Newtown Friends School :: February, 2016
Clay & Mosaics
In January, students solved and balanced equations of all types, increasing in complexity and isolated a specific variable. In February, students will continue with the inequalities unit where relationships between quantities are not equal graphically and algebraically. There is a range of possible solutions. This includes figuring out the maximum or minimum value, called the boundary point, for various situations. For instance, students can figure out the minimum number of people that have to come to the fundraising event in order to break even with the associated costs to run the event or the lowest score they can get on the next assessment to still maintain an A average. Using actual emissions data from transportation and food creation students will race to figure out the smallest carbon footprint and still get the job done. Analysts will also calculate their household’s carbon footprint and propose one change the family can make to reduce their carbon footprint.
Seventh graders are in the midst of determining the function rule, identifying the domain and range, and deciphering number sequences and patterns. Students will then explore several aspects of linear functions and apply the thematic unit to real-life scenarios. Mathematicians will find the slope using a formula or graph as well as analyze various slopes and describe their relevance to a situation. Furthermore, students will synthesize the special relationships of slopes between parallel, perpendicular, horizontal and vertical lines. Students will also re-write equations in standard, slope-intercept and point-slope form.
Students have chosen to work on one of two projects during this unit. One group is in the process of investigating whether mathematical evidence exists for social media influencing the Egyptian Revolution. Meanwhile, another group of students are analyzing the number of tickets they receive for beating certain levels in a video game, processing customer complaints when the functions malfunction, and designing five games based on mathematical functions. Toward the end of the month, students will begin their proposal on a fundraising event for the cause of their choice.
Friday 2/12 - No School, Parent-Teacher Conferences
Monday 2/15 - No School, Presidents' Day
Friday 2/19 - Ski Club Trip #2
Friday 2/26 & Saturday 2/27 - March Madness Basketball Tournament