During Bulldog time students have been practicing for the math meet and Math24 competition. Students are being presented with challenging problems and are working calculation skills. Students who are chosen to compete in the Math Meet and Math24 competition should not only be practicing in school, but should be practicing at home. If you would like to know the set of Math24 cards needed for the grade level competitions, please just let me know. The Math Meet will be in the middle of January and the Math24 competition will be in the middle of February. See Ms. Bozio with any questions.
I will be out of school on Wednesday, December 12th.
Sixth Grade Social Studies-- The sixth graders will begin their study of South America. We will begin with mapping and capital cities. Then the students will begin learning about the customs, culture and people of South America.
Sixth Grade Math— The sixth grade class will continue their work in chapter four. We will be converting and comparing rational numbers. Student will have benchmark measurements that they will be required to memorize. These benchmark measurements will help students in future mathematics learning. Please encourage students to put in daily practice with these measurements.
Seventh Grade Math— Seventh grade will continue to work through chapter four. Students will work with similar figures. They should develop an understanding of vocabulary and learn to use the vocabulary in written explanations of their work. Students will apply the idea of similar figures to situations given to them. They will draw and label pictures, set up proportions and solve the problems using the skills from the chapter. They will have a test on chapter four on Thursday, December 13th.
Eighth Grade Math-- Eighth grade will start their week reviewing for a test on chapter four. Students will have the test on Tuesday, December 11th. They will then begin chapter seven. Chapter seven focuses on equations. Students have done some work with equations, but they will work with multi-step equations and systems of equations in this chapter. It will be important that students take good notes, practice procedures and be attentive to details. I am always available for extra help if students need it.
Algebra-- Students will begin their week reviewing for a test on chapter 5. Students will take the test on Tuesday, December 11th. The class will then begin chapter six which focuses on inequalities. Students will be graphing, solving and interpreting inequalities in this chapter.
Here are a few resources to help prepare for the chapter 4 math quiz in 6th grade.
Lesson quizzes tab under each section of the online book
Chapter 4 book resources
Page 184-185 Study Guide and Review Sections 1-3 in text book
Page 160 Ready To Go On Section A in text book
Sixth Grade Social Studies--Students have learned about Central America and the Caribbean Islands. These are found in Module 10 of their text books. Students have watched videos to help memorize the capitals and countries in a catchy tune. They have also read and discussed information on the countries. On Wednesday of next week, the students will have a test on Module 10, Central America and the Caribbean.
Sixth Grade Math--Students are working with breaking down numbers. We are focusing on common factors, prime factors and using them to solve problems. Student should practice their math facts. The more fluent they are in their math facts, the less time it will take to complete math homework.
Seventh Grade Math— The seventh graders will continue their work with proportions. Students are working on learning how relationships between quantities work. Proportions are a way make comparisons. Students will be applying skills and solving problems involving proportional relationships. Students will have a quiz on Wednesday. It will be on the first part of chapter 4.
Eighth Grade Math-- This week students will finish up the unit on ratios, rates and proportions (chapter 4). Students will participate in review activities to prepare them for their assessment. Students will take the Chapter 4 Assessment on Friday, December 7th. Students should use their online resources and their notes to prepare and practice for their assessment.
Algebra-- Students worked on chapter 5 this week. The focus of the chapter was linear equations and their forms. Students will work with parallel and perpendicular line equations in the upcoming week to finish the chapter. We will review at the end of the week and have a test on Monday, December 10th. Students should also begin preparing their notecard for the semester exam in January. As of this week students will have 5 of the 7 chapters of material presented to them. Students must hand write their notecard. They may have any information, examples, or formulas they think will be beneficial to them while taking the exam. Any questions please email Ms. Bozio
Here are a few links to help 6th grade students prepare for their units of study.
