Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter Break

I hope everyone had a great winter break and a Happy New Year!   It is time to jump back into another semester of learning.

Today we are going to review writing and solving one-step equations and learn how to solve and write two-step algebraic equations.  For example:  Johnny had 2 times as many marbles and Larry.  Kate had one more marble than Johnny.  Write and equation to show how many marbles Kate has.
L = marbles Larry has
K = marbles Kate has

K = 2L + 1
If Larry has 10 marbles, how many does Kate have?
K = 2(10) + 1   Solve using the order of operations.
K = 20 + 1
K = 21

In social studies we are going to begin learning about Hammurabi's Code and determining whether or not we feel that it is just.  This is another mini-q where you will be analyzing documents to formulate your opinion and then writing a paper to support your thoughts.  We are going to go through this one in a different manner than usual and a lot faster.  We should be finished with it by the middle of next week if all goes as planned.

Can't wait to see all of you this morning!