Classrooms

7th Grade Math - Mrs. Sara Moody

sara.moody@ffa.k12.de.us

Fun Activities...

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Friendships That Last a Lifetime...

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A Learning Environment Like No Other...

Classroom Rules

Students must quietly enter the classroom and take out their POD paper and homework assigned from the night before.

Students must raise their hand when they need to ask a question.

Students must stay in their seats at all times.

The bell does not dismiss the class.  I will call on each group to be dismissed in an orderly fashion.

At anytime if the student is disruptive or is not willing to follow classroom rules or school norms they will be issued a "STRIKE".  Once a student has accumulated 3 STRIKES in a class period, the student must complete a 7 paragraph essay on the behavior he/she was exhibiting in class.  If for any reason the student does not complete the essay, he/she will be issued a DEMERIT.  Please be reminded, once a student has accumulated 3 DEMERITS, he/she must serve a Saturday detention.

Notes For Parents

4/7/14

Hello Parents:

Please take time out and review HAC for all current FORMATIVE GRADES.  Some students do not have a grade for certain assignments.  I will give them until Friday the 11th to turn in work.  If I do not receive the work by then I will input zero(s).  We have less than 2 months left of school and I will NOT take missing assignments into June.  If you see a missing grade for SUMMATIVE, students may be in the process of making up the grade.

Thank you,

Mrs. Moody

Please help us prepare your child for DCAS by having them continue to complete the following:
Brainchild assignments - www.brainchild.com
Learning Point Navigator Assignments - https://de.learningpointnavigator.com

ALL CLASSES NEED CALCULATORS.  PLEASE GET A CALCULATOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

EXTRA CREDIT TRIMESTER 3:

Students will be given a project in May with a complete rubric that will be due the last week of May or first week of June.  Extra credit will be given to students who completes 2 projects.  More information to follow.

HOMEWORK:

Please note that homework is based on completion.  Students will receive points based  on completion and if ALL WORK IS SHOWN.  We review homework everyday and students are expected to correct answers and ask questions if they do not understand.  If a homework assignment is not completed or no work is shown a "0" will be given for the assignment and a DEMERIT will be issued.  Once a student has accumulated 5 demerits he/she must serve a Saturday detention.  Please make sure your student is completing his/her homework.  Homework is given everyday except for Friday.

TEST/QUIZ:

Please note that a "0" will be given to students who speak during any quizzes or tests that are given throughout the school year.

STUDY TIPS:

Students should be reviewing the lesson everyday for 15-20mins.  Students should have at least 10 example problems from each lesson.  Here is a link from http://www.studytips.org/.

10. Select a consistent place to study.

Some people need total quiet while others can study well with music in the background. The key is to find a comfortable place and study there regularly, such as the kitchen table, a desk, a favorite chair, bed, etc.

 
 

9. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Study a little every night instead of cramming late the night before the test. A good night’s sleep helps. Bleary eyes and a tired body do not.

 
 

8. Use the agenda book

Most students have an agenda book, but they don’t write anything in it. On Monday, write down all of the week’s assignments. Most teachers have them posted in the classroom.

 
 

7. Dedicate a space for every class in your book bag.

In the department store aisles, there are boxes and boxes of binders, folders and organizational tools. For every class, dedicate a binder, folder or notebook. There should be a place for class notes, handouts and homework assignments. Some of the larger binders can accommodate all classes. It is really a matter of personal choice; just keep papers separated by class.

6. Stay organized throughout the year.

Most students have many binders and folders, but they do not use them. Many stuff every single paper from school into one binder. Half of their papers become misplaced or lost. Do not use the “shove” method when papers are returned, i.e. shove everything in one binder. Place them in the correct folder.If you are using a three-ring binder to keep papers organized, take the time to open the metal prongs and place them securely in it. If someone helps you organize your papers, take the time to continue putting everything in its place.

 
 

5. Make study cards.

On the front of a note card write the word or idea. On the back, write the definition or important information. Have a friend or parent ask you about the word and/or provide a definition.

 
 

4. Make your own study guide.

One great way to study is to make a list of the important information from a chapter and write it in your own words. Copy down any words that are written in bold or in italics. Look at chapter headings, section headings and review sections at the end of a chapter for other important information to add to your study guide. Merge this information with class notes.

 
 

3. Talk about assignments with friends.

Discussing assignments with friends is another great way to study. This is very helpful when studying for novel tests. Friendly discussions about books help deepen understanding.

 
 

2. If you are struggling, ask for help.

Start by talking to the teacher. The guidance counselor generally has a list of tutors in the area. Some high school students need to complete community service hours to be in clubs or in honor societies. You may be able to get a free tutor.

 
 

1. Make academics a focus in your life.

Studying takes time and effort. Get organized, ask for help and put forth effort aimed at improving your study habits now.

 
 

The lessons taught in middle school are building blocks for high school and college. Starting good study habits now will help you later in life. It does take more effort to study and to become organized; however, academic success will make you feel good about yourself and your parents smile.

 

Miss a day, Miss a lot

It is the student's responsibility to get their work if they are absent.  Please make sure your student is up to date with his/her work.  All assignments are on eschool and are updated on a weekly basis.  This is the best way to see your student's current grade and missing assignments.  You can access the home access page by clicking on the following link: http://hac.doe.k12.de.us/homeaccess/default.aspx.  You will need your username and ID to access all grades.

About the Teacher

Welcome to 7th Grade Math! My name is Mrs. Moody and this will be my second year at Family Foundations Academy Charter School. I received my Bachelors of Science in Middle School Math from Wilmington University in May 2012. Throughout my student teaching experience I was given the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students. I have taught inclusion, fast math, and honors classes. This has exposed me to different learning styles and how to use multiple teaching strategies in the classroom.

