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Week 37: May 27 - 30 FINAL WEEK!!
05/13/2019

Monday

No school due to Memorial Day holiday.

 

Tuesday

Projects are due no later than today.  Please clean out your lockers this week and take your things home.

 

Wednesday

Middle school awards ceremony will be today from 1pm - 3pm.

 

Thursday

Last day of school, early release at 1pm. 


Week 36: May 20 - 24
05/12/2019

Monday

Project work time. Band students will be out for the Soundpost contest and Splash Kingdom trip. 

 

Tuesday

Project work time - if we have class. The Boys vs. Girls basketball game will be held in the morning, and Biz World is from 12:30 to 3:30.

 

Wednesday

Project work time.

 

Thursday

Project work time. DEADLINE for corrections and late work is today.

 

Friday

Project work time. 


Week 35: May 13 - 17
05/11/2019

Monday

Math STAAR test.

 

Tuesday

Reading STAAR test.

 

Wednesday

Today I will give students the information sheet for the final project and explain the options. Students will have class time to work on final project, which is due on or before May 28th. 

 

Thursday

Project work time.

 

Friday

Project work time.

 

Students have until May 23rd to turn in any late work or corrections. 


Week 34: May 6 - 10
05/06/2019

This week we continue with the Google Classroom review activities. On Friday we will do an escape room review activity. 

 

Next Monday is the Math STAAR and next Tuesday is the Reading STAAR.

 

After STAAR students will be completing a final project. They will get the information after STAAR. The final project will be a test grade and the final grade of the year. Any students that owe late work or that want to complete corrections need to have those completed and turned in no later than May 23rd. 


Week 33: Apr 29 - May 3
05/05/2019

This week starts our review week. We will take the final unit test on Monday. On Tuesday we will go over the benchmark test and assess our individual needs and set goals. 

 

I have compiled review activities and videos for each unit in Google Classroom. Students will be working through the units they have identified as weaknesses during the benchmark review. No two students will have the same game plan for review.  Students will be working on this through May 9th. On May 10th we will do an escape room review game. 

 

STAAR testing is on May 13 (Math) and May 14 (Reading). Please make sure your student is studying their journal notes. They can also access Google Classroom from home as well. 


Week 32: Apr 22 - 26
04/18/2019

UPDATED!! Updates are in bold.

Monday

Module 18.4 is about careers and the corresponding wages, salaries, and lifetime income. We will spend some time comparing careers and salaries as well as calculating lifetime income.

 

Tuesday

18.3 homework due. Students will be given time in class to work on the 18.4 homework which will be due tomorrow, due to the test on Friday. It is a short assignment that should be completed in class.

 

Wednesday

18.4 homework due. Students received the review and are to complete it before Friday.

 

Thursday

MAP TESTING

 

Friday

We will go over the review. Students may have time to complete late work or extra practice pages after the review.  The Unit 11 Test has been moved to Monday.

 

 

After this week, we are in STAAR review mode for the next 2 weeks! We will be evaluating the benchmark results so students can see how they did and where students need to focus their review efforts. Parents, please have your student explain his/her plan to you before you sign the analysis sheet.

 

 


Week 31: Apr 15 - 19
04/06/2019

Monday

Module 18.2 deals with credit. We will cover why it is important to have good credit, what a credit report is and what is on one, and how credit reports/scores are used.

 

Tuesday

18.1 homework due. Students will have time in class to work on the 18.2 assignment which will be due on Thursday.

 

Wednesday

Module 18.3 deals with how to pay for college. We will explore a variety of ways available to finance a college education. Students will also research tuition costs for their favorite college.

 

Thursday

18.2 homework due. Students will have time in class to work on the 18.3 assignment which will be due next Wednesday.

 

Friday

NO SCHOOL - Good Friday


Week 30: Apr 8 - 12
04/05/2019

Monday

We will be reviewing what we've covered for the year in anticipation for the benchmark.

 

Tuesday

Math Benchmark

 

Wednesday

Reading Benchmark

 

Thursday

We start Unit 11, Personal Financial Literacy. Module 18.1 includes how to select a bank based on the features and fees, the differences between debit and credit cards, and how to balance a checkbook register. 

 

Friday

Today is the workday for Module 18.1. Homework will be due next Tuesday.  Students who were absent will make up their Unit 10 test today.  Progress reports will be handed out today.


