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Math Week of April 21st April 18, 2014

Filed under: Algebra,Math — poms8b @ 4:23 pm

The schedule this week is as follows:
Tuesday-Testing Green;
Wednesday-Testing Blue;

Algebra 1
We are gearing up for STAAR! The Algebra 1 STAAR Test is on Monday, May 5th. The end of course exam is on Wednesday, May 21st. Please note that the STAAR covers all the material from the year, with greater emphasis typically on linear equations, systems of equations, and systems of inequalities. The semester exam covers only second semester material, with very little (but some) material from the first semester.

Students will be doing corrections to the released STAAR Exam throughout the week. They should bring their packets to class each and every day. They will also learn and practice advanced calculator skills, so please don’t miss class! Students will be permitted a graphing calculator on both the STAAR and semester final.

The STAAR corrections will be a test grade and are due next Monday, April 28th. and will receive a test grade for these corrections. In addition, small packets of review material will come home each day.

Students will not have homework on Monday but will have homework on Wednesday and Friday.

The Chapter 10 Exams will be returned on Wednesday. Students requiring a retake can take the exam on Tuesday, April 29th after school. Tutorials will be available the latter half of the week (Thursday and possibly Friday). No tutorials are permitted on Monday and Tuesday due to testing on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tutorials will resume Thursday afternoon. Originally, I had scheduled special tutorials all the mornings of next week, but will not have them. Students needing assistance will also be allowed to come in during Team Time to get extra help.

“TEKSING TOWARDS STAAR Mathematics STAAR Blueprint Assessment 1 Algebra 1” Questions 1- 19 all in class; They are due on Wednesday in class; Students have more than enough time in class on MOnday to complete them.

Students will receive back their STAAR Released exam if they did not get it back last Friday due to absence. Students have one week to complete the corrections. They are due on Monday, April 28th.

“TEKSING TOWARDS STAAR Mathematics STAAR Blueprint Assessment 1 Algebra 1” Questions 20-33 all;
Correct Chapter 10 Test;
Questions 1-19 are due;

“TEKSING TOWARDS STAAR Mathematics STAAR Blueprint Assessment 1 Algebra 1” Questions 34-46 all;Due on Monday;

Chapter 10 Test Corrections are due;
Questions 20-33 are due;

Final revision on Chapter 1-8 Review and Chapter 9 Review are due (we will grade them today);

Students are taking their Social Science and Science STAAR Exams, so there will be no homework this week until Thursday.

In class, we will prepare for Stanford and continue to work on writing and solving multi-step equations.

Monday (Charger Day):
Students will correct Quiz 1 and will review the distributive property; There is no homework due to testing;

Tuesday (Testing Green):
Students will be given time to complete the graphic organizer. Students will be given the handouts, but will not have them for homework. Some can begin working on them today (such as 6th Period as their class is longer than the rest); Time for the handouts will be given on Thursday.

Handout: Distributive Property Graphic Organizer (finish it with a partner);

Handout: Two-Step Equations and Multi-Step Equations (one assignment);

Thursday (Green):
Students will be given forty minutes to work on the handouts from Tuesday.

We will grade these handouts then we will begin (but not finish) a PowerPoint activity.

Students will then be given twenty minutes to retake Quiz 1. Students not requiring or desiring the retake will be free to work on other assignments;


Science – Week of April 14 April 14, 2014

Filed under: Science — poms8b @ 2:21 pm

Mon/Tues – check Ecology review packet, check ocean systems(1st, 4th, 8th only), Begin Biology review
HW: finish questions for topics covered during class

Wed/Thurs – biology review packet
HW: finish questions for topics covered during class

Fri – Finish biology review packet
HW: – finish packet – due Monday – No late work accepted


English – Holocaust Literature Study April 11, 2014

Filed under: English — poms8b @ 2:58 pm

We have begun our study of Literature of the Holocaust. We are reading books in class, according to student preference, and discussing those books in literature circles. We are investigating the events that lead up to the Holocaust, the events of the Holocaust, and discussing why we study the Holocaust. Study of this time in history can be very emotional, and my goal is to teach it with sensitivity and discretion.

I encourage you to have conversations with your students about the discussions we are having in class. I also encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I will be previewing all materials we view and I have discussed with students that they may choose not to look at images if they are not comfortable with them. Students should use discretion and care for any research they conduct.

We will be going on a field trip to the Holocaust Museum as well as the Museum of Natural Science at the end of the month. Permission slips went home this week. If you are available to chaperone this field trip, please e-mail me at asher@houstonisd.org.


Math Week of April 14th

Filed under: Algebra,Math — poms8b @ 2:45 pm

Pre-Algebra Assignments

Handout: Algebra Expressions Matching Game;
Quiz 1 (terminology and solving equations)


Handout: “Expressions Cut Out”


Textbook 10-5 pg. 541 Questions 1-9 all, 10, 12, 28, 29, 30-37 all;

Algebra 1 Assignments

Chapter 10 Review is due and wkbk 10.7;
Work on Chapter 10 Review corrections (revisions due on Wed);

Chapter 10 Test
Wkbk 10.8 all odds;C
Chapter 10 Review Corrections are due;

Wkbk 10.8 All odds (try to complete in class); Due on Monday;


Math Week of April 7th

Filed under: Algebra,Math — poms8b @ 2:40 pm

Pre-Algebra Assignments
Handout: “ Finish on Top”; (ten multi-step equations with a coloring sheet for different answers);
Handout: “Puppy Love- Coloring and Multi-Step Equation WorksheetThis is an additional practice page of ten multi-step equations with another coloring page);


Puppy Love(cont)- Coloring and Multi-Step Equation Worksheet;
Powerpoint “Algebraic and Verbal Expressions…” (preap only);

Algebra Assignments
Wkbk 10.3 questions 1-25 Every OTHER odd AND
Wkbk 10.4 questions 1-25 odd;

Wkbk 10.5 Every OTHER odd AND
Wkbk 10.6 questions 1-25 odd;

Wkbk 10.7 questions 1-29 odd and questions 31 and 32;
The Chapter 10 Review (handout) Due Wednesday;

The Chapter 10 Test is Wednesday.


Science – Week of March 31 April 1, 2014

Filed under: Science — poms8b @ 12:15 pm

Mon – Check physics HW, Review seasons and phases of the moon HW: non

Tues/ Wed – Work on questions Seasons #1-3 Phases of the Moon # 1- 15 HW: finish any questions not finished in class

Thurs/Fri - Finish reviewing Space science HW: finish any questions in the packet not completed in  class



Science – Week of March 24 March 25, 2014

Filed under: Science — poms8b @ 11:48 am

For the next few weeks we will be reviewing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade objectives to make sure everyone is ready to take the STAAR test and to have the skills necessary to be successful in high school.

It is imperitive that your child keep up with their homework to make sure they are prepared to review the material when they come to class and to ask questions about topics that they still do not understand. I am available each day during TEAM time for help with homework or tutorials.

Mon/Tues – Chemistry review packet  HW – Chemistry Activity 1, 2, and 3

Wed/Thurs – Finish chemistry review packet, Activity 4, check homework, Begin Physics packet HW -Physics Activity 1, 2, and 3

Fri – Finish Physics packet and Start on other activites HW – finish the rest of the physics activities packet



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