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**Wednesday, April 26, 2017:** After Minute Math, we reviewed the questions the kids wanted to discuss from the last part (#9-15) of the *Lesson 7-3 Assignment*. Then, as they were individually ready, they completed the *Lesson 7-3 In-Class Assignment.* I asked them to look into the next lesson by completing the next Launch & Reflection in the Student Companion (*Lesson 7-4).*

**Tuesday, April 25, 2017:** Today, after the Team Workout Problem, the kids and I discussed #1-8 from last night's *Lesson 7-3 Assignment*. We then continued Part 3 of this lesson which explores algebra and the concept of perimeter as well as using a formula. The kids were given time to work with a partner and check in with me on the Close & Check page; they were given additional time to continue with #9-15 of the *Lesson 7-3 Assignment* for tomorrow's class.

**Monday, April 24, 2017:** After Minute Math was completed, the kids I discussed the **7-3 Launch & Reflection** they were asked to look at/fill out over the weekend to see what we are studying in *Lesson 7-3: Adding Algebraic Expressions. *We then competed Part One and Part Two. The kids are going to attempt #1-8 for tomorrow's class.

**Friday, April 21, 2017:** Today after Minute Math we went over any questions the kids wanted and then, when they were individually ready, the kids completed the *Lesson 7-2 In-Class Assignment*. Upon completion, they chose a partner to complete the Launch, Reflection, and Part One/Slide One of our next lesson, *Lesson 7-3: Adding Algebraic Expressions. *We will continue this into Monday's class.

**Thursday, April 20, 2017:** We completed *Lesson 7-2: Factoring Algebraic Expressions *today. I asked the kids to attempt the rest of this assignment for tomorrow's class. You can love algebra, Kids!

**Wednesday, April 19, 2017:** We continued working through *Lesson 7-2* today. The kids explored factoring further as well as the new idea of combining like terms. I asked them to attempt #1-9 on the *Lesson 7-2 Assignment *for tomorrow's class.

**Tuesday, April 18, 2017:** After out Team Workout Math Problem, the kids and I picked up where we left off in *Lesson 7-2: Factoring Algebraic Expressions*. This algebraic concept is new to the kids but incorporates past knowledge of greatest common factors and prime factorization. The kids were asked to complete 2 practice problems to see what they retained from today's lesson for tomorrow's class. We will continue *7-2* into tomorrow.

**Thursday, April 13, 2017: **Again, due to shortened classes we did not start class with our normal bell activity. We began to look into *Lesson 7-2: Factoring Algebraic Expressions* and will continue this into Tuesday's class.

**Wednesday, April 12, 2017:** Today the kids were able to catch up. A small handful of the class had to finish the last few problems from the *8th Grade Diagnostic Test*, some had to complete the *Lesson 71 In-Class assignment*, and some were able to check out the new Wrap-Ups Center I put in our classroom. You've almost completed PARCC, Kids!

**Tuesday, April 11, 2017:** The kids were able to complete the *8th Grade Diagnostic Test* in class today. Some were also able to compete the *Lesson 7-1 In-Class Assignment.*

**Monday, April 10, 2017:** Today the kids started the *8th Grade Diagnostic Test*. We completed #1-15 today and they will continue this into tomorrow's class. We will also continue working through the *Lesson 7-1 In-Class Assignment*.

**Friday, April 7, 2017:** The kids worked with a partner today during a guided math session to complete *Lesson 7-1: Expanding Algebraic Expressions*. They were able to work cooperatively and at their own paces while I was able to help them individually. I asked them to do their best to complete the *Lesson 7-1 Homework *we started yesterday for Monday's class. On Monday the kids will start the first half of the 8th grade diagnostic test (not for a grade; used for placement.)

**Thursday, April 6, 2017: **The kids and I worked together through the first half of *Lesson 7-1,* writing examples in their foldables and doing much dry erase practice. They were then able to start the first half (#1-7) of the *Lesson 7-1 Homework.*

**Wednesday, April 5, 2017:** Due to the shortened schedule because of PARCC testing, classes were each only 46 minutes long today. We started *Lesson 7-1: Expanding Algebraic Expressions* after the kids handed in their signed Topic 6 Tests (due tomorrow). We will continue this into tomorrow's class.

**Tuesday, April 4, 2017:** *No school day to local elections.*

**Monday, April 3, 2017:** After Minute Math, the graded Topic 6 Tests were returned and reviewed. Please have these signed by Thursday's class. We then went through a PARCC tutorial designed for 7th grade math students to use to familiarize themselves with the various screens and options the kids will see this week during the PARCC test. Don't forget your headphones, please!

**Friday, March 24, 2017:** Enjoy your Spring Break, Liberty Families!

**Thursday, March 23, 2017:** The kids handed in their Topic 6 Homework Packets and then took the Topic 6 Test. They will receive these back the Monday we return to school after Spring Break. I gave the kids the Topic 7 Foldable Guidelines to get ready for our next unit.

**Wednesday, March 22, 2017:** Tomorrow is our Topic 6 Test, so study well, Kids! The extra credit opportunity slip is also due along with the Topic 6 Homework Packet on test day. We reviewed the kids' *Lesson 6-6 Assignment* so they could then complete the *Lesson 6-6 In-Class Assignment. *We also went over the Topic 6 Review to prepare further for tomorrow's test. Do your best, Kids!

**Tuesday, March 21, 2017: T**he kids and I discussed any questions they had on the fort half (#1-7) of the *Lesson 6-6 Assignment* and then they continued working at their own pace through *Lesson 6-6*. They were then given time to work on the rest of the assignment, the Topic 6 Review, or any redo work they need to work on. I had asked the kids to have as much of the Topic Review competed s they could for tomorrow/s class since their **Topic 6 Test** is Thursday.

**Monday, March 20, 2017:** After Minute Math, the kid and I went over the *Lesson 6-6 Launch & Reflection *the kids had completed at the end of the day Friday. We then began to look into *Lesson 6-6: Percent Error* further, analyzing the formula and noting this on our study cards. We worked through **Part One** and will continue this into tomorrow's class.

**Friday, March 17, 2017**: Happy St. Patrick's Day, Everyone! The kids and I reviewed the *Lesson 6-5 Assignment* after Minute Math was completed. They then, when ready, completed the *Lesson 6-5 In-Class Assignment. *They will receive this back during Monday's class. All students were assigned the Topic 6 Review. They should use this to start preparing for next Thursday's test over Topic 6. I told them a good plan would be to complete 5 problems a day over the next week.

