## Days 58-62, November 14-18

This year (and apparently this year only) we have a week off for Thanksgiving. And this is the week before that week, it’s the end of Trimester 1, and the kids are READY to be out of school. So of course EVERYONE is giving tests this week! Lucky kids.

I collected them on Thursday before the test, after we went over the correct answers. Thursday we had the Equations Unit Test, and today we are going to go over the homework (Wednesday’s since I hadn’t planned on the Awesome Review Homework), then play MATHO (yep, Bingo but to get the number they have to do a math problem-the link is for the book). The book is cool because it has a bunch of games with the problems already made, and the problem number is the answer.

Math 7 Accelerated – We decided to give the Math 7 Accelerated Benchmark to our classes even though we are using supplemental material (CPM). There were 3 questions we changed because they were on inequalities which we haven’t done yet. So, we worked on chapter 3 – completing tables, drawing graphs, finding the equations for the tables for Monday and Tuesday, then reviewed on Wednesday. We talked about a few things that they hadn’t done but could figure out – consecutive integers, how to write an inequality from a situation (which I’m pretty sure they did in 6th grade) such as “you must be at least 16 years old to get your drivers license” and a few other things, then I put up the list of topics and assigned each group a topic. They had about 4 minutes to work in their groups, then they read the question aloud and I wrote them down (we didn’t have as much time as Math 7CP did) and these questions were their homework. Number 5 below is 1) not a good question because it doesn’t work out to whole cookies, so that group didn’t do the problem and 2) has shown to be really hard for the kids because my TA is checking their problems and they’re not doing it correctly. So, we’ll be doing a lot more of these problems!

Thursday they did a short performance task and started the Benchmark (most of them) and today they finished the Benchmark and worked on a KenKen (did you know you can subscribe to KenKen and get puzzles emailed to you each week? They had a choice of a “no-op 7×7 puzzle” or “twist 6×6 puzzle”) or a HUGE dot to dot puzzle.

I’m definitely looking forward to next week – even though I have a lot of tests and work to grade! Happy Thanksgiving!