NLSD

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

Week of 3/12/2018

Friday, March 16, 2018:  We began our day today with Minute Math #59.  Then the kids I went over any questions they had on #1-7 from the Lesson 3-6 Assignment or 1-10 of the Topic 3 Review .  We completed the remaining portion of Lesson 3-6 that involved a critical thinking situation which the kids excelled in solving!  They were then given some personal work time to continue the Lesson 3-6 Assignment or work on the rest of the Topic 3 Review, both of which are to be done to their best efforts for Monday's class.  Don't forget our Topic 3 Test is Wednesday, March 21.  Prepare your study card if you haven't, Young One!  Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day and your weekend.

Thursday, March 15, 2018:  After the kids worked collaboratively on the Team Problem of the Day, we continued with Lesson 3-6: Markups and Markdowns.  We discussed the kids Launch ideas and reflections and then continued on with ways to solve for markups and markdowns seen in the retail world.  I asked the kids to try #1-7 for tomorrow's class.  They were also given time to start the iTopic 3 Review and are encouraged to try #1-10 for tomorrow's class since their test is next Wednesday the 21st.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018:  Happy Pi Day!  We started our day together with Minute Math #58, and then the kids and I discussed any questions they had from the rest of the Lesson 3-5 Assignment.  When they were individually ready, the kids then worked on the Lesson 3-5 In-Class Assignment.  They were asked to partner up after finished to take a look at our next section Lesson 3-6: Markups and Markdowns.  I asked them to discuss and work together on the Launch and Reflection to see what we would be exploring next.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids I went over any problems from the start of the Lesson 3-5  Assignment they wanted.  We then completed Part Three and they worked within their teams on the Close &Check as a self-evaluation.  I checked in with them when they were done, and they were encouraged to complete the rest of the Lesson 3-5 Assignment for tomorrow's class during this class time.

Monday, March 12, 2018:  We started our first day of the week with Minute Math #57, and we then went over the kids' ideas from the Lesson 3-5 Launch and Reflection.   We then went over any questions the kids had from Puzzle 7.17 ("What Do You Get When...") and this was then handed in for completion.  We worked with Part One and Part Two of Lesson 3-5: Percent Increase and Decrease.  The kids were asked to try #1-6 for tomorrow's class.

Week of 3/5/2018

Friday, March 9, 2018:  We practiced with the formula for Percent Increase/Decrease (Percent of Change) today for Lesson 3-5.  So the kids felt like they truly "knew" this formula, I gave them Puzzle 7.17 ("What Do You Get When You...") to work on together.  They were asked to bring this completed to the best of their abilities to Monday's class.

Thursday, March 8, 2018:  The kids were given time to complete a practice PARCC Student Response and then time to "clean-up" any missing assignments (i.e. puzzle 7.20, paper/online 3-4 assignment, 3-4 in-class assignment).  We then began Lesson 3-5: Percent Increase and Decrease.  We will truly dive into this lesson tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018:  After the each student finished the Lesson 3-4 In-Class Assignment, we reviewed the expectations for a successful PARCC Student Math Response.  The kids were given a choice of 7 prompts to complete, choosing one to complete.  If they did not finish today, they can tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018:    We will continue our shortened class schedule due to PARCC testing through Monday the 12th. We started class be reviewing any questions from the Lesson 3-4 Assignment.  The class was given time to continue this assignment, to be completed for tomorrow's class.

Monday, March 5, 2018:  We didn't have a bell ringer today due to our shortened class schedule because of PARRC Testing.  We then went over any questions the kids had over Puzzle 7.20, which was to be turned in today if completed.  The kids were given time to then start the Lesson 3-4 Assignment, to be completed for Wednesday's class.  They were asked to try to get through #1-7 for tomorrow.

Week of 2/26/2018

Friday, March 2, 2018:  Today after Minute Math the kids and I continued to discuss compound interest, today focusing on compound interest that is earned more than once a year.  This developed the compound interest formula and all students have been greatly encouraged to keep a study card throughout the entire topic, but especially for this particular lesson.  After working through the Student Companion, I asked the kids to try the rest of Puzzle 7.20, #4-8 and 10. Enjoy your weekend and the full moon tonight, Kids!

