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Liberty
Junior High School
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Ms. Kollross
7th Grade Math - Liberty Jr. High
ckollross@nlsd122.org

Week of 12/11/17

Thursday, December 14, 2017:  The kids started their math class with the Team Problems of the Day.  We then went over any questions they had from the Lesson 6-6 Assignment.  As they were ready, the kids took the Lesson 6-6 In-Class Assignment which they will receive back tomorrow.  The Topic 6 Test will be next Wednesday, December 20.  I have assigned the Topic 6 Review so they can do a few problems a day to prepare.  They can also prepare a study card to bring into the class for the test if they haven't yet.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017:  We started the day with Minute Math and then discussed #1-4, 6-7 from the Lesson 6-6 Assignment.  Then we continued with Lesson 6-6: Percent Error.  The kids did very well using and recording this formula today.  Nice work, Kids! I asked them to attempt the rest (#5, 8-15) of the problems from the Lesson 6-6 Assignment for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I began to work through Lesson 6-6: Percent Error.  They all took to the new formula so well and seem to have a sound understanding of the Key Concept, Part One, and Part Two.  They started to work on #1-4 and 6-7 which we will discuss in tomorrow's class.

Monday, December 11, 2017:  We started our class with Minute Math and then we discussed #8-15 from the Lesson 6-5 Assignment.  After we went over the kids questions and they were individually ready, the kids completed the Lesson 6-5 In-Class Assignment.  I asked them to work with a partner to take a look into and work through the Launch and Refection in our next lesson, Lesson 6-6: Percent Error.  This is where we will start tomorrow's class.

Week of 12/4/17

Friday, December 8, 2017:  Due to the field trip to the movie theater, we had a shortened class today and did not begin class with Minute Math.  We instead began by going over any questions the kids had from #1-7 of the Lesson 6-5 Assignment.  We then went over Part Three of the lesson.  I asked the kids to work on #8-15 for Monday's class.  Enjoy your weekend, Kids!

Thursday, December 7, 2017:  After our Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I began to work through Lesson 6-5: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents.  We completed the Launch, Reflection, Part One, and Part Two.  I asked the kids to attempt #1-7 for tomorrow's class.  Enjoy the movie tomorrow, Kids!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017:  We started our day as we do each Wednesday with Minute Math.  I then gave the kids their Converting Fractions-Decimals-Percents "Pop Quiz" back graded.  Please check PowerSchool to check your child's score.  Of course, retake quizzes can be completed if a redo sheet is done well and your child studies further.  Please remind them to ask me any questions they'd like so they are ready for this retake quiz and to also review/prepare a study card.  We then went over any questions the kids had from the Lesson 6-4 Assignment.  They then completed the Lesson 6-4 In-Class Assignment as they were individually ready.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017:  After the kids worked together on the Team Problem of the Day, we discussed any questions they had from #8-11 of the Lesson 6-4 In-Class Assignment.  Then, we worked through the rest of the lesson of Lesson 6-4.  I asked them to attempt the last 4 problems of the Lesson 6-4 Assignment for tomorrow's class.  Take a look at that Supermoon tonight, Kids!

Monday, December 4, 2017:  After Minute Math, the kids and I discussed any questions they had from #1-7 of the Lesson 6-4 Assignment.  Next, we explored more of this lesson using skills learned from the previous lesson to best help their understandings of percents less than 1%.  I asked them to attempt #8-11 for tomorrow's class.  They were then given their first "pop quiz" (they were thoroughly warned and encouraged to practice as well as utilize their study cards) which they will receive back tomorrow.  Have a great evening, Kids!

Week of 11/27/17

Friday, December 1, 2017:  The kids started our day my completing Minute Math.  We discussed Puzzle 7.10 next.  The kids handed this practice activity in for a completion score.  Please encourage your child to fill in her or his study card with anything they deemed helpful from the chart we used in class; this chart is pasted in their Topic 6 Foldable. We then began to work through Lesson 6-4: Percents Less than One.  I asked the kids to attempt #1-7 of the Lesson 6-4 Assignment.

