Parent Letters 

Chapter 3 Parent Letter  

In chapter 3, students will focus on one main goal: Understanding how to represent functions in multiple ways, graphs, tables, and rules. This will be expanded on in chapter 4. Our goal is to keep a balance of skill based learning along with enhancing our student’s ability to problem solve and think conceptually.                                                                                                              

Section 3.1

Focus

Students will be introduced to the various representations of functions: equations, tables, and graphs, (8.F.1-4)

 

 

 

Prior Understanding

In seventh grade, students completed tables, graphs, equations, and verbal descriptions of proportional relationships, (7.RP.2)

 

End of Chapter Expectations

1.       Section quizzes on the new material as it relates to conceptual understanding.

2.      Chapter assessment will cover the following skills: *

·        Solving equations

·        Determining when a function is linear or non-linear

·        Creating multiple representations of functions, (i.e., graphs, tables, rules).

·         Identifying the rate of change found in a function given in either a table or a graph.

 

Chapter 1 Parent Letter  

Welcome back to school! In an effort to keep parents and guardians informed of the expectations and content being covered in math class this year, this informational handout will be provided for each chapter. Its intent is to assist in guiding you in ways to support your child in deepening their mathematical understanding.

 

Section 1.1

Focus

Students will be working on problem solving techniques in teams. The material covered during this section is primarily review from prior grades such as problem types of numbers, operations with integers, and inequality symbols. This section is meant to help build a classroom culture of learning from one another as well as reinforcing the yearlong classroom policies and procedures.

 

Prior Understanding

In seventh grade, students learned how to solve inequalities, (7.EE.4b). A second major focus in the seventh grade was adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers, (7.NS). These skills will be built upon and used as foundational skills to the work completed in eighth grade.

 

Section 1.2

Focus

Students will be working on solving problems dealing with proportional relationships, (8.EE.5). This work will continue throughout the text and school year.

 

Prior Understanding

In seventh grade, students learned how to determine proportional relationships in tables and graphs, (7.RP.2).

 

End of Chapter Expectations

1.       Section quizzes on the new material as it relates to conceptual understanding.

2.      Chapter assessment will cover the following skills: *

·         Graphing proportional relationships

·         Calculate unit rate

·         Comparing two proportional relationships given in different forms, (tables and graphs)

·         Solving one-step equations

 

 

 

 

Coach Holliday

Email:  william.holliday@dcsms.org

Website:  http://lcm.desotocountyschools.org

 

Please sign up for POWERSCHOOL through the front office.  You and your student will be able to view grades and progress. 

8th Grade Math is included on the student’s high school transcript and is also considered in the student’s GPA.

 

Supply List

I will provide your notebook, folders and graph paper for this class.

*******You will need to bring*********

Pencils and Cap Erasers (You will keep up with these) You must have a pencil EVERYDAY!!

If your last name is:                   A-L                                            M-P                                                       Q-Z

Please Bring:                                 Kleenex                        Antibacterial Wipes                         1 package of Pink Erasers

 

**I will store these items in my classroom so that we can use them as needed.**

Classroom Procedures

 

1.        Be in your seat with all materials ready when the tardy bell rings.  Failure to do so will result in receiving a tardy from the office.

 

2.        Unless it is a dire emergency, you will not be excused from class for any reason. Notify me of special circumstances.

 

3.        All work will be done in quad ruled comp book provided with a pencil.  No exceptions.  If you lose it, you must replace it.

 

4.        Bell work will be completed in the first 10 minutes of class. During this time we will have 10 minutes of silence.  If you choose to talk during our 10 minutes of silence, you choose to see me in detention. Bell work will be completed every day and kept in the classroom in the folder provided.  This is not time to complete homework.  We will have regular bell work test to check for participation.

 

5.        When we sit in teams, this does not mean we chat freely.  You are only to speak to one another when instructed by me and should only be within your team in quiet voices.

 

6.        Homework is due the next day at the beginning of the class period. Homework will be checked during bell work. I am looking for evidence of effort and completion. If you do not have your homework, you will get a zero.  Homework is very important because it will review your skills.   I will grade homework every day!  

 

7.        Make-up work.  It is the student’s responsibility to get make-up work from my classroom and to turn the work back in to me. I must receive the assignment before the chapter test is given.  If I do not receive it in the allotted time, a zero will be given for the work.

 

8.        Honor Code. It is expected that the students in my classroom will not cheat. Anyone caught cheating will be given a zero for the assignment and may face other consequences set forth by the school. This includes any assignment or test. 

 

9.        Cell phones/Electronic devices.  Do not have visible in my class.  This means earphones too. I will take them if I see them.  Any device should be kept in your backpack or purse, not your pockets.  If someone needs to get in touch with you while you are at school, they should contact the front office.

 

10.     Calculators (and other classroom supplies).  They are to be properly used during class, properly taken care of, and returned in an orderly manner before you leave the classroom.

 

11.     Test and Quizzes.  You will file your graded tests and quizzes in my classroom in your own personal file folder.  If at any time you need to take these home (for tutors or for parents to see your work), you are more than welcome.   I plan to send these home each nine weeks.

 

12.     Dismissal.  The bell does not dismiss you from class.  I will dismiss the class once all materials are properly put away and the class is calm.

 

Grading Scale:  Homework 15%;   Classwork/Quizzes 35%;   Tests/Projects 40%;   Nine Weeks/Semester Exam 10%

 

 

Resources

 

My Website:  Go to http://lcm.desotocountyschools.org and click on faculty webpages and click on my name.

You will find Supply Lists, Policies, Rules and Procedures, Parent Letters for each chapter and Study Guides for each chapter.

 

Remind: Please sign up for Remind to receive updates about assignments and quizzes. Text @6b39k4 to 81010

 

CPM.ORG this is the web address for our textbook.  There is homework help for each homework problem assigned as well as other great resources.

 

A good resource that we will use this year is a book called Everything You Need To Ace Math In One Big Fat Notebook. This is not required, but will be very helpful this year. The book can be bought at any bookstore, but Amazon has it right now for $10.

 

Classroom Rules

 

Keep all hands, feet and objects to yourself

Do not talk and be still while I am talking

Raise your hand to get permission to speak or get out of your seat

Do not eat or drink in my classroom

Always do your best

 

 

Consequences

Warning

Infraction Notice

Reflection Sheet/Parent Contact

Writing Assignment/Parent Contact

Office Referral

 

Black Button Clause:  Certain behaviors such as profane language, fighting or other occurrences decided upon by me, the above may be overlooked and the student may be sent directly to the office.