Friday, March 30, 2012

Math Properties AND Longitude and Latitude

First, watch the video about commutative and associative properties, and then watch the video on longitude and latitude:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Don't be Negative! :)

Today we will be doing a quick review on INTEGERS.  Remember what an integer is? Watch the video clips below for a quick review.  After you watch both videos,use details to explain integers in your math journal.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Math Topic 21.1 Price Per Unit

Watch the video clips about unit pricing and then CLICK HERE to play a unit pricing game.  Can you get 100%?  Good luck!!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Stylistic Device: Assonance

What is Assonance?

 The concept of assonance is quite parallel to that of alliteration and consonance. The three stylistic devices aim at the repetition of certain sounds. Assonance is repetition of the vowel sound in the same sentence or in the meter of the poem. The concept is prevalent more on the basis of sound hence, soft or insignificant, or silent sentence pronunciations are usually not considered to be a assonance constructions.

Some common conditions that assonance constructions include:

  1. The repetitive sound must be that of vowels (A, E, I, O, U). 
  2.  The repetition must me quite systematic and is possible placed at a equivalent interval. 
  3. Some literary experts may argue that the assonance construction cannot be a part of a simple rhyme or a rhyme scheme. 
  4. It is a convention to have assonance in a singular sentence or line, it is rarely spread across more than one sentence.  
 Example: I made my way to the lake.

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    MPH Explained

    My students are even smarter than some adults!  We had a discussion and wrote about what MPH was.  I posed a question: If my car is going 80 MPH, how many miles will I travel in one hour?  The entire class knew the answer!  Unfortunately, this lady did not:

    Green Beans

    One of our vocabulary words this week is, posed.  So, I "posed" a question to the class asking them to discuss things that they like to eat and things that they don't like to eat.  Several students mentioned green beans.  I guess the child in the video clip below would have to agree :)

    Sunday, March 18, 2012



    In this lesson, we'll take a look at what happens to the area of a figure if you increase its dimensions, for example, by doubling each. 

    What happens to the area of a rectangle if you double the width and double the length?  Many people think that the area doubles, but that is wrong.  The area quadruples--it multiplies by 4.  Let's look at why this is the case.  We're doubling the length, and doubling the width, but remember that these two dimensions get multiplied together.  That means we are multiplying an extra 2 x 2, which means the area increases by a factor of 4.  It gets quadrupled.  The same would be true for a square, or parallelogram, or any figure in which we multiply length and width to find the area.

    What happens if we triple each dimension?  The area would be multiplied by 9.  Each dimension is multiplied by the other, so we're increasing the area by 3 x 3 or 32, which is 9.  The area is 9 times a great. 
    What happens if we multiply one dimension by 3 and the other by 2?  The area would be multiplied by 3 x 2, or 6.  Make sure you understand this.

    What happens if we double the radius of a circle?  The radius is being multiplied by 2, but as part of our formula, we are squaring that 2.  This means that the area is quadrupled.

    Make sure that you feel comfortable with these ideas, since test-makers love to try to trick you with these concepts.  This idea also comes up in everyday life.  If you are going to carpet a room that is double the dimensions of another room, you don't need twice as much carpet, you need four times as much.

    Now CLICK HERE to play the Cone Crazy Multiplication Game.

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Math Topic 20.2 Enlarging Shapes on a Grid

    HELLO!  So, here we are at Topic 20.2 already!  How did that happen?  You have learned a lot of fun math facts so far in 5th grade and you are doing AMAZINGLY well!  Keep up the GREAT work!

    Today we are going to review a couple of concepts that are going to help improve our test scores for our Topic 20 test that we will take right after our GLORIOUS Spring Break :)

    First, watch the videos to review different shapes and formulas for finding area.  Then CLICK HERE to play a decoding game with multiplication.