The last week of the semester we will be doing a project that involves building a gingerbread house. We will spend one day building and then at least one day doing math with it. We will find perimeter, area, surface area, volume, and more.
I am very excited about this project. I know it will be fun for the students and a great way to review important math concepts.
I need your help to make this project possible. We need graham crackers, icing, and candy. If possible, I would appreciate if these items can be donated.
Please let me know if you are able to send a box of graham crackers or a container of icing to school with your student by the end of the week. I want to make sure we have enough supplies.
42 missing in 7th Hour 11 missing in 8th Hour All assignments must be turned in by Friday to be counted for this contest. Class party will be given to the class with the least amount of missing assignments OR every class with ZERO missing assignments.
Homeroom AR Update:
21 students in our class 9 students have passed a Literacy Skills test -- THIS IS A MUST!
4 students have their AR goals --- that means 17 who have not!
If you want breakfast on Thurs, Dec 20th you'd better be READING!!!
Pre-Algebra classes just wrapped up their chapter 4 projects! This project had them producing and budgeting plays! Ask your child which play they created. Here's a look at the display currently outside Mr. Johnson's room of all of their hard work. If you're at school during the next few weeks, stop by and take a look!
I've heard a lot about people winning millions at Powerball this week...SO I devided to have a few contests in the classroom!
At the end of the quarter, if everyone in homeroom has earned their AR goal, I'll cook breakfast!! Remember, AR goals include 100% points, 85 percent correct, 2 Vocab tests, 2 Non-Fiction tests, and 1 Literacy Skills test. AR goals are due on Dec 18th.
I've counted up the missing assignments! The class with the LEAST number of missing assignments on December 17th with win a lunch party! Yes, if every class ends up with zero missing assignments, I'll be okay having 4 parties!
Keep working hard on those assignments!! If you're ever wondering what you're missing, email or Facebook me!
It is exactly 10:17 as I start this post. I have been grading I left school, with the exception of dinner and a quick trip to the grocery store. Why so much grading, you ask? Check out how many papers were turned in today!
Yep, that's a TON of corrections and missing work. I'm very glad so many were hard workers over your weekend! I have graded about 75% of these papers, and they are posted on Power School. I will finish them up tomorrow and hope to get everyone new missing assignment print outs by Wednesday.
On a different note, all quizzes have been graded as well. Check Power School for your grade. I will be giving these back tomorrow along with a slip telling you how to correct them. I still have about 10 of you who need to complete your quiz! Come see me in Homeroom!!
Now that it's 10:21, it's time for this teacher to hit the hay; she has quite a few 7th graders who will be awaiting her bright and early! :)
Kingston Parks and Recreation Department is planning a new park that will be 100
yards long and 85 yards wide.The
department recommended that trees be planted along the perimeter of the park at
equal distances from each other and as far apart as possible.How far apart can the trees be planted?
Work on corrections and missing work over break. (Use your highlighted grade sheet, yellow-corrections and pink-missing). You have lost your sheet, check Powerschool or email me!
If you have finished your quiz, your grade is posted. Here's how we'll do corrections: (Your grade will be refigured including corrections.) If your score is a 90% or above: no corrections needed. If your score is 70-89%, do the following: Pg 227 #2-22 even If your score is 69% or below do the following: Pg 227 #2-23 all (SKIP #6) All corrections are due on Monday, November 26!
equation - a math sentence that contains an equals sign (=), showing that two expressions are equal. solution - the value of the variable that makes an equation true inverse operations - operations that "undo" each other --addition/subtraction and multiplication/division equivalent equations - equations that have the same solution
Remember to always use the inverse operation to solve!!
Term- each part of expression Coefficient - numerical part of term, number in front of variable Like terms - terms with same variable Constant - terms without a variable, number only Want to watch Today's lesson from class over Simplifying Algebraic Expressions? Here it is! Enjoy!!!
Today we talked about the Distributive Property. Do you need a little more explanation?
Well, Here's a quick review! The Distributive Property is a property of numbers that ties the operation of addition (or subtraction) and multiplication together.