Thursday, November 30, 2017:  After our Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I discussed converting fractions to decimals to percents.  They were each given a chart to paste into their foldables that is very helpful with these conversions.  They then played a game to practice these skills together.  I asked them to attempt Puzzle 7.10 "What Were the Crash Test Dummy's Last Words?" for tomorrow's class. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017:  We started our day with Minute Math.  We then went over any questions the kids had over the Lesson 6-3 Assignment.  Then when the kids were individually ready, they each completed the Lesson 6-3 In-Class Assignment.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017:  After our Team Problem of the Day, we discussed questions from the first 9 problems from the Lesson 6-3 Assignment.  We then worked through the rest of this lesson.  The kids were going to work on #10-15 for tomorrow's class.  You can do this!

Monday, November 27, 2017:  We started with our normal Monday bell ringer activity Minute Math.  We then continued to work through Lesson 6-3.  I asked the kids to try #5 & 6 for tomorrow's class.

Week of 11/13/17

Thursday, November 16, 2017:  We started class with our Team Problem of the Day.  Then students received their Lesson 6-2 In-Class Assignment back.  We began to work through Lesson 6-3: Percents Greater than 100.  I asked the kids to try #1-4, 7-9 for our next class on Monday, November 27.  Enjoy your Fall Break, Kids!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017:  After Minute Math, the kids and I reviewed any questions they wished to discuss from the Lesson 6-2 Assignment.  As they were individually ready, the kids competed the Lesson 6-2 In-Class Assignment and were then asked to "partner" to explore our next lesson on percents greater than 100.  They were to complete the Launch and Reflection portions of Lesson 6-3: Percents Greater Than 100 as to explore. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I completed the lesson on terminating decimals (Lesson 6-2).  They partnered for the Close & Check portion which allows them to self-evaluate their skills.  After checking in with me, the kids were able to work on completing the Lesson 6-2 Assignment, continuing where they left off yesterday.  I asked them to complete #9-15 for tomorrow's class.

Monday, November 13, 2017:   We did not have Minute Math today due to our Kollross Cash-In time as well as new seat choices.  You have no idea how exciting these two events are to your seventh graders.  They all know how to make me smile.

  To begin our study of terminating decimals in Lesson 6-2,  we worked on the Launch, Reflection, Part One and Part Two to define the concept, explore it's meaning, and use them to solve problem-solving situations.  I asked the kids to attempt #1-8 from the online/paper assignment for tomorrow's class.  

Week of 11/6/17

Friday, November 10, 2017:  After Minute Math, the kids and I talked about 2nd trimester.  I asked them to write 3 second trimester goals (not necessarily math-related) for Monday's class.  They will also have Kollross Cash-In and new seat choice on Monday.  Thank you to all of you who came or helped with today's Veteran's Day assembly!

Thursday, November 9, 2017:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids chose a partner to play a multiplying decimals game and then a dividing decimals game.  I was out at the dentist office today.  The substitute teacher reported that the kids enjoyed the games and were very respectful.  Thanks,Kids!  They could choose from two puzzles to complete for tomorrow's class: "Brain Bending Labyrinth" (multiplying decimals) or ""What's the Point?" (dividing decimals). All redo work is due by this Friday's class.  All tests need to be re-taken also by Friday.   It is preferred that students come in during Morning Math (starts at 7:30 a.m.) for re-take tests so they do not miss class time.  If you prefer your child to stay after school, please contact me so that we can find a date that works for both of us.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017:  The class started with our Minute Math bell ringer.  Then the kids and I went over any questions from the Lesson 6-1 Assignment that were difficult or needed clarification.  As they were individually ready, the kids competed their Lesson 6-1 In-Class Assignment.  All redo work is due by this Friday's class.  All tests need to be re-taken also by Friday.   It is preferred that students come in during Morning Math (starts at 7:30 a.m.) for re-take tests so they do not miss class time.  If you prefer your child to stay after school, please contact me so that we can find a date that works for both of us.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017:  We started our day with our Team Problem of the Day.  Then we went over any questions the kids had over the Lesson 6-1 Assignment thus far.  We continued into Part Two of the lesson and completed Part Three and the kids worked in the Close & Check for a bit.  I asked them to attempt the rest of the problems in the Lesson 6-1 Assignment for tomorrow's class.  Please remember to have your Topic 5 Tests signed for tomorrow, Kids.

