# 6th Grade Math & Algebra 1

### With Ms. Watkins

## December 12, 2014 Volume 14

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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 began with preparing for the ICTM Mathematics competition. On Monday students took a practice test for the group portion. On Tuesday we reviewed the solutions to questions from the individual and group practice tests. Wednesday students began class with the group competition and ended with the individual one. On Thursday we began unit 3, expressions equations and inequalities. Students were able to work on a word sort for math operations. On Friday students used algebra tiles to solve one step equations with addition and subtraction. Next week we will learn about how to solve one step equations algebraically and how to solve one step equations with multiplication or division. On Thursday there will be a quiz on writing expressions and solving one step equations.

This week we began to look at inequalities. Monday began with a review of what they learned in pre algebra. On Tuesday students solved two step inequalities and in class we discussed when you have to flip the inequality sign. Wednesday students began class with the group competition and ended with the individual one. After the competition I passed out a graphic organizer for this chapter. Students will be filling it out as they learn about the material and it will be turned in before they take their unit 3 test. On Thursday we solved multi-step inequalities. Students chose a risk level to practice and were able to work with a partner to solve the inequalities. On Friday I returned several assessments and as a class we reviewed the answers and process for answering several problems. If a student wants to be reassessed on any of the standards they must first correct their mistakes from the quiz and then talk with me about how they can be reassessed. There will be a quiz on inequalities on Monday.