**Thursday, March 16, 2017: ** The kids and I completed *Lesson 6-5* after they had completed the Team Math Warm-Up Problem of the Day. They were then given additional time to work on the latter half of the *Lesson 6-5 Assignment. *

**Wednesday, March 15, 2017:** After we completed Minute Math, the kids and I began to explore *Lesson 6-5: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. *I asked them to attempt #1-6 of the Lesson 6-5 Homework.

**Tuesday, March 14, 2017:** Happy Pi Day, Everyone! Today after our workout team problem the kids and I reviewed any questions they wanted from the *Lesson 6-4 Assignment.* They then decided if they were ready for the *Lesson 6-4 In-Class Assignment* or if they needed more practice. I asked the kids to take a look into what we are working within *Lesson 6-5: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents* by tomorrow's class.

**Monday, March 13, 3017:** The kids seemed to enjoy checking out each other's Topic 6 Projects during the Presentation Parade. Then we completed the rest of *Lesson 6-4* and the kids were given time to work on the assignment for this section. I've asked them to complete this to the best of their abilities for tomorrow's class.

**Friday, March 10, 2017: **After Minute Math, the kids I discussed Puzzle 7.10 "What were the Crash Test Dummy's Last Words?" assigned yesterday. We then went over the *Peer Evaluation Sheet* I gave them today; this goes with their Topic 6 Project (both due Monday, March 13). We continued working within *Lesson 6-4: Percents Less than One*, which we will continue into Monday's class.

**Thursday, March 9, 2017:** Today the kids and I reviewed converting percents, decimals, and fractions. We made guidelines in their foldables in *Lesson 6-4* and then did much dry erase practice. To self evaluate, I am asking the kids to complete Puzzle 7.10 "What were the Crash Test Dummy's Last Words?" for tomorrow's class.

**Wednesday, March 8, 2017:** I was able to access the Laptop Cart for one more day so the kids could have additional time to work on their **Topic 6 Amusement Park projects**. These are due by Monday, March 13.

**Tuesday, March 7, 2017:** Today was a Laptop Day for the Topic 6 Project. Students will be given one (1) additional day with laptops tomorrow. The Topic 6 Project is due on Monday, March 13. Ten (10) points will be deducted for each day this project is late. Don't be late, Kids!

**Monday, March 6, 2017:** After Minute Math was completed, the kids had their "Kollross Cash-in" time. They then checked in their *Lesson 6-3 Homework* with me so they could then complete the *Lesson 6-3 In-Class Assignment. *We then discussed tomorrow's "Laptop Day" where they can have this day to work on the Topic 6 Project with their partner. For Wednesday's class, I asked them to have completed the *Lesson 6-4 Launch and Reflection.*

**Friday, March 3, 2017: ** After the kids worked on Minute Math, we completed *Lesson 6-3: Percents Greater Than 100*. The kids were asked to continue working on the *6-3 Homework* started yesterday for tomorrow's class. They should also be preparing their project; laptop work day is next Tuesday, March 7.

**Thursday, March 2, 2017:** After the Math Warm-Up problem, today we began working in *Lesson 6-3: Percents Greater Than 100*. We will continue this into tomorrow's class. Please begin working on this *6-3 Homework* by trying #1-3 today for tomorrow's class. They should also be preparing their project; laptop work day is next Tuesday, March 7. FYI: Topic 6 Foldables were to be made over a week and a half ago. Students were reminded today that if this foldable was not properly made by tomorrow's class, a step would be given. Don't earn that step!

**Wednesday, March 1, 2017:** After Minute Math, the kids and I discussed any questions they wanted to review from *Lesson 6-2 Homework. *They then were able to complete the *Lesson 6-2 In-Class Assignment* if they were ready and had shown their computational work on the homework. Any extra time today could be spent on the Topic 6 Project (ballots/giving out surveys/tallying results), redo the *6-1 In-Class Assignment,* or prepare for the Pi Contest!

**Tuesday, February 28, 2017:** After our Math Work-Out Team Problem, the kids and I went over any questions they had from *Lesson 6-2 #1-5*. Then we completed Part Two, Part Three, and the Close and Check. They were then given time to work on the remaining problems (#6-15) or work on the Topic 6 Project.

**Monday, February 27, 2017:** After we completed Minute Math, the kids and I went through the *Lesson 6-2 Launch & Reflection, Key Concept, and Part One*. They were then given time to work on the the first 5 problems on the *Lesson 6-2 Homework* or work on the Topic 6 Project.

**Friday, February 24, 2017:** After Minute Math, the kids and I discussed the Amusement Project further. We then went over any questions they had from the *Lesson 6-1 Assignment *started Wednesday. Next, those ready completed the *Lesson 6-1 In-Class Assignment.* They were then given time to work with their project partners and/or complete the *Lesson 6-2 Launch and Reflection*. We will discuss this to start Monday's class.

**Thursday, February 23, 2017:** After our Math Warm-Up Team Problem, the kids and I discussed the start of the *Lesson 6-1 Homework*. They were then given time to continue this which should be completed to the best of their abilities for tomorrow's class. They also turned in their *Topic 5 Tests Signed* today. We also discussed their Topic 6 Project further. My advice to them was to have their ballot completed by tomorrow so I can copy it if they'd like.

**Wednesday, February 22, 2017:** Today the kids I continued working within *Lesson 6-1: Repeating Decimals*, getting through Part Three but they need a bit more time tomorrow to complete section well. I asked them to continue the homework started yesterday by working on #7-10 today. Don't forget: the Topic 5 Test is due back to class signed by tomorrow; thank you to those who turned it in signed today. We are also continuing our Topic 6 Projects! Keep it moving, Kids!

**Tuesday, February 21, 2017:** Welcome back! The kids all received their Topic 5 Tests back today. I asked them to have them signed by Thursday's class. We then started *Lesson 6-1: Repeating Decimals* which we will continue into tomorrow's class. I asked the kids to start the *Lesson 6-1 Homework* by working on just #1-6 today.

