1/21 This Week

Tuesday - Students will have their cookbooks returned to them. They will also be given time in class to make corrects and turn it back in for a higher grade. When done, they will be able to use any extra time to review for Wednesday's test.

Wednesday - Students will take the Unit 05 Fractions and Problem Solving test. This covers adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions using models, computation, and solving word problems. A study guide can be found under "Files and Documents" on the left of this post.

Thursday - Unit 5 test remediation and vocabulary review. All math remediation is done during class time. The students won't need to see me at lunch.

Friday - The vocabulary quiz is going to be postponed. I will be checking notebooks, homework, and giving extra time to practice the vocabulary words for units 3 and 4.

1/20 Late Assignments

Please turn in a printed copy of your cookbook if you did not turn it in on time. I won't have time to print late assignments. Last Thursday was the final day for me to print it out for you.

1/17 Math Must be Practiced

This week, the students were given the entire period to complete the study guide, after completing that, the students were given the rest of the time to work on their cookbooks and finish up IXL. I pushed the study guide review to today.

I will have them take notes, but they will need to review it again and complete the practice under "Multiply Fractions" in IXL. Please have them practice for this next test. It's not a difficult test, but it will be if they don't study for it. Below is the section that several students are missing.

Twice a day practice is best to move information into long-term memory, practicing at school and practicing at home. If they just practice at school, too long of a time goes by without them thinking about the concept, and they are forgetting it by the next day. They may also come in during my lunch time for extra, small group, help.

## Multiply fractions

REMINDER! Cookbooks are due tomorrow, January 17th. Cookbooks that are turned in on time are given feedback for students to make any needed corrections before being graded. Late cookbooks are accepted but just graded. Students were asked to see me at lunch for extra help.

1/16 Study Guide Changes

The study guide had a mistake. I corrected it and replaced it. Students, who didn't finish it at school, were asked if they could complete it at home so we could review it today. If they didn't complete it, they will still be reviewing it. It is a good idea for the students to print out a blank copy and take it like a test to remind themselves how each problem is done.

Parent Help

Because practice is not graded, some of them will not want to do this without your encouragement. They don't understand, at this age, that if they don't study they may end up with a bad grade on the test, which does go on the report card.

Parent Help

Several students are also not completing the IXL practice. They are given time in class but are expected to do some of the practice at home. Again, they are too young to realize that they need to study to move information into long-term memory. They understand the information when we explain it, but eventually forget how to do the problems because they didn't practice.

What to Look For on IXL

The star means it was assigned to them this school year. The 6th grade standards are what is required. I also assign seventh grade standards as additional practice as a "may do" if they complete the 6th grade content. Not everyone will get the 7th grade practice done. That's fine.

IXL Scores

They should have 90%, or higher, next to each content standard that has a gold star an it.

If they are getting between 80% and 90%, they need to come see me for additional help.

If they are getting below 80%, they need to come see me for additional help, make sure they are using their time effectively in class, and have a designated homework time and place at home.

Thank you for any help that you are able to provide. Even though these students are out of elementary school, they don't always make the best decisions when it comes to their education. They still need us to make those hard choices for them.

1/15 Study Guides

The Unit 05 Fractions and Problem Solving Study Guide has been added to "Files and Documents" on the left of this page. You will need to chose the page 2 tab to see the answer key.

Cookbooks are due, as a paper copy, on January 17th.

The benchmark test will be moved to this Friday, January 18th. If you need to print this out at school, make arrangements before the 18th.

The unit 5 test is January 23rd.

1/11 Homework Practice 1/11 - 1/18

1/10 Cookbook Project

Today, I finished going over all the content needed to complete the cookbook project. For page five, I showed them how they could use multiplication or division to reduce their recipes. They are stronger at multiplication right now, so that might be the way they want to go.

The students were given time in class to work on this project. Once a recipe is selected, the entire project takes about 45 minutes. They are welcome to work on it at home but they are given enough time at school to complete it here.

