Mr. Drake's Class

Updated for the week of May 28-31, 2019

7th Grade Math:  The 7th graders are discovering proofs for the Pythagorean theorem.  Today we created squares on diagonal lines to compute their lengths.  Later in this week we will continue down this path as we add the areas of squares off of each side of a right triangle to create the theorem.     

6th Math: The 6th graders analyzed sugar content in sugar cereals today.  We created line plots of sugar content for cereals on top, middle, and bottom shelves of grocery stores to draw conclusions.  We will also introduce the concept of MAD (mean absolute deviation) to incorporate another method of analyzing data.  Later in the week we will begin creating box-and-whisker plots to provide another means of data analysis.                 

7th and 8th Grade Science: The 7th and 8th graders are building rocket launchers.  They will calculate the gravitational potential energy with the mass, gravitational acceleration, and height the rocket reaches.  Later in the week we will build calorimeters to measure changes in thermal enerygy.  

6th Grade Science: The 6th graders are creating models of Earth's interior.  As we finish up this project they will be assessing properties of minerals created within Earth's crust.  

Events:

  • We will have a guest speaker on Thursday afternoon presenting a living history performance of the Buffalo Hunter.