Monday, November 6, 2017:  After our Minute Math bellringer, the kids all received their Topic 5 Tests back to be signed by Wednesday's class.  Any student who would like to take a retake for this test will need to please fill out redo sheets for the incorrect problems as well as a Liberty Test Retake Ticket (signed by student and parent).  The original test, redo sheets, and Liberty Test Retake Ticket should be returned to me to review with the student by this coming Thursday, as the test needs to be taken by Friday.  Friday, November 10 is the final day of First Trimester.  All redo work needs to please be turned in by this day.  We also started Lesson 6-1: Repeating Decimals today.  I asked the kids to attempt #1-5 and #7 for tomorrow's class.  See you then, Kids!

Week of 10/30/17

Friday, November 3, 2017:  Today the class took the Topic 5 Test.  They also handed in their Topic 5 Homework Packets and could have turned in their +3% Bonus Slip if filled out by a parent/guardian.  They will receive the test back during Monday's class.

Thursday, November 2, 2017:  Today the kids and I reviewed any questions from the Lesson 5-5 Assignment and the Topic 5 Review.  We went over finding mean within frequency tables, as well.  When ready, they then completed the Lesson 5-5 In-Class Assignment.  They were also given time to put their Topic 5 Homework Packets together for tomorrow's class. Tomorrow is the Topic 5 Test; study well, Kids!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017:  We started out class with Minute Math today and then worked in Part Three of Lesson 5-5.  The kids had never seen or worked with complex fractions before but rose to the challenge and practiced well.  I asked them to try the rest of the problems from the Lesson 5-5 Assignment (#5, 6, 7, 10, and 13) for tomorrow's class.  Continue studying for Friday's test, Kids!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017:  Due to the 1/2-day schedule, we did not have a bell ringer today.  We went over anything from #1-3, 8, or 9 on the Lesson 5-5 Assignment started yesterday.  We then were able to practice changing degrees from Fahrenheit to Celsius and  vice versa for Part Two of this lesson.  We will complete Part Three tomorrow.  I  asked the kids to work on #4, 11, and 12 for tomorrow's class and to also do 4 or 5 more problems on the Topic 5 Review, which should have about 20 problems completed at this point.  Our test is still scheduled for this coming Friday, November 3.

Monday, October 30, 2017:  The kids started their day with Minute Math.  Then we discussed any questions from #1-10 on the Topic 5 Review to prepare for Friday's test.  I asked them to try 4-5 more Topic Review problems for tomorrow's class.  We then continued with Lesson 5-5: Operations with Rational Numbers.  We worked in detail with the Distributive Property and I asked the kids to try #1-3, 8 and 9 for tomorrow's class.  Happy Hallow's Eve!

*Week of 10/23/17

Friday, October 27, 2017:  After Minute Math the kids wrote in their Assignment Notebooks.  Their Topic 5 Test will  be next Friday, November 3.  I also assigned their Topic 5 Review for them to use as a study guide.  I asked them to start this with #1-10 for Monday's class.  We will continue a few problems at a time.  We will then continue with Lesson 5-5: Operations with Rational Numbers during Monday's class.

Thursday, October 26, 2017:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I went through any questions they had from the Lesson 5-4 Assignment.  When they were individually ready, the kids completed the Lesson 5-4 In-Class Assignment.  Tomorrow I will be giving out the Topic 5 Review to help prepare them for the Topic 5 test which will be next Friday, November 3rd.  Start studying well, Kids!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017:  The kids started class completing Minute Math.  Then we discussed Part Three of Lesson 5-4 which explores using and solving equations.  We practiced this together for a while.  The kids were then given time to work on #10-15 of the Lesson 5-4 Assignment.  We will discuss these in tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017:  The kids had a substitute teacher today since I was at a meeting at District Office.  They started their class with their Team Problem of the Day.  After, they discussed their puzzle choices on dividing fractions started yesterday in class.  They then worked through the Launch, Part one, and Part Two of Lesson 5-4: Dividing Rational Numbers.   They then started to work through #1-9 of the Lesson 5-4 Assignment for tomorrow's class.