It says that for ANY numbers a, b and c, . For those used to multiplications without the multiplication sign, . The same property applies when there is subtraction instead of addition: a*(b-c) = a*b - a*c.
How it is used: The distributive property is used when something in parentheses ( ) is multiplied by something, or, in reverse, when you need to take some common multiplier OUT of the parentheses. Example: Taking x INTO parentheses: Taking a OUT of parentheses: .
You've read it, now how about some Khan Academy help!?!
We have wrapped up Quarter 1, and it was an awesome way to start the school year! We have now added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided fractions. We will now move on to some topics found in pre-algebra including monomials and negative exponents.
We have wrapped up Quarter 1, and it was an awesome way to start the school year! We completed our chapter 3 projects last week; the students worked with recipe servings as a group. Their entire project is on Google Drive, ask them to show it to you!
Monday, October 22:
2: No School! Pre-Algebra:
Tuesday, October 23:
2: 4A: Multiply/Divide Monomials Homework:
Pg 179 #12-36 even Pre-Algebra:
Create Smart Notebook Game to Review Fractions - partner Homework:
Wednesday, October 24: - Miss Dees Gone
2: Extra Practice with Fractions Homework: Fraction Rules Foldable; EP8 Part BC #2,4,6,8; Part D #2,4,6,8; Part A #2,4,6,8; EP9 Part D #2,4,6,8 Pre-Algebra:
Create Smart Notebook Game to Review Fractions - partner Homework:
Thursday, October 25:
2: 4B: Negative Exponents Homework: Pg 183 #14-42 even Pre-Algebra:
Create Smart Notebook Game to Review Fractions - partner Homework: Study for Test
Friday, October 26:
2: 4C: Scientific Notation Homework: Pg 187 #14-38 even Pre-Algebra:Chapter 3 Celebration of Knowledge Homework:
Remember you do NOT need common denominators for this! You just simply multiply across, then simplify.
Here's a video from the lesson 7th hour...enjoy!
Pre-Algebra: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
You MUST have common denominators. I like the "spelling book" method; this was learned in 6th grade. You then just add or subtract the numerators and simplify.
Here's a video of our lesson in class; this was the first one I'd ever done this way. It's very hard to hear the class, however it still shows our entire lesson (and you can hear my wonderful voice!) :)
Here's a quick review for adding and subtracting fractions.
Remember you have to have a common denominator. Use the "spelling book" method to do this. It is easier to use the least common denominator, by finding the least common multiple between the two fractions. Remember to also simplify your answers.
Let Khan Academy help you review:
And, today's lesson! It may be about mixed numbers, however the process is the same. Add or subtract the whole numbers, then the fractions (with common denominators) and simplify. Remember, just like when subtracting whole numbers, you may need to borrow!
Again, hear it from Mr. Khan!
Pre-Algebra: Dividing Fractions:
Remember Thursday's lesson on multiplying fractions. It was simple, multiply straight across. Numerator x Numerator and Denominator x Denominator.
Review Video from Khan Academy:
Today's lesson is on dividing fractions. This is a lot like multiplying, only you have to remember KFC (you know, like the fried chicken!). K-Keep the first fractions F-Flip the second fraction (or find the reciprocal) C- Change operation to multiplication So....you're going to be multiplying by the reciprocal every time you see division!
Perhaps you'd like to hear it straight from Mr. Khan!?
Last week rational numbers were introduced. Ask your child to tell you what rational numbers are, we're practicing on memorizing this definition. We converted between decimals and fractions and began adding and subtracting fractions.
We have begun working with rational numbers, starting with converting between fractions and decimals. We've also multiplied fractions. Ask your child what she or he can achieve that will allow them to skip their homework assignment! We will be doing a project in class soon where students need to have 3 favorite family recipes.