Decimal practice: http://www.commoncoresheets.com/Decimals.php
More decimal practice: https://jeopardylabs.com/browse/?q=Decimal+operations&sort_by=_score&submit=Search
Even more decimal practice: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-decimals
Social Studies Geography now: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Geography+now+central+america
Social Studies capitals practice: https://quizlet.com/_5nfksl
Social Studies capitals practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAupLjNTae0&t=22s
Social Studies countries practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww2iYWbfHPg
6th Grade Information---The collection for the classroom baskets has begun. The theme for the sixth grade is Fidgets, Fuzzies and Favs! Donate if you can. The basket can be filled with fidgets, stuffed animals, blankets, sports, movies, gift cards, video games or any of their favorite things that keep them busy and happy. If you have questions, just let me know. I am looking for someone to donate a basket or container to put the donations in. It will be given away as part of the prize.
Sixth Grade Social Studies--Students have begun to learn about Central America and the Caribbean Islands. These are found in Module 10 of their text books. We will begin with mapping and geographical features, then we will move on to individual countries. Students can watch Geography now videos on youtube about the countries we have and will be studying. They can also begin practicing the countries and their capitals. The test on Central America and the Caribbean will not be until after Thanksgiving break. Students have a completed map and a list of capitals.
Sixth Grade Math--We have been practicing decimal computation. Students will be worked on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimal numbers. Computational fluency requires practice. Please encourage your student to go on www.commoncoresheets.com or Khan Academy to find extra practice materials. Students will end their unit with an assessment on Tuesday, November 20th. The assessment will not include solving equations. We will cover solving equations after the Thanksgiving break.
Seventh Grade Math— Students will continue their unit on rational numbers. Students have been solving equations containing rational numbers. They are learning about inverse operations and balancing equations. Students are allowed calculators for this part of the unit. I will assess them on the process, not the computation on their test on Tuesday. The decimal test that will include word problems and equations on Tuesday, November 20th.
Eighth Grade Math-- We will begin our unit on rates and ratios next week. We will also try and do some holiday math activities. When we return from Thanksgiving break we will work on unit rates and ratios.
Algebra-- Students reviewed for their Chapter 4 test. They have online lesson quizzes and reviews, online practice test, review and test in their text book and a paper practice test. Students have plenty of resources use in preparation for their test. The Chapter 4 test will be on Monday, November 19th. Students were also given their large notecard that can be used on their semester exam in January. We have completed 4 of the 7 chapters that will be on the exam. Students can begin preparing their notecards if they would like to.
Sixth Grade Social Studies-- Students will have a quiz on Mexico on Monday. Students will need to label a map of the region and answer questions about Mexico. The information for the quiz can be found in their notes, in Module 9 of their text books, and on the map that was given back to the students Thursday. Students will then begin to learn about Central America and the Caribbean Islands. These are found in Module 10 of their text books. We will begin with mapping and geographical features, then we will move on to individual countries.
Sixth Grade Math-- After turning in their shopping project on Monday, students will continue with Chapter 3 in their math text books. This unit focuses on decimal computation. Students will be practicing adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. Computational fluency requires practice. Please encourage your student to go on www.commoncoresheets.com or Khan Academy to find extra practice materials. They will then apply those skills to solving equations. Students will end their unit with an assessment on Tuesday, November 20th. The assessment will be on the skills taught in the chapter. Look for a study guide to go home on Thursday, November 15th.
Seventh Grade Math— Students will continue their unit on rational numbers. They will be working with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing positive and negative decimal numbers. Computational fluency requires practice. Please encourage your student to go on www.commoncoresheets.com or Khan Academy to find extra practice materials. Students will then use the computation skills to solve equations containing rational numbers. There was a quiz scheduled that was moved to Wednesday of next week. I moved the quiz because I felt the students needed more time to practice before assessing them on the skills. The decimal test that will include word problems, equations and computation will be on Tuesday, November 20th.
Eighth Grade Math-- Students have been working on operations with scientific notation. On Wednesday, November 14th the students will have a quiz on scientific notation operations. Students will then begin their next unit on Ratios, Proportions, and similar figures. Students will also participate in Math Buddies on Tuesday, November 13th with Mrs. Borchardt’s first grade.