Week 29: April 1 - 5
04/01/2019

Monday

Today we will cover module 17.5 which includes categorical data, finding relative frequency, bar graphs, percent bar graphs, and circle graphs. 

 

Tuesday

Workday for 17.5 assignment. We will grade the 17.4 homework from Friday.

 

Wednesday

Today we will have an in-class activity with practice problems.

 

Thursday

We will complete the review for the Unit 10 test. 

 

Friday

Unit 10 Test. 

 

 

This week we have a few students out for showing at the county fair. Those students have been given the 17.5 homework, a review page to make up for the activity Wednesday, and the Unit 10 test review. On Monday of next week I expect this work finished and turned in. They will get a key for the review on Monday so they can study. They will make up the test on April 12.


Week 28: Mar 25 - 29
03/25/2019

Monday

We will cover 17.3 which includes statistical questions and dot plots. We also talk about skewed data distributions and symmetry.

 

Tuesday

17.2 homework is due. Today is a workday for the 17.3 homework.

 

Wednesday

17.4 includes a lot of information and 2 different data distributions so we are breaking it up over 2 days. Today we will cover stem-and-leaf plots.

 

Thursday

Today we finish the 17.4 lesson with histograms and how they differ from bar graphs.

 

Friday

17.3 homework is due. Today is a workday for the 17.4 homework that will be assigned. This work will be due next Tuesday.


Week 27: March 18 - 22
03/18/2019

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great Spring break and is ready to finish the year with a bang. We only have 2 more units, data analysis and personal finance literacy.  

 

Monday

We will be reviewing the calendar for the remainder of the year. We will introduce Unit 10 with the vocabulary on the tab. Students will write the vocabulary words and definitions one time each for their first assignment.

 

Tuesday

Today we will complete section 17.1 in the book, which covers measures of center. This includes finding the mean (average) and median (middle) measures of a given set of numbers. We will also be comparing the mean and median and determining when it is appropriate to use each measure. 

 

Wednesday

Work day for 17.1. Homework will be assigned and time given in class to work and ask questions.

 

Thursday

Today we cover 17.2 which is all about box plots. Box plots, also called box-and-whisker plots, involve five different values: the least value, the lower quartile, the median, the upper quartile, and the greatest value. We will cover how to find each value and how to create a box plot. We will also find the range and interquartile range, which is are measures of spread.

 

Friday

Work day for 17.2. Homework will be assigned and time given in class to work and ask questions.

 

After school tutorials will be very limited this grading period, due to personal obligations. Students will be informed of this and encouraged to make use of in-class work time and daily tutorials period. 

 

If we stay on schedule with lessons, we will have 2 full weeks for a complete review before STAAR. Because we will have this review time in class, I will not be having intensive after-school STAAR tutorials.  Students are highly encouraged to begin reviewing material from the beginning of the year now, and not wait until May. They are welcome to bring their books home as well as their journals to review material we've already covered, but they must be responsible to bring them back to class each day.

 

 

Some important dates this grading period:

April 5 - Unit 10 Test

April 9 - Math Benchmark

April 10 - Reading Benchmark

April 12 - Progress reports

April 19 - No school - Good Friday

April 22 - MAP testing (sometime this week)

April 26 - Unit 11 Test

May 3 - Progress reports

May 13 - Math STAAR

May 14 - Reading STAAR

 


Week 26: Mar 4 - 8
02/25/2019

Monday

We will review area and volume formulas and have practice problems in class. 

 

Tuesday

The last homework assignment (16.4 volume) is due today. We will continue the review of area and volume.

 

Wednesday

Last Unit 9 test on Area/Volume.  Journals are also due today, as well as any late work or corrections. 

 

Thursday

We will complete corrections on the test we took yesterday. If we have time, we will complete a short data collection activity in preparation for Unit 10 after Spring break.

 

Friday

Early release day. As I understand it, we will be attending the baseball tournament today.  I plan to have grades finalized before I leave today, so if you check Parent Portal next week it should show the final math grade for the grading period. Have a great Spring break!

 

NO after school tutorials this week.

Week 25: Feb 25 - Mar 1
02/22/2019

Monday

We will take notes for solving problems using the area formulas we learned last week. Now, we may be given the area and have to find a base or height. This corresponds to section 16.3 in the book.

 

Tuesday

We will have a few classroom activities to practice solving problems with area formulas.

 

Wednesday

Today is the workday for solving problems with area formulas. Homework will be due on Friday.

