference & diameter using their cardboard & string, sang a pi song (click button below to hear the Freshmen enjoying Pi Day!), & listened to a mathematical adventure involving Sir Cumference. The students seemed to enjoy Pi Day, 2013!

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013!**Have a great break!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 29: Sent March 8, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.7 Students learned how to simplify cubed radicals by removing perfect cubed factors and how to simplify a product or quotient containing radicals.

Tuesday -- Students reviewed for Test 11.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 11.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.1Basic Geometric Figures: Students learned how to name, describe, & use the three basic terms of geometry, how to draw basic geometric shapes, how to measure an angle using a protractor, how to classify angles as acute, right, obtuse, or straight, & how to write an equation using angle measures & solve it.

Friday -- Lesson 12.2 Pairs of Angles: Students learned how to identify & apply the relationships of complementary, supplementary, adjacent, & vertical angles, how to define & identify the concept of perpendicular lines, & how to identify & apply the relationships of alternate interior, alternate exterior, & corresponding angles when parallel lines are intersected by a transversal.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

**Thursday, March 14 is National Pi Day! Students are encouraged to dress like mathematicians & bring string & cardboard. Students will be participating in pi related activities in class.**

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.7 Students learned how to simplify cubed radicals by removing perfect cubed factors and how to simplify a product or quotient containing radicals.

Tuesday -- Students reviewed for Test 11.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 11.

Thursday -- Lesson 12.1Basic Geometric Figures: Students learned how to name, describe, & use the three basic terms of geometry, how to draw basic geometric shapes, how to measure an angle using a protractor, how to classify angles as acute, right, obtuse, or straight, & how to write an equation using angle measures & solve it.

Friday -- Lesson 12.2 Pairs of Angles: Students learned how to identify & apply the relationships of complementary, supplementary, adjacent, & vertical angles, how to define & identify the concept of perpendicular lines, & how to identify & apply the relationships of alternate interior, alternate exterior, & corresponding angles when parallel lines are intersected by a transversal.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013!**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 28: Sent March 1, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.3 Equations with Exponents: Students learned to solve equations containing variables with exponents.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.4 The Pythagorean Theorem: Students learned how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the unknown side of a right triangle and how to use the converse of the Pythagorean theorem to determine whether or not three side lengths form a right triangle.

Wednesday -- Problem Solving Chapter 11: Students learned to use the problem-solving strategy of working backwards.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.5 Students learned how to simplify radicals by removing perfect square factors and how to simplify a product or quotient containing radicals.

Friday -- Lesson 11.6 Sums and Differences of Radicals: Students learned how to add and subtract radical expressions.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 11.3 Equations with Exponents: Students learned to solve equations containing variables with exponents.

Tuesday -- Lesson 11.4 The Pythagorean Theorem: Students learned how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the unknown side of a right triangle and how to use the converse of the Pythagorean theorem to determine whether or not three side lengths form a right triangle.

Wednesday -- Problem Solving Chapter 11: Students learned to use the problem-solving strategy of working backwards.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.5 Students learned how to simplify radicals by removing perfect square factors and how to simplify a product or quotient containing radicals.

Friday -- Lesson 11.6 Sums and Differences of Radicals: Students learned how to add and subtract radical expressions.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, MARCH 5!**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 27: Sent February 22, 2013

Hello!

Attached is a classroom activity that we will be doing in March!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.9 Independent & Dependent Events: Students learned how to distinguish between independent & dependent events and how to use the formulas for each.

Tuesday -- Students reviewed for Test 10.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 10.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.1 Square Roots: Students learned how to find the square root of a perfect square, how to estimate an irrational square root by determining the 2 consecutive numbers it lies between, how to estimate an irrational square root to the nearest tenth, and how to evaluate an expression containing rational radicals.

Friday -- Lesson 11.2 Radical Equations: Students learned how to solve radical equations & determine whether the solution is valid.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

Attached is a classroom activity that we will be doing in March!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.9 Independent & Dependent Events: Students learned how to distinguish between independent & dependent events and how to use the formulas for each.

Tuesday -- Students reviewed for Test 10.

Wednesday -- Students took Test 10.

Thursday -- Lesson 11.1 Square Roots: Students learned how to find the square root of a perfect square, how to estimate an irrational square root by determining the 2 consecutive numbers it lies between, how to estimate an irrational square root to the nearest tenth, and how to evaluate an expression containing rational radicals.

Friday -- Lesson 11.2 Radical Equations: Students learned how to solve radical equations & determine whether the solution is valid.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 26: Sent February 15, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.5 Fundamental Principle of Counting: Students learned to use tree diagrams to list all possible outcomes. Because tree diagrams are not often practical, students learned how to use the Fundamental Principle of Counting to find the total number of possible outcomes.

Tuesday -- Lesson 10.6 Permutations: Students learned how to evaluate factorials and how to find the number of permutations using a formula.

Wednesday -- Math in Use (Gideon, Judge of Israel) & Math & Scripture (Gideon’s Big Task): Students learned to understand that, regardless of what God calls a person t do, He will enable that person to succeed if he depends on Him. We also discussed how God is in control no matter the circumstances.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.7 Combinations: Students learned to identify whether a given situation requires a permutation or combination & to find the number of combinations using a formula.

Friday -- Lesson 10.8 Probability: Students learned how to find the probability that an event or mutually exclusive events will occur.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.5 Fundamental Principle of Counting: Students learned to use tree diagrams to list all possible outcomes. Because tree diagrams are not often practical, students learned how to use the Fundamental Principle of Counting to find the total number of possible outcomes.

Tuesday -- Lesson 10.6 Permutations: Students learned how to evaluate factorials and how to find the number of permutations using a formula.

Wednesday -- Math in Use (Gideon, Judge of Israel) & Math & Scripture (Gideon’s Big Task): Students learned to understand that, regardless of what God calls a person t do, He will enable that person to succeed if he depends on Him. We also discussed how God is in control no matter the circumstances.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.7 Combinations: Students learned to identify whether a given situation requires a permutation or combination & to find the number of combinations using a formula.

Friday -- Lesson 10.8 Probability: Students learned how to find the probability that an event or mutually exclusive events will occur.

FABA students, keep up the great work!

**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 25: Sent February 8, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.1 Statistical Measures: Students learned how to identify a group of objects as most likely a population or sample, how to identify the type of sample being described, and how to find the range, mean, median, & mode for a set of data.

Tuesday -- Lesson 10.2 Diagramming Data: Students learned how to find the quartiles & the interquartile range for a set of data as well as how to construct box-and-whisker diagrams, stem-and-leaf diagrams, & scatterplots for a set of data.

