**SOL 8.1 PEMDAS; SOL 7.13 Substitution; SOL 7.1 & 8.1 NegExpo, SciNot, Comparing & Ordering Rational Numbers**

__SOLs Covered__:**Review Sections 7-12**

__Math Dictionary Sections__:**MSM2 Test 2 (Complete Mon. 10/28); Real Number System Quiz (Fri. 11/1)**

__Upcoming Assessments__:This week was devoted to preparing for the second big test of the year. Students started the week finishing the last quiz. After grading this quiz and finding that the kids grades aren't showing the understanding of the concepts I know they have based on our conversations and work in class, I decided to take a new approach to things. We spent some time going over the last quiz in a little more depth than usual along with making a few more additions to our Smart Chart. We also went over a few handy dandy tricks that can be down with a times table, such as the perfect squares on the diagonal from the top left to bottom right (we'd previously talked about this during our exponents unit) as well as using the table to help with reducing and finding equivalent fractions. For the making of the chart, I showed them a handy folding trick another teacher (Thanks, Mrs. Lawson!) showed me for making nice, neat columns for the table.

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Once we finished our "preview," students went back to each question and used our additions to solve the problems on their own. While I don't plan to do these previews on future tests, I might use this strategy on some of the quizzes, though not always for the entire thing. Students will finish the test as needed on Monday, though there are a few things that will be taking away from class time again that day, so students will most definitely be allowed additional time if needed due to the disruption to the regular math class schedule.

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