It’s Week 3 of Distance Teaching/ Learning at Heartland. Many teachers are using zoom or google classroom to communicate with their classes. Various enrichment and learning exercises are being sent to students weekly. Zoom allows for the students and teacher to check in on what they are learning and how everything is going.
This week we will hear from Ms. Thomas (junior high/high school math) and Mrs. Miller (high school Ag/FFA).
Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 students are using a site called Desmos. They are reviewing work that uses different types of graphs to solve different problems. A snapshot of a couple are attached. The one screenshot shows where the students use equations to finish the picture of a cat by drawing lines, circles, parabolas, and include shading the picture.
Using Desmos, the students write inequalities to shade area so that they highlight mainly blue dots so they achieve the highest score. Every blue dot scores one point and every red dot subtracts one point. This is a challenging problem as they try to take two inequalities and write as one.
Another activity uses Pythagorean Theorem to find distances and time to see which person will get to the Taco Truck first. They use math formulas and equations to solve this problem.
Students are using Khan Academy and Educreations for videos. Students practice problems using Math XL and Quizizz. They are also encouraged to try new math games: 204 Fibonacci, Sudoku, Mahjongg Solitaire, Black Versus Blue, Swinging Sticks, KenKen, and others.
Mrs. Miller: I have been zooming with any FFA/High school Ag student that wants to at 11:00 every weekday. Sometimes we just talk, sometimes we play games virtually.
I also started zooming with the girls on the run girls at 4:00 on Tuesday and Thursday. Girls on the Run is a non-profit program that works to encourage the development of self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls through dynamic, interactive lessons as well as through running games, all of which culminates in a celebratory 5k run. In other years, the local Heartland group meets a two days a week after school to do enrichment activities and go for a run. This year, they are completing the enrichment activities at home and meeting with each other via zoom.
This past weekend was also the first live-streamed showing of “Clue,” the high school spring play. Ticket holders received an email with instructions and a password. A program was also included with the email. “Clue” will be shown again on April 18 at 7:00 pm for the final time. If you have tickets, but were unable to watch on the 4th, you will receive an email to watch on the 18th. If you would still like to buy tickets to this hilarious murder mystery, you can do so at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.html. A ticket is needed for each person watching the livestream.
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