This spring we have been working on proportional relationships. Students are bringing their knowledge of linear equations from fall and winter to deepen their understanding of proportional trends. Here are some recent notes:
Learning targets for this spring include:
I can write an equation based on a real life scenario. Such as the number of water bottles saved per day.
I can determine whether a situation is linear.
I can determine whether a situation is proportional.
I can use percent tables, fraction busters, unit rates, and other strategies to solve proportional relationships.
Later this spring we will investigate intersections of lines and finish up the first half of Algebra I!
This week in Social Studies we’ve been learning about government policies in the second half of the 19th century that deprived Native Americans of their land and culture. Students first read a commonly used textbook – Washington: A State of Contrasts – that says this about why it happened:
“By the start of the 20th century, tribes around the country were forced onto reservations. They were taught the white man’s way of life. The Native Americans lost control of their land. Their way of life was lost due to the expansion of a country.”
In thinking about this line, students commented that the fault (according to this account) seems to lie in either the Native Americans themselves (who “lost control” of their land) or to some amorphous “country” that simply absorbed land in its path. To learn more about what actually took place, they then learned about 2 critically important congressional acts: the Donation Land Act (1850) and the Dawes Act (1887). The policies contained in these acts led to the reservation system, boarding schools and the transfer of any un-used land in the west to white settlers.