We're practically done with Chapter 1 and are getting ready for our first project! Students will be using their smartphones to take pictures of various geometric objects and postulates around the school. They will then upload the photos to Google Drive and will create a Google Slides presentation using the pictures they found! I'm very excited to see how this turns out! In Chapter 2, the students will be looking at geometry through the lens of language, writing and working with conditional statements and working to discover patterns and reason.
New this year, I've added binder checks to our quarterly grade. At the conclusion of each chapter, students will be asked to use their math binders to answer a few questions related to the notes they took. If they have taken accurate notes, they will have no trouble with this assignment. This is a way for me to monitor how much they are focusing in class and to make them accountable for small details during class.
The students are currently working through Chapter 3, which focuses on parallel and perpendicular lines. Lots of new vocabulary has been added to this section, so using Quizlet reviews will help the students prepare. The chapter will be broken into two parts- Part A covers sections 3.1 through 3.5, and Part B covers sections 3.6 through 3.8. Part A focuses on angle relationships; students will be asked to identify what type of relationship two angles have, and based off of these relationships, will be able to identify whether lines are parallel or perpendicular. Part B asks the students to create parallel and perpendicular lines, and then focuses on the slopes of lines. Based off of the slope, students will be able to determine whether lines are parallel or perpendicular. We will review sample problems before the Part A test, and will also complete a Kahoot! review game. The chapter 3 Part A test is scheduled for 11/17.
This week we'll be continuing with chapter 3, focusing now on slope. The students will be identifying the slope of a line when given two points (by using the slope formula), and will also be writing equations when given either the slope, the slope and the y-intercept, the slope and a point, or two points. We will conclude the week on Wednesday with a slope review activity. Enjoy the holiday break!