Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekly Class Summary: May 17-20

SOLs Covered: All Math 6 SOLs
New Math Dictionary Sections: SOL Smart Chart
Upcoming Assessments: Math 6 SOL testing starts next week

This week has been focused completely on reviewing for the Math 6 SOL test that will start next week. We practiced making our SOL Smart Chart, which students should continue to practice making so that they can make it again from memory immediately before starting their test next week. It serves as a reminder of key mnemonics (tips and tricks) that make certain problems a little easier, especially for those students that "come up blank" once they get into a test and testing anxiety starts to set in. In addition to the Smart Chart students should continue practicing their multiplication chart (12x12) on graph paper. The multiplication chart can help students with their non-calculator questions as well as with many fraction questions, for example reducing or comparing fractions. We have been practicing all year in order to improve on the amount of time each student takes creating their chart so they do not take away too much time from their testing time.

A good portion of the week has also been spent on taking our final practice SOL test before the real thing. With the modified schedule in place this week with the start of other middle school SOL tests, students were able to get a better understanding of how to manage their time throughout the test, which was the released 2009 Math 6 SOL. Several students have already improved on their "You Can Do It" total score. In addition, Warm Up questions this week came from the 2008 released test.

As students finished their test, they were allowed to use the class textbooks to help them with their Math 6 Vocabulary flashcards. Students are encouraged to study their vocabulary cards over the weekend and next week, especially since there is such a strong emphasis on reading throughout our math test. Reviewing everything in the Math Dictionary is also highly encouraged.
Create and study flashcards alone or with friends online using CoboCards

The Math 6 testing dates are as follows:
  • Block 1: Thursday, May 27, 2010
  • Block 2: Friday, May 28, 2010
  • Block 4: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Practice for the SOL using Jefferson Lab and receive immediate results and explanations.

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