 

Thursday

We will take notes and practice using the volume formula for a right rectangular prism. It is the only volume formula we use in 6th grade. This corresponds to section 16.4 in the book.

 

Friday

This will be the workday for solving volume problems. Homework will be due in Tuesday.

 

 

After school tutoring for homework help will only be on Thursday until 4:30. Students are welcome to come to me during tutorials period.

 

We only have this week and one more week before Spring break. Next week we will spend some time reviewing on Monday and Tuesday and have the final Unit 9 test on area and volume on Wednesday. I will not be available after school the week before Spring break.


Week 24: Feb 18 - 22
02/15/2019

Monday

Staff Work Day - No school for students

 

Tuesday

Workday for module 15.3 side angle relationships in triangles. Homework from last Thursday is due today.

 

Wednesday

Module 16.1 Area of quadrilaterals lesson. We will review square and rectangle, then add parallelogram and trapezoid.

 

Thursday

Workday for 16.1 homework. The assignment from Tuesday will be due today.

 

Friday

Triangle relationships quiz.

 

After school tutorials will be on Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30.

**Please note: I am not available before school. If your student needs help, please make sure they are signing up and staying for after school tutorials or they are making the most of time in class on workdays.


Week 23: Feb 11-15
02/08/2019

Monday

We start Unit 9 - Geometry. We will be exploring line segment lengths to determine a formula for making a triangle. This corresponds to Module 15.1 in the textbook.

 

Tuesday

Workday for 15.1. Homework will be due Thursday.

 

Wednesday

We will complete an index card activity to explore the sum of angle measures of triangles and determine the formula for finding missing angle measures. This corresponds to 15.2 in the book.

 

Thursday

Workday for 15.2. Homework will be due Monday. Extra credit is due today.

 

Friday

We will learn to use a protractor to measure angles and will explore the relationship between the angles and the sides of triangles. This corresponds to 15.3 in the book.

 

After school help for homework will be on Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30.


Week 22 Feb 4-8
02/02/2019

Monday

Today is the workday for module 14.3 Writing Equations from Tables. Students will have a vocabulary quiz at the beginning of class over the Unit 8 vocabulary. They will then have the rest of class time to work on the assignment.

 

Tuesday

Module 14.4  Representing Algebraic Relationships in Tables and Graphs. We will go over the lesson and take notes on how to create tables and graphs from equations and vice versa.

 

Wednesday

Workday for 14.4 assignment.

 

Thursday

Today we will review all the material from Unit 8.

 

Friday

Today is the Unit 8 test.  It is 15 questions.  Students will still have a paper test to complete but using the chromebooks to enter their answer choices online for immediate feedback.  This is our first attempt at this test submission format.

 

After-school tutorials this week will be on Monday and Wednesday for any students who need additional help on the assignments.


Week 21 Jan 28-Feb 1
01/27/2019

Monday

We will start Unit 8, Algebraic Representations of Two-Variable Relationships. We start today with the basics of graphing in all four quadrants. Before 6th grade, students only graphed in quadrant 1. This corresponds to module 14.1 in the book.

 

Tuesday

Today is a workday for 14.1 homework. We will also talk about the extra credit assignment for this grading period.

 

Wednesday

Today is all about independent and dependent variables in tables and graphs, Module 14.2.

 

Thursday

Workday for 14.2 homework.  Copies of the extra credit will be available for students to select. There will be 3 to choose from. Students will only be allowed to complete 1 for credit.

 

Friday

Today we will be using what we've learned about independent and dependent variables to write equations from tables and graphs.  **Progress reports will be going home today.

 

After school help this week: I will be available on Tuesday and Thursday after school to help students who are struggling with the homeworks from the week.


Week 20 Jan 21-25
01/17/2019

Monday

NO SCHOOL for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

Tuesday

Sixth grade will be MAP testing this day.

 

Wednesday

Both homework assignments from Thursday (Jan 17) are due. We will review inequalities for the test.

 

Thursday

Unit 7 Test on inequalities.

 

Friday

Medieval Times field trip.

 

**CORRECTION**Tutorials this week will be on Tuesday ONLY after school until 4:30. Students will be able to sign up for a tutorial slot on Tuesday morning beginning at first bell.


Week 19 Jan 14-18
01/14/2019

Monday

Today is a workday for the homework assignment for addition and subtraction inequalities. This assignment will be due at the beginning of class on Wednesday.