Thursday, March 1, 2018:  After the Team Problem of the Day, the kids partnered to practice the Math Student Response as in the PARCC test.  They chose one previous problem to solve and discuss.  We will discuss these this next week.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018:  Happy last day of second trimester, Kids!  It is truly difficult to believe we are already 2/3 through the school year.  They are a fantastic bunch to work with.  We started class today with Minute Math #56 and then began our exploration through the compound interest formula. I thought they could use more practice with "interest compounded annually" formula so I gave them a puzzle (Puzzle 7.20 "What Did Mrs. Zog...Himilayas?".  I asked them to work on #1-4 & 9 for tomorrow's class.  We will then explore the concept of "interest compounded more than annually" in our next class.  We can do this, Kids!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018After our Team Problem of the Day (one way we practice for the PARCC test), I gave the kids 20 minutes on the timer for some "clean up" time.  This gave the kids time to complete any redo work/make-up work that had yet to be done.  I also encouraged them to clean out their binders/folders since tomorrow is the last day of second trimester.  I told the kids they have no later than FRIDAY to turn in any redo/make-up work or take a retake test.  After this time, we then had a healthy discussion about compound interest and how this applies to adult life.  I showed them one of my current credit card bills and they had several ideas, questions, and comments about it.  They needed this background knowledge before we jump into Lesson 3-4 during tomorrow's class.

Monday, February 26, 2018:  Today the kids and I started our day with Minute Math #55.  We then went over any questions the kids had over the Lesson 3-3: Simple Interest Assignment started this past Thursday.  When the kids were individually ready, they completed the Lesson 3-3In-Class Assignment.  Reminder:  all redo/make-up is asked to be turned in by the last day of the trimester, this Wednesday.  I can take any redo work through Friday, but that is as far as I can go since my final grades are due.  Do your best, Kids!

Week of 2/26/2018

Monday, February 26, 2018:  Today the kids and I started our day with Minute Math #55.  We then went over any questions the kids had over the Lesson 3-3: Simple Interest Assignment started this past Thursday.  When the kids were individually ready, they completed the Lesson 3-3In-Class Assignment.  Reminder:  all redo/make-up is asked to be turned in by the last day of the trimester, this Wednesday.  I can take any redo work through Friday, but that is as far as I can go since my final grades are due.  Do your best, Kids!

Week of 2/20/18

Friday, February 23, 2018:  After Minute Math #54, the kids and I continued to discuss and explore Lesson 3-3: Simple Interest.  They completed Part Two and Part Three practicing their algebra skills throughout.  I asked them to attempt the Lesson 3-3 Assignment for Monday's class.

Thursday, February 22, 2018:  We started our day today with our PARCC Team Problem of the Day.  We then discussed the Launch and Reflection from Lesson 3-3: Simple Interest.  We then discussed and noted the simple interest formula and worked through Part One.  I asked the kids to try #1-4 for tomorrow's class.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018:  After Minute Math #53, the kids and I first went over their Fall to Winter AIMS growth charts I printed out for them.  We then went over any questions they wanted from the Lesson 3-2 Assignment.  Lesson 3-2 In-Class Assignment.  After completed, I asked them to partner to discuss the

Tuesday, February 20, 2018:  After today's Team Problem of the Day, all of the kids received their Topic Two Tests back to be reviewed and signed by a parent/guardian by Thursday's class, please.  They also received their Topic 2 Homework Packets back and their Lesson 3-1 In-Class Assignment.  We then continued with Lesson 3-2, completing Part Two and Three.  The kids are going to try the rest of the lessons problems for tomorrow's class.

Week of 2/12/18

Friday, February 16, 2018:  We started our day today with Minute Math.  We then discussed the Launch and Reflection from Lesson 3-2: Using the Percent Equation.  We continued with the lesson, making numerous notes on our Topic Three Study Cards from the Key Concept slide, but more importantly, having worthwhile discussions about tips, commissions, and sales tax which are all parts of this lesson.  I asked the kids to try #1-7 for Tuesday's class.  Enjoy your three-day weekend!

