Why is Mathematics like a thumb?


As we get ready for Exhibition on Thursday night, we’ll be spending time making our projects Exhibition-ready and making the final edits to our essays in Humanities and Astronomy; we will also be preparing for the math concepts we’ll study next semester. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the first 45 minutes of every Math/Science block will be a math lesson. We won’t have any homework, because you need to be revising your writing, but we will be doing problems in class and explaining them in words. We are going to be learning how to use variables to describe number patterns and developing our algebraic thinking. On Wednesday, you will do one of the most powerful things our species has ever done.

“To Infinity and Beyond!”: The Astronomy Investigations

  • Learning and Viewing Constellations
  • The Earth-Moon System
  • The How and Why of Eclipses
  • The Solar System Model

Task: You will investigate one of four Astronomy projects that will broaden and deepen your understanding of how the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon interact in a complex cycle.  You will research these relationships, explain them in writing, and create models to demonstrate your understanding.  Mr. Blakney will be teaching all of these concepts in class, and we will use class time to do research and work on our projects.

Each person must:

    1. Conduct research to answer the essential question of their project;
    2. Write important information, cut out pictures, write prompts based on each topic;
    3. Attach an index card to each set of “notes” that states where the information was located.
  • These are due, Thursday, January 29th.

The complete assignment, with project teams, is on Google Classroom.



Triangular Trade: A Nasty Piece of Business!

Here is the image of Triangular Trade that was shown in class today. As we discussed, there were many triangles (some even rectangles), and a simple Google search will produce numerous images of the vast array of goods that were being traded between Europe, North America, and Africa; this is one such depiction. The important thing to take away from this is that the economies of the 13 colonies were all dependent in one way or another upon this “Nasty Triangle.”


13 Colonies Research Project!

Task: You have been tasked to conduct research into an assigned colony. You will search high and low, physically and virtually, to gain a deeper understanding of the founding and development of one of the original 13 colonies.

Each person must:

A). Conduct research to answer the essential question of each topic

B). Write important information, cut out pictures, write prompts based on each topic

C). Attach an index card to each “notes” that states where the information was


Time Line for Research

A). Section #1: Founding To be completed by: Thursday, 1/22

B). Section #2: Economy To be completed by: Monday, 1/26

C). Section #3: Government To be completed by: Tuesday, 1/27

D). Section #4: Conflicts To be completed by: Wednesday, 1/28

E). Section # 5: Choice: To be completed by: Thursday 1/29

The full assignment is in Mr. Malloy’s Google Classroom