*HERE* is the End of Mod 5 Study Guide Ans Key. Test on Thurs 5/23!
*UPDATE* See right side of page for Sign Up Genius links for our 7th Grade End of Year Breakfast and Ice Cream Social! We are only asking that you contribute to one event (if you are able). Thank you in advance!
Hello! Three more weeks left! We begin this week with our 7th Grade Service Learning Field Trip to Akridge Scout Reservation where students will be learning about community involvement and how to be a good citizen. Students will also get a chance to help the environment and get their hands dirty by planting some trees!
This week we will also have our End of Module 5 test. Please click HERE for the study guide. This will be our last Eureka module test for the year. We will continue with our curriculum in Module 6, however we will only have one quiz on Module 6 material (The beginning of Module 6 focuses on angles and types of triangles) There will also be a final extra credit assignment for the year. This will be made available to students either late this week or early next week.
Upcoming Events/Important Dates:
Fri 5/24 - Ice Cream Truck
N.U.T. Day - Decades ($2)
Upper School Gathering
Mon 5/27 - Memorial Day (No School)
Tues 5/28 - Field Day
Thurs 5/30 - TM3 Grades Due
Have a wonderful week!
Hello! This week, classes 2 and 3 will be completing their Math PT test and then will be focusing on preparing for the upcoming Post-Test! The Post-Test is a paper test (created by the state) that will be a measurement of how much each student has grown this year. It will also be used as a final for 7th Grade math and will reflect on each student's TM3 grade report. As with other cumulative tests, everything we have done this year is fair game. We have been completing many review activities in class, in addition to our daily warm-ups that have helped students remember key topics and identify areas of weakness that they need to focus on.
Our End of Module 5 test will most likely be next week due to all the other testing we have going on this week. Students can expect one additional quiz before grades are due at the end of the month.
Don't forget, if you haven't turned them in yet, Service Learning field trip permission forms are due by Friday! We are looking for 2-3 parent chaperones who would like to attend as well.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and mothers-to-be out there!
Wed 5/15 - PCA Pride Day (free)
Mon 5/20 - 7th Grade Service Learning Field Trip
We are in the midst of testing season here at school! Students began CAT (Computer Adaptive Testing) testing for Math last week and on Friday they will begin the Performance Task (PT) portion of the Smarter Balanced Test. Also coming up is our Post-Test (final) for the year. This will take place in the classroom on Friday, 5/17. Students will be allowed to use a calculator for the Post-Test. All the material we have reviewed this year is fair game. Any materials students have from this year including graded assessments, exit tickets, INB, workbook, warm-ups etc. are excellent tools to use to study from. They may also find going onto Khan Academy or Moby helpful as well.
This week in class we will continue to complete review-style activities and will also be taking a notebook quiz. Please ensure your notebook is up-to-date!
The Quizizz code for this week is 884492. It is a review of 7th grade math skills. As always, it will be due on Thursday night at 11:45 p.m. This is excellent review for upcoming testing!
On Monday, May 20, the 7th graders will be participating in a Service Learning field trip at Akridge Scout Reservation in Dover. They will be planting trees and learning about citizenship skills. Please ensure permission forms are signed and returned to school as soon as possible.
This Friday, 5/10 is a N.U.T. Day (to support Athletics)!
Have a great week!
Be sure to check out progress reports that went home with students today, Thurs 5/2!
Click HERE for Test Taking Tips/Strategies we reviewed in class today (also page 116 in INB).
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Spring Break! This week we begin our Smarter Balanced CAT testing for MATH! Mr. Persinger's homeroom begins on Wed. 5/1, followed by my homeroom on Thurs. 5/2 and finally Mrs. Davis's homeroom on Fri. 5/3. All classes will be testing from 10:30 - 12:30. Please ensure you are getting lots of rest this week and eat a healthy breakfast! I am so proud of all my students this year for how much they have grown and this is an opportunity to show that! For some students however, the mere word, "test" brings up anxious thoughts. Check out THIS website for some helpful test-taking tips. Step #1 talks about being prepared. What we have been doing all year is part of the prep for the test and the other part is ensuring students are familiar with the testing format (types of questions - multiple choice, short answer, click and drag, matching, etc.) along with the tools (Desmos calculator, strikethrough option, mark for review etc.). Part of this practice is done in the classroom and part can be done at home. The Performance Task portion part of the test will be completed on 5/10, 5/13 and 5/14. Click HERE for practice questions and if you scroll to the bottom of the page, there is an answer key for the practice test as well as the Desmos calculator.
