Math Notices 2/28/2019Posted by Sandi Copelin on 2/28/2019 1:30:00 PM
For the rest of the year, Pre-Algebra and 7th grade math will have the same syllabi, with the exception of the End of Year final exam project. This project will be based on what they learned in the 3rd quarter.
This is due to the fact that Pre-Algebra scholars take the 7th grade math STAAR and will need to be taught what was covered in 7th grade math, but not Pre-Algebra.
Calculators will no longer be able to be used for these classes, due to the fact that calculators are not allowed on 7th grade STAAR.
Next week, each class will be doing our CA annotations on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday we wil be working on MAP imprvement through study island. I do not want to start the new units until after returning from Spring Break.
On March 19, the Tuesday after Spring Break, Algebra will be doing an Exponential decay and growth lab. For this, students will need to bring in a bag of skittles or Sweet Tarts for our model. The reason why it has to be specific to these candies is because they have a letter on one side and are blank on the other side. M and Ms are also acceptable, but I need to know if anyone is allergic to nuts before allowing them.
Pre-Algebra and 7th grade math will start a Probability and Statistics unit.
Syllabi for all classes will be up by the end of Spring Break, maybe even by next week.
RPA is due on March 21-22 for Pre-Algebra and Algebra scholars.
Math updatesPosted by Sandi Copelin on 2/20/2019
Upcoming Dates foSr Algebra
Saturday, Feb. 23 CA review
10:30- 12 Pre-Algebra session is full
12-1:30 7th grade math
Thurs/Friday Feb. 28 and March 1
March 1: Last day to do retakes and turn in missing assignments for the quarter.
Free Tutoring onlinePosted by Sandi Copelin on 2/8/2019
A former scholar from NHP, currently attends TAMS (Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science) has reached out to inform me of a free tutoring service. I am passing this information along.
To register for the free service go to www.forwardtutoring.net.
The service is provided by students at TAMS.
It is for any subject.
The hours are 5-8 pm Monday-Friday.
Once you register, your student can go online between those times and ask quesitons they may have over their homework in any subject.
The turnaround time for an answer is between 15 min. to an hour.
It is my hope that your scholar will find this infomration helpful.
7th Grade Science News (February 4th - February 8th)Posted by Kristen Stoddard on 2/7/2019 2:30:00 PM
The weeks are starting to fly by! We are diving into our Ecology Unit (Unit 5) with great enthusiasm. Scholars began the week by learning more about Dichotmous Keys (a key utilized by scientists to identify an organism based on their physical traits). I was pleasantly surprised as to how well my scholars took to Dichotomous Keys! We will be practicing with more of them in the future.
We then transitioned in to talking about Food Chains and Food Webs. Scholars revisited old vocabulary words such as Biotic and Abiotic Factors, as well as the different types of heterotrophs / consumers (i.e. herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, etc.)
On Thursday and Friday, we learned about Energy Pyramids and how energy is transferred from one trophic level to another. The scholars seemed to go through this with very little trouble - but I think it's because I have so many scholars who love animals and who love learning about them in general. Ecology is the perfect unit to talk about different animals and their ecosystems. In fact, during one of my lessons this week, I dedicated 10 minutes of my lesson to the "World's Top 7 Weirdest Animals". Ask your child about the Blobfish - we all got a good laugh at that one!
We concluded the week with talking about Biodiversity and why it is important. The take - away message from the lesson is that Biodiversity contributes to the sustainablility of an Ecossytem. If an Ecosystem has a lot of Biodiversity, then it is more sustainable.
What is on the agenda for next week? We will be learning about Primary and Secondary Succession, as well as Plant Tropisms. Then, we will review for our Unit 5 Test, as well as our Common Assessment. I hope everyone has a lovely and restful weekend!
IMPORTANT DATES IN SCIENCE:
February 19th & Febraury 20th = Unit 5 Test
February 25th & 26th = Science Common Assessment
Updates for MathPosted by Sandi Copelin on 2/7/2019
The dates for CA3 are wrong on the syllabus. The CA is acutally on Feb. 28th and March 1st for all classes.