Wednesday -- Chapter 10 Problem Solving: Students learned how to use graphing strategies to solve real life problems.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.3 Histograms: Students learned how to construct frequency distribution tables, interval frequency tables, & histograms for a set of data.

Friday -- Lesson 10.4 Graphing Data: Students learned how to interpret information from bar graphs, line graphs, & pie charts. Students also learned how to select the best graph or diagram with which to represent a set of data, & how to construct their own bar graphs, line graphs, or pie charts from a set of data.

A few of the students have shown a desire to take the Mathematics portion of FABA in April. I am thrilled regarding this & am also so pleased with the effort these students have put forth so far this week. I am asking that they work for 10 minutes, 3 times per week (total = 30 min. per week). All of this practice time is to be recorded in a Practice Log. They are doing a superb job!!!

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Lesson 10.1 Statistical Measures: Students learned how to identify a group of objects as most likely a population or sample, how to identify the type of sample being described, and how to find the range, mean, median, & mode for a set of data.

Tuesday -- Lesson 10.2 Diagramming Data: Students learned how to find the quartiles & the interquartile range for a set of data as well as how to construct box-and-whisker diagrams, stem-and-leaf diagrams, & scatterplots for a set of data.

Wednesday -- Chapter 10 Problem Solving: Students learned how to use graphing strategies to solve real life problems.

Thursday -- Lesson 10.3 Histograms: Students learned how to construct frequency distribution tables, interval frequency tables, & histograms for a set of data.

Friday -- Lesson 10.4 Graphing Data: Students learned how to interpret information from bar graphs, line graphs, & pie charts. Students also learned how to select the best graph or diagram with which to represent a set of data, & how to construct their own bar graphs, line graphs, or pie charts from a set of data.

A few of the students have shown a desire to take the Mathematics portion of FABA in April. I am thrilled regarding this & am also so pleased with the effort these students have put forth so far this week. I am asking that they work for 10 minutes, 3 times per week (total = 30 min. per week). All of this practice time is to be recorded in a Practice Log. They are doing a superb job!!!

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20.

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 24: Sent February 1, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday: Lesson 9.6 Slope-Intercept Form: Students learned how to find the coordinates of the x-and y-intercepts for a line written in standard form & to use the intercepts to graph the line. Students also learned how to change a linear equation to slope-intercept form & to use the slope-intercept form to graph a line.

Tuesday -- Lesson 9.7 Direct Variations: Students learned how to identify direct variation equations & to state the constant of variation. They also worked on graphing direct variation equations and finding the constant of variation when the values of x & y are given.

Wednesday -- Lesson 9.8 Graphing Linear Inequalities in the Plane: Students learned how to graph linear inequalities.

Thursday -- Students reviewed all of Chapter 9.

Friday -- Students took Test 9/

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday: Lesson 9.6 Slope-Intercept Form: Students learned how to find the coordinates of the x-and y-intercepts for a line written in standard form & to use the intercepts to graph the line. Students also learned how to change a linear equation to slope-intercept form & to use the slope-intercept form to graph a line.

Tuesday -- Lesson 9.7 Direct Variations: Students learned how to identify direct variation equations & to state the constant of variation. They also worked on graphing direct variation equations and finding the constant of variation when the values of x & y are given.

Wednesday -- Lesson 9.8 Graphing Linear Inequalities in the Plane: Students learned how to graph linear inequalities.

Thursday -- Students reviewed all of Chapter 9.

Friday -- Students took Test 9/

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20.

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 23: Sent January 25, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Tuesday -- Lesson 9.3 Functions: Students learned to determine whether or not a relation is a function using a listing of the relation, circle mappings, or graphs of functions. Students also learned how to use standard function notation to find a range value as well as how to determine whether a relation is a function using the vertical line test.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Math in Use & Chapter 9 Math & Scripture: Through a study on mathematician & astronomer Benjamin Banneker, students learned to provide an example of the accomplishments that can be achieved through dedication, persistence, & hard work. Students also studied stewardship of wealth & how to be good stewards of what God gives.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.4 Graphing Linear Functions: Students learned to determine whether or not a point is a solution for a given equation as well as how to graph a function using a table of values.

Friday -- Lesson 9.5 Slope: Students learned how to determine the slope of a line from its graph & how to determine the slope of a line using the slope formula.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Tuesday -- Lesson 9.3 Functions: Students learned to determine whether or not a relation is a function using a listing of the relation, circle mappings, or graphs of functions. Students also learned how to use standard function notation to find a range value as well as how to determine whether a relation is a function using the vertical line test.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Math in Use & Chapter 9 Math & Scripture: Through a study on mathematician & astronomer Benjamin Banneker, students learned to provide an example of the accomplishments that can be achieved through dedication, persistence, & hard work. Students also studied stewardship of wealth & how to be good stewards of what God gives.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.4 Graphing Linear Functions: Students learned to determine whether or not a point is a solution for a given equation as well as how to graph a function using a table of values.

Friday -- Lesson 9.5 Slope: Students learned how to determine the slope of a line from its graph & how to determine the slope of a line using the slope formula.

**NEXT TEST: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1.**Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 22: Sent January 18, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Review: Students reviewed Chapter 8 for a test.

Tuesday -- Test 8.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Problem Solving: Students worked on solving word problems using the strategy of making a table.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.1 The Coordinate Plane: Students learned how to name the parts of the coordinate plane as well as how to graph points on the coordinate plane.

Friday -- Lesson 9.2 Relations: Students learned how to find the domain & range of a relation as well as how to write ordered pairs from a relation given as a graph or as an equation.

NEXT TEST: TEST 10 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday -- Review: Students reviewed Chapter 8 for a test.

Tuesday -- Test 8.

Wednesday -- Chapter 9 Problem Solving: Students worked on solving word problems using the strategy of making a table.

Thursday -- Lesson 9.1 The Coordinate Plane: Students learned how to name the parts of the coordinate plane as well as how to graph points on the coordinate plane.

Friday -- Lesson 9.2 Relations: Students learned how to find the domain & range of a relation as well as how to write ordered pairs from a relation given as a graph or as an equation.

NEXT TEST: TEST 10 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1.

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 21: Sent January 11, 2013

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Hello!

Monday -- Lesson 8.3 Applying Equations: Students learned how to write & solve advanced equations using information presented in a word problems including consecutive integers or consecutive even/odd integers. Students also learned how to write & solve equations for word problems using d=rt, including those requiring the rate to be adjusted due to wind or current.

