Next we worked our final Discrete Math problems and closed out this unit. I am so proud of how much students learned and their success with this difficult math, especially for those for whom math doesn't come as easily. I think it was a great experience for everyone. I also introduce our next unit: The Math Mystery Tour. We reviewed the metric system and converting between centimeters and meters. For homework students will practice measuring to the nearest millimeter. This is very challenging but essential for the work we'll be doing during this unit.
In Greek Forum, students formed Greek "families", elected an elder, and read about the polis where their family resides. Ask your child which polis he/she belongs to and have her/him tell you a little about it. Each student also chose a Greek name. For homework students will try to find out the meaning of their Greek names, and optionally they can investigate what a "trireme" is to earn cargo. Ask your child all about it!
In our "I is for Idea" invention alphabet book today we learned about Louis Braille. I had no idea he was blind when he developed the system. Also, he was only fifteen years old! Definitely a moment of genius. See what else your child remembers.
There's a Rubik's Cube challenge posted in the Google Classroom that some students may be interested in investigating. I did say that if they told you they were learning "algorithms" and needed a cube, that might go a long way to them getting one. :)
Finally, your student brought home STRIDE Evaluations for our first three units and all the work today. Please look over this and sign and return ONLY the Boomerang Envelope. I think you'll be amazed at what your child has accomplished.