Apologies for the break in updates! December flew by very quickly! Somehow, it's already the year 2020 and we are half way through the school year...
As a reminder, students should be bringing home graded papers to show you! They can complete corrections on any paper to earn up to 1/2 credit back (homework, quizzes, tests, etc.). They should also be charging their chromebooks at home on a regular basis. Try to find a specific spot and set up a routine for checking/charging those devices. We are still having a number of chromebooks dying during class, so please make it a priority to talk with your student about this. For the month of January, we are also starting a math homework competition between the classes. Some information was shared with students today, but more will be shared as we start the challenge of accumulating less missing work!
This week in math, we have formed new groups and are working on some mathematical practice standards in our teams. On Monday, we looked at some of the top skills employers are looking for when hiring and connected those to the eight different math practice standards, which are the same for all grades K-12. We discussed the importance of those standards/skills and how we use them every day, not just in math class! Tuesday was spent reviewing the math practice standards, as well as using them to complete a team counter arrangement challenge. For homework, the students will be reflecting on their use of the math practice standards, as well as which ones are strengths and weaknesses. Wednesday will be spent continuing our standards practice with a team puzzle investigator problem, designed to push their collaboration and communication. Thursday and Friday this week will be spent covering graphing on a four-quadrant graph, which was covered very briefly before break. This week, they will have homework on Tuesday (Math Practice Reflection worksheet), Wednesday (Puzzle Investigator Problem Reflection worksheet), and Thursday (graphing worksheet). We will start chapter four next week.
Struggling to help your student with homework??? Take advantage of CPM's Homework Help page! We spent time going over this a lot at the very beginning of the year, but some need a refresher! Almost all math homework assignments come from CPM, and CPM has homework help for each problem. Simply find the homework probelm (all on their textbook page!), click on the homework help link, and hints will come up for that problem. Some problems even give you a bonus hint/help! You can also access the Homework Help using the Website Links here on my website. There are also resources available for parents under the CPM (Math) Parent Resources page! These are updated every chapter to help parents with our math concepts!
This week in social studies we reviewing our Greece unit and continuing on with Alexander the Great! We will be focusing on how Alexander the Great built his empire. Our final lesson over Greece will begin next week and cover the legacy of ancient Greece.
Have a wonderful week!