Wow, we really miss you all!  We hope you all are doing well and staying safe.  As we head towards the end of the year, the 8th grade teachers are working on ways to celebrate you and your accomplishments, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We want you to answer this question on a piece of paper, in less than one sentence (just a few words would be great)...

What Does Saunders Mean To You?
Take a selfie of yourself holding the sign, and email it to:
These pictures will be used as we work on our goodbyes, so please get all pictures emailed by Friday, June 5th! 

5/25/20 - 5/29/20
The target for review this week is evaluating functions for input values. See Canvas for materials. 

Puzzle: 5-25.docx
Sudoku 5-25.pdf

5/18/20 - 5/22/20

The targets for review this week are relations and functions and domain and range. Log into Clever and select Canvas for materials. 5-18.docx
Sudoku 5-18.pdf

5/11/20 - 5/14/20
The focus for review this week is literal equations. Log into Clever and then select Canvas for materials. 
Puzzle: 5-12.docx
Sudoku for 5-12.pdf

5/5/20 - 5/9/10

We are focusing on solving multistep equations this week. Log into Clever and then Canvas for materials. 

Performance Task: See Canvas, it's attached there. 5-6.docx
Sudoku: Sudoku 5-6.pdf

4/27/20 - 5/1/20
This week our focus is on adding and subtracting polynomials. Log into Clever and then Canvas (see instructions last week, listed below) for materials. 

Performance Task: See Canvas, it's attached there. 
Puzzle: 4-27.docx
Sudoku: Sudoku 4-27.pdf

4/20/20 - 4/24/20

I have begun creating modules in a new platform, called Canvas, that PWCS is beginning to use. The focus for this week's review is evaluating algebraic expressions.

You can find our class on the Canvas platform by following these steps:
1. Log into the Clever Portal.
2. Find the Canvas icon (see image below for reference). 
3. Find the course titled Period __ Algebra.


Please let me know if you have any issues finding Canvas or have any questions while completing the content. 

In addition, here are this week's performance task, puzzle, and Sudoku!

Performance Task: Delivery Trucks - Represent Expressions.pdf
Puzzle: 4-21.docx
Sudoku: Sudoku 4-21.pdf

4/13/20 - 4/17/20
I hope you had a wonderful spring break! Here are this week's performance task, puzzle and Sudoku! 

Performance task: Tile the Tub - Simplify Expressions.pdf
Puzzle: Daily Puzzle 4-13.docx
Sudoku: 4-13 Sudoku.pdf (Careful! Solution is on page 2)

Fun math fact: The Fibonacci sequence is a famous sequence and goes like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55... Can you figure out the pattern? 

3/30/20 - 4/3/20
Here is your weekly performance task, puzzle, and Sudoku! 

Performance TaskHot Under the Collar - Multi-step Equations.pdf
PuzzleOrdering & Logic.pdf
Sudoku3-30 Sudoku.pdf

Feel free to email me to check your answers or ask questions!

Fun math fact: "Four" is the only number in the English language with the same number of letters as the number itself. 

3/23/20 - 3/27/20
All grades have been updated. I sent out an email last week stating this, along with instructions for preparing for retakes and/or missing assessments for when we return. Work on these skills at your own pace and if/when time allows. First comes the importance to be healthy and rested during this time. Please feel free to email with any questions you have regarding assignments or assessment grades. 

I will be updating my page this week to include review material for all content we've focused on thus far in the year. I will also post material on the content we have not yet covered. Students are not expected to complete this material, but are encouraged to explore if time and curiosity allows. In the coming weeks I'll likely be adding assignments (not for grade) on the Big Ideas website to allow students to continue this practice. I also hope to post a weekly challenge problem to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving. I plan to send an email out by the end of the week, detailing where these materials can be found. 

3/16/20 - 3/20/20

I am working this week to complete all grading I have to do. I will send an email out when I have completed this grading and after that you can email me with any questions you have regarding assignment or assessment grades. Teachers should be receiving directions this week regarding instruction and I will communicate my role and expectations once we know how to move forward.

