Presentations, exams, reports … after a rigorous year of advanced classes, I’m ecstatic to say my child is finally out of school for the summer. Sixth grade was a real challenge — he has taken his first cumulative final exams in Math and English, and did well.
While he’s taking a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be spending some time this summer finding sites to help him practice his skills for next year. Through past experience, I know I’ll appreciate the fact that I took the time to research these topics now, instead of on those late nights right before homework is due!!
One great free educational resource I’ll definitely be referring to in the future is Reflections – Line and Point by Oswego City School District Regents Exam Prep Center. This section of a comprehensive site offers lessons on the concepts behind line and point reflection, and has corresponding practice tests.
The multiple choice problems in these tests are well constructed and they usually include graphical illustrations, which can be a crucial part of understanding the concept of reflection. The quiz creators took into consideration that something as subtle as a misplaced negative sign can be the difference between correct and incorrect answers, and set up the quizzes so kids could get immediate feedback.
Whenever a question is answered, a popup is activated, informing the students if they answered correctly, with an option to click on an explanation button if they are unclear about an answer. The section also provides tools to help teachers communicate these skills to their students.
Similar lessons, practice quizzes, and teaching aides are available for other geometry topics, including Geometric Relationships, Constructions, Locus, Informal and Formal Proofs, Transformational Geometry, and Coordinate Geometry.
Beyond Geometry, the Regents Exam Prep Center offers study aides for Algebra, Algebra 2 and Trig, Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, and Physics. Although we won’t be using all of these topics in the upcoming year, they’ll definitely be useful in years to come. Thanks Oswego City School District!