Friday, November 15, 2013

Weekly Class Summary: Nov. 11-15

SOLs Covered:  SOL 7.14 & 8.15 Algebraic Concepts
Math Dictionary Sections:  19 Algebraic Concepts
Upcoming Assessments:  Algebra Quiz Part 1 (Mon. 11/18)

Today is my sister's birthday, so I'm making this WCS on the shorter side (at least that's the intent, but sometimes the WCS gets away from me!) in order to go celebrate with the family.

Monday was spent reviewing verbal expressions and going over some of last week's work.  Students got started on the test at the end of the block, taking most of class on Tuesday to finish it up.  Grades show that students are starting to adjust to our more rigorous style of testing as students have shown significant improvement over the past two assessments.  Keep up the good work!

The rest of the week was spent reviewing the basics of algebra as the students learned last year in 6th grade.  We reviewed the basic vocabulary as well as solving one-step equations, throwing in a few negatives to apply new 7th grade topics to the unit.  A quiz reviewing these 6th grade basics will be given on Monday.  We'll also move onto two-step and multi-step equations next week.  As previously mentioned, I looked into the possibility of doing a food activity I came up with last year again with this group of students.  It took a little while to hear back on everything, but I got the final "OK" on it yesterday, so letters were sent home with students today for parents and guardians to give permission for their children to take part in the activity.  We'll be needing regular and chocolate Teddy Grahams, regular and colored mini-marshmallows, sandwich baggies, small paper cups, and paper towels for the activity.  We're also currently in need of red/pink and yellow index cards so students can make their own algebra tiles along with pencils and 0.5/0.7 pencil lead.  If anyone would like to help out by donating supplies, the help would be greatly appreciated though by no means required.

On Friday, in addition to students receiving copies of their report cards along with honor roll certificates (with bumper stickers!), we held our annual flag ceremony in honor of Veteran's Day.  While the ceremony was slightly delayed for scheduling reasons, we were honored yet again to have soldiers from Fort Lee with us and the school's 8th grade band to commemorate the occasion.  Thank you to the soldiers for coming out yet again and thank you to all of our service men and women, a number of whom are family members of many of our EDMS students and staff.

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