Thursday, February 15, 2018:  After we completed the Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I discussed any questions they had from the Lesson 3-1 Assignment.  When they were ready, they completed the Lesson 3-1 In-Class Assignment.  They were asked to partner when done to look into Lesson 3-2: Using the Percent Equation by completing the Launch and Reflection for this section.  We will start our day after Minute Math tomorrow with this.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018:  Happy St. Valentine's Day!  Today the kids and I started our day with Minute Math #51 and then discussed any questions from #1-7 of the Lesson 3-1 AssignmentWe then continued the lesson with Part Three and then the Close & Check.  The kids were given time to work on competing the assignment for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018:  We started out our day today with the Team Problem of the Day.  We then began to work in Lesson 3-1: The Percent Equation which the kids are familiar with from our proportional relationships work.  We worked through Part Two and will compete the lesson tomorrow.  I asked the kids to try #1-7 of the assignment for tomorrow's class.

Monday, February 12, 2018:  The kids were delighted with Friday's snow day but were even more delighted to take their Topic Two Test today instead of last Friday!  Most of the kids seemed to perform well on this, and I hope to have them all graded and back to the kids by Thursday's class.  Fingers crossed!

Week of 2/6/18

Thursday, February 8, 2018:  After our Team Problem of the Day, the kids were able to ask any questions they wished to review from the Topic Two Review.  They were then given a list of options for the rest of their math class: complete make-up/redo work, finish the homework packet to be turned in tomorrow prior to the test, or work with a small group on a review game to prepare further for tomorrow's Topic Two Test.  Study well, Young Ones!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018:  We started our class today with Minute Math 50!  I returned the kids' Lesson 2-5 In-Class Assignments and then we went over any further questions from the Topic Two Review.  They were given more time to continue working on the Topic Two Review and if completed, to work with to partner on sample "similar" problems to prepare for the test or work on any redo opportunities.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018:  I hope you all enjoyed your three-day weekend and the Super Bowl, too!  Today we went over any questions the kids had from the Lesson 2-5 Assignment after they completed the Team Problem of the Day.  When they were ready, the kids worked on the Lesson 2-5 In-Class Assignment which some of the class will finish tomorrow.  I asked our very own Patriots to continue with the Topic Two Review today, working through at least 10 more problems to best prepare for this Friday's Topic Two Test.

Week of 1/29/18

Friday, February 2, 2018:  We started our day today with Minute Math.  We then continued working through Lesson 2-5 and the kids worked with their partners.  I asked them to do their best to complete the Lesson 2-5 Assignment but are welcome to, as always, come in with any questions for Tuesday's class.  I also asked them to work on at least #1-10 of the Topic Two Review.  The Topic Two Test will be next Friday, February 9.  Begin studying well, Kids!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018:  After Minute Math today, the kids and I discussed their measurements  of the puzzle rooms from yesterday.  Then we had a review discussion of scale to help them prepare not only for Lesson 2-5 which we will begin tomorrow but also to complete the Puzzle 7.2 for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018:  We did not have our bellringer activity today since we completed the 3 AIMSweb Winter benchmark tests today.  I did ask the kids to measure the lengths and widths of each room seen on Puzzle 7.2.  We will discuss how to use the scale and find the areas of these rooms in tomorrow's class.

Monday, January 29, 2018:  We began this Monday class with Minute Math and then reviewed any questions the kids wanted to go over from the Lesson 2-4 Assignment.  As they were then ready, they completed the Lesson 2-4 In-Class Assignment.  The kids need a bit of practice with measuring length using the metric system so I have them working on a small partner activity today and into tomorrow to see where their personal measuring skills are at.  This will lead us into our next section which explores scale.

Week of 1/22/18

Friday, January 26, 2018:  The kids started their class today with Minute Math since we are now back to our normal schedule with Terra Nova testing complete.  We then continued to work in and were to complete Lesson 2-4.  I asked the kids to try the rest of the problems (#8-End) for Monday's class.  Have a wonderful weekend, Kids!

