Dear Parents: Sept. 2004
I am looking forward to teaching math and science to your son/daughter this school year as well as being his/her homeroom teacher. The students will need the following things daily:
- a binder (with rings) only one or two subjects per binder please.
- a homework note book, a pencil, ruler, and eraser.
- their Science textbook
- At some point in the year they will also need a calculator, graph paper, and a compass set.
The evaluation scheme for math is as follows for each term:
Tests 30% Homework 15%
Problem Of the Week 15% Quizzes 35%
Organization (Preparation for class, organized scribbler) 5 %
Each Monday the students are given a challenging mathematical or logic problem. They may discuss the problem together but their final answer must be their own. On Friday the students are to hand-in their POW.
Their evaluation form for organization will be a scale ranging from 1 for poor to five for excellent on the following criteria: class participation, effort, work habits, organized scribbler, preparation for class and organization. This mark will be mutually determined by the student and teacher.
Extra help time will be in the mornings or noon hour but the student should make an appointment one day in advance in order to plan a suitable time.
We will be using a variety of texts on a daily basis as well as handouts. We will have the opportunity to use the software Understanding Math and we will try to practice on a regular basis our mental math strategies. The concepts to be studied in math are as follows:
recognize square roots, perfect squares from1 to 144 and their pattens
understand approximations of square roots
show and explain the meaning of negative exponents
write numbers in scientific notation and vice versa
compare and order negative fractions, decimals and rational numbers
represent percents as fractions and decimals and vice versa
solve problems using ratios and equivalent rates
understand the order of operations with rational numbers
solve proportion problems using different strategies
compose and solve problems using estimation for percent
use percent increase and decrease in solving problems
add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and decimals using various strategies
add, subtract, and multiply algebraic terms
use patterns to find unknown values
interpret linear and non-linear relations
construct and analyse (x,y) values and graphs
discover the relationship between graphs and their corresponding slopes and y intercepts
solve problems using the intersection of two linear equations
solve algebraic equations
compose and solve word problems with linear equations
use proportions to solve problems with different units of measurement
solve problems using the appropriate metric unit
estimate the area of a circle
develop and use the formula for the area of a circle
examine patterns with area and perimeter of quadrilaterals and circumferences of circles
calculate the area of combined shapes
estimate and calculate the volume and area of rectangular prisms and cylinders
understand the Pythagorean Theorem
examine patterns with three dimensional objects and polygons
understand how to draw reflections, rotations, and translations
enlarge or reduce geometric using equivalent ratios
Communicate the difference between biassed and unbiassed sampling
formulate questions for investigation from relevant contexts
Select, defend, and use appropriate data collection methods
Construct a histogram, circle graphs, and other appropriate data displays and make inferences from them
construct A best-fit@ line for distribution data
construct A box and whisker@ diagrams to represent data
Determine medians, means and modes.
form conclusions based on graphs
Identify situations for which the probability would be near 0, 1/4, 1/ 2 , 3/4 and 1.
Solve probability problems using simulations and experiments.
Identify all possible outcomes of two independent events.
Compare experimental results with theoretical results.
Use fractions, decimals and percents as numerical expressions to describe probability.
In Science, we will have the following evaluation guidelines:
The units that will be studied are:
- the history and use of the microscope
-unicellular and multicellular organisms
- the size and parts of the cell
- the cellular membrane and its role
-how the cell obtains its energy
- cellular respiration and reproduction
-cellular organization in plants and animals
- systems of the body and health
- floating and sinking
- pressure including water and air pressure systems
- what is light?
-the electromagnetic spectrum
- reflection and refraction
- concave and convex mirrors
-concave and convex lenses
- the camera and the eye
- water on our planet
- where does rain water end up?
- permeability and porosity
- wells and sources of water
- the water cycle
- water distribution
- pollution and acid rain
-water and the climate
- life in the water and its importance to humans and the environment
Work and Energy
- what is work?
-simple machines (pulleys, inclined planes, and levers)
- mechanical advantage
- work and energy
-human diet and energy requirements
I look forward to this school year and I invite you to contact me at any time if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Also, please check out my website for homework, problems of the week, etc at http://ssdsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/george11.