 

Tuesday

We will learn how to solve multiplication and division inequalities with positive rational numbers. This is Lesson 13.3 in the book.

 

Wednesday

We will learn how to solve multiplication and division inequalities with negative rational numbers. This is lesson 13.4 in the book.

 

Thursday/Friday

Both of these days will be workdays for the multiplication and division inequality homework.  I rearranged the schedule to accommodate the GT kids being out for Model UN., so they wouldn't miss the lesson.  The homework assignments from these days will be due on Wednesday next week, due to the holiday on Monday and MAP testing on Tuesday.

 

After school availability this week:

I will be staying until 4:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to help students with homework.


Week 18 Jan 7-11
01/07/2019

Welcome back everyone! As we start 2019 we will be moving into the last half of the school year and the last 5 units of curriculum.

Monday 

No school for students.

 

Tuesday

We will review what we learned before break about equations, how to write them and solve them.  We will also look at the vocabulary for Unit 7.

 

Wednesday

We start Unit 7, Inequalities. 13.1 Lesson - we will be writing inequalities and learning how to graph solutions on a number line.

 

Thursday

Today is a workday for 13.1. We will go over the guided practice before working independently.

 

Friday

13.2 Lesson - we will start solving one-step inequalities using addition and subtraction.

 

Tutorials this week:

I will be available after school on Thursday until 4:30 to provide additional assistance for the homework given that day.


Week 17 Dec 17-20
12/17/2018

Monday and Tuesday this week we will be reviewing for the CBA. Monday we will be completing practice test questions and Tuesday we will play review games. 

 

Wednesday is the CBA. It is also the day I collect journals for the final journal grade for this grading period AND my deadline for any late work, corrections, the extra credit assignment, etc.

 

Since we already have all our required test grades for this grading period, the CBA will not be going in the gradebook. For this reason I am using it as a benchmark test. It is all released STAAR questions for the TEKS we have covered so far this year. When we return from break I will go over it with students and let them know whether this test projects them to master, meet, approach or not pass STAAR. I will use that as a basis for how to proceed with my tutorials class.

 

This Thursday is early release. Students will return to school on January 8th. Have a great break!


Week 16 Dec 10-14
12/09/2018

This week we will be examining the difference between an expression and an equation. We will also be writing equations from word phrases and learning how to solve one-step equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We will also be learning how to check if a value is a solution to an equation and how to graph solutions to equations. 

 

This will be the last week of instruction during this grading period. Next week we will spend Monday and Tuesday reviewing for the CBA, on Wednesday we will take the CBA and turn in journals for the final grade this period. Thursday is an early release day and the fun day reward for those students who participated in the pizza fundraiser. 

 

Winter break is from December 21st to January 7th.


Week 15 Dec 3-7
12/06/2018

WOW I've gotten behind! I apologize! This week is very hectic due to Academic UIL competition today.  Since coming back from Thanksgiving break, we've been learning about exponents, prime factorization, adding these to order of operations and we've started algebraic expressions. We have learned how to identify the parts of expressions, translate expressions into words and vice versa, properties to use when generating equivalent expressions, and how to combine like terms.

 

Today is a workday for students since I am out administering UIL tests and such. Friday there will be a properties quiz and the rest of the class will be a workday as well. Since we have only 2 weeks left, it is very important for students to make sure they have all their work turned in and any corrections completed.  Each week I will send out a message on Remind stating what days I'm available after school for students who need help getting caught up.

 

Friday I will be conferencing with students who are in jeopardy of failing as well as making contact with parents of those students. 

 

Upcoming dates of importance: 

December 18th - This is the day all corrections, late work and the extra credit assignment are due. 

December 19th - Math CBA - this will NOT be going in the gradebook, as we will not be able to do corrections. Journals are also due this day. I will collect them after the CBA.

December 20th - Early Release - Pizza fundraiser fun day.

December 20-January 7 is winter break. I will see you all back on January 8th!


Week 12 Nov 5-9
11/07/2018

I apologize for getting this out late. 

 

Monday 

Today is a workday for the assignment for lesson 8.1. It will be due Wednesday.

 

Tuesday

We will be covering using rates and ratios with tables and graphs. This is lesson 8.2 in the workbook.

 

Wednesday

We will grade the homework from 8.1 and have time in class to work on the assignment for lesson 8.2 which is due Friday.

 

Thursday

We will be solving problems using rate and ratios with proportions. This will involve using scale factors.