Algebra-- Students will work through the last two sections of chapter 4. They will identify domain and range, they will continue graphing and work with arithmetic sequences. Once the last two sections are complete the students will review. The Chapter 4 test will be on Monday, November 19th. Students will also participate in Math Buddies on Tuesday, November 13th with Mrs. Borchardt’s first grade.
The collection for the classroom baskets has begun. The theme for the sixth grade is Fidgets, Fuzzies and Favs! Donate if you can. The basket can be filled with fidgets, stuffed animals, blankets, sports, movies, gift cards, video games or any of their favorite things that keep them busy and happy. If you have questions, just let me know.
Sixth Grade Social Studies-- Students will begin a new unit of study next week. We will be studying Mexico and Central America. Students will learn about the physical geography, people and cultures of the area. Students will continue to develop the skills of reading non-fiction text for information and developing answers to questions. The chapter that correspond to these two countries are module 10 and 11 in the online text book.
Sixth Grade Math-- Students will begin their unit on decimals. Students will begin their unit project next week. Students will use grocery store flyers to find the cost of groceries. They will plan a Thanksgiving meal on a budget. Students will need to demonstrate the ability to follow directions and accurately calculate decimal computation. Students should bring their own grocery flyer to school on Monday. Instructions for the project, details on requirements and due dates will be given to students on Monday when students begin working on the project in class.
Seventh Grade Math— Students will begin chapter three next week. The focus of chapter three is rational numbers. This unit is a longer unit with several skills. Students will be learning about decimal and fraction computation. Then, they will demonstrate the computation skills while solving equations. Rational number computation requires practice. Students need to practice in order to become proficient and efficient at the skills.
Eighth Grade Math-- Students will focus on scientific notation next week. Students will learn procedures for computation involving scientific notation, participate in practice through centers, work in pairs to share understanding and develop communication skills. Students will need their calculators and colored pencils for class every day.
Algebra-- Students will continue chapter four next week. Chapter 4 focuses on functions, equations, tables and graphs. Students will learn how to use the website Desmos, explore graphing and functions, and make connections between information given and the representations they create. Students should prepare for a mid-chapter quiz. The quiz is scheduled for next Friday.
Sixth Grade Social Studies--Students will review for their unit test on Monday and Tuesday. Students were given a study guide to help them understand the format of the test and the material we have covered. The unit test will be on Wednesday, October 31st. We will be taking it in the afternoon instead of the morning because of the student of the month assembly.
Sixth Grade Math--Students will begin chapter three next week. The focus of chapter three will be decimals. We will be writing, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. Students will need to know place value from the millions to the millionths place. Some students find graph paper and rulers helpful during this unit for organization of numbers and place value. Have your student bring these items to class if they would like to use them.
Seventh Grade Math— Students were given a list of benchmark fractions and their conversions. On Monday, students will have to fill in a chart based on those benchmarks. Students will need to have them memorized in order to complete the quick quiz on time. Students will review for their unit test on Monday and Tuesday. Students were given a study guide to help them review the skills covered in this chapter. Chapter two will end with an assessment on Wednesday, October 31st.
Eighth Grade Math--To conclude the quarter, the eighth graders will have a test on sections of chapter three. Students will not be tested on the scientific notation sections. Scientific notation will be its own unit and have a separate test. Students should be prepared for the test by practicing problems, using the student resource tab in their text book and review assignments from the chapter. The only way to improve skills is to practice them.
Algebra-- Students will begin chapter four next week. Chapter 4 focuses on functions, rules and graphs. Students will learn how to use the website Desmos, explore graphing and functions, and make connections between information given and the representations they create.
Sixth Grade Social Studies--Students will have a quiz on the British Isles on Monday, October 22nd. Then students will continue learning about more European countries. The next part of Europe we will be learning about is Scandinavia. We will cover Norway, Sweden, Finland and Demark. Students will not have a quiz on Scandinavia, instead they will have a unit test. The unit test will be on Wednesday, October 31st. It will be on all of the countries we have studied so far, including map location and capitals.