3/13/20: As of now, we are scheduled to return next Wednesday March 18th.
 Whether we return on that date, or a later date (if things change), here are some important details to keep in mind:

We will have a review day to review solving systems of linear equations and linear inequalities. The day after that review we will have an assessment. The study guide was passed out on Friday March 13th and is available below for review. In addition, the IXL numbers for these targets are U.1 - U.5, U.8 - U.15, T.3, T.5, T.6. I strongly encourage students to spend some time practicing during our days off to ensure they are keeping these skills and processes in mind. 

Systems of Equations & InequalitiesAlgebra Unit 5 Practice Packet.docx

As far as we know, the 
end of the third quarter is still Friday March 27th. Be sure to turn in assignments if possible for credit. Email Ms. Bontrager or your other teachers if you have questions about what you owe. 

3/2/20 - 3/6/20
We wrapped up our unit on linear applications and have begun looking at systems of equations. We'll start exploring linear inequalities next week and prepare for the assessment on these two topics on 3/17 & 3/18

Notes from 3/6 - Notes - Solving by Elimination.docx
Notes from 3/5 - Notes - Solving by Substitution.docx
Notes from 3/4 - Notes - Systems of equations.docx

A quick note - things are about to get a bit busy in the coming days. A few important dates are listed below:
3/10 & 3/12 - 8th grade Writing SOL
3/13 - Field trip for students whose homeroom is LA, math (except Achico), Languages (except Berrios), Armstrong and Annunziata
3/27 - Field trip for students whose homeroom is Civics, Science, Mrs. Berrios, and Mrs. Achico
3/27 - End of Quarter 1
3/30 - Teacher work day (no school for students)

2/17/20 - 2/20/20
We are wrapping up our focus on direct and inverse variation. We will begin reviewing for our unit assessment next Tuesday February 25th. The targets on this assessment will be:
1) Solving applications of linear equations. 
2) Using linear regression to analyze data. 
3) Identifying/using direct and indirect variation.

2/10/20 - 2/14/20
We wrapped up using linear regression with a check-in and will begin looking at direct and inverse variation today (Thursday). Looking ahead, we will likely have an assessment covering linear regression and direct/inverse variation at the end of next week (20th/21st) or the beginning of the following week (24th/25th).

Notes from 2/13 - Notes - Direct and Inverse Variation.docx
Big Ideas Exploration into Direct Variation - Big Ideas 3.4 Exploration - Direct Variation.pdf

2/3/20 - 2/7/20
We're continuing our focus on using lines of best fit to analyze data, but we'll start to use tools, such as graphing calculators and Desmos, to help us with this process. These tools can mathematically determine the line that truly best fits the data, which helps to precisely analyze the data. The packets below were used as notes this week and last week. 

2/5 - Big Ideas 5.5 Analyzing Lines of Best Fit.pdf
1/31 - Big Ideas 5.4 Scatter Plots and Lines of Best Fit.pdf

Welcome to quarter 3!! We'll continue our work with linear functions and begin looking at applications of those functions. Later this week we'll begin using linear regression to determine linear functions that can approximate situations to help us analyze data. 

Since we're moving into unit 4, the unit 3 vocabulary and crossword are due Tuesday February 4th. A copy of each is available below and on the "Quarter Assignments" page for download.

Algebra Unit 3 Vocabulary.docx & Unit 3 Crossword.pdf

The end of the quarter is Friday January 24th! We will celebrate the end of the second quarter by having Quarter Bash and a pep rally that day. In order to participate in Quarter Bash, all work must be submitted by Friday January 17th. Make sure you can join in the fun!

Here is some information regarding high school curriculum/specialty program info sessions:
Hylton Curriculum Fair 2020.pdf
Forest Park curriculum night 20.pdf
HS Specialty Information nights 2019.docx

1/13/20 - 1/17/20
We're writing equations for linear functions this week. We'll be adding point-slope form and standard form to our list (so far we've only worked with slope-intercept form) of forms for writing equations. 

1/13 - Point-Slope Form Practice.pdf
1/13 - Linear Equation Forms Chart.docx

1/6/20 - 1/10/20
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful break and are feeling rested and ready to finish the quarter strong! We are continuing to work with linear transformations this week. Next week we will write equations for functions, learning about point-slope form and standard form of equations. We'll finish the current unit by working with parallel and perpendicular lines. We will likely have our next assessment during the final week of January, so that assessment will fall in the third quarter. 