Tuesday -- Lesson 8.4 Students learned how to solve &b graph an inequality requiring at least 2 steps.

Wednesday -- Chapter 8 Math in Use & Math & Scripture: Through a study of Moses, students learned to realize that success in life requires dependence on God. Students looked at the many opportunities Moses found to use his math skills. Students also looked at Ezekiel’s Temple Vision in Ezekiel 40-43 & studied the dimensions of the temple and God’s purpose in revealing this vision to Ezekiel.

Thursday -- Lesson 8.5 Applying Inequalities: STudents learned how to write & solve inequalities for problem situations as well as how to apply the trichotomy axiom to problem situations.

Friday -- Chapter 8 Problem Solving: Students learned how to use the problem-solving strategy of writing an equation to solve a word problem.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, JANUARY 15!

I have started a new program in math class which works similar to the “Discipline Information Report Forms” students receive. The major difference with this new program is that students receive “Conduct Information Report Forms” for positive reasons. When students receive a Conduct Information Report Form in my class, they will sign it & it will be posted on our Wall of Good Conduct. Even secondary students enjoy praise!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Hello!

Monday -- Lesson 8.3 Applying Equations: Students learned how to write & solve advanced equations using information presented in a word problems including consecutive integers or consecutive even/odd integers. Students also learned how to write & solve equations for word problems using d=rt, including those requiring the rate to be adjusted due to wind or current.

Tuesday -- Lesson 8.4 Students learned how to solve &b graph an inequality requiring at least 2 steps.

Wednesday -- Chapter 8 Math in Use & Math & Scripture: Through a study of Moses, students learned to realize that success in life requires dependence on God. Students looked at the many opportunities Moses found to use his math skills. Students also looked at Ezekiel’s Temple Vision in Ezekiel 40-43 & studied the dimensions of the temple and God’s purpose in revealing this vision to Ezekiel.

Thursday -- Lesson 8.5 Applying Inequalities: STudents learned how to write & solve inequalities for problem situations as well as how to apply the trichotomy axiom to problem situations.

Friday -- Chapter 8 Problem Solving: Students learned how to use the problem-solving strategy of writing an equation to solve a word problem.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, JANUARY 15!

I have started a new program in math class which works similar to the “Discipline Information Report Forms” students receive. The major difference with this new program is that students receive “Conduct Information Report Forms” for positive reasons. When students receive a Conduct Information Report Form in my class, they will sign it & it will be posted on our Wall of Good Conduct. Even secondary students enjoy praise!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 20: Sent January 4, 2013

Hello!

On Thursday, students received a Tentative Schedule for the semester. Feel free to access the schedule anytime on the course website under “Schedules.”

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Thursday -- Lesson 8.1 Simplifying Equations: Students learned to solve equations requiring the use of the Distributive Property in order to eliminate parentheses & combine like terms.

Friday -- Lesson 8.2 Variables on Both Sides: Students learned how to solve equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15.

Mrs. Dolvin

On Thursday, students received a Tentative Schedule for the semester. Feel free to access the schedule anytime on the course website under “Schedules.”

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Thursday -- Lesson 8.1 Simplifying Equations: Students learned to solve equations requiring the use of the Distributive Property in order to eliminate parentheses & combine like terms.

Friday -- Lesson 8.2 Variables on Both Sides: Students learned how to solve equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign.

NEXT TEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15.

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 19: Sent December 19, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Reviewed Chapters 6-7.

Tuesday – Students took Semester 1 Exam.

Wednesday – After we went over the exam, students played a new to them “24 GAME” where they had 2 sides of numbers (wheels) & had to find the “variable number” in the middle of the wheel that would make 24 on both wheels. They enjoyed this! We ended the hour watching a portion of the 1959 version of Donald in Mathmagic Land where Donald Duck discovers everyday opportunities of math & why math is useful. Ideally, we will squeeze in some more of this in the Spring.

Your students have worked hard this semester. They are ready for a break! Have a Merry Christmas & I am looking forward to next semester!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Reviewed Chapters 6-7.

Tuesday – Students took Semester 1 Exam.

Wednesday – After we went over the exam, students played a new to them “24 GAME” where they had 2 sides of numbers (wheels) & had to find the “variable number” in the middle of the wheel that would make 24 on both wheels. They enjoyed this! We ended the hour watching a portion of the 1959 version of Donald in Mathmagic Land where Donald Duck discovers everyday opportunities of math & why math is useful. Ideally, we will squeeze in some more of this in the Spring.

Your students have worked hard this semester. They are ready for a break! Have a Merry Christmas & I am looking forward to next semester!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 18: Sent December 14, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 7.7 Interest: Students learned how to find interest and the total amounts for simple & compound interest problems.

Tuesday – Lesson 7.8 Percent Change: Students learned how to find the percent change when given the original & new amounts. They also learned how to find the new amount when given the original amount and the percent change.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Math in Use ~ Julia Morgan, Architect & Chapter 7 Math & Scripture ~ Solomon’s Temple: From the life of Julia Morgan, students learned to be persistent in the pursuit of God’s calling in one’s life as well as an introduction to the field of architecture. Through a study on Solomon’s Temple, students looked at the dimensions of the temple and the various parts. We ended the hour with a look at Solomon’s role in & attitude toward the building of the temple.

Thursday – Reviewed for Exam Chapters 1-3.

Friday – Reviewed for Exam Chapters 4-5.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 7.7 Interest: Students learned how to find interest and the total amounts for simple & compound interest problems.

Tuesday – Lesson 7.8 Percent Change: Students learned how to find the percent change when given the original & new amounts. They also learned how to find the new amount when given the original amount and the percent change.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Math in Use ~ Julia Morgan, Architect & Chapter 7 Math & Scripture ~ Solomon’s Temple: From the life of Julia Morgan, students learned to be persistent in the pursuit of God’s calling in one’s life as well as an introduction to the field of architecture. Through a study on Solomon’s Temple, students looked at the dimensions of the temple and the various parts. We ended the hour with a look at Solomon’s role in & attitude toward the building of the temple.

Thursday – Reviewed for Exam Chapters 1-3.

Friday – Reviewed for Exam Chapters 4-5.

**NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18!**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 17: Sent December 7, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 7.3 Using Percents: Students learned how to write equations for & solve percent problems.

Tuesday – Lesson 7.4 Scales: Students learned how to determine the actual lengths & drawn lengths in scale drawings, how to find the scale of a drawing given actual lengths & drawn lengths, and how to determine & use enlargement & reduction settings.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Problem Solving: Students reviewed five problem-solving strategies & worked on selecting & using the best method to solve a problem. Students had the opportunity to present their work on a transparency & explain it to the class. We ended the hour by reading & discussing the mathematical folktale, One Grain of Rice.

