What's Happening in the Classroom


"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."                                                          -- Plutarch,
Greek historian

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."                                                              -- Sophia Loren,
actress


Hello Students and parents!  I have created this website to keep you and your parents up to date with what is occurring in our classroom.

I am available to help you with any questions or concerns every day until 9pm.  Call or text me at 518-376-2344 or email me at mathwithshelli@gmail.com!

Need to know what the homework is?  Check the toolbar on the side for your class and view the calendar.

Need some refresher notes?  Check the side toolbar.  However, this is only updated on occasion and "as needed" during class.

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What's Happening in the Classroom?
as of 02/16/2017
Grade 5:  
The 5th graders are off to a great start with their new unit Shapes and Designs.  The students recently learned about tilings and created their own "Escher-ish" design after looking at some of the work by M. C. Escher.  This week they started learning about angles and were able to use angle rulers for the first time!  They can be tricky to use at first, but once the students become comfortable with them they will find they are easier to use than protractors.  The students will continue with the unit for the next month and then will begin the final project - a quilt!

The students also began a STEM adventure - this adventure will require each 5th grade student to pair with a 4th grade student. The title of the project is "Providing a Helping Hand;" the students will be tasked with designing a prosthetic device.  The students will complete research, reach out to community members in need, and design, print, and assemble a prosthetic device for use.  I have decided that students may design a hand for someone in need or a leg for an animal in need.  If students are not able to locate a person/animal in need, they will be tasked with designing a device they could use themselves.  


Grade 6:
The 6th graders have completed their final project - designing the Parker Recreation Building.  Everyone's creations are located in the hallway, please stop by to see them!  Tomorrow we will begin our next unit, Bits and Pieces III, which will allow them to apply their knowledge of fractions to decimals and percents.  By the end of the unit the students will be able to calculate tip, tax, and sale discounts.

The students also began a STEM adventure. The title of the project is "Providing a Helping Hand;" the students will be tasked with designing a prosthetic device.  The students will complete research, reach out to community members in need, and design, print, and assemble a prosthetic device for use.  I have decided that students may design a hand for someone in need or a leg for an animal in need.  If students are not able to locate a person/animal in need, they will be tasked with designing a device they could use themselves.  

Grade 7:
The students have completed the unit Variables and Patterns, which allowed them to learn how to write equations and use tables and graphs to solve problems related to the equations.  The students were required to understand independent and dependent variables and learned how the rate of change and "starting values" are used to write equations.  The students are currently working on their final projects - creating a children's book to teach younger students about mathematics.  In order for students to make the mathematics understandable for younger students they must first have a solid understanding of the material - this is what makes it a great project!

The students have spent some time playing with the LEGO robots.  They have learned how to write programming to include sensors and learned how the sensors can help the robots in decision making.  Last week the students began a new STEM adventure. The title of the project is "Providing a Helping Hand;" the students will be tasked with designing a prosthetic device.  The students will complete research, reach out to community members in need, and design, print, and assemble a prosthetic device for use.  I have decided that students may design a hand for someone in need or a leg for an animal in need.  If students are not able to locate a person/animal in need, they will be tasked with designing a device they could use themselves.  

Grade 8:
The 8th graders are continuing to strengthen their algebraic skills. The students have completed the unit on Inequalities and have begun to learn about polynomials.  Soon this new chapter will have them factoring and multiplying polynomials.  The understanding learned from this unit will be applied in the next chapter when they expand upon their current knowledge of quadratics. During math workshop the students completed the chapter on probability and recently began learning about statistics.  What is the probability that the students are enjoying their adventure into the world of statistics?

Due to the receipt of a grant from the Toshiba America Foundation for the purchase of a MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer, the students are also going to have the opportunity to continue their work with a project from last year - designing a prosthetic hand.  The students will have the opportunity to complete some research, do some public outreach, and then apply their amazing skills to design, print, and assemble a prosthetic device.

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