6th and 8th Grade Math

With Ms. Watkins

January 15, 2016

Office Hours (math help after school)

*** Next week due to Monday's holiday I will have office hours on Tuesday.

Monday's 3:15-4:00 in room 403 with Ms. Watkins

Wednesday's 3:15-4:00 in room 401 with Miss Brockman.


This is a time when students may come in and begin their homework, work on reassessment, or just receive additional help with math. All middle school students are welcome to come to either or both office hours.


Expectations:

  1. Work on math material first.
  2. Keep voices down so that everyone can focus on their own material.
  3. If a student wants or needs a snack, it must be nut free.

Middle School Math Reassessment Policy

If your child wishes to reassess in Math they must meet with their teacher before or after school within one week of receiving the assessment in the red folder. For example, if red folders are sent home on Friday, your child has until the following Friday to meet with me. During this meeting your child will develop an individual plan with me to determine how they will be reassessed. Reassessments must be completed within one week of meeting with me.

6th Grade Math

This week the focus was primarily on writing and solving proportions. On Monday students learned about indirect measure and similar polygons. On Tuesday our focus turned to scale drawings and maps. Students learned how to set up the proportion using the scale of a drawing. On Wednesday students were given a map of a country and they planned the route for a helicopter race. Thursday we discussed how to solve proportion problems using proportions. Friday I shifted the focus to converting units in the metric system.


The 5.1-5.4 quiz will be returned to students on Tuesday next week because I have one more student that needs to complete the quiz.


Next week the topics students will learn about will be converting in the customary system, and precision. There will be an assessed activity on converting customary units on Thursday or Friday.


There have been several times that I assign watching a video as part of the homework. This will continue throughout the year. I have talked with the class about the importance of watching the video and taking notes. If your child is having trouble accessing the video please arrange for them to come to school right at 7:40 so that they can watch it in my room on one of the school computers.

8th Grade Standard Pace

This week students learned about writing equations for tables, growing tile patterns, and word problems on both Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday they were able to review concepts from 5.1-5.4 to prepare for the quiz. Thursday students took a formative assessment on 5.1-5.4 (I designed this quiz to identify what types of functions students need additional examples of and practice with). The week ended with a lesson on direct variation and collecting data for an inverse variation activity (which will be used next week on Tuesday).


Next week on Tuesday I will have students investigate graphs of linear, absolute value, and quadratic functions on an online graphing calculator (desmos.com) and then students will learn about inverse variation. On Wednesday students will work with number patterns, arithmetic sequences, and writing an explicit rule for arithmetic sequences. Thursday students will learn about learn about geometric sequences and writing an explicit rule for geometric sequences. On Friday students will apply their understanding of arithmetic and geometric sequences to growing tile patterns.


There will be several times that a video will be assigned as part or all of the homework for the rest of this year. If your child is having difficulty accessing or watching the videos please arrange for them to come to school right at 7:40 so that they can watch it in my room or in their homeroom on one of the school computers.

8th Grade Accelerated Pace

This week began the shift between the two paces. On Monday I discussed writing function rules and graphing. Tuesday students learned about direct variation and writing direct variation equations. On wednesday for the first part of class students took a formative assessment on 5.1-5.4 (I designed this quiz to identify what types of functions students need additional examples of and practice with). The second part of class focused on inverse variation. Thursday students completed an activity on inverse variation where they measured the apparent height of a classmate at different distances away. Friday we talked about arithmetic sequences and writing an explicit rule for the sequence.


Next week on Tuesday I will have students investigate graphs of linear, absolute value, and quadratic functions on an online graphing calculator (desmos.com) and then students will learn about geometric sequences and writing an explicit rule for geometric sequences. On Wednesday students will apply their understanding of arithmetic and geometric sequences to growing tile patterns. They will use multiple representations to describe the pattern (tables, graphs, and equations). Thursday students will review content for chapter 5 and 8.6 and on Friday they will take the test.


There will be several times that a video will be assigned as part or all of the homework for the rest of this year. If your child is having difficulty accessing or watching the videos please arrange for them to come to school right at 7:40 so that they can watch it in my room or in their homeroom on one of the school computers.