Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy December!

To culminate the Shapes and Designs unit, students are working in groups on a project in which they work for a fictional company called Floored. Each team needs to create a catalog of  floor designs for a that can be made with various regular and irregular shapes.  Project Assignment Sheet and Grading Rubric

Below are a few pics of students working on some initial designs....


In addition to getting a start on this culminating project, students have been working on solving algebraic equations.  This mini-unit is much more procedural in nature than our core curriculum.  It involves learning steps in "balancing" equations and solving for unknown variables.  We start with manipulatives and visual images - pawns that represent "X" and scales that represent equations- and slowly ween away the visuals and manipulatives as students understand the concept and steps more abstractly. 
 Next week we will begin our new unit, Accentuate The Negative. Be sure to check back in a few weeks for pics from the students' floor design catalogs, as well as work we are doing in our new unit.

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