**Friday, February 17, 2017:** Since we had such short classes today, I had something "special" planned for the kids for this topic. For Topic 6, the kids are going to complete a project with a partner. The project has been outlined in a handout that each student has. It explores their favorite amusement park rides, and I could not be more curious after hearing some of their discussions! I cannot wait to see what they create.

**Thursday, February 16, 2017:** Since we had out Topic 5 Test today, we did not start class with a bellringer. Each student first turned in her/his homework packet and the extra credit slip, if it had been filled out. Then the kids completed their online Topic 5 Tests. They will receive these back at Tuesday's class. I asked them to please create their Topic 6 Foldable for tomorrow's class.

**Wednesday, February 15, 2017:** After Minute Math today, the kids put together their homework packets. They can use these to study further for their Topic 5 Test tomorrow. Then we went over any questions they had from the Topic 5 Review. They were given further time to complete similar questions to practice, work on redo work, work on make-up/missing work, or update/create a study card to bring to the test tomorrow. Study well, Kids; I believe in you!

**Tuesday, February 14, 2017:** We started class with our Math Workout Team Problem. Then, the kids and I went over any questions they had on the *Lesson 5-5 Homework. *When they were individually ready, the kids competed the *Lesson 5-5 In-Class Assignment*, which they will receive back tomorrow. Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

**Monday, February 13, 2017: **After Minute Math, the kids I explored and completed the last portion of *Lesson 5-5*. I've asked them to attempt the last few problems from the *Lesson 5-5 Assignment* started yesterday. Please remind your child that the Topic 5 Review, assigned last week, is due (highlight difficult/questions) for Wednesday's class of this next week. The Topic 5 Test is Thursday, February 16. You can do it, Kids!

**Friday, February 10, 2017:** After Minute Math, the kids and I began to Explore *Lesson 5-5: Operations with Rational Numbers*. We worked through Part One and will continue this into Monday's class. I asked them to try #1, 2, 3, 8, and 9 from the *Lesson 5-5 Homework* for Monday's class. They were also assigned online or given a paper copy of the Topic 5 Review, due for Wednesday's class of this next week. The **Topic 5 Test **is Thursday, February 16. Enjoy the weekend, Kids!

**Thursday, February 9, 2017:** After our bell ringer, the kids were able to review any problems from the *Lesson 5-4 Homework* they wanted to ask about or discuss. When they were individually ready, the kids were able to complete the *Lesson 5-4 In-Class Assignment.* Then, I asked them to take a look at the **Launch and Reflection** for *Lesson 5-5: Operations with Rational Numbers* to see what we will be discussing tomorrow.

**Wednesday, February 8, 2017:** Today the kids and I completed *Lesson 5-4: Dividing Rational Numbers* after we went over any questions over the *Lesson 5-4 Homework* they started last night. After we discussed Part One and Part Two and the kids worked through the *Close & Check*, they were given time to continue to work on the rest of the *Lesson 5-4 Homework.*

**Tuesday, February 7, 2017:** After the Math Workout Team Problem bellringer,I returned the kids' *Lesson 5-3 In-Class Assignment. *We then discussed the *Lesson 5-4: Dividing Rational Numbers* Launch and Reflection they worked on yesterday to peek at what was in this next section. We worked through the beginning of the lesson and had some practice time. I asked the kids to attempt #1-4 and 9-11 for tomorrow's class.

**Monday, February 6, 2017:** After the kids completed Minute Math, we went over anything they wished to discuss from the *Lesson 5-3 Homework.* When they were ready, they could take the *Lesson 5-3 In-Class Assignment.*

**Friday, February 3, 2017:** The kids and I went over any questions they had from #1-7 from the *Lesson 5-3 Homework* they started yesterday. We then completed *Lesson 5-3 : Part Two, Part Three, and the Close & Check. *They have been asked to complete the latter part of the homework (#8-15) for Monday's class. Enjoy your weekend!

**Thursday, February 2, 2017: **We continued through *Lesson 5-3: Dividing Integers*, exploring Part One which introduced a new concept for the kids: dividing by zero (undefined). They seemed to find the new idea interesting and had well thought out questions and counterexamples, attempting to prove the concept wrong. Very interesting! I asked the kids to attempt #1-7 from the homework, which they were able to start in class.

**Wednesday, February 1, 2017:** After our bell ringer, the kids and I discussed the Launch and Reflection from *Lesson 5-3: Dividing Integers. *We started to explore this lesson and will continue this into tomorrow's class.

**Tuesday, January 31, 3017:** After Minute Math, we went over any questions the kids had from the somewhat complicated *Lesson 5-2 Homework.* They asked questions that involved the language of the problems, which I understand can be confusing at times. After we worked through those, the students who said they were ready took the *Lesson 5-2 In-Class Assignment.*

**Monday, January 30, 2017:** We continued *Lesson 5-2* by going over any questions the class had on the assignment. They were given more time to work on unfinished portions. Tomorrow we ill all have taken the *Lesson 5-2 In-Class Assignment*.

**Friday, January 27, 2017: **Back to a regular schedule today! After Minute Math and handing in their signed *Topic 4 Tests* which were due today,we went over the 6.11 Puzzle questions the kids have this far. They have been asked to complete the *Launch, Key Concept, *and *Part One* for *Lesson 5-2* for Friday's class discussion.

** Thursday, January 26, 2017: ** After Minute Math, we went over any questions the kids had over the

*Lesson 5-1 Homework*. The kids then worked on the

*Lesson 5-1 In-Class Assignment.*We were able to practice multiplying fractions, whole numbers, and mixed numbers on dry erase boards. Reminder: the Topic 4 Test should be signed by Friday's class as well. Do your best on TerraNova, Kids!

**Wednesday, January 25, 2017:** Today the kids and I went over any questions they had from the *Lesson 5-1 Homework (#1-8)* assigned last Friday. Then they partnered up to go through Part 3 and the Close & Check to complete the lesson. I asked them to work on the remaining problems, #9-15, for tomorrow's class. Each student also received his/her Topic 4 Test back today. These should be signed and returned by Friday's class. Please encourage your child to complete a redo and Liberty Test Retake Ticket on this test if need be.

**Tuesday, January 24, 2017: ***We did not have class today due to Terra Nova Testing.*

**Monday, January 23, 2017**: *We did not have class today due to Terra Nova Testing.*

**Friday, January 20, 2017:** We started working within Topic 5: Multiplying & Dividing Rational Numbers in Lesson 5-1. The kids picked up the concept simply. They're starting the homework (#1-8 this weekend and given time in class, too) and we will continue this into this next week. Enjoy your weekend!

