Equations and Inequalities

This past week, the students have been working with solving for variables in equations and inequalities. They have their first test of the quarter on Tuesday. Please remind them to study for it as this seems to be a toughest material we have covered thus far in the quarter. A good way to help them study is to ask them to explain how they completed a homework problem or have them to some of the problems that weren’t assigned on the homework (I do not assign each problem in each section so there are more they can work on to help them study). You can also ask them what we do when we multiply or divide by a negative number in an inequality problem.
At the end of next week we will start discussing geometry concepts. We will begin with lines and planes and then go into circles.
Challenge Problem Answers:
HW #33: #37) x=2 or x=-2; #38) g=7 or g=-7; #39) d=1 or d=-1
HW #34: #37) a=-124; #38) x=-0.8; #39) n=-1.8072
HW #35: No Challenge
HW #36: #51) -1.7>b; #52) t>7.4375
HW #37: No Challenge

Grammar Review and Verbal Phrases

Last week in Literature-Composition, students worked together to prepare and present a section of grammar review to the class.  We covered sentences, parts of speech, complements (direct/indirect objects and predicate nominatives/adjectives), and prepositional phrases.  We will finish those presentations Monday and move from prepositional phrases to verbal phrases – verbs that act as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs- with discussion of participles and infinitives.  We will finish with appositives and their phrases before a quiz over all phrases on Friday.

All students should have Call of the Wild in class this week.  It is helpful in our class discussions to have the correct ISBN number (978-0-439-22714-8), so that students can easily find text references.  We will spend short amounts of time this week with pre-reading while finishing our grammar unit.

Homework should now include some study over concepts learned previously, by taking 5-10 minutes a day to ensure memorization of helping/linking verbs and each part of speech.  Daily review of notes taken in class and handouts is an effective way to keep the grammar concepts fresh and review difficult material, such as the types of pronouns and verbs.

Solving Equations

It was great to be back at school with the students after fall break. This past week we discussed the rules of divisibility and starting solving equations. This upcoming week we will continue solving equations with one variable, both with the equation given and in word problems. The first unit test of the quarter is next Tuesday, November 3.

Most homework assignments have 1-3 challenge problems for students who understood the homework well and those who want to increase their understanding of the material. The answers to the challenge problems from the following week are below:

HW#32 – pg. 145: #27) 0 #28) 21; pg. 147: #43) (3 1/3)d+(3/8)=33 #44) 56=(17/32)w-14

This coming week we will be continuing our lion’s head drawing project where we are focused on the fur texture and the ways and techniques of drawing it. After completion of the lion’s head drawing students will start another, similar project: this time of drawing dog’s head.

This coming week we will be continuing our lion’s head drawing project where we are focused on the fur texture and the ways and techniques of drawing it. After completion of the lion’s head drawing students will start another, similar project: this time of drawing dog’s head.

Review Week

In Latin I this past week we began to move forward with our study of the second declension of nouns and also went over all of the material from the first quarter by filling out an extensive review packet. The students were also quizzed on their Chapter 3 vocabulary on Friday.

This week we will be focusing specifically on translation. Homework assignments will be segments of translation from mythological stories, and we will be reviewing the grammar of these in class. On Thursday there be a quiz on translation and parsing of nouns and verbs.

The Decline of the New Kingdom

ATTENTION: the students have their second Egypt test this Thursday, October 29. They have received their study guide. Please make sure that they are studying.

Ramses II (r. 1279-1213 BC) was the last great pharaoh of Egyptian civilization. Like other great pharaohs before him, his greatness was attributed to his efforts to expand the empire’s territory and to his commitment to monument building. With the exception of Ramses III (r. 1186-1155 BC), the subsequent pharaohs of the New Kingdom would be middling, ineffectual leaders, incapable of governing Egypt’s domestic affairs, and Egypt would never again be the international power that it was during its zenith. Without the absolute, centralizing power that pharaohs in the past had used to keep Egypt from splintering, the nation was subjected to internal strife. In what is called the Third Intermediate Period, Egypt, as in times past, was split between the North and South, with the high priests of Amen-Re ruling from the South and Libyan kings ruling from the North.

This week in Studio Art we will be learning how to draw fur texture using HB, 2B and 4B pencils. First teacher will give a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating how to draw animal fur. Then students, looking at the provided photo, will start drawing lion’s head with a mane.

This week in Studio Art we will be learning how to draw fur texture using HB, 2B and 4B pencils. First teacher will give a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating how to draw animal fur. Then students, looking at the provided photo, will start drawing lion’s head with a mane.

Starting Second Quarter in Latin

I hope everyone had a relaxing fall break! During this upcoming week we will be doing a lot of review in Latin I, practicing with the first and second noun declensions as well as the first and second verb conjugations. Students will also see a focus on translation and on parsing nouns and verbs. On Friday we will have a vocabulary quiz on the most recent words from last quarter, which all students transferred to flashcards before the vacation.

Welcome back!