Since we are testing this week, there will be no other assessments in math class. We will continue with our discussion of Sampling Variability (Lessons 17 and 18) and why we want sampling variability to be small. We saw an example of this when we selected random digits from a table and used these to find a random sampling of gym duration times from a table of 800 samples. The more samples each student took before finding their average, the less the spread (range) of the class averages. The data got closer and closer together. Time and money are often two constraints that limit how many random samples we can take, however we have found that the more we take, the more accurate the sample mean is in regards to the population mean.
Here are some review videos that you may find helpful:
Review video on descriptive statistical terms
Example of finding the median in a histogram
Review of impact of sample size on sampling variability
Don't forget, Interim Progress reports go home with students this Thursday. Please ensure envelopes are signed and returned to school as soon as possible.
Have a great week!
Well, we made it to the last week before Spring Break! Spring Break begins this Friday, 4/19. Students will return to school on Monday, 4/29. We will begin our first round of Smarter Balanced testing for math the week we come back from Spring Break. Please be sure to get lots of practice on the Smarter Balanced practice website HERE.
This week in math class we will continue our discussion of sampling, both the why (surveying or collecting data from the entire population is oftentimes too time consuming and/or expensive) and the how (asking every 5th student from a random list of all students in the school versus the students in the lunchroom at 10:30 on a given day, for example).
We will be having a QUIZ on Tuesday on this topic (focusing on Lessons 13 & 14).
We have discussed random samples and what can make a sample biased. We found that even when we thought we were generating random samples, we inherently add bias and can skew the results if we are not careful. This was evident in our "Casey at the Bat" activity from Lesson 14. Students were asked to pick 8 random words from the poem and then find the average word length. Words were then generated by drawing numbers from a bag to identify which word to select. This latter method resulted in a closer average word length to the true value than did the first method. Students had various reasons for selecting the words they did, but many times it was not based on randomness (they may have picked "long" words, "interesting" words or words relating to baseball). We will continue our discussion of sampling into the next few lessons and will also talk about sampling variability (what can make one random sample set differ from another even if both are truly "random").
The Quizizz code for this week is the same as last (I extended due to testing). Please be sure to finish by Thursday night. Code is 188351.
All grades for Interim Progress reports are due by Thurs. and students will be receiving progress reports in Thursday folders on Thurs 5/2.
Have a good week!
Hello! This week we will kick things off with a day of review of Mid Mod 5 material in preparation for our upcoming Mid Module 5 Test on Tuesday. We will also have a short quiz on Compound Probability. Here are some resources to check out if you need some more help on these topics:
Compound Probability (cards)
Compound Probability (using a table)
I came across this website (sponsored by PBS) that has a range of short videos that tie into various common core mathematical standards for middle school. Check it out HERE.
State testing for ELA will pick up again on Thursday and end on Monday. As with last week, this will impact schedules for all classes on those days. Math state testing is right around the corner - beginning on May 1st! Please ensure students are continuing to practice using the links previously provided (also HERE).
Quizizz code for this week is 188351. Topic is a review of Geometry of 3-D shapes and is due on Thursday night.
Thurs 3/18 - IPR3 Ends (Progress Report grades)
Thurs 3/18 - PCA Pride Day
Fri 3/19 - Spring Break begins
Thurs 5/2 - Progress Reports go home with students
Have a great week!
Here is the Mid Mod 5 Study Guide Ans Key.
Also, here is some additional practice for the upcoming test on Tuesday.
April is finally here! Last week in math class, students tested out their basketball skills as they attempted to make as many baskets as possible out of a possible 20 attempts (between them and a partner). They then illustrated the probability of making and missing a basket on a tree diagram. Students did a great job, learned quite a bit about tree diagrams and had some fun in the process!
This week we will be finishing up the beginning of Module 5 (through Lesson 12) and preparing for the Mid Mod 5 test.
Quizizz this week will be on Probability and is due Thurs. night. Code is 627879.
State testing for ELA begins this week so that will impact students' schedules for all classes.
Don't forget, BOGO Book Fair is this week!
Have a great week everyone!
Greetings! I'm sorry for the late post this week -- I was having technical difficulties with the website! This week we are wrapping up our review of percents (many students needed extra practice since we ended Module 4) and we are continuing with Module 5 lessons on Probability. We have used many experiments involving cubes in a bag, flipping cups, coins and rolling a die to simulate experimental probabilities. We have also started talking about how experimental probabilities (what you actually get) can differ from theoretical probabilities (what you think you will get). We've used the example of tossing a coin 10 times to illustrate the difference between the two. If you toss a coin, you may get 8 heads and 2 tails. Your experimental probability of getting a heads is 8/10, or 80%. In theory though you would have expected it to be 5/10, or 50%. This is what's called a Theoretical Probability.