**Thursday, January 19, 2017:** The kids had their Topic 4 Test today and I hope they feel confident in how they did. I will have these graded and returned by Monday. They were each asked to create their Topic 5 Foldable today to use in our class tomorrow.

**Wednesday, January 18, 2017:** Today we reviewed the **Topic 4 Review **to prepare for tomorrow's test. The kids also had the chance to take a copy of a Practice Test (answer key attached). They were given much time to work further, study together, ask for help, or work on redo work. Study well, Kids!

**Tuesday, January 17, 2017:** After the kids completed their Team Math Workout Problem to start class, we discussed questions from the *Lesson 4-6 Homework* and then the kids that were ready completed the *Lesson 4-6 In-Class Assignment. *They were then given the time to partner up to work on *Lesson 4-7: Problem Solving*, which is where we find the bonus problem(s) for our upcoming test. This is NOT homework; the kids will be given more time tomorrow. The Topic 4 Review (assigned last week) is to be done to the best of the kids' abilities for tomorrow's class so we can review any questions needed. Thursday is our Topic 4 Test. Study well, Kids!

**Friday, January 13, 2017: **The kids were able to complete *Lesson 4-6* today and were given ample time to also work on their homework. The last part of the L*esson 4-6 Homework* is to be done for Tuesday's class. I also gave them time to start their *Topic 4 Review* to help them prepare for **next Thursday's test**. I asked them to have the review done to the best of their abilities for Wednesday' s class. Do you best this weekend, Kids!

**Thursday, January 12, 2016:** After our team Math Warm-Up problem, we discussed the kids ideas from the *Lesson 4-6 Launch and Reflection. *Then we went through Part One, Part Two, and the Key concept. I asked them to try their best on #1-8 of the *Lesson 4-6 Homework* for tomorrow's class.

**Wednesday, January 11, 2017:** After Minute Math, the kids came in with any questions they had from the *Lesson 4-5 Homework* completed last night. Then they were able to complete their *Lesson 4-5 In-class Assignment*, which quizzes them on 5 or 6 problems from that homework and is counted for a grade. After they were completed with that task, they did a simple post-it note activity. They were then given time to complete the *Lesson 4-6: Distance on a Number Line* **Launch** and **Reflection** to get ready for tomorrow's class. Have a good evening!

**Tuesday, January 10, 2017:** We completed *Lesson 4-5: Subtracting Rational Numbers* today. The kids worked with a partner and I assisted as needed. They were asked to do their best completing the rest of the homework they started last night. You can do it , Kids!

**Monday, January 9, 2017: **Welcome back, Everyone! Today we picked up where we left off the Wednesday prior to winter break. Today we began exploring *Lesson 4-5*. We will complete this tomorrow but I gave the kids the first 6 problems to work on tonight to check their understandings of today's part of the lesson.

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**Wednesday, December 21, 2016: **We started our class today with our Minute Math bellringer. Then we went over questions from the 6.8 Puzzle that was assigned in yesterday's class. After they made corrections or were completed with the puzzle, the kids were then able to work as a team on a 5-problem in-class assignment. They were given the rest of the day as a "clean-up" day. They could work on make-up work, redo work, or other homework from other classes if they were all caught up in math class. See you tomorrow, Kids!

**Tuesday, December 20, 2016:** After the Math Workout Problem bellringer, the kids and I went over any questions they had from the "Adding/Subtracting Decimals" sheet (#11-25) from yesterday's class. We then discussed subtracting positive/negative fractions and mixed numbers to get them ready for *Lesson 4-5*, which we will start in tomorrow's class. I gave them each Puzzle 6.8 to work on for tomorrow's class, asking them to note any questions they would like to work on together tomorrow. Enjoy your night!

**Monday, December 19, 2016: ***I was at the District Office today for a meeting.* After Minute Math, the kid reviewed any questions they had on the *Lesson 4-4 Homework* and then competed the *Lesson 4-4 In-Class Assignment.* As a review for *Lesson 4-5: Subtracting Rational Numbers*, I had them go back to their previous activity sheet "Adding/Subtracting Decimals" to apply their skills from Lesson 4-4. They are to do their best with #11-25 which they were able to work on in class with a partner and were provided a key to check their answers as they work. **Stay warm!**

**Friday, December 16, 2016:** After Minute Math, we went over anything the kids wanted from the homework puzzle they worked on yesterday. We then started *Lesson 4-4: Subtracting Integers* together and they completed it with a partner, asking e questions as needed, and did a stellar job! I asked them to work on the homework for Monday's class. Enjoy your weekend!

**Thursday, December 15, 2016:** After our Math Warmup, we have a skills review of subtracting integers. We did much dry erase practice and then I assigned the kids Puzzle 3.6 so they could self-evaluate their skills. They are welcome to bring questions back to tomorrow's class.

**Wednesday, December 14, 2016: **We reviewed the kids' questions from the latter portion of the *Lesson 4-3 Homework* from last evening. They then individually completed the in-class assignment.

** Tuesday, December 13, 2016: **Due to the field trip, we did not have math class today.

**Monday, December 12, 2016:** After Minute Math, we reviewed any questions the kids had from #1-6 on the *Lesson 4-3 Homework.* We then continued and completed the *4-3 Lesson.* I asked the kids to complete the rest of the 4-3 Homework for tomorrow's class. Do your best, Kids!

**Friday, December 9, 2016:** We started our class today with Minute Math, and then we reviewed any questions from the 6 adding +/- fractions and mixed numbers practice problems they had last evening. Then we started the *Lesson 4-3: Adding Rational Numbers* which we will continue into Monday. I asked the kids to attempt #1-6 on the *Lesson 4-3 Homework* for Monday's class.

**Thursday, December 8, 2016:** After we completed the Math Warmup Problem, we went over any questions the kids had regarding the adding +/- decimal numbers practice they worked on last night. We then went over an **intense review** of adding +/- fractions and mixed numbers. The kids had an up-and-down road with these skills. I'm very glad we had the review, but they may become frustrated with the 6 problems I gave them (with an answer key) for practice tonight. I asked them to make notes on the frustrating sections or pointing out where they did not know how to get to the solution shown on the answer key. This way we can begin our day with these questions tomorrow. Try your best, Kids!

