Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Last day of January...February here we come!  Wow this year is going fast!

Yesterday we did a pre-test or study guide in class for the math test today.  Everyone did pretty well on it, so I am expecting some good grades on the math test today.  Also, I gave them an outline for their DBQ essay that is due on Thursday.

Today, everyone should be turning in their Document E and Document Analysis form.  This will be 4 grades that will get posted by the end of the week.  We just keep chugging through these DBQs.

Tomorrow in class, the kids will have the entire period to work on their essays and we will go over the test quickly if needed.

Other than that, had a great Monday and am looking forward to a great Tuesday!

Monday, January 30, 2012


Good morning!  I hope you all had a relaxing, fun weekend.  It is time to get down to business again.

I gave the kids the entire period on Friday to do a math worksheet in class as well as start their last document in their DBQ packet.  The document and the document analysis sheet are due to me tomorrow.  I am also going to be giving them a guide to help them write their essays today.  I went over it with them on Friday and the only thing that is being added to the rubric is that they need to write the restatement of the question in their introduction.  This can be found on the DBQ packet page that has the buckets.  The essay will be due on Thursday!

In math, we have a test tomorrow on chapter 8.  It includes input/output tables as well as inequalities.  There are also a couple of word problems that they might need to use the strategy guess, check, and revise in order to solve.  We are going to be doing a review sheet in class today that looks very similar to the test.  They are going to complete it independently and then check  their answers.  This should help them to know which type of problems that they need to study the most.

See you all in a bit!

Friday, January 27, 2012


This morning are the honor roll awards at 9:15.  We will be honoring all of the students that have made straight A and A/B honor roll for the second nine weeks.

In math, we are going to be working on 2-step inequalities.  The students will be able to solve them and graph them as well.

In social studies, the students will be independently working on Document E in their packet and filling out a document analysis sheet.  This sheet is a test grade and will be due on Tuesday.

The essay for this DBQ will be due on Thursday.  It uses the same rubric as the last DBQ, but there will be one thing added to the introduction.  I will be discussing all of this with them on Monday so that they know what is expected.  I am going to try to modify the document and repost, but since I did not create it, I am not sure if I can modify it.  I will have the students write down in their planners what the difference is if I cannot modify it.

See you all this morning!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Yesterday we were able to do the first two documents in our DBQ packet.  Today we are going to be working on Documents C and D.  We will be discussing them and answering the questions.  The kids are getting good at this.  They are becoming seasoned professionals.

In math, we learned how to graph inequalities yesterday.  We learned that if it says less than or greater than, then we leave the circle and the beginning of our graphs opened, but if it could also be equal to, then we fill in the circle.  The arrow will point the direction of any possible solution to the inequality.  We also learned how to write inequalities based on the information given.  For example, if it says that the boy could eat no more than 10 pieces of candy before dinner, we would circle "no more than," think about what it means and then write our inequality as c is less than or equal to 10.  We would use the sign for less than or equal to though.

Today we are going to be solving 1 step inequalities and graphing them.  That will relate back to our one-step algebraic expressions.

The test is still tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  I will be doing a review sheet with them in class on Monday and having them grade it so that they know what parts they need to study.  If you want to get a head start this weekend on studying, you can do the practice test for chapter 8 in the book.  I believe it is page 247 or 472, or something like that, please don't hold me to that one.

See you all in a bit!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Good morning!
Yesterday in class we read a little about the background of Egypt and understand a little more about the Nile River.   Today in class we are going to be discussing the first two documents together in groups and answering the questions.  Whatever they don't finish in class will be homework.

In math yesterday, we did a fun problem solving group activity.  Today we are going to be learning how to solve and graph one-step linear inequalities.  They are going to be solve the same way as an algebraic equation, and then graphed on a number line.  One thing to remember is that if the sign is less than or equal to, or greater than or equal to, the dot at the end of the graph is shaded in, but if it just says less than or greater than, then it is an opened circle.

Everyday this week, to start class, we are doing a 4 square of problems to review for FCAT.  Yesterday we worked on fractions and there were many kids that did not remember how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions.  These are things that you may want to be practicing at home with them to help get them prepared for FCAT.  I will be posting all of the modules on FCAT FOCUS this week so that they can begin practicing the types of questions that they may see.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Today in class we are going to continue our study of inequalities.  We will be learning how to solve them as well as graph them on a number line.  Yesterday's lesson went well and most kids finished their homework before class was over.  Everyone did well on the assignment.  I will be posting new grades some time today in both math and social studies, so be looking for them.

In social studies, we have started our next DBQ on How the Nile has helped shape Ancient Egypt.  We did a hook activity yesterday and the kids seemed very engaged.  Today we are going to be reading the background essay and working on our buckets, which is where they will find the thesis with road map that should be in their introduction of their essays.

