### Welcome!

**Welcome to 8th Grade Math! Please take the time to read my welcome letter, the supply list, navigate through the links (websites) provided below, and look for videos and sample test questions to help your child have a successful year in math. Don't forget to sign up for free text reminders and provide me with an email so that I can keep you up-to-date.**

**Mrs. Jami Reynolds**

***** Don't forget to check the Weekly Agenda under "Class News by Week," News Forums, Calendar, Recent Activity, and Resources for important information as the year goes on! **

**Nov. 11-15:****Good morning!****We are currently working on Exponent Rules and Scientific Notation. Last Friday we were in the lab working on module 4 to practice what we have learned in class over exponents and scientific notation. We will be in the lab today and tomorrow as well. This is the time students get to have individual help from me as they work through the module. We will review on Thursday and Friday for a test next week for the Algebra classes.****Below is a link that gives a review of exponents and scientific notation, which is a great way to reinforce the concepts at home and to study for the test.****Thank you for your time! Have a great day!****Real World Example of Scientific Notation: The Mass of the Sun****The Sun has a Mass of 1.988 × 10**^{30}kg.**It would be too hard for scientists to write 1,988,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg****(And very easy to make a mistake counting the zeros!)****Example: A Light Year (the distance light travels in one year)****It is easier to use 9.461 × 10**^{15}meters, rather than 9,461,000,000,000,000 meters**Exponent Rules:****Law****Example****x**^{1}= x**6**^{1}= 6**x**^{0}= 1**7**^{0}= 1**x**^{-1}= 1/x**4**^{-1}= 1/4**x**^{m}x^{n}= x^{m+n}**x**^{2}x^{3}= x^{2+3}= x^{5}**x**^{m}/x^{n}= x^{m-n}**x**^{6}/x^{2}= x^{6-2}= x^{4}**(x**^{m})^{n}= x^{mn}**(x**^{2})^{3}= x^{2×3}= x^{6}**(xy)**^{n}= x^{n}y^{n}**(xy)**^{3}= x^{3}y^{3}**(x/y)**^{n}= x^{n}/y^{n}**(x/y)**^{2}= x^{2}/ y^{2}**x**^{-n}= 1/x^{n}**x**^{-3}= 1/x^{3}*********************

We lost some of our information when this website went down but I tried to keep you updated via email.

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5th week: Sept. 3 to 6: still working on solving equations. Workbook and module 2 are due.

Hint on solving equations. Always look at equation first and ask yourself:

How many variables?

Does it have the Distributive Property?

1. One variable with or without Distributive Property: combine like terms on each side if needed then build and reverse with inverse operations.

2. Two variables or more and no Distributive Property: combine like terms on each side if needed.

a. If one variable left, build and reverse.

b. If 2 variables left on opposite sides, do railroad tracks (switch signs if it jumps tracks). Then build and reverse once you have only one variable left.

3. Two variables or more with Distributive Property: distributr, combine like terms on each side if needed, if two variables left on opposite sides do railroad tracks, them build and reverse once you have one variable left.

4. Fractions: find common denominator to get rid of fraction (look at your notes). Decimals: see notes.

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4th week: August 26 to 30:

Took integer quiz on Monday. Passed out workbooks which must be brought to class every day. Students were given pages to work out of the workbook to help them review 7th grade concepts. Take a look at section 2.2 to 2.7 and sections 3.1 to 3.6. We will continue to solve equations this week. Test for my Algebra class may be Thursday or Friday and for my 8th grade level class sometime next week. Students should continue working on Carnegie 10 to 15 mins. each day. Parents: if you haven't been receiving my emails, it means I either don't have it or it is incorrect. As always, don't forget to sign up for remind101.

HOMEWORK:

1. module 2 pretest was due Monday

** workbook sections due Tuesday and are on-going.

2. module 1 pretest due Wednesday.

3. completed module 2 due on unit 1 test date.

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3rd week: August 19 to 23:

Took integer quiz. Students must earn an A or an A/B or must retake every week until they do. They received their graded quizzes back today so they can study for next week's quiz. Students are still working on solving equations using the Distributive Property and rational numbers. Students also analyzed, critiqued, and created equations.

Take a look at my HOMEPAGE Unit 1 for objectives, assignments, vocabulary, and links to videos and tasks to help them study for this test. The 4 links at the bottom of the Unit 1 box also have quiz and test to take as practice.

REMINDERS: sign up for REMIND101, Carnegie Mod 1 and Mod 2 Pretest are due next week (check calendar for dates), Carnegie computer lab open until 4pm on Wednesday of this week (students MUST be picked up no later than 4 or they cannot stay the following time), and Integer Quiz every Monday.

