HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you and your families shared a holiday season full of love and laughter and were able to relax and rest up these past two weeks. Although we resume school in the middle of the second trimester, this is an excellent time to begin with a clean slate. Encourage your child to create goals for this second half of the year in math; will you study more? Put in more time outside of class to seek extra help? Spend more time on your homework? Ask more questions in class? It is important that they stay focused the second half of the year and continue to challenge themselves.
During the month of January, all 8th grade classes will begin Unit 5: Exponential Functions. This unit correlates with Chapter 8 of the textbook. The first half of the unit will introduce the properties of simplifying and evaluating exponential expressions. Specifically we will be working with the product and quotient properties of exponents and then introduce zero and negative exponents. The unit will conclude with functions of exponential growth and exponential decay.
We will perform a couple of really fun and applicable in-class projects. Our first project involves using Skittles to model population growth and decay. The second project will be a college tuition project that will take place during math lab. Each student will be able to choose and research their “Dream” college. They will then collect data of their colleges’ tuition costs over the past twenty years. Using this data, the students will graph and predict their college tuition cost. This is always a fun lesson and I look forward to sharing the students’ findings with you!
As always, thank you for your support. I have had such a great year with your children so far, I look forward to an amazing second half!
Miss Erin Kirk