# 6th Grade Math & Algebra 1

### With Ms. Watkins

## December 5, 2014 Volume 13

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Every Tuesday from 3:15-4:00 I have what I refer to as office hours. This is a time when students may come in and begin their homework, work on the script or a reassessment video, or just receive additional help. This week we had several students in for the office hours and many finished all their math homework during that time. If your child wants to attend it is open for all. Below are some expectations for all who come. The purpose of sharing these are to make it clear that this time is for understanding math.

Expectations:

- Work on math material first.
- Keep voices down so that everyone can focus on their own material.
- If a student wants or needs a snack please make sure it is nut free.

In the same way we do varied assessments for the standards, there will be varied reassessments based on the topics and standards that are being reassessed during the second trimester.

This week focused on reteaching combining fractions. On Monday there was a lesson and risk wall practice on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Tuesday the focus of the lesson was multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Wednesday the students visited stations to review adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and mixed numbers. Thursday students were placed into pairs and completed an assessment on combining fractions. This week I also shared with the class that they have been entered in a math competition. The competition has 2 parts. The first consists of 20 questions that are answered in groups of up to 5 students. The second part is done individually. The top 2 group and top 10 individual scores will be sent. No names of students are sent or shared with the organization. Next week students will complete practice problems and we will discuss how to answer the questions they didn't understand. The actual competition will take place on Wednesday next week. During this time I will be giving review homework for working with fractions, decimals, and integers to support the topics in the next section.

First I want to thank all the parents that were able to make it out to see the Red Glass Visual Model Projects. This week we focused on the Pythagorean theorem. Each day from Monday-Thursday had some instruction and practice with using the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the missing side of a right triangle. On Friday students were placed with a partner and answered a football related problem. This week I also shared with the class that they have been entered in a math competition. The competition has 2 parts. The first consists of 20 questions that are answered in groups of up to 5 students. The second part is done individually. The top 2 group and top 10 individual scores will be sent. No names of students are sent or shared with the organization. On wednesday students were able to work on previous years competition questions and discuss how to answer them. Next week we will be working on solving and graphing inequalities.