 

Friday

We will grade the homework from 8.2 and have time to work on the assignment for lesson 8.3 which is due Monday.


Week 13 Nov 10-16
11/06/2018

Monday

Today we will be covering conversions within the customary system. We will take notes and have an in-class activity. We will also grade the 8.3 assignment.

 

Tuesday

We will cover conversions within the metric system with note-taking and an in-class activity.

 

Wednesday

Today we will review for the Unit 5 test. This test covers all of modules 7 and 8.

 

Thursday

Unit 5 Test

 

Friday

Today we will introduce Unit 6 which covers equivalent expressions and one-variable equations. This unit covers modules 10-12 and we should finish just before winter break. The lesson for today is about exponents.

 

Next week is Thanksgiving break. See you back in class on the 26th.


Week 11 Oct 29 - Nov 2
10/26/2018

Monday

Lesson 7.2 Rates - This involves using rates to compare prices and calculating unit rates. 

RED RIBBON WEEK -  Meme Monday: Don't let drugs ruin your character! (Dress like your favorite meme or cartoon character.)

 

Tuesday

Ratio homework from Friday is due. Today is a workday for the rates lesson.

RED RIBBON WEEK - Travel Tuesday: Don't let drugs tie your down! (Dress like a tourist to a place you've always wanted to travel.)

 

Wednesday

Rates homework due.

Lesson 7.3 Using Ratios and Rates - This involves using tables, comparing ratios/rates, and making predictions.

RED RIBBON WEEK - Wear It Wednesday: Hats off to being drug free/Unite in Red! (Wear a fun hat and all the red you can find.)

 

Thursday

Lesson 7.3 workday.

RED RIBBON WEEK - Target Thursday: Take out drugs! (Wear camo.)

 

Friday

Lesson 7.3 homework due. 

Lesson 8.1 - Comparing additive and multiplicative relationships. We will compare both relationships with tables, graphs, symbols (algebraically) and verbally.

RED RIBBON WEEK - Future Friday: Don't let drugs ruin your future! (Wear college gear and sunglasses.)

 


Week 10 Oct 22-26
10/21/2018

Monday

Now that we've covered all the integer operations independently, we will mix them together in word problems and use strategies to solve.

 

Tuesday

Unit 4 test review will be today.

 

Wednesday

Unit 4 test. Students will be allowed to use their integer pieces and mats with the test.

 

Thursday

Today we start Unit 5 - Ratios and Rates. We will cover Lesson 7.1 in the book and take notes on ratios.

 

Friday

Workday for Lesson 7.1 - time for students to work on the homework assigned for this concept.

 

 


Week 9 Oct 15-19
10/15/2018

The first grading period has ended and report cards will be mailed out this week. 

 

Monday

Staff Day - No school for students

 

Tuesday

We will be multiplying integers with models, number lines, and the algorithm.  Students will get a calendar for the second grading period.

 

Wednesday 

I will be out to support my daughter at UIL Marching Contest. Students will have a workday to complete the multiplying integers homework that is due Thursday.

 

Thursday

We will be dividing integers with models, number lines, and the algorithm. 

 

Friday

Students will have a workday to complete the dividing integers homework that is due Monday. 


Week 8 Oct 8-12
10/08/2018

This week is the end of the grading period so any late work and corrections need to be turned in ASAP. 

 

Monday

Today we take our first CBA. Students who are absent will need to come to me during tutorials to make up the test when they return. Students are receiving a yellow page and a pink page covered with circles. These need to be cut out for use on Wednesday. We have some counters available in class, but it will be better if students use their own manipulatives for practice. They can use these at home also to explain to parents what we are learning in class and for help on homework.

 

Tuesday

We start Unit 4, integer operations.  Today we will learn about opposites and absolute value. There will be a homework assignment due Wednesday. Part of the homework will be to explain their notes to a parent/guardian and get a signature on the notes page.

 

Wednesday

Today we will cover integer addition. We will use manipulatives to connect the action to the algorithm. We will also put detailed steps in the journal.  Today is the deadline for corrections and late work.

 

Thursday

Today we include integer subtraction to the mix. Again we will use the manipulatives to connect the action to the algorithm and add notes to our journal.  I will be collecting journals today so I can go through them this evening and grade them. The journal grade is a test grade.

 

Friday

I will be attending a MAP training in Tyler and so my sub, Mrs. Garner, will be overseeing the students as they complete the in-class task card assignment for adding and subtracting integers.


