with Kim Rodgers
Do Fence Me In!
This week we jumped right back into perimeter and area with some warm-up activities before solving some real life problems. The problems specified how much fencing a couple of ranchers had in order to build enclosures for their livestock. In each problem there were different concerns for each rancher. Keeping those concerns in mind, students worked on their own or with a partner to come up with dimensions of the enclosures that they thought best solved the specific concerns. In some cases there was no “right” answer. Students had to explain their choice by justifying the pros and cons of their dimensions.
These activities led into their homework for this week. Each student is to design their dream bedroom based on certain parameters outlined in a sheet each student took home. Please look this over with your child. The last step involves using a budget to buy some fun “extras” for their room. Please help your child search appropriate websites where they can find what they might be looking for. They may use eBay and craigslist if it seems appropriate. Students will present their plans at our last class, explaining their measurements and their choices for what to include in their rooms.
Last Class Announcement
Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, I won’t be at the last class. My wedding anniversary was last Friday and my husband surprised me with a week-long trip to the Bahamas! I’m still in shock. So, Jayne Besjak will be taking over to lead the class through the presentations. If you have any questions about the homework, feel free to e-mail me, but include Jayne as well, as I’m not sure if I can get e-mail or not!
It’s been a joy to teach this group of students. They have a lot of energy and enthusiasm and it’s been fun to see their problem solving skills improve over the semester. I’ll see you all in a few weeks for the beginning of the new semester!