12/13/19 - 12/20/19
It's the last school week of 2019!! We're working with linear transformations this week and will have a formative assessment/assignment to start on Thursday. It will be due Friday. 

**Assignment Info: All assignments will be listed and available for download on the "Quarter Assignment" page on my class site (look at the menu on the left).**

12/9/19 - 12/13/19
Ms. Bontrager was out on Monday and Tuesday when the assessment was given. Students received the slope formative assessments and are able to make corrections, then resubmit for full credit (as long as they show why their new answer is correct!). We worked on a hurricane assignment that used linear functions to predict patterns and events in the hurricane (i.e. wind speed). On Thursday we'll look at linear transformations. Looking ahead, next we'll we'll focus on writing equations for linear functions.

Notes from 12/12 - Notes - Linear Transformations.pdf

Looking further ahead, the second part of our functions and graphing unit will likely be after winter break. 

12/2/19 - 12/6/19

This week we're turning our attention to slope-intercept form. We'll use what we've been learning about slope and add y-intercept to graph linear functions. 

We'll have the first part of our Unit 3 Functions & Graphing Assessment next Monday 12/10. It will assess the following targets:

1) I can determine whether a relation is also a function. 

2) I can determine the domain and range for a given relation/function. 

3) I can evaluate a function for given values of the domain and range. 

4) I can identify different representations of the same relation/function.

IXL numbers are available on the IXL page on my class site and previous notes and handouts are available below for download. Let me know if you have any questions while you're preparing!

11/25/19 - 11/26/19
Only a two day week! We're focusing on slope on Monday and will do a practice "flipped classroom" assignment on Monday night. Students will log into BigIdeas and complete an assignment online. We'll then use Tuesday to practice and build on how we're doing. 

11/12/19 - 11/15/19
We're starting this week identifying domain and range for given relations. We'll then move to evaluating functions for given input or output values. The notes and formative assessment we started in class are available below. 

Formative Assessment due 11/15Formative Assessment.pdf
Notes from 11/12 - Notes - Evaluating Functions.pdf

11/6/19 - 11/8/19
We finished projects on Wednesday and used Thursday to have a gallery-walk. Great job on representing stories with graphs! We started looking at relations and functions on Friday. Notes from Friday are available below.

Notes from 11/8 - Notes - Relations verus Functions.docx

10/28/19 - 11/1/19
This week we are turning our attention to graphs and the content that those graphs represent. Students will be completing a project for which they either create or find a "story" to represent graphically. The rubric for the project is below. The tentative due date for this assignment is Friday 11/1 but may change depending on needs of the groups. 

Storyline Project Rubric - Storyline Graphing Project Rubric.docx

10/21/19 - 10/25/19
I (Ms. Bontrager) was out on Monday so it was a review day. Tuesday was used to finish remaining tests. We spent most of the rest of the week learning how to use the Desmos graphing calculator to evaluate expressions for replacement values, and equations and inequalities with one variable. 

Unit 2 assessments were passed back on Friday and retake requirements were explained and determined. Retake tickets are due by Tuesday in order to complete a retake on Wednesday. The tickets can be found below and are available in Ms. Bontrager's class as well. 

Retake Tickets:
Solving Multistep Equations - REMEDIATION - Solving Equations.pdf
Multistep Equation Applications - REMEDIATION - Equation Applications.pdf
Solving Literal Equations - REMEDIATION - Literal Equations.pdf
Solving Multistep Inequalities - REMEDIATION - Solving Inequalities.pdf
Multistep Inequality Applications - REMEDIATION - Inequalities Applications.pdf

10/15/19 - 10/18/19
We're reviewing on Tuesday and Wednesday for our Unit 2 assessment on Thursday 10/17. If we need more time to complete the assessment, we'll use Friday as well. The vocabulary list and crossword puzzles are due Friday 10/18 and should be used for studying!

