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Grade 6 all levels with be working on a standard 6th grade text book. The curriculum covered follows the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 7 Regular will be working in a standard 7th grade text book. The curriculum covered follows the US Common Core Standards in Mathematics.

Grade 7 Accelerated class will be working in an accelerated level text for that grade level.  The curriculum covered follows the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 8 Regular class will be working in a traditional 8th grade text book. The topics covered are part of the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.  

Grade 8 Accelerated class will be working in a 9th grade level Algebra I book. The topics covered are standard for Algebra I students and follow the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

Grading:

  • Tests and quizzes will be worth 70% of the grades earned
  • Homework will be worth 30% of the grades earned
  • Homework must be completed when assigned as students will have not more than 3 days to complete an assignment if not done. (extended absence will be given extra time as needed)
  • Homework that is not submitted within that 3 day period will become a zero and counted toward the students’ average.
  • Retakes on a test will be considered based on the overall comprehension of the class, or the needs of any individual student. Grading of the retake will be determined by the classroom teacher on that particular retake, but individual students retaking a test may not receive a score higher than the C maintained by the class in the first test.

Policies and Expectations for Junior High Math

Grading:

  • Tests and quizzes will be worth 70% of the grades earned
  • Homework will be worth 30% of the grades earned
  • Homework must be completed when assigned as students will have not more than 3 days to complete an assignment if not done. (extended absence will be given extra time as needed)
  • Homework that is not submitted within that 3 day period will become a zero and counted toward the students’ average.
  • Retakes on a test will be considered based on the overall comprehension of the class, or the needs of any individual student. Grading of the retake will be determined by the classroom teacher on that particular retake, but individual students retaking a test may not receive a score higher than the C maintained by the class in the first test.

Classroom policies:

  • All work must be done in pencil
  • All work must be shown to receive credit on any assignment unless instructed otherwise
  • Calculators may not be used unless directed by the classroom teacher for a designated assignment.
  • All students should have a TI-30 or TI-34 scientific calculator for Junior High.
  • 8th grade accelerated students should have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator.
  • Simple Solutions are used in 6th & 7th grade with one lesson due on Tuesday and one lesson due on Friday each week. Summer homework is assigned from these books also.

Math groups:

  • Every grade will be separated into one accelerated group and one regular group. Both groups will cover all the curriculum necessary at that grade level, but the accelerated group will work at a faster pace allowing them to be ready for Accelerated Algebra in 8th The regular 8th grade will also be on an Algebra track by that time.
  • Movement from group to group is always an option to meet the needs of our students. This option can apply anytime throughout the school year. If a student is moving up, they may need to spend additional time with some extra instruction to meet the needs of the accelerated class.
  • The purpose of grouping at this level is to offer our students maximum success in the math program. It is important as the math work gets more challenging for students to work at an appropriate pace for their maximum growth. This way the regular class will get the time and detailed instruction they need, while the accelerated class will be mastering concepts at a faster rate to accommodate their skills.
  • All math levels will complete the common core standards required at their particular grade level.

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6A News: November 26- December 7

We are beginning to review and learn operations using decimals.  We are reviewing and practicing long division, first with remainders and then with decimal remainders. We then will practice adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals. We will end our study by using decimal operations to solve real world problems. In Simple Solutions, # 26-7 are due 11/27, # 28 is due 11/30 and the quiz on # 25-8 is 11/30. The following week # 29 is due 12/4 and #30 is due 12/7.

 

6B News: November 26- December 7

We finished learning about the number system and are now moving on to working with fractions.  We will first work with multiplying fractions using  GCFs and then move on to division of fractions.  We will work with fractions and mixed numbers. We will finish off with solving multistep problems involving fractions. In Simple Solutions, # 26-7 are due 11/27, # 28 is due 11/30 and the quiz on # 25-8 is 11/30. The following week # 29 is due 12/4 and #30 is due 12/7.

