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13 Jun 2006 - 14:26

## Phase 4 math pool

Last math test of the year:

That is Ms. K's version of what will appear on the test.

pool: "What item or items the kids have never seen before and have no idea how to do will appear on Ms. K's final test of the year?"

test covers: Prentice Hall Pre-algebra, Chapter 10: Area and Volume Formulas

Entries thus far:

Doug: My money's on a figure with measurements that couldn's exist in 3-space. Oh, and it won't represent anything with a real-world analog, either.

Rudbeckia: Volume of the Klein Bottle!

questions

1. does the Klein bottle have a volume?

2. if so, can it be calculated?

3. what's the surface area?

4. how do you know?

5. is it possible to teach this material to crammery in one night?

Test coming up tomorrow!

update 6-14-2006

Ding-ding-ding

I win!

I knew it was going to be word problems.

I just didn't know what to do about it.

Ms K really is something.

100% discovery, zero practice, AND YOU DO ALL YOUR DISCOVERING ON THE TEST.

Phase 4 math pool
trick questions
extreme constructivism
teachtocrammery

-- CatherineJohnson - 13 Jun 2006

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Google is dangerous: Acme Klein Bottles (really!)

I want one.

-- OldGrouch - 13 Jun 2006

-- OldGrouch - 13 Jun 2006

AND...don't forget to show your work...whatever that means!

-- SmartestTractor - 13 Jun 2006

Prisms and cylinders doesn't look too bad.

For some reason I was thinking of pyramids and cones.

My guess is that in addition to a mailbox, she'll have a "challenge question" where the area of the two congruent faces will have to be calculated using methods like the ones required for that horribly drawn "find the area" diagram. And the parallelogram sides will not be rectangles, so they'll have to calculate the height.

-- GoogleMaster - 13 Jun 2006

The Klein bottle does not have a volume or a surface area so you can worry about that question later.

-- KtmGuest - 14 Jun 2006

ktm guest

thank you

thank you

-- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jun 2006

-- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jun 2006

I figured she was going to throw some trapezoids in there, so we had Christopher practice that last night.

We were wrong.

-- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jun 2006

Google Master which diagram are you looking at??

-- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jun 2006

This was my neighbor's life last year, for the entire year. She spent NINE MONTHS OF HER LIFE trying to guess what would be on the test that her son had never seen before and didn't know how to do.

That's a pretty big set of possibilities when you're talking about a kid in 6th grade.

-- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jun 2006

Every single test her son took was like this one.

Kids were getting grades of 20 and 30.

Kids were sobbing over their math books at night.

Hence the Parent Uprising.

-- CatherineJohnson - 14 Jun 2006

Google Master which diagram are you looking at??

You know, The Diagram. This one, from TheGap.

-- GoogleMaster - 14 Jun 2006

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