2nd Semester:

1/25/18-This week we started our work on Algebra again. The students will be working on putting story problems into the language of algebra, writing algebraic equations, and solving them.

2/6/17-We are continuing our work writing algebraic equations and solving them. The students have been doing a great job completing their weekly homework. We will be taking the February Math O test next week.

2/13/18- This week the students took the February Math O test. The test are challenging but I see the kids giving it their best effort. Even if they don't get all the problems correct, they are becoming better problem solvers.

3/9/18- We have started to work on a Geometry unit. The students will be using different geometric formulas to help them find the perimeter and circumference of different shapes. They also took the last Math O test. I am proud of their hard work on the Math O tests. They should be proud of themselves. No matter what their final score was, they are all better at solving challenging math problems.

3/23/18-This week we had a little fun with some Pi day activities. We missed Pi day due to Spring Break so we watched a short Pi day video and tried to memorize the first 18 digits of Pi. We also tried to figure out the circumference of a cookie using the diameter and Pi.

4/5/18- Math O finished up this week. We finished the year working with geometric formulas. We learned how to find the circumference of a circle. We also learned about the Pythagorean Theorem. Your child will be bringing home their books so they can continue to challenge their math skills. They did a great job this semester!

1st Semester.

9/22/17- Math O had their first class this week. Math O students will have homework problems every week. They have one week to complete the old Math O tests. The homework is challenging! I want students to give it a try but not to stress over it. If they spend 15 minutes on a problem and still don't understand, they should move on. We will go over the answers in class.

9/27/17- We are starting Algebra in Math O. Currently we are working on writing algebraic equations. I want the students to get comfortable with the language of algebra before we solve problems.

Example: Bill weighs 42 pounds more than Steve and Steve's weight is three times what his pet dog weighs. If the dog is

*n*, what do you call Bill and Steve in the math language of algebra?

Dog:

*n*

Bill:

Steve:

10/13/17- In Math O this week, we are continuing learning about the language of algebra. Students are continuing to work on writing equations. Here are a few examples:

1. sum of x and y

*students write: x+y*

2. triple x minus y

*students write: 3x-y*

3. quotient of x and y

*students write x/y*

10/23/17- This week we are starting to learn how to solve algebraic equations. We are learning the following steps:

Step 1: Collect things that are alike

Step 2: Make sure the

*n's*are alone on one side of the equation

Step 3: Find out what one

*n*is equal to.

11/10/17- We have been working on solving one-step addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems. The students are using the steps we learned to solve the algebraic equations. We are doing lots of practice to get the students comfortable with algebra. The students will take their first Math Olympiad test next week.

11/17/17- The students took the November Math Olympiad test this week. They did really well! The weekly homework helps them prepare for the tests. We are continuing to work on solving algebraic equations in class.

12/1/17-This week the students worked on solving multiple step problems. They encountered problems where they had to complete 2 or 3 steps to find the answer. Example:

__2e__+ 1 = 7

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12/19/17- The students took the December Math O test last week. They are doing a great job working through the tests. Math O will start up again in late January.