I hope everyone is safe and dry at home today after the high water brought to us by Imelda yesterday. I know my 6th grader was over the moon to find out we would not have school today. For myself, I am still on the fence as it is going to make wrapping up the first six weeks more interesting than I would have liked.
After communicating with Mr. Cordova, I can say with certainty that all CA #1 assessments set to be given next week will be pushed back a day.
Donate your Summer reading!
Our 8th grade Language & Literature team is very interested and excited to review the Refugee by Alan Gratz starting late September/early October. The novel was on the Lanier recommended Summer reading list for 2019, so we are hoping to collect some donated books from students of any grade level to acquire a total of 3 class sets. Our goal it to review the themes of the book and how they relate to IB learner profile and global contexts. Students can donate books in Office B. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rhymes - email@example.com.
How do I study for math?
It is not uncommon for students to try and use techniques similar to what they would do in a history course when they are studying for math. They look through their material and problems they have worked before, and make sure they know their vocabulary. Being confident in vocabulary is always important, but if you are not actually working math problems then you are not studying for a math test. Math tests are doing tests you have to do math to practice and prepare. You wouldn't just watch video of yourself doing a jump shot to prepare for the big game. You would get out there on the court and practice until you were getting it right every time. Start by reworking homework, warm-up and note problems. Then go into the textbook and rework book examples. As someone that has taken a large number of math courses, I can say with certainty that when I didn't invest enough time to practice problems for my exams they never ended up as successful as I would have wanted for myself. Here is a link with even more great math study advice!
HOW TO STUDY MATH
Math and Algebra
Please join the appropriate remind class for your child's Mrs. Williames math 8 or Algebra class.
Language and Literature
Students should track their reading every day. They should have a copy of Elie’s Wiesel’s Night by October 1st. Please note the cover of the book that we’ll be surveying is in the previous blog post.
Individuals and Society - US History
This week in US History we are starting the Colony Project that is due 25th for P Day and 26th for R Day. The students have all been given rubrics. This week Thurs/Fri we will be reviewing for the Common Assessment #1. CA#1 will be Monday 23rd for P Day and 24th for R Day*. Colony Project Presentations will be 25th (P Day) and 26th (R Day). This project will end the first unit.. * dates have been changed by one day
The CA #1 will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Use the GoMath textbook to focus your studying. The modules content that has been taught so far are 1, 2, and 11 (11.1 and 11.2) only. The CA #1 will count as a quiz grade. Students are expected to show their work to justify their responses. I do not give credit for a lucky guess on grades in my grade book. Students are always expected to communicate their thinking as to why they choose an answer when there are choices. This assessment will have questions similar to their last quiz which is attached inside their composition book. They should redo those questions as part of their studying (see above). They will also have to write, model and solve 1-variable equations with variables on both sides like in module 11.1 and 11.2.
Following the CA #1 day, we will complete a 1 day in class project. Please do everything in your power to have your child at school or they will have to make up the project alone during the shorter study lab class. Next week, math 8 will take a test. The test will also include writing inequalities from real life situations and is part of the content from module 11.3 (we do not have to solve them). This exam will not be multiple choice.
The CA #1 will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Use the textbook sections 1-1 through 1-6 to prepare for all of the various equation types and inequality types that will appear on the exam. Also, use section 2-6 to prepare for questions regarding determining if relations are or are not functions. The CA #1 will count as a quiz grade. Students are expected to show their work to justify their responses. I do not give credit for a lucky guess on grades in my grade book. Students are always expected to communicate their thinking as to why they choose an answer when there are choices. This assessment will have questions similar to their last quiz which is attached inside their composition book. They should redo those questions as part of their studying (see above). Students have several interactive study tools available to them in their online textbook that I showed them in class last week. Use the XLMath questions and Quizzes to help you prepare.
Starting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Algebra students will begin their 6-wk project which will be an online ImagineMath project. Next week, we will take our 6 wks test. This exam will not be multiple choice. Students will need to know their materials well enough to be able to complete all of the questions with double method during their class period. Practice is key. Use this day off as an opportunity to practice solving some of the more challenging multi-step equations and inequalities that you find in 1-1 through 1-6