**Wednesday, December 7, 2016:** After Minute Math and Kollross Cash-In Day, the kids and I reviewed any questions they had from the *Lesson 4-2 Homework*. If the homework was completed and your student said he/she was ready, they were given the *Lesson 4-2 In-Class Assignment*. Students also then handed in their **Topic 3 Test with Parent Signature** (due today). To be prepared for *Lesson 4-3: Adding Rational Numbers*, it is expected for the kids to now how to add positive/negative decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers. Today we took the time to review adding positive/negative decimal numbers. I gave them 10 problems to practice with tonight. Tomorrow we will explore adding positive /negative fractions and mixed numbers.

**Tuesday, December 6, 2016:** Today the kids and I worked through an abstract strategy for adding integers which most of the kids found interesting in *Lesson 4-2 * using the integer chips tool*.* They were assigned the *Lesson 4-2 Homework*, to be done to the best of their abilities for tomorrow's class. Don't forget to have your Topic 3 Test signed for tomorrow's class, too, Kids!

**Monday, December 5, 2016:** After Minute Math was complete, all the kids received their *Topic 3 Tests* back to have signed by Wednesday's class. If a student wishes to take a retake test, redo sheet(s) need to be filled out as well as a Liberty Test Retake Ticket. These are both available in our classroom and on my homepage. They then also received their *Lesson 4-1 In-Class Assignment* back today to start their first grade in PowerSchool for *Topic 4: Integers.* We continued the day by looking into *Lesson 4-2: Adding Integers* and will continue this into tomorrow's class. Enjoy the snow, Kids!

**Friday, December 2, 2016: **After we completed Minute Math, the kids handed in their final copies of their 5-sentence informational paragraphs and we then checked in their *Lesson 4-1 Homework. *They then completed their *Lesson 4-1 In-Class Assignment. * Almost all of the kids have now taken their **Topic 3 Test** so they will receive them back on Monday to be signed by Wednesday's class. For this weekend's assignment, I asked the kids to compete Puzzle 3.3 after we reviewed adding integers. Enjoy your weekend!

**Thursday, December 1, 2016:** The kids were given a rubric after we completed our Math Warm-Up Problem of the Day. They partnered up to proofread their 5-sentence expository/informational paragraph using the rubric and were able to ask questions as needed. We also completed *Lesson 4-1. * Since this lesson was very much a review and the kids flew through it, they were given ALL of the homework tonight, but I have complete confidence they can solve these without a hitch.

**Wednesday, November 30, 2016:** Today we began looking at **Topic 4: Integers**. We started with *Lesson 4-1: Rational Numbers, Opposites, and Absolute Value. *We were only able to get through the Launch and Part One, but this was perfect. I wanted the kids to get a chance to practice their writing skills in math, too. I asked them to write a 5-sentence paragraph outlining/teaching what was explored today. They can think of this as their "rough draft" night. You can do it, Kids!

**Tuesday, November 29, 2016:** We started out class by collecting the *Topic Three Homework Packets* and any of the *Topic Three Extra Credit Slips.* Then the kids completed their **Topic Three Tests.** I hope to have all of these back to them by Thursday's class. Tonight I asked the kids to prepare their *Topic Four Foldable* for tomorrow's class.

**Monday, November 28, 2016:** What a first day back! The kids were able to work as a team to review and complete the *Lesson 3-6 In-Class Assignment* to start class out. Then, the kids were able to put together their *Topic 3 Homework Packets*. They were then given the rest of the class to review and ask questions in regards to the *Topic 3 Review* they were given for homework the week prior to Break. The **Topic 3 Test **is tomorrow! Please remind your student to have the extra credit slip filled out if they'd like.

**Friday, November 18, 2016:** Today was a shortened half-day. The kids and I went over any questions they had from the *Lesson 3-6 Homework* and began the *Lesson 3-6 In-Class Assignment*. If they did not finish due to the shortened class, we can just finish the Monday we return from Fall Break. **Over our break, please**** encourage your child to work on any redo work and the Topic 3 Review assigned earlier this week. **The Topic 3 Test is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29.

**Thursday, November 17, 2016:** Today we discussed markdowns which the kids felt comfortable with since this is all about sales! Some of them really love to shop. I asked them to try the remainder of the problems in the *Lesson 3-6 Homework* for tonight's assignment. They've also all been assigned the **Topic 3 Review**. Our test is planned to be on Tuesday, November 29.

**Wednesday, November 16, 2016: **We continued exploring *Lesson 3-6: Markus and Markdowns* today, working with markups first. The kids seemed curious about how stores decide on markup prices for the products they buy; this curiosity is always a treat for me to see. I asked the kids to try some of the markup problems on the homework. The numbers they were to try are #1, 2, 7, 11, 13 (online) or #1, 2, 7, 12, 14 (paper copy).

**Tuesday, November 15, 2016:** After our Math Workout Problem of the Day, we discussed the *Lesson 3-5 Homework* which the kids overall felt very comfortable working in. Nice job, Kids! They then completed the *Lesson 3-5 In-Class Assignment* and we began discussing *Lesson 3-6: Markups and Markdowns.* We will continue this into tomorrow.

**Monday, November 14, 2016:** We went through any questions the kids had on the *Lesson 3-5 Homework (#1-6)* from their weekend homework after we completed Minute Math. We completed the rest of this lesson, and I asked the kids to do their best trying the last part of the homework for tomorrow's class.

**Friday, November 11, 2016: **Today we started working within *Lesson 3-5: Percent Increase & Decrease* after the kids completed Minute Math. We were able to explore the Key Concept and Part One so the kids have a basic understanding of the percent of change formula. I asked the kids to try #1-6 for Monday's class. Enjoy your weekend, Kids!

**Thursday, November 10, 2016:** After our Math Warm-Up Problem bell ringer, we went through and reviewed any questions the kids wanted to discuss from *Lesson 3-4: Compound Interest. *They then completed the *Lesson 3-4 In-Class Assignment* as they were ready. When each was done, they chose a friend to work with to look into *Lesson 3-5: Percent Increase & Decrease* by completing the **Launch** and **Reflection **in their Student Companions. We will continue this lesson into tomorrow.