Pre-Algebra/Algebra: The district has extended the time for the RPA. It will now be due on March 21-22. This is the week after Spring Break, but they have had the project since returning from winter break.
7th grade math is working on angle relationships, volume for prisms, and area/circumference for circles.
Pre-Algebra is working on transformations including reflections, rotations, dilations,and translations on a coordinate grid. There will be a quiz on Monday and Tuesday.
Algebra has started their unit on Quadratics.
The retake for Pre-Algebra and Algebra tests will be on Thursday morning of next week.
Have a great weekend!
7th Grade Science News (January 28th - February 1st)Posted by Kristen Stoddard on 2/1/2019 7:20:00 AM
WOW! I'm ready for the weekend, aren't you? It has been quite a busy week! On Monday and Tuesday we reviewed in class for our Genetics Test. The scholars practiced more "Natural Selection Word Problems" , identifying the traits and adaptations organisms experience when their environment changes, and analyzing why it happened. Some classic examples of Natural Selection at work would be the Galapagos Island Finches (Beak Shape), or the Peppered Moth before and after Industrialization took place in England (fun fact: scholars got a little history lesson from me on the Industrial Revolution. I actually really enjoy history and try to tie it in with my lessons. Because, whether our scholars realize it our not - throughout history, humans have made a greater impact on the natural world. My goal, as their teacher, is to have my scholars think about the causes and effects of human influence, and come up with solutions as to how to make the world better for future generations).
On Wednesday and Thursday we had our Genetics Test, and overall I am very pleased with my scholars! They've worked so hard! After our CA's, I promised the scholars that we will have a "Science Enrichment Week", where we will do another Genetics Lab, and where I will teach them Punnett Squares (the scholars are very eager to do this - and I will happily oblige! I have some ideas for what we can do. Stay tuned!)
On Friday (and next week) we will be headed into Unit 5 (our Ecology Unit). For today (February 1st) we will be learning how to use Dichotomous Keys. In short, Dichotmous Keys are what scientists use to identify organisms, based on the traits that they observe. A scientist could look at an organism and say "Okay, how many legs does this animal have? 2? Or 3? Based on my options, it could be this or this". I believe I should also explain, that while this can be fun - it can also be extremely frustrating! Some of the limitations of using a Dichotomous Key is that they key is only as good as the author who wrote it. Some other limitations are that sometimes the organism that the scientist is observing may actually have a genetic defect, which could affect their physical appearance (talk about frustrating!) My scholars get a little frustrated too when we stumble upon this. I can only reassure them that Scientists experience the same things - and that they should be proud that they are actually doing what real scientists do! It's all part of the process.
We also will be honoring our Science Fair winners that took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place at North Hills. These scholars also had the opportunity to go on to the Uplift District Science Fair (which is no easy feat), and some made it on to Regionals! I am so very proud of them and all of their hard work. Science Fair is not easy! But, I hope that I have some future Scientists in the making!
The Science CA will be held on February 25th and 26th. Mark your calendars!
I hope everyone has a long and restful weekend! You all deserve it.
- Mrs. Stoddard
7th Grade Science News (January 21st - 25th)Posted by Kristen Stoddard on 1/25/2019 9:20:00 AM
I hope everyone had a nice and restful 3 day weekend! It came at the perfect time. We started our week with Science MAP testing on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, we read, analyzed, and discussed a Science article that the scholars and I found to be quite interesting. The article was on the wonders of Genetic Engineering - specifically speaking "Transgenic Silkworms"!
The article details how Scientists were able to take the "silk making gene" from spiders and insert it into silkworms. Why would they do this, you may ask? Well, we found out that spider silk is actually quite tough - so tough that researchers are looking to utilize it in suture thread, sportswear, etc. But, why put the spider silk genes in Silkworms? Well, to put it quite frankly - spiders are quite territorial and get a little cranky when their "space" is invaded. Silkworms are easier to deal with! The scholars got a chuckle out of that one! To extend on that, we also watched a video from the Youtube Channel "How It's Made" (if you're not familiar with taht channel, I highly recommend it - it really is quite fascinating) on how silk is made. I think the scholars have a new found appreciation for how long and tedious the task of making silk is - I also said to the scholars "Now you know why silk scarves are so expensive, and why if your mother or grandmother owns one - why they treat it like a precious item!" The scholars agreed.