Sixth Grade Math--Students have practiced all the skills in chapter two. We will practice and review chapter two on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, October 24th, we will have the unit two assessment. Students can practice for their test by doing practice problems. Practice problems can be found in their math books at the end of the chapter and online. Students can also take the practice lesson quizzes and the interactive test in their book. These can be found under the student resource tab. These resources let students know if they have done the problems correctly. Students should also use their study guide as a checklist when studying.
Seventh Grade Math—Students will cover the last of the chapter two skills next week. The last skills include converting between fractions, decimals and percent. Students will learn and memorize benchmark fractions to help with the understanding of ordering and values. Once converted, students will be expected to place values in order. Chapter two will end with an assessment the following week, on Wednesday, October 31st.
Eighth Grade Math--Students are working through chapter three. We will be learning the lessons in chapter three out of order. Students will be working on sections 3-5 to 3-7 next week. These sections focus on square numbers, cubic numbers, classifying numbers, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Before the end of the quarter, students will have one more assessment on just the sections covered in chapter three. We will start quarter two with the sections on scientific notation.
Algebra-- Students will finish chapter three next week. In order to keep pace, we will not have a quiz during chapter three. Instead, students will work through the chapter and have a test on Friday, October 26th. This will allow the class to start chapter 4 by the beginning of November.
Sixth Grade Social Studies
Students will be learning about the British Isles. Students will research, create graphic organizers, share interesting facts and describe the geography of the area. Students will learn about important historic events and people in this unit.
Sixth Grade Math--Students will be continuing to work through chapter two. The focus of this section is equations. Students will test solutions and solve equations. They will learn about inverse operations and values of variables.
Seventh Grade Math—Students will be continuing their work with integers. Students will have a quiz mid-week. The quiz will be on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers. Students can use online resources to practice these skills.
Eighth Grade Math--Students will begin working in chapter three next week. They will begin working with exponents, negative exponents, and scientific notation. Students will learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide using numbers expressed in scientific notation.
Algebra--Students will be working with inequalities in the next chapter. We will be graphing and solving inequalities. Students will be using the skills from chapter two and solving equations to be successful in chapter 3.
I am looking forward to seeing you all at Parent-Teacher Conferences. Discussing your student’s progress is an important part of the educational journey they are on. If possible, have your student attend the conferences with you. They play the most important role in their education, we should talk with them, rather than about them.
Sixth Grade Social Studies
Students have learned about Spain and Portugal. They have the important information in their notes and text books that will help them to prepare for their quiz next week. Their quiz on Spain and Portugal will be on Monday. On Tuesday we will begin learning about the United Kingdom. Wednesday we will not have class because of the trip to WUHS to see the play Diary of Anne Frank.
Sixth Grade Math--Students will begin translating situations into mathematical expressions. Students will need to understand vocabulary and develop logic to understand what is happening in the math problem. Students may become frustrated when a solution or pattern does not come easily. Please help them work through their frustration, but encourage them to continue. Productive struggle is proof of learning and brain growth.
Seventh Grade Math—Students have begun their work with integers. In most units, calculators are allowed as a tool to assist students. In this unit, the use of the calculator will be limited. Students will need to demonstrate the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide integers. They will also need to interpret situations and use integers to represent them.
Eighth Grade Math--Students finished working through the material in unit 1. I have noticed that students need more time to Master this information. Most have an understanding, but still struggle with knowing what to do. We will spend another week on solving equations. The equations will be of varying levels of difficulty. The only way to develop these skills is to practice, so I will be providing many opportunities to do so.
Algebra--Students will review and prepare for their chapter two test. The focus of chapter two was solving equations, percent, and similar figures. Students should practice setting up problems. Most students have the skills needed to solve a problem once it is set up, but struggle with setting the problem up. The test for chapter 2 will be on Thursday, October 11.