Benchmark Update

The math benchmark on Monday will only cover the 6th grade standards from units 1-4. I won't be including part of unit 5 on this benchmark. The students are encouraged to look over the study guides for units 1 through 4 to make sure they still understand the content. Please come to me with questions by tomorrow. So far, no one has questions.

1/7 The students have enough information to complete up to page five of their cookbooks. We will cover the rest of the cookbook directions on Wednesday. They may work on the cookbook at home or at school. The due date is January 17th.

Benchmark testing will take place on January 14th and will only cover the sixth grade standards from unit 1 - 4 and part of unit 5. I have asked the students to review study guides to get ready for this test.

1/4 The Cookbook Project: I have uploaded the directions to this project to the "Files and Documents" link on the left of this page. I will go over the project with the students on Monday. The due date is January 17th.

Notebook Check: Please keep up with the math notebooks. Several students are not bringing the math notebook to class or have incomplete notebooks. I keep copies on Edmodo under "Folders" at the top of the page. Click on Notebook Notes to see completed and blank notebook sheets. Each file contains several versions of the same sheet, so just print out one sheet for each section if you are missing pages or have lost your book. For now, I would chose the completed sheets to catch up.

1/3 We will be working on the following IXL practice K.1 and K.3 in class today. I'm assigning K.2 for home. Over the next two weeks, I will be assigning fraction multiplication and division practice. I'll be checking all the practices on Friday the 11th and Friday the 18th to make sure they are reviewing for their test. I'll also be posting a study guide for unit 5 and adding videos to their math camp notebook. I'll let you know when these are ready.

## Multiply fractions

1/2 Welcome back.

Remediation for Unit 4: Integer Operations is today. The retake is this Friday, so be sure to ask questions today and tomorrow.

This month, we are completing Unit 5: Fractions and Problem Solving. We have been working with fractions each week through our fantasy football project. This unit covers addition, subtraction, *multiplication, and *division of fractions and solving two-step word problems involving fractions and decimals. (SOL 6.5 *a.b.c. and SOL 7.2)

*Students must multiply and divide fractions without the use of a calculator.

12/20 When we get back from the break we will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. Have a wonderful vacation.

12/17 Today, the students took our hardest test of the year, integer operations. Congratulations to all of you who received an "A" on that test!

If you didn't, remember that the tests are just like the study guides. Please come to me with anything you don't understand before the day of a test. We will be having a retake after remediation in January.

12/16 There is only one homework assignment this week.

N.6 Add and subtract integers: input/output tables

Many of the students had trouble with this input/output tables last week, so I will be going over them again this week and giving them time to do it in class, where I can help them if they get stuck.

Please check class Dojo to help us out. Several students last week got caught using their math time to tab to something they shouldn't be on. I give them time in class to get their work done so they don't have so much to do when they get home and so I can help them. If you see "technology violation" they were not where they should have been.

A few students are also getting this type of Dojo for having their phones out. They always claim they didn't know they couldn't have it out. To be clear, they can't have their phones out at school unless we have asked them to scan something. I was also letting students read on their Kindle accounts using their phones. Because this privilege was not used correctly, I will no longer be able to do that.

12/12 I have about 10 students in third period who did not complete the study guide today. I reset the study guide and have asked if they could complete it at home so we can go over it tomorrow. I also have one student in fifth that didn't take it. Please ask your child if they completed the Unit 04 Integers Study Guide.

12/11 I will be checking these assignments at the end of the week. The students were given time in class to finish the last four.

## Operations with integers

12/11 I posted the new study guide and answer key for unit 4, under links and documents to the left of this post. The test for this unit is Monday the 17th.

12/9 On Friday, Interactive Achievement went down during third period. They were not able to enter their tests. That period will need to try again this Wednesday. I asked them to write down their answers and place them in a basket in the back of my room. I'm going to ask them to check over their work then enter their answers.