Monday, October 23, 2017:  After Minute Math, the kids and I discussed their "Pick 10" sheet for dividing decimal numbers.  We then reviewed dividing with fractions, mixed numbers, and whole numbers.  The kids used dry erase boards to practice this skill and then chose a puzzle (2 options) to work on for tomorrow's class.

*Week of 10/16/17

Friday, October 20, 2017:  The kids did an excellent job with Minute Math today.  I love seeing their confidence!  Afterwards, we went through their questions from the Lesson 5-3 Assignment.  If they felt they were individually ready, they then completed the Lesson 5-3 In-Class Assignment.  We also did a review of dividing decimal numbers to prepare for the Lesson 5-4 Lesson.  I asked them to "Pick 10" on a dividing decimals sheet which has the answers on the back to use to check.  Do your best, Kids!

Thursday, October 19, 2017:  Today, after we completed the Team Problem of the Day, we discussed questions 1-7 from the Lesson 5-3 Assignment started in yesterday's class.  We then completed Part 2 and Part 3 of the Student Companion lesson.  The kids were given time to continue with the assignment, #8-15 to be discussed and evaluated in tomorrow's class.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017:  After Minute Math,  the kids and I discussed their puzzle choices from yesterday's class.  We then began to work within the Student Companion.  We completed the Launch and Part One of Lesson 5-3, exploring a new concept: dividing with zero.  I asked he kids to attempt #1-7 for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017:  We started class with our Team Problem of the Day.  We did a review of the basic rules of dividing integers to get ready for Lesson 5-3.  Then those who needed additional time were able to complete the Lesson 5-2 In-Class Assignment.  As they finished, the kids were able to choose from two puzzles to practice these dividing integers skills.  They can continue this to discuss in tomorrow's class.

Monday, October 16, 2017:  We started class with our Minute Math bell ringer.  The kids had several questions from the Lesson 5-2 Assignment and they were encouraged NOT to take an in-class assignment until they were ready to complete this.  They are always welcome to complete "similar questions" to get ready for this "quiz."  If anyone didn't finish, they can tomorrow.

*Week of 10/10/17

Friday, 10/13/17:  After Minute Math, we completed Part Three and the Close & Check for Lesson 5-2.  They were then given time to work on the rest of the problems from the assignment started yesterday.  We will discuss these further on Monday.  You can do this, Kids!

Thursday, 10/14/17:  The kids started the class by working on the Team Problem of the Day.  We then completed Part One and Part Two of Lesson 5-2.  I asked the kids to try #1-8 for tomorrow's class and gave them time to work on this in class.

Wednesday, 10/11/17:  We started class with our bell ringer activity of Minute Math.  We went through their questions from Puzzle 6.11 and the kids took time to then make any adjustments.  These were handed in for me to check over.  We started the Launch for Lesson 5-2 and will continue this lesson tomorrow.

Tuesday, 10/10/17:  After our Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I reviewed multiplying mixed numbers, fractions, and whole numbers.  This is a pre-requisite skill to Lesson 5-2: Multiplying Rational Numbers.  After we practiced on dry erase boards and watched a video from Khan Academy, the kids worked on Puzzle 6.11.  They should do their best with this for tomorrow's class.  We can go over any of these questions they'd like when they come in tomorrow.

*Week of 10/2/17

Friday, 10/6/17:  After Minute Math, the kids and I discussed their questions over the Lesson 5-1 Assignment.  When ready, they the completed the Lesson 5-1 In-Class Assignment.  Enjoy your three-day weekend, Patriot Families!