We took our Genetics quiz on Thursday and Friday of this week. After our silkworm article, I reviewed with the scholars and gave them some time in class to prepare themselves and get in the right mindset for their quiz. Grades will be posted shortly.
We will be taking our Genetics Test next week on Wednesday, Jnauary 30th and Thursday, January 31st. I will be holding a Review Day in class with my scholars on Monday and Tuesday. The Review Packet will be posted on my website on Monday evening. The answer key to the Review Packet will be posted on Tuesday evening (we will be going over the answers in class). In the meantime, scholars should be studying everything from the beginning of Unit 4 .
I hope everyone has a lovely and restful weekend!
- Mrs. Stoddard
7th grade math 1/28-2/1Posted by Sandi Copelin on 1/25/2019
7th grade math will be having their Chapter 5 test on Monday over Probability. Our next unit will cover finding surface area, circumference, and volume of shapes.
Pre-Algebra had a test scheduled for Jan. 30-31. This will be changed to Feb. 1 and Feb. 4th due to the number of scholars absent with the flu. We also have several who have not completed MAP testing. The test will be over angle relationships and Pythagorean Theorem. Our syllabus is going to be a little out of order for the rest of the quarter. We are going to go ahead and review dilations, rotations, reflections, and translations before learning how to find surface area and volume.
Honors Algebra: has a test scheduled for Feb. 4th over Topic 7. Polynomials and Powers: After Topic 7, we will be studying our Quadratics Unit which will take the rest of Q3 to complete.
RPA: for Pre-Algebra and Algebra is due on Feb. 22-23. You can come work on it in tutorials or during free time in class.
7th Grade Science News (January 14th - 18th)Posted by Kristen Stoddard on 1/18/2019
It has been quite an eventful week! I'm sure your children were excited to tell you that we began our Genetics & Adaptations Unit (Unit 4) this Quarter. I absolutely LOVE this unit. It is a great opportunity for me to implement many creative and fun activities in my classroom. The scholars learned how to distinguish between Genotype (Genetic Code) and Phenotype (Physical Expression of a trait) as well as Dominant and Recessive traits this week. We had so much fun, as I had the scholars draw their own characters, however, they did not have much choice as to what traits their characters expressed. Scholars had to pull Dominant and Recessive traits out of a bin on their desks, and read the character's Gentoype to determine their Phenotype. There were some pretty interesting drawings that came about!
We also discussed Charles Darwin and his travels to the Galapagos Islands, and how he developed his theory of Evolution. I implented a lab into our lesson, where scholars pretended that they were the Galapagos Island finches that Darwin studied. Scholars were separated into 2 teams (Big Beak and Small Beak) and had to compete for food (during a Normal Year, and then a Drought Year). Mrs. Stoddard played the role of Mother Nature (a role that I have a BLAST playing) and would time the scholars on each trial, as well as announce when the Drought would come into play. I absolutely love this lab, as I see a lot of my scholars' competitive sides come out! We are never short on laughter in here!
We ended the week discussing the differences between Natural Selection and Artifical Selection, as well as what is Genetic Engineering. Next week (on Tuesday,January 22nd , and Wednesday, January 23rd) we will be having our Science MAP testing.
On Thursday (January 24th) and Friday (January 25th) we will be having a Unit 4 Quiz (everything in Unit 4, up until Natural Selection). On January 30th and 31st we will be having our Unit 4: Genetics & Adaptations Test.
Texas History AnnouncementPosted by Mary Kennedy on 12/14/2018 4:00:00 PM
Dear Parents and Scholars,
Good news! I have received another 70+ late assignments today.
Bad news! I have to grade and enter these assignments and I won't be able to finish before leaving today. Please check back later this evening or early tomorrow morning to what is still missing. If they are missing anything, they should attend Saturday school tomorrow with Mr. Wilk to finish. Once all assignments are in, scholars will receive a grade for their completed Study Guide notebook.