Monday, October 15:
Course 2: 2D: Add and Subtract Mixed Numbers Homework: Pg 155 #10-26 even Pre-Algebra: 3-4 Dividing Fractions Homework: Pg
Tuesday, October 16:
Course 2: Mid-Chapter Check Homework: Corrections/Missing Work Pre-Algebra: Finish Mid-Chapter Check Homework: Corrections/Missing Work
Last week we finished up chapter 2 about integers. Everyone worked very hard and did well on their test. As the tests get graded, grades will be entered on PowerSchool. Students can also check their Quia accounts to see their test and how they scored on each question.
We finished chapter 2 and tested over integers last week. The students are continuing to impress me with their hard work. Test grades are in PowerSchol, students have their paper test, and they may log into their Quia accounts to see their online test.
I have entered extra credit for Parent Teacher Conferences! Please check PowerSchool to make sure you received credit if you came! Students who brought their parents received 25 points extra credit. Parents who came without students earned their student 10 points extra credit. If you were unable to come to conferences, and would like to set up a time to talk please let me know, or we can conduct conferences over email. Thank you!
We will have our second Celebration of Knowledge on Friday!!! I can't wait to see how much you've learned this chapter, I know there will be a lot of celebrating! Use your study guide from class, and remember the extra credit assignment given in class is a helpful way to study!
Today in class we are learning about a career as a space weather forecaster. Someone in this career uses spacecraft, telescopes, radar, and supercomputers to monitor the sun, solar winds, and the space environment in order to forecast the weather in space.
A space weather forecaster has to take many math and science courses. If you are interested in this career, you may want to take some of these classes in high school: astronomy, earth science, calculus, physics, and chemistry.
Did you know? Magnetic storms in space can distort aircraft radio signals and navigation devices, pump extra electricity into power lines and pipelines causing blackouts and fuel leaks, and disrupt the work of satellites. In 1997, a communications satellite went dead after a coronal mass ejection, or an explosion of solar particles from the sun. As a result, television signals, telephone calls, and part of a U.S. earth-quake monitoring system were all disrupted.
Here are some interesting videos about space weather and space storms.
Monitoring Solar Storms Activity at the National Space Weather Center
(Video from Discovery Education and United Streaming)
Flare-Up: Solar Storms Caus Problems on Earth
(Video from NBC Learn)
Martian Dust Devils Orbiter Sees Stormy Weather on Mars
(Video from NBC Learn)
Lose your worksheet? Print a new one!
(They are .jpeg pictures, the only way I can link them on the blog)
Here's this week's challenge problem! Solve this problem with family or friends and bring your answer to class. Remember to turn it in (with your NAME) to the clear box in the classroom. All answers are due by the end of the school day on Friday. Good Luck and Happy Solving!!
farmer went to town to sell a truck full of apples. At his first stop, he sold 1/3 of his apples.
On the way to the next stop, he wrecked his truck and lost 1/3 of the
remaining apples. Of those he had left,
the farmer gave away 1/2 to some
children. He then had 80 apples left.
How many apples did the farmer have when he started his trip?
Last week we took a mid-chapter quiz online at quia.com/web. Have your student show you their quiz if they haven't already. We will be using this site for all tests and quizzes in the future. We also multiplied and divided integers; these rules are much easier to remember than adding and subtracting! On Thursday, we worked on corrections and missing work; when it was finished we used the blog to play games reviewing integers (you may use this as a tool to study with at home). Students with remaining corrections and missing work were instructed to complete them over the long weekend.
Last week we worked on our Chapter 2 project; it was all about high and low temperatures. Students worked together in small groups to complete this project; everyone did a great job. I am very pleased with the outcome. If you'd like to see your student's final outcome, come check out the bulletin board by Mr. Johnson's room, everything is on display there!
This Week's Homework Calendar:
Monday, October 1
Tuesday, October 2 - Miss Dees gone
C2: Integer Rules and Cartesian Cartoon HW: Finish Worksheets
PA: Integer Rules and Cartesian Cartoon
HW: Finish Worksheets
Wednesday, October 3
C2: Problem Solving in Astronomy HW: Finish Worksheet PA: 2-7 Translations HW: Pg
Thursday, October 4
C2: Test Review
HW: Corrections and Missing Work PA: Test Review HW: Corrections and Missing Work