As we near Part 2 of the TN Ready math assessment, we're finishing up our year with lessons on geometry, probability, and statistics. This week's focus will be on statistics - biased and unbiased surveys, misleading graphs, etc. It should be a nice break from the algebra/formula-heavy units we've covered so far this year. Our spiral-review bell ringers are especially important over the next two weeks - I am asking students to take them home each day and summarize the problems to a parent/guardian/coach/etc. We've learned a lot this year and this would be a great way for students to stay sharp on all of our previously-covered material.
We are roughly two weeks away from TCAP! Our final lessons cover the following standards:
SPI 0707.11.1 – Differentiate between the six simple machines (wedge, wheel-and-axle, etc.)
SPI 0707.11.2 – Determine the amount of force needed to do work using different simple machines
SPI 0707.11.3 – Apply proper equations to solve basic problems involving distance, time, speed, and velocity.
SPI 0707.11.4 – Explain how Newton’s laws of motion relate to the movement of objects
Due to the A/B schedule, we will cover roughly one standard per day before taking a practice TCAP test at the end of next week. All of this information is located in the science textbook, starting on pg. 396.
This week in math we will be continuing our probability unit. Students will be able to calculate the probability for both simple and compound events, as well as compound events that do not involve replacement. Students will also be able to create simulations to test both simple and compound events. Our tentative date for a comprehensive probability exam is Thursday.
This week in science we will be focusing on the different types of natural resources available on earth. We will take a look at renewable vs. nonrenewable resources, different types of pollution (air, water, atmosphere, and land) and their effects on the environment, and finally the ways that we can help conserve our non-renewable natural resources (reduce, reuse, recycle). All information can be found on pp. 360 - 381 in the science textbook.
I'm Kyle Bohle and I teach 7th grade science.