## Tuesday, February 28, 2012

### 2/28/12

Today is another day.  Yesterday was a packed day and went relatively well.  The kids are still having a hard time with implementing the use of fractions when they are asked to apply them to word problems.  They have to keep practicing these old skills so that their daily grades begin to get better.  Today we will be doing a 4 square on percents.  One Thursday it will be on rates/ratios, and on Friday on comparing and ordering fractions.  Maybe taking 5 minutes to review these concepts the night before would be helpful.

Today, we are going to continue working with graphs and work on median, mode, and range of data.  Things  that you should remember are:
When working with data, make sure you always put it in numerical order from least to greatest before doing anything else.
Mean = average (add up all the numbers and divide by the quantity of numbers you added)
Median = the number in the middle (this is like the median of the road, and is done after they are in order)
Mode = the number that appears the MOST often (this can be more than one number)
Range = the data from the smallest number to the largest number

Tomorrow, we will be creating posters to help us remember what these words stand for and how we compute them.

In social studies, we are going to be reading over the background information and answering the questions.  This DBQ on the Silk Roads is going to be a little different.  The kids filled out a profile sheet yesterday on the type of traveler they are going to be as we take our journey.  They are going to be expected to make a journal and look through the eyes of the traveler they have created.  It should be a fun way to end our DBQ lessons for the year.

A quick reminder for all, parent teacher conference night is tomorrow night.  If you would like to set up a conference, please contact me via email and we will work out a time.

Have a fabulous Tuesday!