Ms. Amber Aguirre » JUNIOR HIGH MATH & SCIENCE

JUNIOR HIGH MATH & SCIENCE

Welcome to Jr. High Math & Science!
 
 
Welcome!
 
As your child's science teacher, I am looking forward to helping your child gain proficiency in science while having fun in the lab.  I ask for your ongoing support as we use our new textbook to help guide us through the new Next Generation Science Standards.  This will be a new and exciting journey for all.  
 
Your child's textbook is not only a textbook, but a running record of his/her learning.  They are to read it, write in it, highlight it, draw in it, and study from it.  In addition, there is a digital component for the students' convenience.  I encourage them to log in.  
 
In each grade, the learning progression is as follows....
 
  • Earth- Atmosphere, Rocks, Plate Tectonics, Natural Resources, Human Effects, History of Earth, Climate, Ocean, Solar System
  • Life- Biosphere, Cell System, Human Body, Reproduction, Ecosystems, Populations, Genes and Natural Selections
  • Physical - Matter, Energy, Magnets, Atoms, Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, Forces, and Motion
 
 
I encourage you to stay involved in your child's learning.  Log-in to the website, pearsonrealize.com.  In addition, email me if you have any questions.  
 
Also, I have had many parents inquire on how to help put together a Lab.  Let me know if you are able to put together a lab.  We want enough materials to have 10-12 groups carry out the lab with their own materials.  
 
Thank you!
 
I am also working with the grade level math program.  It has been off to a wonderful start. We are continuing to use Eureka math.  This is a comprehensive common core math curriculum from K-8.  This is all sequenced in modules.  Please see me or email me if you have any questions.  

In each grade, the learning is as 
follows.....
 

6th- Begin the year with the concepts of ratios and rate formalizing their understanding of equivalent fractions. Then moving into multiplication and division of them. They continue by using the knowledge of a number line to plot integers and other rational numbers.   They also learn to read, write and evaluate expressions and equations using letters.

7th-Begin the year with the concepts of ratios and rate. They will use graphs, tables and equations to work with ratios. To build upon 6th students build on their understanding of rational numbers to add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers. This too, will involve using a number line. Build upon 6th with solving equations. They use linear equations to solve unknown angle problems and other problems presented within context to understand that solving algebraic equations is all about the numbers.  Work with fractions, decimals and percents (converting)

 
8th- Exponents- using letters to stand for numbers- beginning steps of scientific notation. 
        Congruence and Pythagorean Theorem
  • Dilation and Similarity
  • Concepts of Geometry
 
 
Gradelink will be updated with Science Grades by this weekend.  Thank you for your patience!
 
Progress Reports will go out early next week! 
 
I do have some fun labs in mind for all junior high grades.  Again, I will need some help with supplies. 
 
All of junior high will participate in a Pumpkin Investigation.  Ideally, I would like 10 pumpkins per class.  We only need pumpkins! Yay!  We have had generous donations of carving kits.  
 
Engineering Design Labs will take place shortly after the pumpkin investigation.  
I will need supplies for each grade for this lab....
6th- masking tape (about 3 more rings) and glue sticks (1 dozen)
7th-masking tape (about 3 rings more would be great)
8th- All 8th items have been donated! Thank you!!!!
 
All supplies would be greatly appreciated by the last week of October.  Thank you!
 
I will also let you know when I have enough of any given supply and remove it from the list from your chid's grade.  
 
Thank you!!!!! I anticipate these projects to be lots of fun!!! 
 
Junior High (6-8) will be using the lab next week for the pumpkin investigation. We currently have 1 pumpkin for 6th grade.  Please have your child bring in a medium sized pumpkin.  Thank you!
 
6th and 7th have all pumpkins donated!  Thank you!
 
STAR Testing is here again!
7th will take their Math on Monday, November 5 and their ELA on Tuesday November 6 
 
November 16, 2018- All students should log-in to Pearson Realize to finish their activities.  This weekend is the last opportunity! Thank you! 
 
Reminders 
All students should log into Pearson Realize for new interactivities
 
Students in 7th are asked to bring in any towels used in the home (bath, face, kitchen, etc....) for Good Shepherd Women and Children Homeless Shelter.  
 
We did an amazing job with the Thanksgiving Drive.  Let's continue with season of giving for Christmas!  Thank you so much for your generosity!