**Wednesday, November 9, 2016:** Today we completed looking at *Lesson 3-4: Compound Interest*. In this section, the kids only **explore** the concept of compound interest. We will not be going through the entire lesson; I just want them to get a feel for it. I assigned them 6 problems tonight that are due for tomorrow's class. Do your best, Kids!

**Tuesday, November 8, 2016: ***No school today due to Election Day!*

**Monday, November 7, 2016:** The kids received their *Lesson 3-3 In-Class Assignment* back today after Minute Math. This is their final grade for the first trimester, which ends this Thursday, Nov. 10th. All redo work or retake tests must have been submitted/completed by this day. We then began to look at *Lesson 3-4: Compound Interest* which we will continue with on Wednesday.

**Friday, November 4, 2016: **Today the kids came in with their questions over the *Lesson 3-3 Homework. *After we went over these, the kids then completed their *Lesson 3-3 In-Class Assignment*. They've been assigned the **Launch** and **Reflection** for *Lesson 3-4: Compound Interest* to prepare for Monday's class. Take home your Student Companions, Kids!

**Thursday, November 3, 2016**: After the kids completed the Math Warm-Up Problem, we went over second portion of the *Lesson 3-3 Homework* they had to do last night (#7-9) and then we completed **Part 3** and the **Close & Check** to wrap up the lesson. They've been asked to complete the *Lesson 3-3 Homework (#10-13) *tonight for tomorrow's class.

**Wednesday, November 2, 2016:** We continued working within *Lesson 3-2: Simple Interest *today after Minute Math and after we reviewed the kids' questions from last night's problems. Tomorrow we will complete the lesson. I asked the kids to attempt # 7-9 tonight to check their progress. Go Cubs!

**Tuesday, November 1, 2016:** The kids received their Lesson 3-2 In-Class Assignment back today after we completed our Math Workout Problem to start class. They also were to hand in their Cartesian Art Assignment (jack-o-lantern or bat) from yesterday's class. We then started *Lesson 3-3: Simple Interest* which we will continue into tomorrow. I asked the kids to begin the *Lesson 3-3 Homework* by attempting #1-6 tonight for tomorrow's class. Enjoy your night!

**Monday, October 31, 2016:** Since today was a blue day but also a half-day of school classes were each about 30 minutes in length. Since our 7th graders' attention spans are a bit controlled today by the Halloween festivities on their minds, I gave them a "Cartesian Art" project of using the coordinate pane to complete a picture of either a bat or jack-o-lantern. They were given the entire time to complete this and were asked to try to have it completed (and colored) by tomorrow's class. Have a spooky good time!

**Friday, October 28, 2016:** Today we went over the kids questions from the *Lesson 3-2 Homework* after Minute Math. Then, the kids could opt to work with a partner or alone to complete the Launch for *Lesson 3-3: Simple Interest*, which we will continue into next week. Enjoy your weekend!

**Thursday, October 27, 2016:** After our Math Warm-Up problem, we completed the lesson over section *3-2*. The kids were able to partner up for Part 3 and the Close & Check while I helped with individual questions. They were given ample time to also work on the rest of the homework assignment, which is due tomorrow. Enjoy your evening!

**Wednesday, October 26, 2016:** To start the class the kids completed Minute Math, and then we went through *Lesson 3-2* up to Part 3. This is all about sales tax and commissions so the kids seem interested in these concepts. I asked them to start the *Lesson 3-2 Homework*, trying #1-6 for tomorrow's class. Do your best, Kids! Also, don't forget that you are to have your **Topic Two Test** signed by tomorrow's class.

**Tuesday, October 25, 2016:** The kids were NOT happy about their homework assignment last night, but they DID all say that they now feel more secure solving algebraic equations. Today we reviewed questions they had in regards to the puzzles and the kids then completed an in-class assignment for these skills. We started *Lesson 3-2: Using the Percent Equation* and will continue this into tomorrow.

**Monday, October 24, 2016:** After Minute Math**, **the kids and I had a discussion about their work shown on the* Lesson 3- 1 In-Class Assignment *they will all receive back tomorrow. I could tell from what many of them showed that they do not all have a sound understanding of the basic algebraic ways to show how to solve an equation. We, therefore, had a review session today to make sure everyone felt more secure. I gave them each two worksheets to solve for tomorrow's class: "How did the ...Class?" (2.7) and "Quiz in Code" (2.6).

**Friday, October 21, 2016:** After we completed Minute Math, were viewed any questions the kids had from the *Lesson 3-1 Homework* prior to completing the *Lesson 3-1 In-Class Assignment. *For the weekend, I asked the kids to complete the **Lesson 3-2 Launch and Reflection** in their Student Companions. Enjoy!

**Thursday, October 20, 2016:** The kids were able to complete *Lesson 3-1: The Percent Equation *today and were given time to start their homework. This homework from *Lesson 3-1* should be completed to the best of their abilities by tomorrow's class.

**Wednesday, October 19, 2016: **We started *Lesson 3-1: The Percent Equation* after MinuteMath today. We will continue this into tomorrow's class. For homework I asked the kids to write the Percent Equation (part = % x whole) twenty times. I know that seems "old school" but we will use it throughout the rest of the topic and in later topics as well. Go Cubs!

**Tuesday, October 18, 2016:** Today the kids took their **Topic Two Test**. I hope to have these returned to the kids by Friday's class. They also handed in their *Topic Two Homework Packets. *For tonight, I asked them to please prepare the **Topic Three: Percents** **Foldable** for tomorrow's class.

