We are RIGHT ON TARGET in terms of pacing!!
We will begin the second semester with Chapter 7: Solving Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities. It is not a long chapter and is overlapping with the regular ed math class, so I do not imagine it will take us very long to complete the chapter.
Monday: graphing systems
Tuesday: using substitution to solve systems
Wednesday: using elimination to solve systems
Thursday: using elimination with multiplication to solve systems
Friday: solving systems using the best method
Our algebra class did not make the progress I had anticipated due to NWEA testing. We lost two class periods to testing and did not accomplish our goals.
The new plan is to complete the absolute value lesson on Monday and graphing inequalities on Tuesday. Barring any unforeseen events, we will be able to complete the chapter test before the semester break. Fingers crossed!
Monday and Tuesday: solving compound inequalities
Wednesday and Thursday: solving open sentences involving absolute value
Friday: graphing inequalities in two variables
The summative assessment for chapter 6 will take place the following week before the second marking period concludes.
We are currently working on chapter 6. It is a chapter we will progress through quickly because it is more of a review of what was covered in 7th grade math last year, or already covered in the regular 8th grade math this year.
Compound inequalities and open sentences with absolute value will be the only topics that are new to the students.
Tuesday: solving inequalities using addition and subtraction
Wednesday: solving inequalities using multiplication and division
Thursday: IXL competitions using K1 through K8 on inequalities
Friday: solving multi-step inequalities
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! The last week before the holiday break was rather hectic, so we were unable to complete the fifth chapter. We will complete it and test this week instead.
Monday: review 5-1 through 5-5
Tuesday: parallel and perpendicular lines
Wednesday: scatter plots and lines of best fit
Friday: complete test if additional time needed/solving inequalities
I am expecting some class interruptions, but will attempt to complete chapter 5 and test before the break nonetheless.
The final two lessons, parallel/perpendicular lines and scatter plots/lines of best fit, should not pose any major problems for our class. I hope to assess Friday, but I am also realistic and will be okay if it is postponed until the new year.
Regardless, we will begin chapter 6 on linear inequalities the first week of January.
We have successfully completed chapter 4 and are moving on to one of my favorite chapters: analyzing linear equations.
Because the students already have a strong foundation, we will quickly move through the lessons. This week I intend to cover slope, direct variation, slope-intercept form, and point-slope form.
We will complete chapter 4 this week.
Monday: continue the lesson on arithmetic sequences and begin the lesson on patterns.
Tuesday: review all 8 lessons of the chapter
Wednesday: complete the chapter 4 post test
Thursday: review slope and begin the lesson on direct variation equations
Friday: lesson on slope and direct variation
Our pacing is going well. I forsee no obstacles in completing all that is needed for the students to be well-prepared for the Exit Exam.
We will spend the shortened week (woohoo) wrapping up loose ends. We are still working on chapter 4.
In IXL, we have completed all the A through D skills in algebra 1 and are currently working on the E skills.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
My math class was cancelled last Thursday, so we only met twice last week and did not complete all that I had previously anticipated.
This week I plan to cover the following lessons: