Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Decimal Work: Part 2, Dance-a-Thon, Social Studies Inquiry & A Tribe Called Red

Bizzaro/Superman as a power of ten

Saya came up with the idea that ten to the power of negative three looks live a backward 1000.  This made me think of Bizzaro, who is known to many as a mirror image of Superman.  I like comics and thought I would use this connection.


We finally built the decimal numbers, to a thousandths place, today.

some designs:  

a few shots from the Dance-a-Thon

New York Times (from last week):

The image of sheep in the streets from last week's exercise related to transhumance, which is a word I have never heard of before.  It has to do with the moving of livestock from one area to another, as the weather changes.  Further details on this event from the exercise can be found here:  http://time.com/4543025/sheep-madrid-fiesta-de-la-transhumancia/

Wrapping/Rounding up

As we prepare to move on with decimals, before heading into some Algebra, let us use another sport to look at where we may encounter decimals.  In the first example, we see the first "perfect 10" in recorded history in the sport by Romania's Madoa Comaneci.

In this video, we see superstar Simone Biles score to the thousandths place in this stunning floor routine.


We will be doing some rounding, but I will not be using the "who's that knocking at my back door, five or more, raise the score" video.  I will use the Math Antics video on rounding and show you it in smaller sections:

I was doing some reflecting and realized that I haven't been posting enough games to help with the reinforcement of ideas.  Here is a neat game relating to the rounding of decimals:


Social Studies:  Reviewing and bringing closure to the project

David brought up the idea in class on Monday to check out the Hip Hop group A Tribe Called Red.  I was trying to think of how to mesh this with a timely review of the Inquiry.

From this interview, we can gather some information from the set of questions that is driving the project/Inquiry:

Bear Witness, from A Tribe Called Red, mentions the long history of Indigenous peoples being in urban settings (cities).  So, while he might answer the question about his community being THE FIRST community in Canada, he might specifically get into the fact that his people may have always existed in the area of what we now know as Toronto.  This is an example of the concept of Significance.

As an Artist, Bear Witness might also mention that his life is different than his parents or people from his Cayuga First Nation because of the opportunities he has made for himself to be a creative person blending music and politics.  In terms of the issue of discrimination, there are so many places to look at how Indigenous people in Canada have faced, and continue to face discrimination.   This is an example of the concept of Continuity and Change.

If you consider the issue of Treaties, some dating back to 250+ years ago, you have issues on discrimination.  Consider the following:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/treaties and how significant these issues are to Canada's Indigenous peoples.

Another link I came across was a trailer for the film called Walk a Mile.  In the film, it provides some research and background information on some parts of being Indigenous in Canada:  http://www.thunderbay.ca/City_Government/News_and_Strategic_Initiatives/Aboriginal_Relations/Walk_A_Mile_Film_Project/The_Film_Project/Walk_A_Mile_Film_Trailer.htm?VideoID=28555

Both the trailer and the Ontario government page on treaties would be a part of the Investigating stage of the Inquiry and would be used to help shape the project.

Performing in Studio Q before Jian Ghomeshi left the show.

A Success Criteria for this assignment will be given to you.   The due date has been set for Monday, December 2. 

New additions to the display cabinet for the Book Talks.