Unit 2 Vocabulary List Due 10/18Algebra Unit 2 Vocabulary.docx
Unit 2 Crossword Due 10/18Unit 2 Crossword Puzzle.pdf
Study guide for unit 2 - Algebra Unit 2 Practice Packet.pdf

10/7/19 - 10/11/19
We'll look at inequalities this week and use them to solve real-world applications. This will wrap up our Equations & Inequalities unit. Next week we'll do review on Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for our assessment on Thursday 10/17.

Assignment given 10/10 Due 10/16Hiring House Painters Assignment.pdf
Notes from 10/8 - Notes - Multistep Inequalities.docx

We used the website to practice multistep inequalities and inequality word problems on Wednesday. The codes are below if you want to practice at home!

Solve multistep inequalities - 391971
Inequality word problems - 389653

9/20/19 - 10/4/19
We're continuing our work with equations and will use the properties we learned last week to justify steps performed when solving equations. Next we'll move into literal equations, where equations have more than one variable. Looking ahead... next week we'll focus on solving multistep inequalities and then start preparing for our equations and inequalities unit assessment on Thursday 10/17

Notes from 9/30 - Justifying Steps in Solving Equations & Inequalities.docx
Notes from 10/1 - Notes - Literal Equations.docx
Study guide for unit 2 - Algebra Unit 2 Practice Packet.pdf

9/23/19 - 9/27/19
Awesome job on the first unit test! We've moved onto solving multistep equations and using those equations to solve real-world problems. We've looked at situations that include different kinds of solutions as well - one solution, no solution, and infinite solutions. The notes are below for download: 

Notes from 9/23 - Equations variables on both sides.docx
Notes from 9/24 - Types of Solutions.docx
Notes from 9/27 -Algebraic Properties List.pdf
Formative AssignmentCheck-In - Multistep Equation and Word Problem.docx

Unit 1 Retake Info:
If you scored below 70% on any of the strands of the first unit test, you'll be required to retake it. Please prepare yourself by completing a worksheet and check your work with Ms. Bontrager (see Ms. Bontrager for a copy) or achieve a score of 80 or higher on the correct strands on IXL (see the IXL page for the appropriate numbers). If you have any questions about what you need to retake, please email Ms. Bontrager! We'll aim to have retakes complete by the end of the week. 

9/16/19 - 9/20/19
Our first unit test is tomorrow 9/17! Monday we'll be reviewing evaluating expressions, adding and subtracting polynomials, and translating expressions. Look to the left of this screen for the IXL numbers that will help you practice.

Study Guide Answer Key -  Unit 1 Study Guide ANSWER KEY.pdf
Vocabulary Crossword Answer Key - Algebra Unit 1 Vocabulary Crossword Answer Key.pdf

We'll be using Quizizz at times during this year (starting Monday). Please join our class...

Period 3 - Click Here

Period 5 - Click Here

9/9/19 - 9/13/19
We're continuing our study of algebraic expressions and operations. We moved from evaluating algebraic expressions to adding and subtracting polynomials. By the end of the week we will be translating algebraic expressions to verbal expressions and vice versa. This will prepare us for our Expressions and Operations Unit Assessment next Tuesday 9/17. The following documents were handed out this week and can be downloaded:

Notes from 9/6 - Evaluate Algebraic Expressions - Evaluate Algebraic Expressions.pdf
Notes from 9/9 - Add and Subtract Polynomials - Add and Subtract Polynomials.pdf
Adding & Subtracting Polynomials Practice - Adding and Subtracting Polynomials.pdf
Notes from 9/12 - Translating Expressions - Translate Expressions Worksheet.docx
Unit 1 Expressions & Operations Study Guide - Unit 1 Study Guide.pdf
Expressions & Operations Check-In AssignmentExpressions & Operations Formative.pdf

9/3/19 - 9/6/19:
We're starting with our first topic of the year, order of operations. We'll be into evaluating algebraic expressions by the end of the week. Documents and notes handed out this week are listed below for download. 

Algebra Tentative Coursework Schedule: Algebra Tentative Coursework 2019-2020.docx
Unit 1 Tracking Sheet: Unit 1 - Expressions and Operations Target Tracking Chart.docx
Notes - Order of Operations: Notes - Order of Operations.docx