Thursday – Lesson 7.5 Discount & Markup: Students learned how to find the discount, sale price, discount rate, cost, markup, markup rate, and retail price.

Friday – Lesson 7.2 Solving Percent Equations: Students learned how to solve percent equations using formulas or proportions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 7.3 Using Percents: Students learned how to write equations for & solve percent problems.

Tuesday – Lesson 7.4 Scales: Students learned how to determine the actual lengths & drawn lengths in scale drawings, how to find the scale of a drawing given actual lengths & drawn lengths, and how to determine & use enlargement & reduction settings.

Wednesday – Chapter 7 Problem Solving: Students reviewed five problem-solving strategies & worked on selecting & using the best method to solve a problem. Students had the opportunity to present their work on a transparency & explain it to the class. We ended the hour by reading & discussing the mathematical folktale, One Grain of Rice.

Thursday – Lesson 7.5 Discount & Markup: Students learned how to find the discount, sale price, discount rate, cost, markup, markup rate, and retail price.

Friday – Lesson 7.2 Solving Percent Equations: Students learned how to solve percent equations using formulas or proportions.

**NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18!**Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 16: Sent November 30, 2012

Hello!

Because good learning starts with questions, not answers, we are are really working hard in Pre-Algebra to develop inquisitive minds. For this reason, students have been required to complete their online assignments with submitting an “I wonder....” question. I have been extremely pleased with the excellent questions I have been receiving. As I am seeking to develop a rigorous, inquiry-based classroom, I have noticed that these student-generated questions are driving instruction and encouraging engagement. It has been very helpful for me to allow these students to ask questions to show me what that they are thinking and to help me to know how to best answer the questions during the instruction time (because the videos they watch are a preview to the next day’s lesson, they should have questions!) I am excited as this will continue to keep students engaged, will help students develop their curiosity, and will also help students forge paths to new thinking (which will lead to learning!) It has been a good week!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.8 Operations with Scientific Notation: Students reviewed how to convert numbers to scientific notation as well as how to perform operations on them.

Tuesday – Students reviewed for Test 6.

Wednesday – Students took Test 6.

Thursday – Lesson 7.1 Forms of Percents: Students learned to convert between equivalent percents, fractions, and decimals.

Friday – Lesson 7.2 Solving Percent Equations:Students learned how to solve percent equations using formulas or proportions.

NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Because good learning starts with questions, not answers, we are are really working hard in Pre-Algebra to develop inquisitive minds. For this reason, students have been required to complete their online assignments with submitting an “I wonder....” question. I have been extremely pleased with the excellent questions I have been receiving. As I am seeking to develop a rigorous, inquiry-based classroom, I have noticed that these student-generated questions are driving instruction and encouraging engagement. It has been very helpful for me to allow these students to ask questions to show me what that they are thinking and to help me to know how to best answer the questions during the instruction time (because the videos they watch are a preview to the next day’s lesson, they should have questions!) I am excited as this will continue to keep students engaged, will help students develop their curiosity, and will also help students forge paths to new thinking (which will lead to learning!) It has been a good week!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.8 Operations with Scientific Notation: Students reviewed how to convert numbers to scientific notation as well as how to perform operations on them.

Tuesday – Students reviewed for Test 6.

Wednesday – Students took Test 6.

Thursday – Lesson 7.1 Forms of Percents: Students learned to convert between equivalent percents, fractions, and decimals.

Friday – Lesson 7.2 Solving Percent Equations:Students learned how to solve percent equations using formulas or proportions.

NEXT TEST: SEMESTER 1 EXAM = TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 15: Sent November 20, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.7 Using Algebra: Students learned how to write & solve equations using information stated in word problems.

Tuesday – Problem Solving - Divide & Conquer: Students learned how to use the “divide & conquer” strategy to solve complicated word problems.

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.7 Using Algebra: Students learned how to write & solve equations using information stated in word problems.

Tuesday – Problem Solving - Divide & Conquer: Students learned how to use the “divide & conquer” strategy to solve complicated word problems.

**Pre-Algebra progress reports were sent home with students last Thursday. Thank you to those who have signed & returned them!**NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 14: Sent November 16, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.3 Division: Students learned to divide rational numbers in various forms. :

Tuesday – Lesson 6.4 Evaluating Algebraic Expressions: Students learned how to evaluate algebraic expressions when the values of the variables are given.

Wednesday – Math in Use: John Philip Sousa, Math & Scripture: The Wilderness Tabernacle:: Students learned how to appreciate the beauty of music that is mathematically precise. The students filled out a simple “Fakebook” page as if they were John Philip Sousa. This included his birthday as well as other historical events on his timeline. We spent the last half of the class taking a look at the Wilderness Tabernacle. We learned that the purpose of God’s detailed plan for the Tabernacle was to bring glory to Him. We calculated the square footage of the courtyard and compared that to the square footage of a basketball court. We ended the hour figuring out how much gold was on the Ark of the Covenant and what that would be worth in current prices -- about $5.6 million. Wow!

Thursday – Lesson 6.5 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions: Students learned how to simplify algebraic expressions with rational coefficients by adding like terms and distributing.

Friday – Lesson 6.6 Solving Equations with Rational Numbers: Students learned to solve equations by undoing what was done to the variable.

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

P.S. All weekly updates posted on www.kdolvin.weebly.com

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 6.3 Division: Students learned to divide rational numbers in various forms. :

Tuesday – Lesson 6.4 Evaluating Algebraic Expressions: Students learned how to evaluate algebraic expressions when the values of the variables are given.

Wednesday – Math in Use: John Philip Sousa, Math & Scripture: The Wilderness Tabernacle:: Students learned how to appreciate the beauty of music that is mathematically precise. The students filled out a simple “Fakebook” page as if they were John Philip Sousa. This included his birthday as well as other historical events on his timeline. We spent the last half of the class taking a look at the Wilderness Tabernacle. We learned that the purpose of God’s detailed plan for the Tabernacle was to bring glory to Him. We calculated the square footage of the courtyard and compared that to the square footage of a basketball court. We ended the hour figuring out how much gold was on the Ark of the Covenant and what that would be worth in current prices -- about $5.6 million. Wow!

Thursday – Lesson 6.5 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions: Students learned how to simplify algebraic expressions with rational coefficients by adding like terms and distributing.

Friday – Lesson 6.6 Solving Equations with Rational Numbers: Students learned to solve equations by undoing what was done to the variable.

