This Week’s Class Activities 8/14 – 8/18
Tuesday August 15th 2006, 1:55 am
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Aug 14     Class Rules and Procedures

Aug 15      Visual Math Preview

Aug 16      Data Analysis PreAssessment; Survey Project Rubric;

Visual Math II Lesson 17 Connector

Aug 17     Visual Math II Lesson 17 Connector

Aug 18     Big 20; Exemplar

Preview for next week: Continuation of Data Analysis and Visual Math Lesson 17

Welcome Back to School! August 14
Sunday July 30th 2006, 7:02 am
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School has begun, and here are the Syllabus and class proceudres to help you be successful this year.

MRS. HENSON / 2006-2007

1st 9 Weeks
Data Analysis & Probability
Number Sense & Operations

2nd 9 Weeks
Geometry & Constructions
3rd 9 Weeks
Similarity & Proportionality
Geometry & Measurement
4th 9 Weeks
Integrated Application of all AKS
Gateway & CRCT Testing
Preview 8th Grade Algebra
      Computation & Estimation
      Numbers * Number Relationships                                                                                                                  ___Discrete Mathematics
***This is only a guide and is subject to change.***
Homework Grades 10%
Quiz Grades 30%
Test Grades 40%
Activity Grades 20%        Projects, Problem Solving, Writing in Math,   Skill Drills, Warm-ups, Notebook Checks, etc
Homework is an opportunity for each student to practice the concept and to determine if they need extra practice or help before taking a test. Homework WILL BE given on a daily basis. For class information and assignments, visit my website at
PreAlgebra Class Procedures
Here are the procedures for my PreAlgebra class. These were given out to the students on the back of their syllabus.

Mrs. Henson’s Policies and Procedures
(Keep this sheet in your notebook)
1. Pencils are to be used for all class notes and assignments.
2. Students are required to bring book, Interactive Student Notebook, paper and pencil to class each day!
3. Students are expected to write the problem, show all necessary work, and circle their answers.
4. Students are required to keep an Interactive Student notebook.
5. Calculators will be used sparingly during the year, at the teacher’s discretion.
6. Students are responsible for ALL missed work when absent from class. It is the students’ responsibility to ask the teacher for makeup work! Any makeup tests or quizzes will be given the day you return from an absence. The students can also check the teacher’s agenda for missing homework and the teachers’ ISN for missing notes.
7. If a student needs help on an assignment or topic, he/she can see the teacher in the mornings before homeroom.
8. Each day, students are expected to be on time to class, go directly to their assigned seat, get out all materials and prepare for the warm-up.
9. Students are to remain seated during class instructions. Students are to pack up only after being given permission by the teacher.
10. Restroom privileges are given before class or during the last 5 minutes of class.
11. Any student caught cheating or allowing another student to cheat off of their paper will receive a zero. Mrs. Henson WILL NOT tolerate cheating. YOu will still have to complete the work.
13. For class information and assignments, visit my website at
14. Remember that YOU ARE responsible for your own learning! A POSITIVE ATTITUDE and HARD WORK will bring SUCCESS.


I will be implementing Interactive Student Notebooks this year to assist you in preparing for the Gateway. I am also looking at some other ideas, including practice standardized tests. One thing that you can do that is invaluable is to come to school every day. Every day that you can come to school is one more day of information that can help you to succeed.

Here is a list of pages to help with setting up your Interactive Student Notebooks (ISN).


Welcome back to school! Let’s do all that we can do to do the best that we can.

Intro to Algebra
Thursday May 04th 2006, 11:07 am
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This week we have been working with inportant terms  and properties in Algebra. Today, we finished up with the properties. Tomorrow, we will be convering solving equations. Your homework has been from the packet that I gave you last week after the Big 20. Look for a quiz over basic Algebraic terms, properties, and solving equations on Monday.

Let’s take a sneak preview of our lesson tomorrow. Solving Equations Story


Algebraic Expressions
Monday May 01st 2006, 11:47 pm
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We watched a powerpoint on algebraic expressions and t-tables today. If you read this tonight, give me an expression for the distance around the square on page 117, problem 29b in the text. I’m planning on giving a quiz next week. This problem will be worth 5 extra credit points.

The Famous Locker Problem
Friday April 28th 2006, 7:46 pm
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Here’s The Famous Locker Problem that I promised to put here along with some solutions. I particularly liked the  the detail that some of you put into your work. The Famous Locker Problem



Ropes Method of Problem-Solving
Friday April 28th 2006, 1:26 am
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As a recap of today’s lesson, ROPES stands for 1)Read the problem; 2) Omit unnecessary data; 3) Plan, using strategies; 4)Efficiently solve the problem; 5) Study the results. You are to use ROPES to sovle the The Famous Locker problem that you were assigned for homework. I’ll publish possible solutions this weekend.

Also, I am providing the Word Storm for those of you who received NHI’s. The rules are that the words can only pertain to Geometry and each syllable counts one point up to 6 points. Word Storm


What’s Next?
Wednesday April 26th 2006, 2:34 am
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We have finished the state CRCT testing, and yet we still have 3 weeks of school. So what do we do now? Well, in my classes we will be taking the school’s Final Big 20 and Exemplar and the county’s Benchmark Assessments. At the end of school, we will have our Final Exam. But testing isn’t the only action in 6th grade Math. We will also dig a little deeper into Algebra with coordinate graphing, linear equations, and hopefully some previewing of integers. Are you ready for it?

Into the Vortex
Saturday April 22nd 2006, 10:48 pm
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teacheravatar.pngHello students,                                                   

My website has been up for a week now, and we have started having the CRCT. What about the math sections that we had on Friday? What are your thoughts about the state’s questions? Any particular concepts that you aren’t too sure about? Did you use any of the tools that we have learned this year? Let’s hear your comments.