12/7 Homework for Next Week (12/10 - 12/14)

12/5 Updated Testing Dates for December

December 7th Unit 2 Test RETAKE This covers comparing fractions, decimals, and percents, and determining absolute value. The study guide is under "Files and Documents" on the left.

December 14th Unit 3 Test RETAKE This covers perfect squares, exponents, and scientific notation. The study guide is to the left of this post and the students have a code that lets them look at their tests.

December 17th (This test date was moved) Unit 4 Integer Operations This test covers addition, subtraction, multiplication , and division of integers. They students have only covered addition of integers so far. They have an IXL homework practice for addition.

12/5 Class Dojo Update

Class Dojo is a program that shows snapshots of behavior during the school day. Please contact Mr. Fletcher if you do not have access to this account. Because we have so many students in middle school, Class Dojo is the fastest way to inform you on how your child's day went.

However, it can be confusing to see "off task" and minutes later, "responsibility". So, I wanted to explain how that type of situation could happen. If someone is interrupting instruction, off task, or receives a technology violation, they could still receive responsibility, hard working, or participation the next time I do a behavior check. They could also receive whole class respect for sitting quietly during an announcement. Please talk to them about their Dojo if you see that they have lost some and contact me through e-mail, not the Dojo program, if you want more clarification.

12/3 Please check Parent Portal this week. I put in the test grades today and they will update on your end in 24 hours. Many of the students who were having trouble last quarter are doing much better, however, many of the students who were getting good grades last quarter are now having trouble. If you see a grade drop, please ask your child if they are completing the study guide that I send home and if they are asking me questions about anything they don't understand. They are welcome to e-mail me, even on the weekend.

We will be going over each question on the test tomorrow. I'll be asking students to write down their review codes so you could take a look at their tests.

11/30 We will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers in unit 4. This covers SOL 6.6abc and 7.2 soling practical problems involving operations with rational numbers. We will also cover properties of real numbers. These are listed under Unit 4 in the Mathcamp notebook. Students get to this through Edmodo. Just click on the owl.

11/26 The students took a unit 3 study guide assessment I.A. today. This covered SOL 6.4 and 7.1abd. They were given their codes to go back in and look at what they answered and the correct answers. They were also given a blank paper copy of the study guide to take home. The test will be given Monday, December 3rd. Please study this study guide for homework this week. If there are any problems the students are still unsure of, please have them let me know by Thursday morning.

11/26 When we return from break, students will be given a study guide for Unit 3: Exponents and Scientific Notation. This covers SOL 6.4 and 7.1abd. We also need to take a test retake on Unit 2: Number Sense. This covered SOL 6.2, 6.3, and 7.1ce. Students who score higher on the retake will have their original grades replaced.

11/19 Today, we completed the green homework sheet in class for first and fifth periods. Third period will need to finish it up after the field trip tomorrow. We are writing numbers in scientific notation, fixing numbers that are incorrectly written in scientific notation, and writing scientific notation in standard form. This is a 7th grade standard that will be testing after the break. A test date is not set. The students will be getting a study guide to practice and review with me before we take the test.

Because it is a short week, we will not be working on our fantasy football project this week.

11/16 We did not have enough time to start the vocabulary quiz today. We will try again on Monday. Homework this coming week is on a green sheet of paper that will be coming home today for students who would like to get it done early.

11/14 The students took a unit 1 vocabulary quiz on ratios and proportions today. We had some technology problems that prevented students from completing the quiz and several students did not study the correct list of words. The Quizziz program is open. I'm going to let the students use it to study and try again on Friday.

Mathcamp for Vocabulary Words

To clarify, the quiz will cover vocabulary and concepts from our first unit. The best place to find the updated word list is on Mathcamp, the online notebook. The list in their interactive notebook is old and does not have all the words. Please scroll to the bottom of the page in Unit 1: Ratios and Proportions to find these vocabulary words. Mathcamp is a link in Edmodo. You should see a picture of an owl next to the link. I keep it at the top of the Edmodo page.

