6th and 8th Grade Math

With Ms. Watkins

May 1, 2015 Volume 31 (Happy May day!)

Please check and sign your child's assessment folder.

Office Hours

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.


  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 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 third trimester.

6th Grade Math

This week we began to talk about graphing on the coordinate plane. The overall topic for the week was transformations. On Monday we learned about translations and reflections. Students learned about arrow notation to describe a translation (or slide). They also learned about reflecting a figure over the x or the y axis. On Tuesday and also the first half of Wednesday the topic was rotations. We rotated figures on the coordinate plane by increments of 90 degrees about the origin. The second half of Wednesday was focused on review. Students had the opportunity to pick low, medium, or high risk handouts to assist with their review. On Thursday students took the 10.5-10.7 quiz and I also gave an Aimsweb benchmark test to the class. Friday closed the week with reviewing answers and common problems with the chapter 8 test and the second Aimsweb benchmark test. 6A was able to begin an activity on 9.1-9.2 involving growing tile patterns and graphing. Both classes will complete the activity on Monday. Friday also marked the beginning of our unit on formulas and graphs.

8th Grade Math

Students worked in groups of 3 on a project for chapter 9. The project involved polynomial expressions relating to trees. This took class time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday they were given a test on material from chapter 9. Friday the groups were able to present their projects. Next week we begin our final unit (and chapter) on Quadratic Functions and Modeling.