Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Learning Greek

Last year in precalculus I had each student pick a Greek alphabet letter out of a hat, and they were to make a small (8.5" x 5") colorful poster with the capital letter, the lower case letter and the pronunciation of the letter. Then I hung those around the room, so we had a reference when we were using the letters as variables in trigonometry. I liked the activity, but then the students only got familiar, for the most part, with one letter. This year I made an "elementary school" type sheet where they have to trace over the capital and lower case letters 4 times each while simultaneously saying the pronunciation. They'll get bonus points if they can recite them all in order by memory. I'm liking this activity, so now I have to possibly make the letters myself because I still like them displayed. If anyone wants a copy of the activity, I'll send you one via e-mail (math_mambo@yahoo.com).

I'm also excited about my teacher website. Whoever suggested weebly.com and google calendars, Thank You. They were both easy to use and link together, and in just one weekend I created a usable site. I made it as a homework assignment for the students to have their parents visit the site and either send me e-mail or call that they did so. Yay technology.

3 comments:

  1. Maddy8:16 PM

    I learned to sing the greek alphabet in high school. We sang it to 'Allouette' or however else you spell the french song.

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  2. Anonymous9:31 PM

    How fun is that? I find it so fascinating that things we sing stick with us. What a cool way our brains work.

    Ms. Cookie

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  3. Anonymous11:38 AM

    i never really heard of the greek aphabet having a song. but i like the fact that you made it fun for the kids. i'll try that some

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