Thursday, 10/5/17:  Today after the Team Problem of the Day,  the kids were given time to work with their partner of choice on Part 3 of Lesson 5-1 and then completed the Close & Check for the section, checking in with me.  They were then given class time to work on the rest of the Lesson 5-1 Assignment started yesterday.  They also received their Topic 4 Test back.  This is to be signed by a parent, regardless of the grade, by next Tuesday's class. We have discussed the procedure for taking a retake test if wanted.  The student is to fill out redo sheets for the incorrect problems as a means to practice and also fill out a Liberty Test Retake Ticket.  After I have helped with any questions, we can discuss when your child would like to complete the retake test.  Overall, the kids did a wonderful job on these tests.  

Wednesday, 10/4/17:  The kids started our day together with Minute Math and then we discussed the kids' puzzle choices from yesterday's assignment.  We then started Lesson 5-1: Multiplying Integers and completed through Part Two.  We will continue this tomorrow.  I asked the kids to try #1-8 on the Lesson 5-1 Assignment for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, 10/3/17:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I reviewed the basic rules for multiplying integers which is necessary for success in Lesson 5-1.  The kids did well, using dry erase boards to show me their understanding.  They were then able to choose between two different puzzles to practice this skill for tomorrow's class.

Monday, 10/2/17:  We did not have a bell ringer today since the kids had their Topic 4 Test today.  They all handed in their Topic 4 Homework Packets, too.  I hope they all used their Study Cards on their tests!  I should have these back to the kids by Thursday's class.  We will start with Topic 5 tomorrow.  Have your Topic 5 Foldable ready to go!

*Week of 9/25/17

Friday, 9/29/17:  After Minute Math, we went over any questions the kids wanted to review from the Topic 4 Review and then additional time was given to students to work on the Topic 4 Review or practice with "similar questions".  Study well for your Topic 4 Test coming up on Monday, Kids!  Don't forget to make those study cards!

Thursday, 9/28/17:  The kids started class by working together on the Team Problem of the Day.  We then reviewed #9-15 from the Lesson 4-6 Assignment, which the kids found challenging near the end.  When they were individually ready, the kid completed the Lesson 4-6 In-Class Assignment.  They were then given time to work on the Topic 4 Review further for tomorrow's class.  The Topic 4 Test is Monday, October 2.

Wednesday, 9/27/17:  After Minute Math, the kids and I discussed any questions hey wanted to discuss from #1-8 of the Lesson 4-6 Assignment.  We then worked on Part 3 and the Close & Check of the lesson.  The kids were then given time to complete #9-15 to complete the Lesson 4-6 Assignment.  I had also assigned the Topic 4 Review to the kids.  This should be done to the best of their abilities for Friday.  They will be given time to work on this further tomorrow and during Friday's class.  The Topic 4 Test will be Monday, October 2.

Tuesday, 9/26/17:  The kids started out class working with their teammates on the Problem of the Day.  We then began to explore Lesson 4-6: Distance on a Number Line.  We completed half the lesson and I asked the kids to attempt half he problems for tomorrow's class #1-8).

Monday, 9/25/17:  After our Minute Math bell ringer, the kids and I discussed and reviewed any of the assigned problems from the Lesson 4-5 Assignment started Thursday.  When students were individually ready, they were able to complete the Lesson 4-5 In-Class Assignment.  I asked them to complete the Lesson 4-6 Launch and Reflection for tomorrow's class.

*Week of 9/18/17

Friday, 9/22/17:  After Minute Math, we reviewed the first 7 problems from the Lesson 4-5 Assignment.  We then completed Part Three as well as the Close & Check from this lesson.  The kids were given time to continue/complete the Lesson 4-5 Assignment.  I asked them to do their best to complete this for Monday's class.  Don't forget:  Midterms for 1st Trimester are next Thursday.  Work on those redo sheets if needed!

Thursday, 9/21/17:  The kids started our class today by completing the Team Problem of the Day.  We then discussed and reviewed #9-15, often drawing pictures to help the kids understand and set up their solutions.  We then began working through Lesson 4-5: Subtracting Rational Numbers, completing the Launch, Reflection, Part One and Part Two.  I asked the kids to try the first 7 problems  from the Lesson 4-5 Assignment.

Wednesday, 9/20/17:  After the kids and I discussed their Minute Math answers, we went over their questions from #1-8 on Puzzle 6.8.  I then went through the rest of the problems from this puzzle with them to discuss strategies to come to solutions.  They were given the rest of the class time to work on this puzzle.  We will discuss this further tomorrow,  Do your best, Kids!

