Math notices 3/28Posted by Sandi Copelin on 3/28/2019
The Algebra EOC will be held on May 7th. I have posted the released test from 2018 on my webpage. Your student needs to look over the test to make sure they are confident with the material. If they are not, they need to come ask me about the specific problems. We are also reviewing in class.
I am also posting the Blueprint for Algebra EOC. This document will let scholars know how many questions are in each category. Sometimes the test will have additional questions that we have not covered in class. These questions are "field" questions and do not affect scores. They are put on the test to gather information about what scholars know beyond the TEKS given. They are also used to judge what kind of questions can be put on the test the following year.
All 7th graders who are not in Algebra will be taking the 7th grade math STAAR. I have also posted the released test and blueprint for this test. The test date for the 7th grade math STAAR is May 13th.
I cannot print out copies for all of the students. They are posted so that you can print it out and work on it at home. We will also review in class.
7th grade: Math Updates March 25-28Posted by Sandi Copelin on 3/24/2019
This week in Math.
2a/3a: TEKS 7.4A and 7.4B
Pre-Algebra: Continue the probability unit with compound probability, tree-diagrams, and graphing. We will also have a quiz this week over experimental and theoretical probability.
Algebra: Exponential functions
Reminder: No school on Friday!!!!
RPA: MathPosted by Sandi Copelin on 3/24/2019
I have been looking over the RPAs and I am impressed at how professional they look. I will be grading them over the next couple of weeks. I have placed a check mark for collected if I have your scholar's RPA. If it shows as a 0, they either have not turned it in or did not put their name on their paper. I currently have 5 projects on my desk with no name. If your scholar has a 0 and knows they turned it in, they need to check the no name projects.
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 will 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 questions 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 information 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 & February 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 actually 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 that 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