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

*Week of 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.

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)