Quizlet to Study Vocabulary Words

The students have been asked to copy these to Quizlet to help them study. Your child should have word lists in Quizlet for unit 1 and 2. We create these together, in class, as I explain each definition. However, if they have been pulled out of class or are absent, they might be missing a list. The words and definitions can be copied from Mathcamp.

11/13 This week, students are continuing to learn and practice content from Unit 3, Exponents and Scientific Notation. This standard covers SOL 6.4 and SOL 7.1a,b,d. We will also be retaking the unit 1 vocabulary quiz. The students have been practicing these words using Quizlet. There are also copies of these words in their notebook and on Mathcamp, their online notebook.

11/9 Students have learned to use a calculator to evaluate numbers with positive and negative exponents. We will review this lesson next week and continue to discuss scientific notation. The following IXL assignments may be completed with a calculator. (We will need to cover these in class next week.)

D.4 Exponents with decimal bases

D.7 Evaluate negative exponents

11/7 This week, we we finish reviewing the I.A. Unit 2 Number Sense. Students will be able to bring up their own test to see what they answered while we go over the problems. First period has already completed this. Each test is given a review code. I asked students to write their code in their agendas so parents could look over the test if they wished to do so. Not everyone brings their agenda to class, so I found a few codes left on their desks at the end of the day. If your child didn't bring home the code, just ask them to come to me, and I will give it to them again.

Today, we are continuing to talk about exponents and will be building perfect squares out of tiles and discussing how to find the square root of a perfect square.

I will be going over the football project between today and again on Friday. This will be a transition week for our project, so the week will not be added to the report card until I'm sure everyone understands the changes. Over the next eight weeks, the project will be completed using an equation. The spreadsheet they were using before was getting them ready for equations.

I also edited my 11/6 post to include vocabulary as a formative assessment. I felt that 20% was too high for projects alone. We will be drilling vocabulary over the next couple of weeks. I will give them a word list to take home. I will give them time in school to complete their Quizlet flashcards for each unit. They should have two sets already. Quizlet can also be practiced at home but they will be given time to practice at school.

11/6 In an effort to keep grading consistent, the 6th grade grading policy was changed. Before the grading changes, math tests were over 90% of a students grade and the projects were under 10%. With the new grading policy, the math tests will be 80% and the projects and vocabulary 20%.

11/2 The students completed their second unit test. The report card will be mailed out, but the first quarter grade can still change. Once they take the retake, I can go back and update the first quarter.

10/29 The students took a quick check today as quiz for our test on Wednesday. I gave them passwords to log in from home to look at what they answered and the correct answers. We will also be going over it again tomorrow.

10/28 IXL Homework

## Exponents and square roots

10/24 Parents, I have a lost and found in my class that is full of jackets and hoodies. If your child is missing clothing, please have them check my lost and found.

10/22 We were able to schedule the unit test for Wednesday, October 31st. Also, this Wednesday, October 24, is the retake on our first unit, involving ratios and proportions.

10/21 This week, we are finishing up Unit 2: Number Sense. The study guide and answer key have been added to "Files and Documents" on the left of this page. The fill in the blank areas of some of the questions will already be filled it. That is just what the program does. However, when the students take the study guide on I.A. those areas will be blank.

10/20 Students will be retaking Unit 1: Ratios and Proportions on Wednesday, October 24th. The higher grade will be given.

10/19 IXL Practice

10/11 IXL Practice

S.1 What percentage is illustrated?

S.4 Compare percents and fractions: word problems

The next part of this unit covers understanding integers, ordering them, and absolute value. I'll have students take notes in their notebooks on the new content. I'm still teaching this content, so the students might not be able to start M.1 - M.6 until next week. However, I still marked it in IXL so they will know what we will be doing for practice.

