Friday, October 17, 2014

Math: Week 7

SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.1a,b,c & 8.1b Comparing & Ordering Rational Numbers & Scientific Notation
Math Packet:  #6 Comparing & Ordering Numbers
Upcoming Assessments:  Comparing & Ordering Quiz (Fri. 10/24)

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.1b Comparing & Ordering Rational Numbers & Scientific Notation
Math Packet:  #6 Comparing & Ordering Numbers
Upcoming Assessments:  Properties Quiz (Fri. 10/24)

This week we expanded our use of technology to include online assessments.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Math: Week 6

SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.13 Evaluating Algebraic Expressions
Math Packet:  #5 Algebraic Expressions: Substitution
Upcoming Assessments:  Substitution Quiz (Mon. 10/13); Test MP 1-5 (Tues. 10/14 & Wed. 10/15)

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.1b Comparing & Ordering Rational Numbers & Scientific Notation
Math Packet:  #5 Comparing & Ordering Numbers
Upcoming Assessments:  Comp. & Ordering Quiz (Thurs. 10/16); CCPS Wk 1-4 Quiz (Fri. 10/17)

This week started off with wrapping up the previous week's work.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Math: Week 5

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.1a Order of Operations
Math Packet:  #4 Order of Operations
Upcoming Assessments:  PEMDAS Quiz (Fri. 10/3)

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.4 Evaluating & Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
Math Packet:  #5 Algebraic Expressions: Substitution
Upcoming Assessments:  Substitution Quiz (Mon. 10/6); CCPS Wk 1-4 Quiz (Fri. 10/17)

It's been another busy week!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Math: Week 4

SOLs Covered:  Review of SOLs 7.1d/8.5, 7.1e/7.3ab, & 7.16/8.15
Math Packet:  Wk 1-3 Test Study Guide
Upcoming Assessments:  CCPS Wk 1-4 Quiz (Wed. 10/1); PEMDAS Quiz (Fri. 10/3)

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.2 The Real Number System & Review of SOLs 7.1d/8.5, 7.1e/7.3ab, 8.1a
Math Packet:  #4 The Real Number System & Wk 1-4 Test Study Guide
Upcoming Assessments:  Algebraic Substitution Quiz (Fri. 10/3)

They're finally here!  This week the students finally got their Chromebooks!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Math: Week 3

SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.16 & 8.15 Properties of Real Numbers
Math Packet:  #3 Properties
Upcoming Assessments:  Properties Quiz (Mon. 9/22); CCPS Wk 1-4 Quiz (Tues. 9/23); Test MP #1-3 (Thurs. 9/25 & Fri. 9/26)

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.1 Order of Operations
Math Packet:  #3 PEMDAS
Upcoming Assessments:  Test MP #1-4 (Thurs. 9/25 & Fri. 9/26)

In this last week leading up to the distribution of the students Chromebooks, we've had to give a little of class time in preparation for it.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Math: Week 2

MSM2 & 7H
SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.1 & 7.3 Integers; SOL 8.1 Order of Operations
Math Packet:  #2 Integers
Upcoming Assessments:  Properties Quiz (Pd. 1/2 & 7/8 on Fri. 9/19); Order of Operations Quiz (Pd. 5/6 on Fri. 9/19); CCPS Week 1-4 Quiz (Pd. 1/2 & 7/8 on Tues. 9/23; Pd. 5/6 TBA)

Another week down and we are going strong!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Math: Week 1

MSM2 Blocks 1/2 & 7/8 &7H Block 5/6
SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.1 & 8.5 Squares & Square Roots
Math Packet:  #1 Exponents, Powers, & Roots
Upcoming Assessments:  Squares, Square Roots & Integers Quiz (Fri. 9/12); Pre-Assessment (TBA)

Welcome back to what should be an exciting new school year!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekly Class Summary: June 9-13

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.6 Angle Relationships
Math Dictionary Sections:  35 Angles; 36 Angle Relationships; 37 Angle & Line Bisectors
Upcoming Assessments:  NONE!!!

So here we are!  The year's officially over and it's been a great one!  On Wednesday, we had our awards ceremony with the finale slideshow, which can be found on Edline, followed by an attempt at an outdoor carnival until the rain forced everyone inside. With the wash-out, students instead got to come in and watch movies or socialize.

For math this week, we did a bit of work on angle relationships, which tied into my favorite end-of-year activity, origami.  While going through the steps for folding the paper, I pointed out the various things that relate back to our work this week and throughout the year:  supplementary angles found within the folds, how the diagonals of a square form perpendicular bisectors, etc.  It took a bit of time along with 12 pieces of paper per student, but students' final product was a 24-faced polyhedron.  Those who finished early also had a chance to make 8-pointed stars and/or other pieces of origami.

I hope everyone enjoys their summer break and stays safe.  I'd also like to encourage students to review every once and awhile over the summer so their math skills stay fresh.  To help with that, students will still have access to the accounts I set up for them this year aside from TenMarks, which they can instead sign up for on their own.  The county has also made resources available on their SOL & Summer Resources page.  And finally....

Have a great summer!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Homework: June 9-13

For the week of June 9, 2014

With this being the last week of school, all work is winding down for the year.  Grades will most likely need to be sent before the last day, but I still plan on taking a few small grades, mostly to help students get a little last minute boost if they put forth the effort.  The work will predominately be completed in class, but it would be good for students to review a little bit once they get home.

CW Packet for the week of 6/9/14

Friday, June 06, 2014

Weekly Class Summary: June 2-6

SOLs Covered:  SOL 8.10 Pythagorean Theorem
Math Dictionary Sections:  34 Pythagorean Theorem
Upcoming Assessments:  NONE!!!

Things are slowly winding down now, but we still have Math 8 topics to cover.  This week's topic was the Pythagorean theorem, one of my favorites!  We had a little bit of story time with "What's Your Angle, Pythagoras?" by Julie Ellis.  The book discusses a hypothetical situation for how the Pythagoras might have come up with the theorem since the actual events are unknown.  From there, we moved onto working some real world problems requiring the use of the Pythagorean theorem and then a few practice SOL type questions made by the district.  Students who finished up early got started on next week's packet, which they'll be expected to bring everyday next week.

The last day to turn in work for term 4 (missing or incomplete assignments, error analysis for assessments, and/or extra credit work) was Friday.  For any students who were absent or making up SOLs, I'll still accept the Pythagorean theorem work packet on Monday, but that will be the deadline for that.  At this point, I'm not sure what grades I'll be taking next week as we've not been told when to start sending grades, so we'll have to go day-by-day for future grades.  Any additional grades will be designed to help students improve their grades and will not have a negative impact on their overall grade unless the student were to refuse to do the work (thankfully something that rarely ever happens with this group of kids!).