Happy New Year! Can you believe its 2020? The year of reflection. I am have been reflecting on my teaching, classroom management, and just the first part of this school year in general. I am preparing, and hoping, for increased learning and responsibility not only for myself, but also for the students. Welcome to the second semester of 6th grade!
Things to Know:
– Most student will see a change in their schedule in regards to connections. Students will receive their schedules on Monday, our first day back from break. Students may only get a change of schedule on this first day is there is a duplicate class or a mistake. All other students with a desire to change classes that they do no prefer, must email our scheduling administrator, Ms. Kacie Phipps at Kacie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be no tutoring this Tuesday. I will not be at school until about 10:45 a.m. My daughter is participating in a spelling bee and I will be present there. We will resume tutoring on Tuesday, January 13th. Please know that there is tutoring available in the 8th grade computer lab also from 7:45-8:45. Students must have something that they are working on as the teachers there will not provide them with work.
-Students that have earned the Cool Cat Party will participate in this during their connections time on Friday! Students must have 100 points and not have any suspensions (school or bus) starting 10/4 until the party on Friday! Congrats to all students that made it!
-Students that did not complete their Math Inventory or Reading Inventory will be pulled from class to complete this before the end of the week. Please encourage your child to do his/her best on this assessment of their math and reading progress.
What are we learning?
Days 1 and 2 – Students will review the Order of Operations and exponents that were taught before the break. Students will work in different stations around the room to complete different tasks related to these concepts. These activities will take 2 class periods. Students will be graded on the assignments in order to keep them accountable for using their time wisely.
Day 3 – Students will learn about the different parts of algebraic expressions (mathematical sentences that do not have equal signs, but have VARIABLES, NUMBERS, and OPERATIONS). Students will begin to familiarize themselves with these terms that are crucial to their understanding of algebra. Students will be working on different activities to help them explore and interact with these concepts.
This week students have a summative test on the following days:
Period 1: Tuesday
Periods 2, 3, and 4 : Wednesday
Period 5: Thursday
This is what we’re learning this week:
Day 1 Students will learn about exponents (repeated multiplication) and how to use them. Students will be using exponents in Order of Operations and expressions, but we want to get a good handle on them before adding them into the mix of other operations and numbers. Please review the videos below for an understanding of exponents.
Day 2 Students will take their Unit 6 Assessment on Statistics. Students will need to turn in their study guides on this day. Students had a week to study for the test.
Day 3 – Students will be taking their Math Inventory Assessment in the computer lab on their Day 3 of math. Students do not need to prepare for this. This is a just a measure of their progress during the school year. Students may pre-view the following video to help them prepare for expressions. We will focus on expressions next week.
Next week is Thanksgiving Break! All Cobb County school will be closed from 11/25 to 11/29. Please enjoy some well-deserved time with family and friends.
Students should be working on their science projects. Students will need the data that they’ve collected to be able to created a graphic representation of their findings. Students will be working on the data component in class with me on Monday (Periods 1, 2, and 3) or Tuesday (Periods 4 and 5).
Day 1 – Students will work on turning their data for the science project into a representation that is easily interpreted (bar graph, line graph, dot plot, pictograph, etc.). Students will also be working on learning about histograms. This is a carryover from last week.
Day 2 – Students will continue to work on histograms and will add box and whisker plots to their learning.
Day 3 – Students will have a quiz over their understanding of the following concepts: statistical questions, variability, measures of center (mean, mode, and median), and range. Please review the previous videos on the blog to help your child review. This will be a quiz. There will not be a study guide provided for it since it is not a unit test.
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This week we will be learning about taking data and representing it in different ways. This should help students to work on their data representation that they’ll need for their science fair projects that are due soon. See Ms. Sprinkle’s blog for additional science fair project information.
We will work on dot plots (students learned about line plots in 4th and 5th grades). They are very similar and the only difference is the use of dots versus xs. Students will create dot plots using real world data.
Students will also learn about histograms. This type or representation of data is new to students. This is their first time encountering them. Please have your child watch the video below to help them learn about histograms. This data is a less specific to show data.
Lastly, students may learn about box plots (possibly being this week) or next week. Please watch the video below to find out about box plots (great for spread and median). The box and whisker plot is a little more involved than the others.
This week students have been working on how to analyze data with measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode) and also looking at range. Please use these resources below to help practice. This will helps students with their science projects that are due in their science classes soon.