**HOMEWORK: Students should be working on Carnegie every night for at least 10-15 minutes on Module 1 and Module 2.**Friday, August 30, 2014 3:00 pm

Good afternoon!

Students were graded on their class work today, which was the red workbook sections 3.1-3.5, 3.6. You should have seen them working and/or studying out of that workbook this week. This unit is still on solving equations. Students will have the test towards the end of next week. They need to be finishing up Module 2 in Carnegie, which helps them reinforce what we did in the workbook and in class with solving equations.Study guide:*solve one, two, and multi step equations with decimals and fractions without a calculator.*be able to explain why a solution may have one solution, no solution, and infinitely many solutions.

Practice to study: I have a wide range on ability levels in my classes. Some students need more practice than others. Here are some suggestions on how to get students to study. They can do some or all depending on how they learn best. The best way to study math is by practicing problems.

The Carnegie problems and the workbook problems are MANDATORY and are graded.

*red workbooks*read notes from class*work on module 2 Carnegie*watch learn zillion videos from my website*work practice problems from kutasoftware.com*click on the Algebra book on my website and take practice quizzes and tests from chapter 3 to see if they are understanding the material

Thank you for your time in helping your child have a successful year!

Jami Martinez Reynolds8th Grade MathJames T. Alton Middle SchoolMoodle Teacher Page**************************************************************************************

Friday, August 23, 2013 12:26 PM

Good morning! I think I have finally deleted all emails of students who do not have me as their math teacher. Please email me back if you still are receiving my emails when you shouldn't.

I apologize if you keep getting the same information over and over again via remind101 or email. It's just that I have had new people join both of those lists, so I want to make sure we are all on the same page.

Please try to visit my website at least weekly. I do a weekly update to keep you informed of what is going on in my classroom. Please also take the time to look at my calendar, which gives due dates for Carnegie and/or test/quiz dates. If you are still having trouble login onto Carnegie, I have added links to help you on my website. We had a computer lab day today and were able to get on today.

Please take the time to sign up for remind101 text alerts.

**Send a message to: (270) 506-0526****With the message:**Website link: http://hcslms.hardin.kyschools.us/course/view.php?id=804

HOMEWORK:

1. Students have Module 2 pretest (9 questions) due Monday.

2. They also have Module 1 pretest (105) due Wednesday. They have known about both of these assignments since the first week of school.

3. They must complete the entire Module 2 by the time we take our Unit 1 test. This module is over solving equations. A lot of parents ask me about textbooks. Carnegie has vocabulary and examples at the beginning of every unit just like a textbook would. It also provides students with a calculator.

Quizzes: They have a vocabulary quiz Monday over Prefixes. They also have a quiz over the integer rules (games to help them review can be found on my website). I will also be giving a quiz over solving equations. They can use Kutasoftware.com to find worksheets with answers to help them review. I have shown them how to access these via my website. They can also watch videos over each of the lessons taught or reviewed in class by going to learnzillion.com. Video link and codes can be found on my website as well. We have even watched a few in some of my classes. Please have them show you their notebook with the problems we worked out in class. I have asked them to write "red" if they are stuck, "yellow" if they sort of get it, and "green" if they are good to go. It gives you an idea of what they need to be studying each night. Lastly, students need to be working on Carnegie for at least 10-15 minutes each night to practice. I'm staying next Wednesday until 4 pm. Students must let me know in advance and must be picked up by 4 or cannot stay with me in the future. I don't stay every Wednesday or every week. I stayed last Wednesday and this coming Wednesday just to get some kids some extra lab time. Labs can also be opened at 7:30 every day. Just let me know in advance so I know to open the lab.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I usually can answer your emails faster than returning your calls since my planning is early in the morning. This way you don't have to wait until the next day. Please be patient unless it's an emergency (then go ahead and call of course) since I may have several emails to respond to in less than an hour and we sometimes have conferences or meetings during those times.

I'm asking that if you are a registered volunteer with us and are really good with Algebraic concepts, that you come in to help students if your schedule allows. I have 55 minutes with anywhere from 30-36 kids in a class, so I would appreciate it, even if it's once in a while and it doesn't have to be during the class period I have your child in.

Eight grade math, Algebra, is difficult. I've told my students to be patient and try everything I ask them to do and they will be fine. Hard work will get them farther than anything else.

Let's work together to help these students have a successful 8th grade year, which is the foundation for their high school math courses. Have a great weekend!

Jami Martinez Reynolds

8th Grade Math

James T. Alton Middle School