**Note 1: Thank you for checking that your students are completing their online homework each evening. When the online homework is completed daily, students should submit (online) their name, the lesson number, and a summary of the lesson. Many have been very faithful with this -- & their success in the class is a result of this!**

Note 2: Pre-Algebra progress reports were sent home with students yesterday. Thank you to those who have already signed & returned them!Note 2: Pre-Algebra progress reports were sent home with students yesterday. Thank you to those who have already signed & returned them!

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

P.S. All weekly updates posted on www.kdolvin.weebly.com

## Week 13: Sent November 9, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 5.6: Real Numbers: Students reviewed concepts regarding real numbers as well as numerous properties.

Tuesday – Reviewed for Test 5.

Wednesday – Test 5

Thursday – Lesson 6.1 Addition & Subtraction: Students reviewed how to add and subtract rational numbers in various forms.

Friday – Lesson 6.2 Multiplication: Students reviewed how to multiply rational numbers in various forms as well as a specific look at multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 5.6: Real Numbers: Students reviewed concepts regarding real numbers as well as numerous properties.

Tuesday – Reviewed for Test 5.

Wednesday – Test 5

Thursday – Lesson 6.1 Addition & Subtraction: Students reviewed how to add and subtract rational numbers in various forms.

Friday – Lesson 6.2 Multiplication: Students reviewed how to multiply rational numbers in various forms as well as a specific look at multiplying and dividing by powers of 10.

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 12: Sent November 2, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Tuesday – Lesson 5.3 Decimal Equivalents: Students learned how to convert between equivalent fractional and decimal forms of rational numbers as well as how to order a set of rational numbers containing terminating and non-terminating decimals.

Wednesday – Chapter 5 Math in Use, Math & Scripture: Students studied the life of Eleazar and how some of his responsibilities as a priest required the use of mathematics. We then took it further and studied how all Old Testament priests used fractions. The students commented that they were never aware of how detailed God’s instructions were regarding their work, the religious duties of the people, and practical everyday matters. We ended the class with a brief look at the crane in NYC & what engineers will have to do to solve the situation.

Thursday – Lesson 5.4 Ratio & Rate: Students learned how to express a pair of numbers as a ratio, rate, or unit rate.

Friday – Lesson 5.5 Proportions: Students learned how to identify the means and extremes of a proportion and how to solve for a variable in a proportion.

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Tuesday – Lesson 5.3 Decimal Equivalents: Students learned how to convert between equivalent fractional and decimal forms of rational numbers as well as how to order a set of rational numbers containing terminating and non-terminating decimals.

Wednesday – Chapter 5 Math in Use, Math & Scripture: Students studied the life of Eleazar and how some of his responsibilities as a priest required the use of mathematics. We then took it further and studied how all Old Testament priests used fractions. The students commented that they were never aware of how detailed God’s instructions were regarding their work, the religious duties of the people, and practical everyday matters. We ended the class with a brief look at the crane in NYC & what engineers will have to do to solve the situation.

Thursday – Lesson 5.4 Ratio & Rate: Students learned how to express a pair of numbers as a ratio, rate, or unit rate.

Friday – Lesson 5.5 Proportions: Students learned how to identify the means and extremes of a proportion and how to solve for a variable in a proportion.

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 11: Sent October 26, 2012

Hello!

I am looking forward to meeting with those of you who have scheduled conferences for next week. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, you may still call the school office (317-253-0649). Additionally,

Here is the update for Pre-Algebra for this week:

Monday – Review for Test 4

Tuesday – Test 4 (Note: At the end Chapter 4, I did give completion grades for the number of videos a student watched in the chapter and for the homework assignments completed. For most students, these grades were 100%. However, there are still students who are not completing these daily assignments.)

Wednesday – Lesson 5.1 Forms of Rational Numbers: Students reviewed how to reduce fractions to lowest terms & how to convert between improper fractions & mixed numbers.

Thursday – Lesson 5.2 Comparing Rational Numbers: Students learned how to find equivalent forms of fractions, how to compare fractions with unlike denominators, and how to graph rational numbers on a number line.

Friday – Chapter 5 Problem Solving: Students learned how to use a diagram as an aid to solving a problem.

Because of the day off on Monday, students will not have homework this weekend. Enjoy! :)

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7!

Mrs. Dolvin

I am looking forward to meeting with those of you who have scheduled conferences for next week. If you have not yet scheduled a conference, you may still call the school office (317-253-0649). Additionally,

**I would highly encourage you to bring your student along for the conference as this would be profitable for them as well.**Of course, if you would prefer not to, that is up to your discretion.Here is the update for Pre-Algebra for this week:

Monday – Review for Test 4

Tuesday – Test 4 (Note: At the end Chapter 4, I did give completion grades for the number of videos a student watched in the chapter and for the homework assignments completed. For most students, these grades were 100%. However, there are still students who are not completing these daily assignments.)

Wednesday – Lesson 5.1 Forms of Rational Numbers: Students reviewed how to reduce fractions to lowest terms & how to convert between improper fractions & mixed numbers.

Thursday – Lesson 5.2 Comparing Rational Numbers: Students learned how to find equivalent forms of fractions, how to compare fractions with unlike denominators, and how to graph rational numbers on a number line.

Friday – Chapter 5 Problem Solving: Students learned how to use a diagram as an aid to solving a problem.

Because of the day off on Monday, students will not have homework this weekend. Enjoy! :)

NEXT TEST: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 10: Sent October 19, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.5 Arithmetic Sequences: Students learned how to find terms in an arithmetic sequence, how to write recursive definitions for arithmetic sequences, and how to write the explicit formula for them as well. This was 100% new material for the students and they did well with the new ideas. It was neat to watch things “click” at different times for each student as they began to learn to understand the importance of patterns.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.6 Geometric Sequences: Students learned much of the same concepts as Monday but learned the difference between arithmetic and geometric sequences and how to use each. This was another challenging lesson!

Wednesday – Problem Solving – Looking for a Pattern: Students used patterns in order to find solutions. We briefly looked over Fibonacci Numbers again and discussed how God created the universe to follow mathematical patterns.

Thursday – Lesson 4.7 Bases: Students learned how to convert numbers between base 10 and other bases. Perhaps Daniel of the Bible learned a different numeration system. The students were hesitant to be challenged with various numeration systems, but they did very well with learning!

Friday – Lesson 4.8 Operations in Bases: Students learned how to add and subtract non-base 10 numbers. This was very challenging!!!

This entire week has been a big week of learning completely new concepts in Pre-Algebra. They are doing great as we have covered some extremely taxing new concepts.