Week 7 Oct 1-5
09/28/2018

There is a lot going on this week! It's Homecoming week so there will be a dress up theme each day, see the district website for details. Friday is an early release day as well.

 

Monday

Students have homework due on multiplying fractions. It will be graded at the end of class, so if they need to ask questions they will have some time to do so. Students will receive their assignment on dividing fractions and have class time to work on it. This work will be due Tuesday.

 

Tuesday

Today we will be combining what we've done with decimal and fraction operations and work on some mixed practice problems. 

 

Wednesday

We will continue the mixed practice and sneak in a Unit 3 test review.

 

Thursday

Unit 3 test today. 

 

Friday

Today we will be reviewing everything we've done so far in review for the CBA coming up on Monday, October 8th.  Progress reports will also go home today.

 

I will be collecting journals after the CBA so I can grade them. They will be handed back quickly so students will have them when we start Unit 4.  If your student was absent, they need to make sure any journal notes get completed and put in their journal before I collect them for grading. 

 

The first grading period ends very soon, on October 12. That's only 2 weeks. Any corrections need to be completed as soon as possible. The deadline for corrections is Wednesday, October 10th. This gives me time to regrade and get everything entered before Friday.


Week 6 Sept 24-28
09/23/2018

Students did a great job on the emergency drills last week. We will be having a fire drill this week so be prepared.

 

Monday

Student Holiday - Staff Development Day

I will be pulling a missing grades report and calling parents of students that have more than 2 missing assignments. Students will receive an office referral. The end of the grading period is quickly approaching and all assignments need to be turned in. The deadline for corrections is October 10th.

 

Tuesday

We will looking at all the ways division can be represented. We will practice writing division in several forms so we will recognize it when we see it. The 2 homework assignments on decimals that were assigned last week are due today.

 

Wednesday

The Unit 2 test students took last week were pretty terrible. We will be retesting today. I will put the higher of the 2 grades in the gradebook.

 

Thursday

We will multiply fractions and mixed numbers. Students will have homework, due Friday.

 

Friday

We will divide fractions and mixed numbers. Students will have practice problems in class. The assignment will be given next week.

 

Upcoming:

Week 7 we will finish Unit 3 and have their final unit test for the grading period. Progress reports will also go out Friday. 

 

Week 8 we will have out CBA over Units 1-3. I will be collecting journals this week after the CBA to get the test grade for those. We will also be starting Unit 4 which is over integer operations.


Week 5 Sept 17-21
09/14/2018

Students did great on the MAP testing! I will be having meetings with each student over the next couple of weeks to evaluate their score and set goals. Students also logged into Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) and, if they had time, they got on the online textbook too. Their login cards are glued in their math journal. I encourage any student that can login at home to do so and use these resources.  There are links to other resources on my webpage.

 

Also, I handed out an extra credit page on Wednesday, Sept. 12. It is due on or before Sept. 21.

 

Coming up next week:

 

Monday

We will finish the last lesson in Unit 2, which is ordering rational numbers.  There will be homework. 

 

Tuesday

We will be having review rotations. There are 4 activity stations with an additional task card station for early finishers. We will also be completing the test review.

 

Wednesday

Unit 2 Test

 

Thursday

Begin Unit 3 - Operations with Positive Fractions and Decimals. We will go over the unit vocabulary and start with something they should all be a little familiar with - multiplying decimals.  There will be homework.

 

Friday

We will be dividing decimals. We will be practicing on the whiteboards in class. Students will receive the accompanying homework assignment in class on Monday.


Week 4 Sept 10-14
09/07/2018

Today (Sept. 7) is a "pull day". I will be pulling a missing grades report after school today. Any student with 2 or more missing assignments will receive a parent call and an office referral. Hopefully today's count will be zero. I do this about every 2 weeks.

 

Next Week:

Our schedule for next week has been modified to accommodate MAP testing and a possible technology day. In case you aren't familiar with MAP, it is a computerized benchmarking system we started using last year. It helps us identify areas of weakness to target during tutorials. It is also promoted as a good predictor of STAAR success and, in high school, ACT and SAT success. Students are encouraged to do their best. The reading test will be given in the morning and the math in the afternoon. 

 

Monday 

*Hopefully* we will have the chromebooks for a technology day. We will be logging in to Imagine Math (formerly Think Through Math) and the online textbook so students can know how to log in from home. If we don't get the computers, we will begin Unit 2. Eighth graders will be MAP testing.