Have a good day!  Talk to all of you tomorrow!

Monday, January 23, 2012


Today in math, we are going to begin working with inequalities and determining which answers would fit the inequality.  For example if it says that: x + 2 is great than or equal to 7; which of the following would make that true 3, 4, or 5 .   If you plug in each of the possibilities, the only one that makes it true would be 5, so that would be the answer.  By the end of the week, we will be able to solve these problems without having answers to choose from as well as graph them on a number line.  We also will be able to solve 2-step inequalities as well.  We will be finishing up the rest of the chapter this week and will be testing on it next week on Tuesday.

In social studies we are starting another DBQ.  This time it is on How the Nile Shaped Egypt.  We will be discussing things such as their transportation and trade routes.  I also am going to be going over the essays and the rubrics again.  I have been reading their persuasive essays on Hammurabi's Code and it is apparent that many students did not use the rubric that was posted on here or on Edline when writing their papers.  This will make them better writers by the end of the year.

Have a good day.  I will talk to all of you tomorrow.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Sorry I haven't posted in a while.  I got really busy with the new class that I am taking.

This week in class we have been working on functions and input output charts.  We are able to graph equations and figure out number patterns.  We will be testing on this chapter some time next week.  Last night's homework was on graphing equations.  We did a couple of them in class.  With this program, it is hard for me to show you an example on here, so you will have to look in the book this time if your child needs help.

I am looking forward to math club today so we can continue working with these functions and determining patterns.  I think the kids are catching on quite well.

In social studies, we have finished our DBQ on Hammurabi's Code.  I will be spending my weekend reading all of the essays that your children have written and getting them graded so I can post new grades by Monday.  We just started watching some videos on Mesopotamia so that we get an idea of how life was different for a hunter-gatherer society than it was for an agricultural society.  We are going to continue our studies of Ancient Civilizations next week as well.

If I don't talk to all of you again today...Have a great weekend!

See you all again on Monday!

Friday, January 13, 2012


The test went pretty well yesterday.  We are going to be going over a few of the tricky problems that were on the test so that everyone realizes what I was looking for.  We did our first document analysis form yesterday and the kids seemed to not have any trouble with it.  It will help them when writing their essays.

Today in math, we are going to be plotting points (x,y) on a coordinate plane.  I am sure they will not have any problems with that.  

In social studies we are going to begin writing our essays on whether or not we think Hammurabi's Code was just.

Class pictures today! No school on Monday!

See you all Tuesday!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Today is the day that they are going to be taking their chapter 7 test.  I feel as though they are well prepared for it and will do fine.  Yesterday we reviewed all of the documents in the DBQ.  Today when they are finished testing, they will choose a document to do an analysis on and then begin writing their essays.  I am looking forward to seeing their viewpoints on the laws of Hammurabi.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Today we will be reviewing for the chapter 7 test.  I have given the kids an assignment that is due on Thursday.  I will be giving them time to work on it in class and they had some time yesterday.  This assignment should help them review all of the concepts that will be on the test.  It will include solving one and two step algebraic equations as well as writing them based on information in a word problem.  The kids have been doing fairly well with the algebra stuff, so I expect that they will do well on the test as well.

In social studies we are going to be looking through the last four documents in our DBQ and discussing them.  I think the kids are going to get a kick out of some of Hammurabi's Codes and it will spark some great conversations.  I am looking forward to a great day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Well, we had a successful day yesterday.  We worked on 2-step equations, and the kids did a good job with them.  We also began our next DBQ on Hammurabi's Code.  I think the kids are going to have fun with this one.  There are some interesting laws that we get to read about and discuss.  We are going to continue the DBQ today and keep on chugging through the math standards.

Talk to all of you in the AM.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter Break

I hope everyone had a great winter break and a Happy New Year!   It is time to jump back into another semester of learning.

Today we are going to review writing and solving one-step equations and learn how to solve and write two-step algebraic equations.  For example:  Johnny had 2 times as many marbles and Larry.  Kate had one more marble than Johnny.  Write and equation to show how many marbles Kate has.
L = marbles Larry has
K = marbles Kate has

K = 2L + 1
If Larry has 10 marbles, how many does Kate have?
K = 2(10) + 1   Solve using the order of operations.
K = 20 + 1
K = 21

In social studies we are going to begin learning about Hammurabi's Code and determining whether or not we feel that it is just.  This is another mini-q where you will be analyzing documents to formulate your opinion and then writing a paper to support your thoughts.  We are going to go through this one in a different manner than usual and a lot faster.  We should be finished with it by the middle of next week if all goes as planned.

Can't wait to see all of you this morning!