Classroom Updates

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! 
I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable fall break! This week we are back in chapter 3- our last section is 3.8, slopes of parallel and perpendicular lines. The students are learning that parallel lines have equal slopes, and perpendicular lines have slopes that are opposite sign reciprocals. They will be using the slope formula and will also be writing equations in both slope-intercept form and point-slope form. On Thursday, we will be reviewing chapter 3 part B, and on Friday we will take the Chapter 3 Part B quiz. Remember that midterms are coming up soon, and the students have been given two different review packets from which to practice, as well as a MathXL review assignment that they can complete.  
This week the students are learning about transformations of figures (Chapter 9). The chapter will only cover 4 sections, and there will not be a separate test on this chapter- the material covered will be included in the Midterm exam. The students will be learning how to translate, or slide, a figure, how to reflect a figure over a line (think about looking in a mirror), how to rotate a figure to varying degrees, and will be learning about three different types of symmetry: line, rotational, and point. At the conclusion of the week we will begin reviewing for the midterm exam. The midterm will cover chapters 1, 2, 3, and 9. The students have two review packets (extra credit) as well as a MathXL review assignment.  
Midterm week! On Monday and Tuesday we reviewed for the Geometry midterm covering chapters 1, 2, 3, and 9. The students worked on a MathXL review on Monday and played a Kahoot! review on Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are exam days. Make sure to get plenty of rest and eat something before your exams! I hope that everyone has a wonderful break and comes back ready to go in 2016! 
Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed the break and has returned with recharged batteries. This week we are beginning chapter 4. Chapter 4 deals with congruency among polygons, and we will be looking at how to identify congruent figures. We used real life examples of congruency, such as creating matching cabinets in a bathroom (which I'm currently doing!). We will finish the week with a review of some of the more important aspects of congruency. Next week the students will have their first chapter 4 quiz.
Students will begin the week with a quiz covering sections 4.1-4.3. We will then get back into chapter 4, learning new methods for proving triangles to be congruent. We will look at corresponding parts of congruent figures, isosceles triangles, equilateral triangles, and right triangles. These sections will be heavy on proofs, so students will need to review their triangle congruence packets to best complete and prepare for upcoming assessments. The chapter 4 test will be next week! Also, the grading period ends next week, so this is the final opportunity for students to turn in any missing or late assignments and make the final push for a higher grade! 
Happy short week! This week we are completing chapter 4 and triangle congruence. The students will be testing on Wednesday, and the grading period ends on Thursday. This is a great opportunity to reorganize, prioritize, and get ready for the second semester. Next week we will begin chapter 6 and will be working with polygons and quadrilaterals. Many of the topics that have been covered in the previous chapters will be on display, so in spite of the fact that we're beginning a new semester, students are expected to retain information previously learned! 
This week we are starting chapter 6, which focuses on special types of quadrilaterals. Students will be learning the various properties of parallelograms, rectangles, rhombuses, squares, kites, and trapezoids. They will be able to use the formula (n-2)180 to find the sum of the angle measures of any polygon. Students will be able to classify polygons based on information derived from a visual, such as the characteristics of the diagonal lines. There will be a quiz on Tuesday the 2nd covering sections 6.1-6.3. On Monday of next week we will be reviewing using MathXL. 
This week we're continuing to work on chapter 6, learning more about quadrilaterals. On Monday we are completing a MathXL review. There will be an 18 question quiz covering sections 6.1-6.3 on Tuesday. The remainder of the week will be spent learning about rhombuses, rectangles, and squares. Students will be able to identify which figure a quadrilateral is based on written or visual information. They will compare the similarities and differences among these figures. They can then use this information to create Venn diagrams that compare them. On Friday, the students will be completing a measuring activity that gives the students various special parallelograms that they will measure (both sides and angles) to determine what type of figure it is. The chapter 6 test will be coming up shortly!
Congratulations to the basketball team on their Suburban League championship! This week in Geometry the students are continuing to compare and contrast quadrilaterals. They will learn about the properties of kites and trapezoids, and then will learn how to classify polygons within the coordinate plane. The students have also been given a Chapter 6 project, Polygons Around the World (information on the project can be found under the Geometry tab on this online classroom). Students will investigate various polygons located throughout the world and explain some of the unique characteristics of these polygons. These projects will be due the day of the chapter 6 test (tentatively next Wednesday). We will conclude the week by beginning our review over Chapter 6- we'll play Kahoot on Friday and will work on MathXL on Tuesday of next week.  


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