NEXT TEST: This coming Tuesday, October 23!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.5 Arithmetic Sequences: Students learned how to find terms in an arithmetic sequence, how to write recursive definitions for arithmetic sequences, and how to write the explicit formula for them as well. This was 100% new material for the students and they did well with the new ideas. It was neat to watch things “click” at different times for each student as they began to learn to understand the importance of patterns.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.6 Geometric Sequences: Students learned much of the same concepts as Monday but learned the difference between arithmetic and geometric sequences and how to use each. This was another challenging lesson!

Wednesday – Problem Solving – Looking for a Pattern: Students used patterns in order to find solutions. We briefly looked over Fibonacci Numbers again and discussed how God created the universe to follow mathematical patterns.

Thursday – Lesson 4.7 Bases: Students learned how to convert numbers between base 10 and other bases. Perhaps Daniel of the Bible learned a different numeration system. The students were hesitant to be challenged with various numeration systems, but they did very well with learning!

Friday – Lesson 4.8 Operations in Bases: Students learned how to add and subtract non-base 10 numbers. This was very challenging!!!

This entire week has been a big week of learning completely new concepts in Pre-Algebra. They are doing great as we have covered some extremely taxing new concepts.

NEXT TEST: This coming Tuesday, October 23!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 9: Sent October 12, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.1 Prime & Composite Numbers: Students reviewed how to find factors & multiples of a given number. Students also learned how to determine whether or not a number is a factor of a given number, & whether a given number is prime or composite.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.2 Prime Factorization: Students learned how to find the prime factorization of a number.

Wednesday – Math in Use (Daniel, Praying Prophet) & Math & Scripture (Daniel’s Seventy Weeks): Students were reminded by the life of Daniel that we should strive to be examples of excellence in order to bring glory to God. We also talked about how God is in control of future events. We enjoyed looking at Daniel 9 as we sought to understand the seventy weeks as well as strengthen our faith in God’s Word by examining the accuracy of fulfilled prophecy.

Thursday – Lesson 4.3 Greatest Common Factor: Students learned how to find the greatest common factor of two or three given numbers as well finding the greatest common factor of several simple algebraic expressions.

Friday – Lesson 4.4 Least Common Multiple: Students learned how to find the least common multiple of two to three numbers using prime factorization. They also learned how to find the least common multiple of several simple algebraic expressions.

Thank you for your diligence in making sure students are keeping up with their online homework each evening. It is making a significant difference!

NEXT TEST: Tuesday, October 23.

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 4.1 Prime & Composite Numbers: Students reviewed how to find factors & multiples of a given number. Students also learned how to determine whether or not a number is a factor of a given number, & whether a given number is prime or composite.

Tuesday – Lesson 4.2 Prime Factorization: Students learned how to find the prime factorization of a number.

Wednesday – Math in Use (Daniel, Praying Prophet) & Math & Scripture (Daniel’s Seventy Weeks): Students were reminded by the life of Daniel that we should strive to be examples of excellence in order to bring glory to God. We also talked about how God is in control of future events. We enjoyed looking at Daniel 9 as we sought to understand the seventy weeks as well as strengthen our faith in God’s Word by examining the accuracy of fulfilled prophecy.

Thursday – Lesson 4.3 Greatest Common Factor: Students learned how to find the greatest common factor of two or three given numbers as well finding the greatest common factor of several simple algebraic expressions.

Friday – Lesson 4.4 Least Common Multiple: Students learned how to find the least common multiple of two to three numbers using prime factorization. They also learned how to find the least common multiple of several simple algebraic expressions.

Thank you for your diligence in making sure students are keeping up with their online homework each evening. It is making a significant difference!

NEXT TEST: Tuesday, October 23.

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 8: Sent October 4, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.7 Solving Linear Inequalities: Students learned how to algebraically solve and graph linear inequalities on number lines.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.8 Using Inequalities: Students learned how to solve a problem by translating it into an inequality, solving the inequality, and then translating the result.

Wednesday – Math in Use (David, King of Israel) & Math & Scripture (King David’s Unwise Census): By studying David & the census that he took, students were reminded to use skills & knowledge to glorify God, not to glorify one’s self. We looked at David’s repentant response when confronted with his sin & we emphasized the magnitude of sin’s effect on innocent people – even though David had repented. We discussed how our actions always affect others. We spent the rest of the hour comparing II Samuel 24 & I Chronicles 21 & developed possible explanations for what some might believe are contradictory statements. We emphasized that the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

Thursday – Reviewed for Test 3: In class, we worked on the end of chapter review to prepare for Test 3.

Friday – Test 3: Students took their 3rd Pre-Algebra test. Time is flying!

Next test = October 23.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.7 Solving Linear Inequalities: Students learned how to algebraically solve and graph linear inequalities on number lines.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.8 Using Inequalities: Students learned how to solve a problem by translating it into an inequality, solving the inequality, and then translating the result.

Wednesday – Math in Use (David, King of Israel) & Math & Scripture (King David’s Unwise Census): By studying David & the census that he took, students were reminded to use skills & knowledge to glorify God, not to glorify one’s self. We looked at David’s repentant response when confronted with his sin & we emphasized the magnitude of sin’s effect on innocent people – even though David had repented. We discussed how our actions always affect others. We spent the rest of the hour comparing II Samuel 24 & I Chronicles 21 & developed possible explanations for what some might believe are contradictory statements. We emphasized that the inerrancy of the Scriptures.

Thursday – Reviewed for Test 3: In class, we worked on the end of chapter review to prepare for Test 3.

Friday – Test 3: Students took their 3rd Pre-Algebra test. Time is flying!

Next test = October 23.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 7: Sent September 26, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.5 Using Equations: Students learned to translate sentences with equal quantities into equations. They also worked on solving and interpreting the results of these equations.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.6 Sets of Numbers & Inequalities: Students reviewed the relationships of the various sets of numbers, determined whether a solution to an equation is in a given set of numbers, and found the solution set for an inequality.

Wednesday – Problem Solving Guess & Check: Students worked on solving problems using a “guess & check” strategy.

Next test: Friday, October 5. (Test will be 1st hour.)

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 3.5 Using Equations: Students learned to translate sentences with equal quantities into equations. They also worked on solving and interpreting the results of these equations.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.6 Sets of Numbers & Inequalities: Students reviewed the relationships of the various sets of numbers, determined whether a solution to an equation is in a given set of numbers, and found the solution set for an inequality.

Wednesday – Problem Solving Guess & Check: Students worked on solving problems using a “guess & check” strategy.