Thursday, January 25, 2018:  The kids earned a day off so we had a fun day together today, playing team Pictionary.  I hope you all enjoyed it!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018:  Out of the ordinary, we started class with a Team Problem of the Day. We continued  then working in Lesson 2-4: Proportional Relationships and Equations.  I asked the kids to try #1-7 from the Lesson 2-4 Assignment for Friday's class.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018:  We started class today with the Team Problem of the Day.  We then continued and completed our discussion of Independent Variable vs. Dependent Variable.  Next, we started working in Lesson 2-4: Proportional Relationships and Equations.  We will continue this into tomorrow's class.

Monday, January 22, 2018:  Out of the ordinary, we started class with a Team Problem of the Day.  The kids then asked any questions they wanted from the Lesson 2-3 Assignment.  As they were individually ready, the kid then completed the Lesson 2-3 In-Class Assignment.  We began a discussion over Independent Variable vs. Dependent Variable, which we will continue tomorrow.

Week of 1/16/18

Friday, January 19, 2018:  After Minute Math, the kids and I went over any questions they asked about over #1-6 from yesterday's assignment.  Then we completed the rest of the Lesson 2-3 Lesson, and  gave them time to work on the rest of the problems from the Lesson 2-3 Assignment for our next class.  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 18, 2018:  The kids started their math day today with the Team Problem of the Day.  We then discussed the Launch and Reflection from Lesson 2-3: The Constant of Proportionality.  We continued on with the Key Concept, Part One, and Part Two.  This is similar to "unit rate" which we have studied together, too.  I asked the kids to try #1-6 of the Lesson 2-3 Assignment for tomorrow's class.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018:  After the kids completed their Minute Math bell ringer activity, we went over any questions from the Lesson 2-2 Assignment.  We had a few issues with graphing but all were fixed.  As the kids were individually ready, they completed the Lesson 2-2 In-Class Assignment.  I asked them to complete the Launch and Reflection for Lesson 2-3: Constant of Proportionality in the Student Companion for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018:  After our Team Problem of the Day, the kids and I discussed any questions they had from #1-7 of the Lesson 2-2 Assignment started last Friday during class.  We then completed this lesson with Part 3 and the Close & Check.  I asked the kids to attempt the rest of the problems from this assignment for tomorrow's class.

Week of 1/8/18

Friday, January 12, 2018:  We started our class with our Minute Math bell ringer.  Then we discussed any questions the kids had from their 10.5 Puzzle which reviewed graphing linear equations, a new concept for the kids. This is something that they will use in Lesson 2-2: Proportional Relationships and Graphs.

Thursday, January 11, 2018:  Today we began class with our Team Problem of the Day.  After reviewing this, we then went over any questions the kids had over The Coordinate System review sheet we discussed yesterday.  The kids turned this in for me to look over, and then we practiced graphing equations by using graph paper and rulers and pasting samples into the kids' foldables.  After they felt more comfortable with this new concept, I gave them each a puzzle, #10.5, to work on in class and then attempt to finish for tomorrow's class.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018:  After our Minute Math bell ringer, the kids and I discussed any questions they had on the latter half of the Lesson 2-1 Assignment. When the kids were individually ready, they then completed the Lesson 2-1 In-Class Assignment.  They were then given The Coordinate System sheet to see what the kids remember from previous years' lessons so we can all feel comfortable with graphing.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018:  The kids seemed tired today!  Getting back into the groove can be difficult, but we still started our class with our Tuesday bellringer of the Team Problem of the Day.  We discussed any item from the first half of the Lesson 2-1 Assignment the kids started yesterday. We then continued Lesson 2-1, completing through the Close & Check.  I asked the kids to attempt the last half of the assignment for tomorrow's class.

Monday, January 8, 2018:  Happy New Year, Kids!  Welcome back to Liberty!  We started our day like any other Monday; we began class with Minute Math and then the kids all received their Topic 6 Tests back.  Please have this signed by Wednesday's class.  We then began working in Lesson 2-1, completing the Launch, Reflection, Part One, and Part Two.  I asked the kids to try #1-7 for tomorrow's class.

