At the end of the week, students will be taking a writing pre-assessment, so that we can assess students' argumentative writing skills at the beginning of 8th grade. Next week, we will begin our Human Rights unit and read non-fiction articles to launch the unit.
This week we began working on Chapter 5 which focuses on linear equations. Students are learning about different forms of writing linear equations and the meaning of slope and intercepts. Our mid-chapter quiz will be on Friday, February 26th.
We have flipped the classroom! In short, a “flipped classroom” switches around the traditional order of teaching with the purpose of creating a more in depth and supportive environment in the classroom when the teacher is present and able to help students. It allows for students to receive a more individualized math education where my actual face-to-face time with them is being used effectively. This results in them understanding the content at a higher and deeper level than before. In addition, it challenges students to learn how to take charge of their learning and manage their time, becoming resourceful learners. Lastly, it provides time for more “Higher-Order Thinking” discussion and questioning during class time, helping students to become reflective communicators and to think more deeply about the subject.
Monday: Lesson 3-8: Unions and Intersections of Sets
Wednesday: Chapter 3 Review
Thursday: Chapter 3 Test
Friday: Begin Chapter 4 on Functions
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.
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.
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!
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.
8CC - We just completed our unit on exponents. We made "Exponent Foldables" to use as a study tool for all 7 of the exponent properties. We are now starting Topic 5, which offers several lessons on scientific notation. Students should not only be able to convert between standard form and scientific notation, but they should be developing a solid number sense around very large and very small numbers. The unit culminates with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers in scientific notation. The test on all of these skills will be on Friday 10/14 for Blocks 3 and 4, and Monday 10/17 for Block 5.