Tuesday, 9/19/17:  Today we did not start class with our normal Team Problem bell ringer activity.  Instead, the kids completed the Fall AIMS tests.  They are used to completing these on paper, but these are now completed online.  I then gave them Puzzle 6.8 to practice adding and subtracting positive/negative rational numbers.  I asked them to try #1-8 for tomorrow's class, noting those they'd like to discuss tomorrow.

Monday, 9/18/17:  After Minute Math the kids and I reviewed any problems from the Lesson 4-4 Assignment they wished to go over.  They then completed their Lesson 4-4 In-Class Assignment.  After that I gave them class time to complete #11-20 on a sheet entitled "Adding/Subtracting Decimals" that we started earlier this topic.  There is an answer key stapled to this so they can review this skill that is considered a prerequisite to Lesson 4-5.   They have been asked to try these for tomorrow's class, noting the ones they'd like to review. 

*Week of 9/11/17

Friday, 9/15/17:  Due to shortened classes today, the kids did not have a bell ringer.  They then worked collaboratively in their teams to work through Part 3 of Lesson 4-4 as well as the Close & Check.  They were then encouraged to use the rest of the time to compete the rest of the Lesson 4-4 Assignment started in yesterday's class.  We will discuss this assignment at Monday's class.

Thursday, 9/14/17:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I worked through the Launch, Part One, and Part Two of Lesson 4-4: Subtracting Integers.  The kids agreed that yesterday's review of the the skill of subtracting integers helped greatly since they are using the skill in problem solving situations in this section.  I asked them to begin the first half of the Lesson 4-4 Assignment.  They also received their Lesson 4-3 In-Class Assignment back; reminder:  students are encouraged to complete a redo sheet for any incorrect problems on these as to learn from their mistakes and earn full credit.

Wednesday, 9/13/17:  The kids started their day completing the Minute Math bell ringer.  We then reviewed anything they wanted from the Lesson 4-3 Assignment that was to be completed to the best of their abilities for today's class.  They then worked on the Lesson 4-3 In-Class Assignment when they were ready.  They will receive this back graded by tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, 9/12/17:  The kids started class with the Team Problem of the Day.  We then reviewed any questions from the Lesson 4-3 Assignment the kids wanted to discuss.  Reminder:  any mathematical computation (mental or on a calculator) must be noted in student work.  After the review and when the student was ready, the kids each completed the Lesson 4-3 In-Class Assignment.  I asked them to work on the Lesson 4-4 Launch and Reflection (in Student Companion) for tomorrow's class.

Monday, 9/11/17:  After Minute Math, the kids all received their Pre-Requisite to Lesson 4-2 In-Class Assignment back today.  This will be put into PowerSchool tonight.  The kids were asked to attempt to complete the Lesson 4-3 Assignment (online or paper copy) to the best of their abilities for tomorrow's class.  They should highlight/circle/note the questions they would like to discuss tomorrow.

*Week of 9/5/17

Friday, 9/8/17:  Today the kids completed the Prerequisite to Lesson 4-3 In-Class Assignment.  This will be graded and returned to them on Monday and also put into PowerSchool after school Monday.  We continued working within 4-3 as well.

Thursday, 9/7/17:  We reviewed the six problems involving positive/negative fractions and mixed numbers after our bell ringer.  The kids and I then began to explore within the actual lesson parts of Lesson 4-3: Adding Rational Numbers.  We will continue this into tomorrow's class.

Wednesday, 9/6/17-->  We continued preparing for Lesson 4-3 today by practicing adding positive/negative fractions and mixed numbers.  The class was given six problems with answers provided to practice this skill for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, 9/5/17--> Today the kids and I reviewed adding positive/negative decimals to prepare for our next lesson Lesson 4-3: Adding Rational Numbers.  After practicing together in class in their foldables and on dry erase boards, the kids were asked to complete 10 problems (answers provided) for tomorrow's class.

Monday, 9/4/17-->  No school (Labor Day)