**Monday, October 17, 2016:** We went over the questions the kids wanted to review from the **Topic Two Review** after out Minute Math bell ringer. They were then given time to put together their Topic Two Homework Packet, work on redo work, and practice similar questions from the Topic Two Review or past Topic Two Assignments. They were also given an extra credit slip to have filled out by the person who studies with them. If filled out, this can add 3% onto their final test score. The T**opic Two Test is tomorrow. ***Study well, Kids!*

**Friday, October 14, 2016:** Today the kids were able to work within their teams or with a partner on *Lesson 2-6: Problem Solving*. A problem similar to these will be a bonus question on Tuesday's test. Everyone is expected to have started their **Topic Two Test Review** last night and to have as much done to their best of ability for Monday's class. **The****Topic Two Test is Tuesday, October 18th.**

**Thursday, October 1, 2016:** After our Math Workout Problem, the kids and I went over any questions they wanted from the *Lesson 2-5 Homework.* They then completed the ** Lesson 2-5 In-Class Assignment**. I assigned the

**for the kids to start tonight. This should be "completed" by Monday's class so we can review any problems prior to Tuesday's test.**

*Topic Two Review***Wednesday, October 12, 2016:** Today we completed *Lesson 2-5 *which the kids worked diligently through. It is difficult but, of course, the kids know they are more than welcome to ask any questions necessary and I will help them. I asked them to do their best completing the *Close and Check* which they were given time to work on today. For homework, they were to attempt the final 6 problems in the *Lesson 2-5 Homework.*

**Tuesday, October 11, 2016:** We went through half of the *Lesson 2-5: Maps & Scale Drawings* work today. We reviewed the meanings of scale and scale drawings. I asked the kids to try** #1-6 on the Lesson 2-5 Homework** tonight. The

**Topic Two Test**is still tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th.

**Friday, October 7, 2016:** After Minute Math, the kids and I went over any questions they wanted to review before completing the *Lesson 2-4 In-Class Assignment.* I asked them to do the **Launch and Reflection for Lesson 2-5: Maps and Scale Drawings** after they were done or for homework this weekend. The**Topic Two Test **is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th.

**Thursday, October 6, 2016:** After our Math Warm-Up Bell Ringer Problem, the kids I completed Part 4 of our current section. Then the kids were given time to work with a partner to complete the Close & Check and I was then able to go around and help where help was needed. They were then given the rest of the class to work on the rest of the *Lesson 2-4 Assignment* started last night, due for tomorrow's class.

**Wednesday, October 5, 2016:** The kids all received their *Lesson 2-3 In-Class Assignment *back today after we completed the Minute Math bell ringer. We were able to get through quite a bit of *Lesson 2-4: Proportional Relationships and Equations**. *The kids did an excellent job with understanding and using the constant of proportionality here. I asked them to do their best with **#1-7 on the Lesson 2-4 Homework** tonight.

**Tuesday, October 4, 2016: **We started class today with our weekly Math Workout problem. Next, we went over any questions the kids wanted to review from the *Lesson 2-3 Homework.* They then completed the *Lesson 2-3 In-Class Assignment* and then partnered up to explore ** Lesson 2-4: Proportional Relationships and Equations** by completing the Launch and the Reflection together. We will continue this into tomorrow's class.

**Monday, October 3, 2016:** After Minute Math today, the kids and I reviewed any questions they had from #1-5 from the *Lesson 2-3 Homework *assigned Friday. We then completed* Parts 3 & 4 *from the lesson. Tonight they have been asked to complete the rest of the assignment. If they had not completed the *Close & Check* that concludes the lesson, I did encourage them to finish this, too, since it is good practice for the homework.

**Friday, September 30, 2016**: Happy Friday, Liberty Families! We continued on in Lesson 2-3 today, working through the Key Concept, Part One, and Part Two. I asked the kids to try working on #1-5 from the homework assignment for Monday's class. You can do this, Kids!

**Thursday, September 29, 2016:** After our Math Warm-Up Bell Ringer, we went over the kids' questions from the *Lesson 2-2: Proportional Relationships and Graphs Homework*, which there were very few. The kids said they liked this section since it was different and they were able to create and then interpret graphs. After they then completed the *Lesson 2-2 In-Class Assignment*, the kids partnered up to take a look at the next section, **Lesson 2-3: Constant of Proportionality**. They completed the "Launch" and "Reflection" in their Student Companions. We will continue this tomorrow.

**Wednesday, September 28, 2016:** After Minute Math today, I asked the kids to place their signed Topic One Tests in the completion bin. **Many** of the kids did not have this signed for today's class. *Please* remind your child to show this to you. Again, redoes can be done on this so your child can then, after further studying, take a "retake test". After this, we completed *Lesson 2-2* and the kids were given time to continue their homework that was started yesterday.

**Tuesday, September 27, 2016:** After our Math Workout Problem bell ringer activity, we started

*Lesson 2-2: Proportional Relationships and Graphs*. Since I was at District Office for a meeting today, Mrs. Brennan shared with me that the kids seemed to have a healthy understanding of the portion they went through. Therefore, we asked the kids to try their best with #1-6 of the homework, and we can then review anything they would like tomorrow in class.

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**Please remember to have your Topic One Test signed by tomorrow's class****Monday, September 26, 2016:** All the kids received their

**Topic One Test**back today. I've asked them to have this signed by a parent/guardian by Wednesday's class. If any student would like to retake the test, he/she can fill out a redo sheet, turn it in with the test for me to check, and then they can schedule a time that works for the both of us before or after school to retake the test. We then reviewed questions from the

*Lesson 2-1 Homework;*the kids were then able to complete the

*Lesson 2-1 In-Class Assignment.*

**Friday, September 23, 2016:** Today we completed

*Lesson 2-1: Proportional Relationships and Tables.*The kids did an excellent job using their knowledge of ratios and seemed very comfortable with this section. I asked them to complete the

**Lesson 2-1 Assignment**that was started last night. This should be completed to the best of their abilities by Monday's class. Students will be able to view their

**Topic One Test score**by Sunday evening and will be bringing it home Monday evening to be signed. Enjoy your weekend!

**Thursday, September 22, 2016:** We started *Lesson 2-1: Proportional Relationships and Tables *today and will continue this into tomorrow's class. I had asked the kids to try #1-5 on the **Lesson 2-1 Assignment** assigned today.

**Wednesday, September 21, 2016**: All the kids took the Topic One Test today and turned in their Topic One Homework Packets. I hope to have these graded and returned to them by Friday, but it may be Monday since I have quite a few students. Tomorrow we will begin

*Topic 2: Proportional Relationships*with

*Lesson 2-1: Proportional Relationships and Tables*. Students were assigned to make their Topic Two Foldable for tomorrow's class. See you then, Kids!

**Tuesday, September 20, 2016:** We started class today with our bell ringer, the Math Workout Problem. We then had a "clean up" day. Students were able to ask questions from their Topic Review, work on redo work, and practice further for their Topic One Test tomorrow. Study well, Kids!