10/5 IXL Practice

10/1 This week, we will be reviewing the last test and starting a new unit. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be showing students how to bring up their Unit 1, Ratios and Probability tests. They will be able to see what they chose while we cover the review. Retakes are required for students who received a "C" or lower on any section of the test. They will only need to retake the section that they missed. Math builds on itself, so I don't want anyone to have a shaky understanding of these concepts. It would just make the next standard more difficult to understand.

Also, please check your child's practice assignments in IXL. I have some students who are not putting in enough practice to pass these tests. When a student falls behind, that person will need to work harder than everyone else to catch up, not less.

Unit 2, Number Sense, covers SOL 6.2, equivalencies among fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents, SOL 6.3, identifying and ordering integers, and describing absolute value of integers, and 7.1, compare and order rational numbers.

9/30 Homework 10/1 - 10/5

The following concepts were reviewed during the first two weeks of school. We have also been practicing I.3 and I.4 during our football project. I would suggest doing those two first.

**I will review the other standards on Monday and have them copy examples into their notebooks.**

The IXL practice is in the left column, near the bottom. You already did one of these at the beginning of the school year. That is 1/5 of your practice completed!

## Fractions and mixed numbers

9/29 Homework Changes

Not all "homework" is done at home. The students have time to work on it at school. That way, I can get them started and I'm right there if they have questions. I will also have the students write examples of how to do the IXL assignments in their notebooks. That was a parent idea. Thank you for the feedback!

Grading Homework

The practices are all review. I assign them on Friday and give them a week to complete usually three to four at 90% . However, if they can't get to 90%, I ask that they get to 80% because that will give them a "B" in the grade book. It doesn't directly count against their grades. However, if they don't practice, they don't retain the information and will not preform as well on their tests.

Unit 1 Ratios and Proportions Test in the Grade Book

The students took a five part test covering SOL 6.1 Rations and SOL 6.12abcd Proportions. It will show up as five different grades in the grade book. That way, we can see what exactly the students know or are struggling with and can specifically re-mediate and retest on just those areas. So, if your child received four "Bs" and one "D", they would only need to retest on the section they missed. Also, I will only change the grade if they get a higher score; If they have a "C" and retest, they will keep that "C" or it will be averaged to a higher grade.

9/28 Please ask your children if they are using the transitioning time between classes to use the restroom. I encourage them to go before class, but I still let them leave during class. However, today was actually a problem for fifth period. I can't remember ever having a student leave during a test review. Today, I must have had over a dozen that walked out during the review. I really can't think of a worse time to leave class. All we can do is to remind them to go before class and stress the importance of doing well on their tests.

9/27 It takes awhile to get through all the math instruction before giving the first test in math, but we made it. The test is tomorrow. On testing days, I don't do lunch bunch. The students all know to ask all of their questions before tomorrow. Tonight, I will still be checking my e-mail for questions, but tomorrow the students must preform on their own.

9/26 Today, we went over every question that was on yesterday's quick check on SOL 6.12, proportions. This took a little longer in my third period class. We also worked on the study guide. Because third period spent more time going over the quick check, not all of the students completed the study guide. To study for the test on Friday, they really need to finish that. There were only 10 questions.

I keep a copy under "Files and Documents" to the left of this post. The students also have a copy in their notebooks and it's on the I.A. testing system. Because the study guide is not a graded assignment, they may finish completing it online and in their notebooks from home.

Tomorrow, we will be going over every question that is on that study guide. So, if a student is stuck on a question, just have them bring their questions in and we will answer them.

9/25 Test grades are what is most important; the quick check just let us know what they need help with. The weight of the quick checks are only 5% of a grade. I did this to prevent the little quizzes from hurting their math grades. The students haven't taken their first test yet. The first test is this Friday.

9/24 I have had some parents and students asking about late assignments. I accept late assignments for full credit. I will just need enough time to grade the assignments before the end of each grading period, usually a few days.

I will also be updating the homework grades. All IXL practice assignments must be completed before each unit test.

