Welcome back from our Snow Week!
It’s time to get back in the swing of learning and I would like to make sure you’re ready to tackle the week ahead. Here is what each grade level is working on:
Students are continuing their review of converting and simplifying fractions. Towards the latter portion of this week students will take a short review quiz on this topic. Here are examples of what students will be assessed on:
Simplifying fractions example:
Converting Fractions examples:
Students have reviewing finding the unit rate and solving two-step equations. This week they will be completing their “Unit Rate Inquiry Lab + practice”. We will continue practicing this skill. To review how to find the unit rate please refer to the following video:
Continuing with where we left off last semester, students have been solving two-step equations with whole numbers only. Towards the latter portion of the week, students will take a short bellringer quiz on solving two-step equations. Here is an example of what they need to know:
Students have been reviewing simplifying exponential expressions using the properties of exponents. They have received a foldable with the 6 properties of exponents, please review these at home as it can be tough to remember. The more you practice these types of the problems, the easier it will be to recognize the property being used. Here is the properties of exponents document attached: Exponent_Rules_Practice-1ixr3dz
Here is a helpful video to assist with this skill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt2fdy3zrZU
Students have been practicing these skills with three assignments, please insure that these assignments are being completed for understanding.
In addition to the work that we have been doing in the class, students have begun working in “Dreambox” , an online math program that continuously assesses students to present them with targeted math lessons. Dreambox technology tracks each student interaction and evaluates the strategies used to solve problems. We will be working in Dreambox one class session per week, however, please encourage your child to work in Dreambox at home for a few minutes each day. With that said, the program is designed for students to work independently so that it can continually adjust to fit their specific math needs. Therefore, when your child is working at home, please make sure they are not using calculators or receiving too much assistance to complete math problems, they can use scratch paper. Essentially, all their “work” should be done in Dreambox so that Dreambox can have a true depiction of their progress and adjust to their learning. However, feel free to help them navigate this new program as there is a learning curve involved. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 5 lessons and log at least 60 minutes of active practice each week for a 50 point grade.
The login for students is their lunch number (username and password).
Here is the Dreambox link: http://play.dreambox.com/login/xe2y/fkzz
Parents, you can create a free parent account to track your child’s progress, download the directions here: https://play.dreambox.com/teachers/pdf_login_info?cid=1293684
Dreambox helpful hints:
- Be okay with mistakes. As long as students complete lessons, DreamBox will be able to assess their comprehension and adapt.
- Work independently. Helping a student through a lesson can progress them beyond their current abilities and lead to frustration.
- Only use the virtual manipulatives. DreamBox lessons are designed for students to think through problems without the use of pencil and paper.
- Use the help/hint button when needed.
- Use headphones with the volume on.
I know this was lot so thank you for reading and please contact me if you have any questions! 🙂 Have a wonderful week!