Please see the attached additional study guide for the CA / Semester Exam. I will also post it on the website.
Study Guide for the CA (takes place during exam week)
Know the major events/battles of the Texas Revolution, their significance, and the order in which they happened: You don’t have to remember exact dates but you do need to understand them in order for cause and effect.
Battle at Gonzalez (October 2, 1835) – Come and Take It!
Battle at the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) Texas lost but it inspired the rest of the Texans because
of their bravery and courage
Texas Declaration of Independence (March 2, 1836) – officially declares independence from Mexico. Goliad Massacre (after the battle ended) – March 27, 1836, Colonel Fanin delayed moving his troops and
got cornered by the Mexican army. They (Texas) lost the battle and nearly all the prisoners of war
were brutally massacred by General Urrea at the command of Santa Anna. The brutality of Santa
Anna began to turn people against him and join the fight for Texan Independence.
Battle of San Jacinto (April 21, 1836) – Texas wins, marks the end of the Texas Revolution, Santa Anna
Plan of Iguala - 24 February 1821, Mexico declares independence from Spain. Basically, it declare that every
citizen is now equal, that there will be one ruler but there will be a constitution that the ruler has to abide
by, that Mexico will be an independent country, that there will be only 1 religion, Catholicism, no slavery
When Texas was still part of Mexico, why was it culturally different than people living nearer to Mexico City?
They were so far away from the government that many acted as if they were really more like US citizens since they didn’t follow the Mexican constitution (i.e. didn’t practice their religion, didn’t speak Spanish, preferred the rights of the U.S. Constitution, owned slaves). They were also mainly Anglos who came from the U.S.
Similarities between the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution. Both have a Bill of Rights with many of the
Mexico’s colonization laws – cause and effect
Mexico encouraged colonization using the Empresario system. Anglos came to settle an area that had been sparsely populated and undeveloped. The Empresarios came because land was much cheaper. This caused the area of what is now Texas to grow in population.
Government structure of the U.S. and Texas. Know and understand the 5 Principles of Government that guides the structure of both the U.S. and Texas. Popular Sovereignty, Limited Government, Separation of Powers, Federalism, Checks and Balances.
Popular Sovereignty = the Rule by the People – This means that we can vote (republicanism) for our president, governor, senators, and representatives. The idea is that WE THE PEOPLE tell the government what it can and cannot do, not the other way around. The government has power because we give it to it – no kings here to boss us around! We can vote people into office and we can vote them out (not the U.S. Supreme Court though).
Limited government – the government only has as much power as we, the people, give it.
Separation of Powers: The three branches have separate powers, which keeps any one of them from
having too much power.
Checks and Balances – each of the 3 branches keeps the others in check and balances the power. (Remember to keep the JELLO on the plate or it will make a mess!)
JEL: Judicial = Supreme Court / power to interpret the laws
Executive = President, Governor / enforces the law, veto power, commands the millitary
Legislative = Senate + House of Representatives / makes & passes laws, can override a veto, power to impeach
Federalism – some powers are granted to the U.S. (federal) government and other powers are granted to the states. The state has to follow the U.S. Constitution though. For example, each state has the power to run its own school system not the federal government but it still must respect the rights guaranteed in the Constitution and any other laws they have passed. Remember what I said in class: We are the UNITED STATES of America - the idea is that we are a group of states that JOINED TOGETHER and act TOGETHER as a country (but we still kept some power for ourselves at the state level). For example, the State has the right to decide how to run their school system, cities in Texas get to decide how they will run their own city (get to run their own police departments, determine city codes, name streets, etc.)
The Bill of Rights – contained in the U.S. and Texas Constitutions – these protect our individual rights and liberties
Challenges faced by the newly formed Texas Republic: debt, lack of recognition by other established countries,
threat of takeover by Mexico
Annexation of Texas
Reasons against: slavery, debt, threat of war with Mexico
Reasons for: military protection from the U.S., Mexico less likely to attack, no more border between the
U.S. and Texas, so now Texans can travel freely throughout the U.S. Texas stood to gain a
monetary (money) and postal system.
Federal vs State vs Local Governments / hierarchy