Week of 12/18/17

Wednesday, December 20, 2017:  After the kids turned in their Topic 6 Homework Packets and the optional extra credit slip, the kids completed the Topic 6 Test and also turned in their study cards.  I asked them to make their Topic 2 Foldable when they were done with the test.  They will receive these tests back the day we return from Winter Break.  Happy holidays, Everyone!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017:  After the Team Problem of the Day, we reviewed any other questions from the Topic 6 Review after completing the Topic 6 Homework Packet.  I reminded the kids that only formulas, charts, and key hints are to be on study cards, not sample problems.  You will do well tomorrow, Kids!

Monday, December 18, 2017: The kids started their day today with Minute Math.  We then discussed questions from the Topic 6 Review.  They were given them more time to then work further on the Review and Lesson 6-7.  I asked to do their bests to get through as much of the Topic 6 Review as possible for tomorrow's class.  The Topic 6 Test is still scheduled to be completed on Wednesday. Don't gorget to prepare your study cards, Kids!

Week of 12/11/17

Friday, December 15, 2017:  After Minute Math, the kids and I reviewed the in-class from Lesson 6-6: Percent Error.  The kids then were given time to work on the Topic 6 Review and partner to work through Lesson 6-7: Problem-Solving.  The kids asked questions as needed. We will continue this into Monday's class.  I recommended to the kids to try their bests to get through #1-20 for Monday's class on the Topic 6 Review.

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 on #1-4 and 6-7 from the Lesson 6-6 Assignment.  We then completed Part Three for the lesson and the kids were given time to work on #5 and 8-15, to be done to the best of their abilities by tomorrow's class.  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 the Launch and Reflection from Lesson 6-6: Percent Error.  We explored Lesson 6-6: Percent Error.  The kids did very well using and recording this new formula today.  Nice work, Kids! I asked them to attempt a few (#1-4, 6-7) 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 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.  Great work today, Kids!  We will begin to discuss Lesson 6-6: Percent Error in tomorrow's class.

Monday, December 11, 2017:  We started our class with Minute Math and then we discussed the rest of Lesson 6-5: Percents, Fractions, and Percents.  The kids worked through the lesson very well and then continued the Lesson 6-5 Assignment, which we will discuss in to tomorrow's class.

*Week of 12/4/17

Friday, December 8, 2017:  Due to the field trip to the movie theater, we did not have math today.  Reminder:  please work on #1-7 from the Lesson 6-5 Assignment 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 Monday'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.  Many of the kids needed more time from yesterday to finish the Lesson 6-3 In-Class Assignment.  We then reviewed how to convert fractions to decimals to percents, a pre-requisite skill for Lesson 6-4.  The kids then participated in a small group activity to practice further.  I asked them to attempt Puzzle 7.10  for tomorrow's class.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017:  After our Team Problem of the Day, we discussed questions from the Lesson 6-3 Assignment.  The kids had several question from this lesson's assignment since it is a bit challenging.  When they were individually ready, they were able to complete the Lesson 6-3 Assignment.

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 the rest of the Lesson 6-3 Assignment for tomorrow's class.

*Week of 11/13/17

Thursday, November 16, 2017:  We started our day together with the Team Problem of the Day.  We continued working through Lesson 6-3 and I asked the kids to do their best with #1-4, 7-9 for our next class on Monday, November 27.  Enjoy your Fall Break, Kids!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017:  After we completed the Minute Math bell ringer activity, the kids shared their "Percents Greater than 100" models sets.  They picked the team best to present to the class.  Very creative!  We then discussed the optional Pi activity/contest; it's fun, Kids!  We then began working through Lesson 6-3 and will continue with this tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017:  After the Team Problem of the Day, 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 as to explore.  I asked them to bring in a model set to visualize percents greater than 100.

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 continue our study of terminating decimals in Lesson 6-2,  we worked on the Part Three together in a classroom discussion.  Then the kids chose a partner with whom to work cooperatively on the Close & Check.  After I checked them out, I asked the kids to attempt #9-15 from the online/paper Lesson 6-2 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.  We then explored Lesson 6-2: Terminating Decimals.  We completed the Launch, Reflection, Part One and Part Two.  I asked the kids to attempt #1-8 for Monday's class.  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, 10/12/17:  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.  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.  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.

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.

*Week of 9/18/17

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)

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!