This year at FFA, we are using a  math curriculum titled, Big Ideas Math. Big Ideas Math is a program develop that is aligned with our Delaware Common Core Standards. It is a more rigurous curriculum.  Your children will be challenged throughout this year.  I am excited about instilling this knowledge into your children.

I look forward in becoming partners with you in your child’s education. It takes a strong partnership among the school, teachers, and parents to support our students. You will get an email everyday from me containing homework for the day and quiz/test dates. It is crucial that I have an email on file for each family so that I may keep you up to date. If you have not done so already, please provide your email address to the school as soon as possible.

"AN INVESTMENT IN KNOWLEDGE PAYS THE BEST INTEREST"- Benjamin Franklin

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest". -Benjamin Franklin

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest". -Benjamin Franklin

     

Thank you,

Mrs. Moody

(302) 324-8901 ext 315

sara.moody@ffa.k12.de.us

Classroom Rules and Expectations

Middle School Classroom Norms:

Be trustworthy by not going into other people’s property and telling the truth at all times.

Be respectful to my teachers, administrators, support staff, visitors, and my classmates by refraining from using profanity or inappropriate language at all times and accepting others’ thoughts, opinions and ideas as their own.

Be responsible by coming to class prepared, keeping all electronics off, and wearing my uniform properly.

Show fairness to my teacher and friends by raising my hand to comment or ask a question.

Be caring by listening quietly when my teachers or classmates are speaking, keeping the classroom neat by not throwing trash on the floor and saving all gum, candy, food, and, drinks for lunchtime or after school.

Show good citizenship by following all the classroom, hallway, and cafeteria norms at all times.

Once my teacher gives me permission to use the restroom, I must have a pass before leaving the room.

If I arrive late to school, I must stop at the main office to get a pass for my teacher before I enter the classroom.

If I am late to class after homeroom, I must report to ISS to get a pass for my teacher in order to enter the classroom.

Homework

4/1/14

7-1:
Math Journal pg 170 (1-4)


7-4, 7-3, 7-2:
Math Journal pg 88 (10-17)
 
4/2/14
7-1:
Math Journal pg 136 ALL


7-4, 7-3, 7-2:
Math Journal pg 96 (1-6)
 
4/7/14
7-1:
Math Journal pg 148 (1-4)


7-4, 7-3, 7-2:
No HW due to quiz
 
4/8/14
 
7-1:
Puzzle Time 6.3

7-4,7-3, 7-2:
Math Journal pg 100 (1-4)
 
4/9/14
7-1:
No HW due to quiz


7-4, 7-3, 7-2:
Math Journal pg 100 (5-7)
 
4/10/14
7-1:
Math Journal pg 192 ALL
 
7-4, 7-3, 7-2:
4.3 Practice B Worksheet
 
4/15/14
7-1:
No HW

7-4, 7-3, 7-2
Math Journal pg 110 (1-6A), pg 118 ALL

Weekly Activities

3/31/14-4/4/14 

7-1:

EQ, " How do I find the volume of a rectangular and triangular prism?" & "How do I find the volume of a cylinder?"

7-4, 7-3, 7-2

EQ, "How do I use the percent equation to solve percent questions?" & "How do I calculate percent increase and percent decrease?"


Contact the Teacher

Sara Toussaint-Moody

7th Gr. Math Teacher

Family Foundations Academy Charter School

1 Fallon Ave Wilmington, DE 19804

sara.moody@ffa.k12.de.us

302-324-8901 ext 315

The best time to call is between the hours of 7:30am-7:55am, 9:15am-10:25am, & 3:35pm-4:00pm.  I will NOT answer any calls during instruction.  Please leave a message and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience.  If it is an emergency please call the office.

Links

MATH TEXTBOOK:

There are many resources provided through the Big Ideas curriculum. Here is the link for the Big Ideas Math page: http://www.bigideasmath.com/. Go to the Big Ideas Math site, click on Students, click on the Common Core program and click "Go" under the Home Edition. If you go under the Parent tab, they will need to click "Students page" and follow the same process. Click on the red book, the chapter we are on (chapter 1), and the section (1.1, or 1.2, etc.). On the left side will be a menu of items to be used, including interactive tools, lesson tutorials, flash cards, and fair game reviews (reviews of previously taught concepts).

BRAINCHILD:

Assignments will be on brainchild for students.  Brainchild is used to reinforce skills learned and is a great tool for practice.  Here is the link for branichild: http://www.brainchild.com/.  Please check your email and my webpage for when assignments are posted in brainchild.  Please follow the steps to login.

1. Username: (first initial and last name no spaces)

2. School ID: FFA

3. Password: (first name)

HOMEWORK HELP:
 
Here is a link to an article about helping your student with their homework:
http://www.essence.com/2012/06/18/the-homework-solution

DCAS Practice Test Instructions

1. Google “DCAS Online”
2. Select “Students and Families”
3. Select “Practice and Training Tests” or “Learning Point Navigator” (for assignments from your teacher)
4. Select “Student Interface Practice and Training Site”
(Must be accessed using Firefox or the secure browser)
5. Select a Test to practice – Reading, Math, Science or Social Studies

DCAS Learning Point Navigator

1. Google “DE Learning point navigator”
2. Click on the first link

3 Sign into DE Learning point navigator using your DCAS credentials

4. Select your class period (7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4)  It will have your class period and "WA", WN", WG", or "WQ"  These are the class weaknessess for Algebraic, Numeric, Geometric, and Quantitative.  (Must be accessed using Firefox or the secure browser)