This week we will finish up lessons 7, 8 and 12 and will be looking at our next module test most likely early next week. Here is the Mid Mod 5 Study Guide. We will also be having a notebook quiz later this week. Be sure to check out the updated INB Pictures. Please note the additions that were made on pages 80, 81 and 87. Pages 80 and 81 were only handed out in Class 2.
Here is a link for additional review on Tree Diagrams. Students learned about these in lessons 6 & 7. They are a helpful tool to organize outcomes and accurately calculate probabilities.
Students should continue to practice using the Smarter Balanced website. We will be testing the first 2 weeks in May (one session is the CAT portion and the other is the PT portion). Here is the link for the practice tests, calculator and answer keys (scoring rubric). Practicing for just 10-15 min per night can make a huge difference in reducing a student's anxiety and allowing them to show what they know when test day comes.
Mar 29 - PCA Pride Day
Apr 1 - 5 - Book Fair
Next week also begins state testing for ELA. Please ensure your student is getting plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast to be able to do their best!
Have a great week!
Hello! Last week we had such a great day during our Pi Day celebration! Students created a Pi banner, participated in a Scavenger Hunt and also many Pi-themed review activities. Thank you to all those who brought in goodies for students to enjoy. The pies/cakes/cookies were delicious!
Last week we also began Module 5 on Statistics and Probability. This week we will continue by finishing up Lesson 2 - Estimating Probabilities by Collecting Data. We talked about the Probability Scale which ranges from 0 - 1 or 0% - 100%. 0 or 0% represents impossible events, while 1 or 100% represents certain events. Flipping a coin and getting heads, for example would represent and Equally Likely outcome (0.5 or 50%).
Last week we also practiced using spinners to generate data from which to estimate probabilities.
To be covered this week...
Lesson 3 & 4 - Chance Experiments with Equally Likely Outcomes
Lesson 5 - Chance Experiments with Outcomes That Are Not Equally Likely
Lesson 6 - Using Tree Diagrams to Represent a Sample Space
Here is a great video overview of Probability that students can view to reinforce what we are learning in class.
A few other "basics" of probability that will be important for students to learn...
Experimental vs Theoretical Probability (click here for another explanation)
What is an Outcome? Sample Space? and other definitions
How to determine Probability using "or" & "and"
What is a Tree Diagram?
This week's Quizizz code is 753302. It is a review of percents. Don't forget to complete by Thursday night!
Happenings this week:
Honor Roll Assembly - Wed. at 10:50.
Rock Your Socks Day - Thurs. 3/21
Twin Day - Fri. 3/22
Book Fair - Week of April 1st
Have a great week!
Greetings! This week marks the start of the 3rd trimester and we will kick it off by beginning the final portion of our End of Module 4 test (Calculators allowed :-) ). We will be starting Module 5 this week which covers Statistics and Probability with discussion of Chance Experiments, Outcomes and creation of Tree Diagrams. We will be using a lot of probability models such a dice, spinners and cards to simulate various experiments and understanding the difference between equally likely, impossible and certain outcomes.
This week we will be celebrating Pi Day on Thursday, March 14 (also Albert Einstein's birthday). Click here for more information on Pi. This will be a fun day with many events such as a Scavenger Hunt, Pi-inspired haikus (yes, ELA is involved as well!) and a Pi Bee. Students can prepare for the Pi Bee by studying the digits of pi and memorizing as many as possible. There will be prizes for the winners in each class as well as the grand prize winner! Click here for a fun link to help you practice!
This week's Quizizz code is 436252. It is a review of mixtures from Module 4.
Don't forget to continue to practice the Smarter Balanced questions at home. We will be testing May 1st - 3rd (Computer Adaptive Test portion) and May 10th, 13th and 14th (Performance Task portion, also on computer). Practicing just one or two questions a day will make a big difference when test time comes. We will also be practicing in class, but since our time is limited, be sure to check out the practice website at home as well. Click here for links to the practice test and sample questions as well as the calculator 7th graders will be using (this is different from what students used in 6th grade). The scoring guide (answer key) is also found here.
This Friday is a N.U.T. Day and we also have report cards going home with students on Thursday.
Rock Your Socks day on 3/21
Twin Day on 3/22
Have a great week!
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