**Monday, September 19, 2016: **After Minute Math, we reviewed any questions the kids had from the

*Lesson 1-4 Homework.*Everyone then completed the

**. The kids could then continue to work on the**

*Lesson 1-4 In-Class Assignment***Topic One Review**you were asked to start this weekend. This is to be completed to the best of your ability by tomorrow’s class. Your

**is Wednesday, September 21**

*Topic 1 Test*^{st}.

**All students received an EXTRA CREDIT opportunity today in class for this test!**This is due by the day of the test.

**Friday, September 16, 2016: **Due to our shortened half-day schedule, we did not have a bell ringer today. We completed Part 3 of Lesson 1-4 and the kids were assigned the rest of the

*Lesson 1-4 Assignments*for the weekend (due Monday). I also assigned the

**Topic One Review**; they can work on this over the weekend and will have time to continue this and ask questions in Monday's class. This should be completed to the best of their abilities for Tuesday's class so we can review.

**The****Topic One Test**is next Wednesday, September 21st.**Thursday, September 15, 2016:** Today we were able to begin working through

*Lesson 1-4: Unit Rates*

*with Fractions.*The kids seemed to find this much simpler after working with the rest of this Topic. I asked the kids to try the

*Lesso*

*n 1-4 Assignment*by trying #1-5. Do your best, Kids!

**Wednesday,September 14, 2016:** After Minute Math, we went over questions for review of the

*Lesson 1-3 Assignment*. As they were ready they completed the

*Lesson 1-3 Assignment*. As the kids finished, they completed the

*Fall AIMS "Test"*that all students do three times per year to assess their comprehension skills. They will receive their results early next week.

**Tuesday,September 13, 2016:** We went over the kids' questions from last night's part of the

*Lesson 1-3 Assignment*. We then went through

*Part 3*and the kids partnered up for the

*Close & Check*, asking questions of me as they went along. Tonight, I've asked them to do their best to complete the rest of the assignment.

**Monday, September 12, 2016**: Today we reviewed the kids' 3 division of fractions/whole numbers assigned Friday. Then, we continued with

*Lesson 1-3,*working in

*Part 1 & Part 2*. I assigned them the

*Lesson 1-3 Homework*. Tonight they should each attempt #1-6 (online) or #1-7 (paper copy). The rest of the assignment will be assigned tomorrow evening.

**Friday****, September 9, 2016: **I returned the kids'

*Lesson 1-2 In-Class Assignments*today and they've been recorded in PowerSchool. We also started working into

*Lesson 1-3: Ratios with Fractions*but it is expected that the kids remember how to divide fractions/whole numbers which required a review. I gave the kids three (3) practice problems to complete tonight to see if they retained today's review lesson. These should be attempted for tomorrow's class.

**Enjoy!****Thursday, September 8, 2016:** We checked in the kids' *1-2 Homework* after we reviewed any problems they questioned. They then worked on their *Lesson 1-2 In-Class Assignment*. We were then able to have a look at our next section *Lesson 1-3: Ratios with Fractions. *We will work with this further tomorrow.

**Wednesday, September 7, 2016: **We reviewed the kids' questions from the

*Lesson 1-2 Homework*, and then the kids completed the

*Lesson 1-2 In-Class Assignment.*Tomorrow we will begin to work through

*Lesson 1-3: Ratios with Fractions.*

**Wednesday, September 7, 2016:** I gave the kids 20 minutes to continue the *Lesson 1-2 Homework* **, **which they've been asked to complete to the best of their abilities by tomorrow's class when they will complete the *Lesson 1-2 In-Class Assignment* after we've reviewed any questions they may have*.* After that, we will work through *Lesson 1-3: Ratios with Fractions.*

**Tuesday, September 6, 2016:** We completed *Lesson 1-2: Unit Rates* today and the kids were assigned the first part of the assignment, numbers 1-6. Please highlight, circle, etc. the problems that were challenging or you still have a question on, Kids, and we can discuss this after Minute Math tomorrow. Tomorrow night you will complete the assignment with numbers 7-12. We will start* Lesson 1-3:* *Ratios with Fractions* tomorrow.

**Friday, September 2, 2016:** Today we picked up where we had left off on Wednesday in *Lesson 1-2: Unit Rates. *We will continue this on Tuesday. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend, Kids!

**Thursday, September 1, 2016:** I was out of the classroom today to attend a meeting at District Office, but Ms. Brennan was our wonderful substitute teacher. She had nothing but nice words for the kids, so thank you, Young Ones! While I was gone today, Ms. : had the kids take the Digits Pre-Assessment so I can see where their skills are sound and where they may need improvement. This helps me assess what the kids need to study individually on our Study Days.

**Wednesday, August 31, 2016: ** Today, all of the kids received their **Lesson 1-1 In-Class Assignment **back. We discussed how a "redo sheet" can be completed to better their score on any in-class assignment. This "redo sheet" is found on my Site Hub page. Students can receive full credit for any missed problem on an in-class assignment by completing this form. I always try to write notes to the students about errors but I will of course help them further if they'd like.

**Tuesday, August 30, 2016: **We began class by reviewing any questions the kids had from their *Lesson 1-1 Homework*. They then worked on their first **Lesson 1-1 In-Class Assignment.** Five questions were chosen from the actual homework, and then put into a Word document to have the kids complete today in-class. I will be able to tell how they understood the lesson from their individual results. Since these are actual homework questions, hopefully the kids will ave sound understanding. Not everyone finished in time, so some extra time will be given tomorrow to complete this task.

**Monday, August 29, 2016:** Today we completed working on *Lesson 1 -1, *and the kids were able to work on the **Close & Check** section with teammates and complete/continue their homework. The homework is due tomorrow to the best of the student's ability. Bring your questions to class, Kids!

**Friday, August 26, 2016: **Today we tried to complete *Lesson 1-1*, but since we had a Fire Drill we have a bit more to do Monday. I did ask the kids to attempt as much of the *1-1 Assignment* as possible and we would would complete the homework in class Monday. Have a great weekend, Kids!

**Thursday, August 25, 2016: **Today we worked within *Lesson 1-1: Equivalent Ratios.* We will complete this section tomorrow. Students have been assigned #1-5 tonight, and the rest will be assigned tomorrow. Also, students all received a student and a parent survey this past Monday. I had asked the kids to have this completed by tomorrow's class. Enjoy your night!