Mrs. Niemi's Classroom


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Schedule for the 2017/18 School Year:

Period 1 - Language Arts Support in Gen. Education Classes.
Period 2 - Language Arts Room 116
Period 3 - Math Room 116
Period 4 - Planning
Period 5 - Math Room 116
Period 6 - Social Skills in Library (Study Skills will be with  
                  in room 116)

Month of October:

Period 2: 

Language Arts:

We will be using the READ 180 curriculum. After a whole group lesson, students will rotate between small group learning, student application time on the computer at their level, and independent reading at their level. The first whole group workshop is called "Getting Started". It focuses on building an academic community. Students will investigate what it means to have a growth mindset and writing will focus on setting goals and creating action steps for achieving their goals.

Students will also be using tools from the Step Up to Writing program to improve their writing skills. We are currently working on writing a solid sentence.

Period 3

Students are working from the Transitional Mathematics program: Understanding Algebraic Expressions. They are on Unit 3: Understanding Variables. Students are using variables in area formulas and ratios. They are also translating statements into equations.

Period 5:

Students are working from the Math Mammoth math program. In the first chapter students are reviewing the four basic operations. This includes studying the order of operations, simple equations and expressions, long multiplication, long division, divisibility, primes, and factoring. The main line of thought throughout this chapter is that of a mathematical expression. In mathematics, an
expression consists of numbers, letters, and operation symbols, but does not contain an equal sign (an equation does). Students write simple expressions for problems they solve. They study the correct order of operations in an expression. An equation in mathematics consists of an expression that equals another expression (expression = expression). We study simple equations, both with the help of visual bar models and also without. Next, we review multi-digit multiplication (multiplying in columns), starting with partial products (multiplying in parts) and how that can be visualized geometrically. Then it is time for long division, especially practicing long division with two-digit divisors. We also study why long division works, in the lesson Long Division and Repeated Subtraction. Throughout the lessons there are also word problems to solve. Lastly, we study the topics of divisibility, primes, and factoring. Students learn the common divisibility rules for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. In prime factorization, we use factor trees. Although the chapter is named “The Four Operations,” please notice that the idea is not to practice each of the four operations separately, but rather to see how they are used together in solving problems and in
simple equations. We are trying to develop the students’ algebraic thinking, including the abilities to: translate problems into mathematical operations, comprehend the many operations needed to yield an answer to a problem, “undo” operations, and so on. Many of the ideas in this chapter are preparing them in advance for algebra.

Period 6: 

Study Skills:
Students need to come to class prepared to work. This is a class to get extra help and time to finish assignments. It is not a free time class. If a student refuses to work, parents will be notified for a meeting. Students who are not in this class as an elective may come as needed after checking in with their elective teacher.

Social Skills:
This is class is designed to improve the social, emotional, and academic skills of students and strengthen relationships between students, peers, and teachers. The curriculum "School Connect" is built upon 5 social and emotional competency areas: social awareness, self awareness, self management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. This is a semester class. If after the semester students are showing growth in behavior skills they can then either move to an elective class or they can go to study skills if they are failing classes.