9/23 We are completing our last week of Unit 1: Ratios and Proportions. I have included a study guide under "Files and Documents" to the left of this post. One file contains a blank copy of the study guide and the other contains the study guide with the answers marked. This is an example of exactly what the test will be like. I will be giving the Unit test this Friday the 28th. There are some graphs on the study guide that I will cover with them on Monday. Everything else has been covered, we are just reviewing.

Here is the IXL homework for this week:

9/18 I will be giving a growth assessment this Friday. It isn't something the students need to study for. I will be using it to guide instruction. It is not graded.

9/16 This week, we will continue to study unit rates and proportional relationships. We are still in Unit 1, covering SOL 6.1, 6.12, Ratios and Proportions.

You should the first grades by Wednesday. The grade for

*IXL math practice*will let you know if they are completing the homework assignments with a 90% or higher proficiency. The purpose of this grade is to pass on information. It will not change their grades. Please click on this grade for more details about your child.

The other grade, you will see this week, is called a

*quick check*. Quick check grades are so small, they are not even quizzes. These are only worth 5% of a grade. They are also used to pass on information.

E-mail me if you have questions. That is the best way to contact me. nelsonka@pwcs.edu

Please do not contact me by using the link in Parent Portal. It glitches.

9/15 This week's homework practice is:

9/9 This week, the students will be working on their fantasy football math calculations, reinforcing ratios, equivalent fractions, fraction addition and subtraction, front-end estimating, and problem solving. They do not need to watch football games to work on this project. I provide them with box scores.

We will also be continuing instruction and practice for Unit 1: Ratios and Proportions. This covers SOL 6.1 and 6.12. I detailed description of these standards are found by scrolling to the bottom of the unit notes, in the students' online notebook. Please have them access this for you through their Edmodo accounts.

Edmodo

9/9 Did you know that the students have an online notebook?

They access it through their Edmodo accounts. The videos attached to their notebook are very short and support what I have been teaching them in class. It would be helpful if you had your child watch the related video before having them start their IXL homework assignment, each night. This means that some nights they will be watching the same videos over again. That is okay; It will help move the information into long-term memory.

9/8 Having trouble with last week's homework? Watch this video and then come see me for a lunch bunch. I would love to discuss it again.

Mixed Numbers

9/8 Math Practice at Home

Here is your new homework assignment from IXL. Please practice each night.

## Ratios and rates

9/5 Wednesday is a notebook day. Please make sure your child brings a hardcover composition book to school. We will be gluing in our notes.

9/4 Tuesday is Draft Day! The students have made wish lists and will be choosing their players. I will be providing the students with box scores during the football season. It is not need to find this information.

This week, we begin Unit 1: Ratios and Proportions. This unit covers SOL 6.1, representing a relationship between to quantities using ratio notation (a/b, a:b, a to b). It also covers SOL 6.12, making a table of equivalent ratios to represent a proportional relationship, identifying a unit rate, determining a missing value in a ratio table, and determining whether a proportional relationship exists in verbal descriptions, ratio tables, and graphs.

9/3 - Math Practice at Home

Last week's homework assignment is due Wednesday morning, September 5th.

Please check that they have completed those two IXL assignments with a score of 90% or higher. If there is a reason they are unable to complete this assignment, please let me know.

8/30 - Math Practice at Home

Tomorrow, the students will be received their IXL passwords. I will be starting the following practice in class. They will need to complete these with 90% accuracy. Please have them show you this assignment. If they haven't completed it at 90% they will need to see me for a lunch bunch or complete it at home.

I.9 Convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers

J.6 Add and subtract mixed numbers

8/27 - The Virginia standards for mathematics have changed this year. I will be posting those new standards here each week to let you know what the students will be covering.

This week, we will be reviewing some fifth grade content, learning the middle school routines, and discussing respect, what it means and what is expected of a middle school students.

For review will discuss equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, and turning an improper fraction into a mixed number and back to an improper fraction. We will also review addition and subtraction of fractions. It sounds like a lot but it's all review. If they have trouble with anything we will take more time next week.