Mrs. Tracz's Classroom News

Ciske - Tracz - Moon Math update 2-6-17   02/09/2017

Alg - Our new chapter is entitled "Polynomials and Factoring".  We will learn how to add, subtract, and multiply polynomials.  This chapter is rich with new vocabulary.  We will take a quiz on those skills on Tuesday 2/14.  Next we will learn how to factor trinomials.  This is one of the hardest lessons of the year, but it does not take long for students to master it.  The chapter 8 test will most likely occur sometime during the week of 2/27.

8CC - We have begun our geometry unit which spans several topics.  Topic 9 covers congruence and students are learning about translations, refections, and rotations.  Our test on topic 9 will be on Monday 2/13 for Blocks 3 and 4, and on Tuesday 2/14 for Block 5.  The next topic will explore similarity.  In this chapter we will add dilations to our list of transformations.  Our test on topic 10 will occur on Wednesday 2/22 for Block 4 and Thursday 2/23 for Blocks 3 and 5.

Ciske - Tracz - Moon Math update 1-11-17   01/18/2017
Alg - We are kicking off the new year with a unit on exponents and exponential functions.  We will review many properties of exponents but expand our knowledge to include fractional exponents.  There will be a quiz on 7.1-7.4 on Friday, January 20th.  We will then cover rational exponents, radicals, exponential functions, exponential growth and decay, and geometric sequences.  The test on chapter 7 will be on Tuesday, January 31st.

8CC - We survived systems!  We are very proud of our students for sticking with us through those difficult algebra skills.  We are kicking off the new year with a unit on functions.  We will learn how to recognize a functions, learn several ways to represent a function, learn how to distinguish linear and non-linear functions, explore increasing and decreasing intervals, and learn how to sketch functions.  The test for topic 7 will be on Wednesday, January 25th for Block 4 and Thursday, January 26th for Blocks 3 and 5.
Ciske - Tracz - Moon Math update 11-30-16   11/30/2016
Alg - Chapter 6 is all about systems of linear equations.  Again, we've done some exploring with desmos.com and our Nspire CAS calculator app.  We have learned how to solve systems by graphing, substitution, and elimination.  There will be a Quiz on 6.1-6.4 on Thursday, December 8th.  Common Core has us solving word problems all the time, but after the quiz we take a day to focus even more on word problems involving systems.  After which, we will learn how to graph linear inequalities (one at a time) and then systems of linear inequalities (two or more).  The Chapter 6 Test will be on Monday, December 19th.  Have a great winter break!

8CC - Before Common Core, students would not see systems of linear equations until a traditional high school algebra course.  So if math seems more difficult during Topic 6, it's because it is more difficult.  We spent a good deal of time exploring what a system is and how a system can have one, none, or infinitely many solutions.  We are now moving on to solving systems by graphing, substitution, and elimination.  The Topic 6 Test will be on Wednesday, December 14th for Blocks 3/4 and Thursday, December 15th for Block 5.  Students should take advantage of extra help during Xblock throughout this unit and not just the days leading up to the test.  Have a great winter break!    
Ciske - Tracz - Moon Math update 10-21-16   10/21/2016
Alg - While we have been working in chapter 5, we have enjoyed some great discovery activities using desmos.com.  In one case, students were assigned partners electronically and they typed questions to each other to describe lines.  Vocabulary came out of necessity and the students enjoyed working with a student in another classroom in some cases.  We described chapter 5 in our last post and the test will be on Monday, November 7th.

8CC - Topic 5 is about proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.  Students should be able to express these relationships using tables, graphs, and equations.  We will explore slope, unit rates, intercepts, and slope-intercept form.  The topic 5 test will be on Wednesday, November 9th for Block 4, and Thursday, November 10th for Blocks 3 and 5.  Students are always encouraged to come in for Xblock help and come to the review sessions during Xblock which are held right before each test.

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