7B News: November 26- December 7

We continue working with rational numbers. Those positive and negatives signs continue to be of importance. We will be continuing to practice addition and subtraction using fractions.  But, we are moving on to multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. We will end our study of rational numbers by solving real world problems using fractions and decimals. In Simple Solutions, # 26-7 are due 11/27, # 28 is due 11/30 and the quiz on # 25-8 is 11/30. The following week # 29 is due 12/4 and #30 is due 12/7.

8A

We will be working on Chapter seven which is solving linear systems. This week we will cover graphing and substitution as methods to solving a system of equations.  Monday we will have a quiz on solving using these two methods. The remainder of the week next week we will complete sections 7-3-7-4 on using elimination to solve systems and how to predict what the solutions will be. If time permits toward the end of next week we will graph linear inequalities in two variables (section 6-7 and 7-6)

8R

This week we began writing the equation of a line in module 5. There are 3 sections to this module so we will complete 5-1 and 5-2 this week. Next week we will finish with section 5-3 and a test during the latter half of next week probably Thursday, December 6th for module 5 test. This section is directly related to module 4 and the students are doing a good job of connecting the material.

7A

We started module 5 on per cents today and worked on finding the per cent of increase or decrease. The rest of module 5 will concentrate on applications of per cents such as markups, discounts, commission, tax, tip, interest and per cent of increase or decrease. This week we will complete sections 5-1 and 5-2 then next week work on 5-3 some interest problems. Module 5 test will take place probably Thursday, December 6th. I am allowing calculator use on this section as I am more interested in testing their ability to solve per cents than their ability to compute correctly. We commonly use any variety of TI-30 calculator which cost from $12 to $20 depending on the model. Graphing calculators will be needed next year and the preferred model is a TI-84. We can also use TI-83 and these run about $100 and will be used throughout high school. Invest in one of those whenever you can.

 

 

Two weeks: 10/29/18-11/9/18

8th Accel Alg

We will be completing work on writing the equation of a line in 3 different forms. Quiz set for Tuesday, Oct. 30 on sections 5-1 to 5-3 on writing the equation of a line in slope-intercept and point slope form. The rest of that week will be devoted to sections 5-4-5-5 including arithmetic sequences after section 5-3. I will review the beginning of November and test Chapter 5 sections 5-1 to 5-5 on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. We will then begin to work on data and statistics which is not in the book, but I will be providing handouts.

8th Algebra

We are working currently on proportional functions and slope. This is a very algebraic concept and requires the student’s full attention and scope. This is also very cumulative where each concept builds on the next. This class as a whole wants to be done, more than correct so achievement could be better, especially since this material will be revisited in high school Algebra. So we are working in module 3 on proportional relationships which are equations in form y = kx. The week of October 29th we will complete module 3 and test that week. Then the week of November 5th we will be working in module 4 on linear functions doing section 4-1-4-2 that week and the rest of the chapter the following week.

7th Accel Pre-Algebra

We are finishing the 3rd module on all operations with rational numbers. We will take a module 3 test on Thursday, November 1st. Simple solutions #19 & 20 are due Tuesday, October 30th.  There will be a simple solution open book quiz on lessons 17-20 on Wednesday, October 31st.  We will not have class on Friday, Nov. 2nd as it is only a half day and only the afternoon classes will be meeting. The week of Nov. 5th, lessons #21 & 22 in simple solutions will be due Tuesday, November 6th and lesson #23 is due Friday, November 9th. That week we will work on module 4 including unit rates, constant rates of change, and proportional relationships. This is a preparation for module 5 on per cents.

7B:

We continue to work on subtracting and multiplying rational numbers. There will be a quiz scheduled next week. Reminder: Simple Solutions # 21 is due Tuesday and #22 is due Friday.

6A:

We are finishing Module 4, Operations with Fractions. Our quiz will be on Wednesday. Reminder: Simple Solutions # 21 is due Tuesday and #22 is due Friday.

6B:

We will be done working on Classification of Rational Numbers this week. Expect a quiz on Module 3 Thursday.

Also, remember Simple Solutions # 21 is due Tuesday and #22 is due Friday.