Next test: Friday, October 5. (Test will be 1st hour.)

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 6: Sent September 21, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Math in Use, Math & Scripture: Through a study of Joseph, students were reminded that God has a plan for each life and we need to accept that plan. We also talked about how Joseph prepared for the future by working diligently & that we need to work diligently at the tasks He has given each one of us. We also looked at how to use the “select the operations” strategy for problem solving.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.1 Solving Equations by Adding or Subtracting: Students learned how to solve equations using addition or subtraction & also worked on translating sentences into addition or subtraction equations.

Wednesday – Lesson 3.2 Solving Equations by Multiplying or Dividing: Students learned how to solve equations using multiplication or division & also worked on translating sentences into multiplication or division equations

Thursday – Lesson 3.3 Solving Two-Step Equations: Students worked on translating sentences into two-step equations and then solving those equations.

Friday – Lesson 3.4 Simplifying Before Solving: Students learned how to simplify expressions (including those with parenthesis) by combining like terms. They also learned how to solve these equations.

Students are continuing to do a great job in Pre-Algebra as they put forth effort both in class & at home. Students have been faithfully keeping up with written and online homework. I appreciate their dedication – they are a joy to teach!

Next test = Friday, October 5.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Math in Use, Math & Scripture: Through a study of Joseph, students were reminded that God has a plan for each life and we need to accept that plan. We also talked about how Joseph prepared for the future by working diligently & that we need to work diligently at the tasks He has given each one of us. We also looked at how to use the “select the operations” strategy for problem solving.

Tuesday – Lesson 3.1 Solving Equations by Adding or Subtracting: Students learned how to solve equations using addition or subtraction & also worked on translating sentences into addition or subtraction equations.

Wednesday – Lesson 3.2 Solving Equations by Multiplying or Dividing: Students learned how to solve equations using multiplication or division & also worked on translating sentences into multiplication or division equations

Thursday – Lesson 3.3 Solving Two-Step Equations: Students worked on translating sentences into two-step equations and then solving those equations.

Friday – Lesson 3.4 Simplifying Before Solving: Students learned how to simplify expressions (including those with parenthesis) by combining like terms. They also learned how to solve these equations.

Students are continuing to do a great job in Pre-Algebra as they put forth effort both in class & at home. Students have been faithfully keeping up with written and online homework. I appreciate their dedication – they are a joy to teach!

Next test = Friday, October 5.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 5: Sent September 14, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 2.5 Simplifying Expressions: Students learned to identify terms, coefficients, & constants in algebraic expressions. They also reviewed simplifying expressions using the Associative Property of Multiplication and combining like terms.

Tuesday – Lesson 2.6 Translating Word Phrases: Students worked on translating word phrases into algebraic expressions.

Wednesday – Lesson 2.7 Estimating: Students reviewed how to round numbers to indicated place value. We worked on estimating sums & differences, products & quotients, a brief look at front-end estimation.

Thursday – Review for Test 2: We worked through the end of chapter review.

Friday – Test 2: Grades will be posted by the end of the day.

*NOTE: Progress Reports were sent home with students on Thursday. Let me know if you had any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday – Lesson 2.5 Simplifying Expressions: Students learned to identify terms, coefficients, & constants in algebraic expressions. They also reviewed simplifying expressions using the Associative Property of Multiplication and combining like terms.

Tuesday – Lesson 2.6 Translating Word Phrases: Students worked on translating word phrases into algebraic expressions.

Wednesday – Lesson 2.7 Estimating: Students reviewed how to round numbers to indicated place value. We worked on estimating sums & differences, products & quotients, a brief look at front-end estimation.

Thursday – Review for Test 2: We worked through the end of chapter review.

Friday – Test 2: Grades will be posted by the end of the day.

*NOTE: Progress Reports were sent home with students on Thursday. Let me know if you had any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 4: Sent September 6, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Tuesday - Lesson 2.4a Evaluating Expressions: Students learned to evaluate algebraic expressions given the value(s) of the variable(s). This involved a review of the order of operations, which students have mastered quite well!

Friday -Lesson 2.4b Evaluating Expressions (continued): Students continued working on algebraic expressions and thoroughly reviewed the addition and multiplication properties. (They are super on these too!) We also reviewed the Distributive Property. We ended the class with a look a Inventor Jean-Bernard-Leon Foucault.

Reminder: Test 2 will be next Friday (9/14).

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update for Pre-Algebra this week:

Tuesday - Lesson 2.4a Evaluating Expressions: Students learned to evaluate algebraic expressions given the value(s) of the variable(s). This involved a review of the order of operations, which students have mastered quite well!

Friday -Lesson 2.4b Evaluating Expressions (continued): Students continued working on algebraic expressions and thoroughly reviewed the addition and multiplication properties. (They are super on these too!) We also reviewed the Distributive Property. We ended the class with a look a Inventor Jean-Bernard-Leon Foucault.

Reminder: Test 2 will be next Friday (9/14).

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 3: Sent August 31, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update on Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday - We reviewed for Test 1.

Tuesday - Students took Test 1. (Grades are on Renweb.)

Wednesday - Lesson 2.1 Properties of Addition: Students are able to determine if a given set of numbers is closed for addition. They are also able to name & use the properties of addition to simplify expressions. I was very impressed when we participated in an online game regarding these properties - as a class, students were able to recognize & accurately call out 34 properties in 60 seconds. (And perhaps this would have been a higher number if I could react & type in their answers faster!)

Thursday - Lesson 2.2 Properties of Multiplication. Students are able to determine if a set of numbers is closed for multiplication. They are also able to name & use the properties of multiplication to simplify expressions. These tools will be valuable as we continue in Algebra.

Friday - Lesson 2.3 Distributive Property: Students are able to use this property to write and simplify expressions. This section is very important to Algebra!

We are continuing our work with daily rapid calculations. We begin each lesson with 7 of them - they are getting fast!

Also, as you know, students can expect homework every evening except Wednesdays. However, due to the day off on Monday, there is no homework today (Friday). Enjoy the weekend!

Due to School Camp, next week will be a lighter week of math. However, we will still stay on schedule & the students are doing very well!!!

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update on Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday - We reviewed for Test 1.

Tuesday - Students took Test 1. (Grades are on Renweb.)

Wednesday - Lesson 2.1 Properties of Addition: Students are able to determine if a given set of numbers is closed for addition. They are also able to name & use the properties of addition to simplify expressions. I was very impressed when we participated in an online game regarding these properties - as a class, students were able to recognize & accurately call out 34 properties in 60 seconds. (And perhaps this would have been a higher number if I could react & type in their answers faster!)

