Thursday, October 11, 2007

2Q Math Concepts

During the second quarter we are going to learn many new concepts in math. Here is a preview of what is coming:

Add, subtract, and multiply fractions and mixed numbers expressing in simplest form.

Know and explain the relationships between percents, decimals, and fractions.

Compare and order fractions.

Solve real-world problems by applying these measurement formulas:
Perimeter of polygons
Area of squares, rectangles, and triangles

Estimate to check whether or not the result of a real-world problem is reasonable.

Looking ahead at the second quarter:

What do you think will be the most challenging concept for you? Why do you think that it will be challenging?

What do you think will be the easiest for you? Why do you think it will come easily?

Thank you,
Mr. Ferrell

Friday, October 5, 2007

Mesopotamia Exploration

Reflect back on our study of Ancient Mesopotamia and visit this website:

Please blog your responses to the questions below before the end of the period.

  1. What new things have you learned today about Mesopotamia?
  2. What are areas that you have enriched your previous knowledge of Mesopotamia?

Thank you!

Mr. Ferrell

Sunday, September 30, 2007

We have learned a lot of new material this quarter in math.

Just look at all that you have learned! I am very proud of each of you.

Comparing and ordering numbers
- Positive and negative integers
- Decimals

- Expressing remainders three different ways
Whole numbers (5 R2)
Fractions (5 ½)
Decimals (5.5)

Multi-step word problems

- Translation
- Rotation
- Reflection

Classifying Angles
- Acute
- Right
- Obtuse
- Straight

Classifying Triangles
- By their angles

- By their sides

During Core Extension today I have two questions and I would like you to take some time reflecting and writing about.

Question #1
Reflecting on this quarter which one of these concepts do you do find the easiest? Why do you think it is so easy? What else would you like to learn about this topic?

Question #2
Reflecting on this quarter which one of these concepts do you do find the most difficult? Why do you think it is so difficult? What can you do to help you learn this concept better? What can I do to help you?

Thank you,
Mr. Ferrell

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ancient Egypt Review

As promised here is the site we used in class today to review our study of ancient Egypt. Enjoy the fascinating exploration!

Ancient Egypt Review

Mr. Ferrell

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Angle Activities

Here are the angle activities that we used in class this afternoon.

Protractor Practice
Angle Review
Banana Hunt
Star Gazing

Mr. Ferrell

Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Death of King Tutankhamun

Welcome to the mystery that is fascinating the entire 6th grade at Pioneer Ridge Middle School.

What happened to King Tut?

Our goal is to determine what happened to King Tut over 3,300 years ago. Was it murder? Was it an accident? YOU decide!

Please respond to this post by blogging your answers to the following questions.

  1. How old was King Tut when he died?
  2. What did you learn about how he died?
  3. After analyzing the evidence what do you believe happened to King Tut? Why do you believe this?
To help in this quest please visit the King Tut Webquest

Be sure to include your first and last name (as well as your class number) in your reply.

Thank you,
Mr. Ferrell

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Ancient Egypt Websites

Here are the links for a few of the ancient Egypt websites that we have used in the classroom. Enjoy!

The Pyramid Challenge - Have you got what it takes to be a pyramid builder?
Explore the Pyramids of Giza - Take a virtual tour of this amazing site!

Thank you,
Mr. Ferrell