SOE Math Test & Cryptography

We wrapped up our systems of equations unit and you will see math tests coming home next week. Students were able to create a one-pager of notes for use with this test and you will see that attached to their test. This is a great study skill to practice for high school by summarizing the main strategies they learned in a unit and creating examples. They will also be working on test corrections for any problems that they missed to they can learn from their mistakes. When tests come home next week, please sign them and add comments. Tests will include a note from the student to you about how they prepared, how they felt they did, and if this test represented what they know.

We also introduced Cryptography (code breaking) in Mission math this week. We discussed the benefits of encryption technology for digital use and the history of code breaking. Students had many interesting stories to share about war messages and misleading enemies! Students learned how to use various code-breaking strategies, a Caesar cipher shift (using their wheels), an algebra cipher (using Algebra!), and a few more fun ones. They really seemed to enjoy this and were creating their own encoded messages by the end of the week! They will be quizzed on their ability to decipher codes on Friday.


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