Thursday - Lesson 2.2 Properties of Multiplication. Students are able to determine if a set of numbers is closed for multiplication. They are also able to name & use the properties of multiplication to simplify expressions. These tools will be valuable as we continue in Algebra.

Friday - Lesson 2.3 Distributive Property: Students are able to use this property to write and simplify expressions. This section is very important to Algebra!

We are continuing our work with daily rapid calculations. We begin each lesson with 7 of them - they are getting fast!

Also, as you know, students can expect homework every evening except Wednesdays. However, due to the day off on Monday, there is no homework today (Friday). Enjoy the weekend!

Due to School Camp, next week will be a lighter week of math. However, we will still stay on schedule & the students are doing very well!!!

Thanks,

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 2: Sent August 24, 2012

Hello!

Here is an update on Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday - Lesson 1.5 Dividing Integers: Students reviewed finding the quotient of integers.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.6 Exponents: Students used the properties of exponents to simplify problems and to solve problems in numerical form.

Wednesday - pp. 29-30 Introduction to Problem Solving: Students reviewed George Polya's 4-point checklist for problem solving and then applied the checklist to solve problems. Students worked on thinking carefully and logically to find viable solutions to a variety of word problems.

Thursday - Lesson 1.7 Order of Operations: Students reviewed the order of operations and worked on using it to evaluate numerical expressions containing numerous operations.

Friday - Lesson 1.8 Scientific Notation: Students worked on converting numbers from standard form to scientific form and from scientific form back to standard form.

Students are continuing daily to build speed with rapid calculations. On Wednesday, students also had a chance to play 24-game. There were a few quiz and homework grades this week. Check Renweb for those results. Students have been doing very well keeping up with both the written & online homework assignments.

Reminder: Test #1 TUESDAY!

Mrs. Dolvin

Here is an update on Pre-Algebra this week:

Monday - Lesson 1.5 Dividing Integers: Students reviewed finding the quotient of integers.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.6 Exponents: Students used the properties of exponents to simplify problems and to solve problems in numerical form.

Wednesday - pp. 29-30 Introduction to Problem Solving: Students reviewed George Polya's 4-point checklist for problem solving and then applied the checklist to solve problems. Students worked on thinking carefully and logically to find viable solutions to a variety of word problems.

Thursday - Lesson 1.7 Order of Operations: Students reviewed the order of operations and worked on using it to evaluate numerical expressions containing numerous operations.

Friday - Lesson 1.8 Scientific Notation: Students worked on converting numbers from standard form to scientific form and from scientific form back to standard form.

Students are continuing daily to build speed with rapid calculations. On Wednesday, students also had a chance to play 24-game. There were a few quiz and homework grades this week. Check Renweb for those results. Students have been doing very well keeping up with both the written & online homework assignments.

Reminder: Test #1 TUESDAY!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 1: Sent August 17, 2012

Hello!

We are off to a great start in Pre-Algebra. Students are doing very well keeping up with both their written & online homework. Here is an overview of our week:

Monday - Lesson 1.1: Opposite and Absolute Value. Students compared and ordered integers. Students also found the absolute value & opposite of integers.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.2: Adding Integers. Students reviewed how to add integers using a number line as well as by using rules.

Wednesday - Students looked at the life & contributions of S. Josephine Baker to see how her success was a result of persistence, selflessness, & hard work. This lesson also included realizing the importance of mathematics in the field of medicine. On a different note, students also looked at the influence of Daniel to help us understand that God can give superior understanding to those who purpose to serve Him.

Thursday - Lesson 1.3: Subtracting Integers. Students reviewed how to rewrite & solve a subtraction problem as an addition problem.

Friday - Lesson 1.4: Multiplying Integers. Students reviewed how to find the product of integers.

There have been many rules for these lessons. We are trying to not simply memorize the rules but to also understand where the rules come from. They are doing a great job!

Just as last year, students are also working on rapid calculations on a daily basis. They are doing a phenomenal job on these. They have already increased speed already & seem to enjoy this part of class. We also have played 24game, something we will typically do on Wednesdays. There are a couple grades posted on RenWeb as well. We keep busy!!!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Dolvin

We are off to a great start in Pre-Algebra. Students are doing very well keeping up with both their written & online homework. Here is an overview of our week:

Monday - Lesson 1.1: Opposite and Absolute Value. Students compared and ordered integers. Students also found the absolute value & opposite of integers.

Tuesday - Lesson 1.2: Adding Integers. Students reviewed how to add integers using a number line as well as by using rules.

Wednesday - Students looked at the life & contributions of S. Josephine Baker to see how her success was a result of persistence, selflessness, & hard work. This lesson also included realizing the importance of mathematics in the field of medicine. On a different note, students also looked at the influence of Daniel to help us understand that God can give superior understanding to those who purpose to serve Him.

Thursday - Lesson 1.3: Subtracting Integers. Students reviewed how to rewrite & solve a subtraction problem as an addition problem.

Friday - Lesson 1.4: Multiplying Integers. Students reviewed how to find the product of integers.

There have been many rules for these lessons. We are trying to not simply memorize the rules but to also understand where the rules come from. They are doing a great job!

Just as last year, students are also working on rapid calculations on a daily basis. They are doing a phenomenal job on these. They have already increased speed already & seem to enjoy this part of class. We also have played 24game, something we will typically do on Wednesdays. There are a couple grades posted on RenWeb as well. We keep busy!!!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Mrs. Dolvin

## Week 0: Sent August 3, 2012

Hello Students and Parents,

The first day of class is just around the corner and I am super excited! If you would, please take a few minutes to do

1. Please watch this brief Intro. Video.

2. Please preview Lesson 1.1. This will take around 6-7 minutes.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to view these two videos. It will help us get off to a great start!

Note to Parents: Most homework assignments will include having students view a 5 to 10 minute mathematics video that will serve as a preview of the next lesson. Please help to make sure that your students are doing this portion of the assignments throughout the year. This is a vital part to the class!

Please contact me anytime if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Dolvin

The first day of class is just around the corner and I am super excited! If you would, please take a few minutes to do

__two__things to make sure you are ready for the first day of class on August 13:1. Please watch this brief Intro. Video.

2. Please preview Lesson 1.1. This will take around 6-7 minutes.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to view these two videos. It will help us get off to a great start!

Note to Parents: Most homework assignments will include having students view a 5 to 10 minute mathematics video that will serve as a preview of the next lesson. Please help to make sure that your students are doing this portion of the assignments throughout the year. This is a vital part to the class!

Please contact me anytime if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great year!

Mrs. Dolvin