 

Tuesday

We will start Unit 2. This unit is short, only 6 days. Today we will learn what a rational number is and how to locate, order, and compare rational numbers.  Seventh graders will be MAP testing.

 

Wednesday

We will classify rational numbers using a Venn diagram. Students will most likely have homework. Today is PICTURE DAY!! Be sure to dress nicely for your picture, it will be the one used in the yearbook.

 

Thursday

Sixth graders will be MAP testing. Please do your best to be present today.

 

Friday

We will be ordering sets of rational numbers. Students may have homework. Today our first progress reports will be going home with students. 

 

Upcoming:

The unit 2 test will be the following week, probably on Wednesday.

There is a Staff Development day on Sept. 24th. Students will not have school that day.


Week 3 September 3-7
09/02/2018

This week we will have our first test. Be sure you are studying your journal notes daily!  

 

Monday - No school, Labor Day holiday

 

Tuesday - We will finish TEK 6.5B by finding the whole when given the part and the percent. We will be finishing Lesson 9.3 and working several practice problems in class. I will also be handing back the 2 assignments from last week with a grade report so students will know their current grade in math. There will be a homework assignment due tomorrow.

 

Wednesday - Today we will combine the three parts of TEK 6.5B and work practice problems, focusing on analyzing each problem to determine what it is asking us to find. 

 

Thursday - I will be out for a workshop at Region 7 in Kilgore. The substitute will complete the test review with the students.

 

Friday - Unit 1 test. This is our first test. It consists of 10 multiple choice questions. I will provide the formulas for TEK 6.5B but students are expected to know how to use the formulas as well as the other topics covered during this unit.

 

Student logins for Imagine Math and the online textbook have been set up. The login for the textbook is the same as the Imagine Math login. Students will receive their login cards on Tuesday, we will glue it to the front inside cover of their journals.  I encourage you, if your student can get online at home, to allow them to login and explore the online textbook. There are videos and sample problems they can work for extra practice if they need it. We will have the Chromebooks in class soon to complete the first benchmark on Imagine Math. This will help me determine how best to help the students fill gaps and grow. Links for both these websites are on the Helpful Resources page of my website.


Week 2 August 27-31
08/26/2018

During the second week of school we will continue working with equivalent forms of percents, fractions, and decimals. 

 

Monday we will continue representing percents with fractions, decimals, and models. Students will have time in class to ask questions about the first assignment (page 171) that was assigned last week. 

 

Tuesday we will grade page 171 at the beginning of class. Afterwards we will add a page to our journals that spells out the steps of conversions in a different way. We will also discuss the pitfalls and common errors we make when we do conversions. 

 

Wednesday we will add a journal activity on equivalent numbers and complete 2 activities in class. Students will be assigned homework from their workbook, page 245-246 (#9-12, 14-19, 22) which will be due Friday.

 

Thursday we will find the percent of a number. This concept can be confusing as it is called "the percent of a number" when in reality we are finding the part when given the percent and the whole. We will cover the book pages and add a page in our journal. We will finish up class with practice problems and time for students to ask questions on yesterday's homework.

 

Friday we will find the percent when given the part and the whole. After the warm-up and before the lesson, we will have our first multiplication test.  Students will need to select what set they want to test over (ones, twos, etc. up to fifteens). After the multiplication test, we will continue the lesson by covering the book page and a handout of notes, along with several practice problems.

 

Friday during tutorials we will go to the high school for our first pep rally of the season. the theme is "United in White" so be sure to wear white on Friday!


Gearing Up for the First Day!
08/14/2018

Hello everyone! I hope you are as excited for the start of school as I am. I know we are going to have a fantastic year. I just wanted to let you know what portion of the school supply list needs to be brought to math class. 

We will be using the following supplies for math:

 

a 1/2" binder (for notebook paper and work)

a pack of 5 dividers

notebook paper

a composition book 

pencils and colored pencils

red pens for grading

Elmer's glue sticks

scissors

 

While the pencils, colored pencils, red pens, glue sticks, and scissors may be used in other classes, a binder with dividers and notebook paper and a composition book must be dedicated to math only. Consumable supplies may need to be replenished throughout the year.

 

On the first day, we will be completing some getting to know you activities, setting up our binder and composition book (journal), and learning the classroom procedures. I look forward to seeing you all on August 22nd.


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