Students enter the room silently according to the Daily Entrance Routine. They are instructed to take their homework out from the previous night. Then, I provide them a sheet of paper with the worked out answers, which I completed. I instruct students to check their answers independently and try to find TWO mistakes in my work (purposely included to motivate higher level students). Mistake finders will earn an achievement point.
Students are allowed to ask their neighbors or me questions quietly during this homework check. At the end of 6 minutes students are instructed to put everything away except for a pencil and lined paper.
Many students seem to share the same type error this year in terms of their work. What I have noticed are mistakes with dropping negatives, minor addition/subtraction errors especially when carrying or borrowing, or mistakes within numeric expressions and misusing the order of operations. This means we spent some time during the unit with MP6 - attention to precision.
This skill seems to be affected most in word problem with multiple step. Thus, I make sure to review #3 from the homework, ensuring that students are writing and using numeric expressions that summarize the facts in to problem to solve. This will hopefully motivate students to do the same on their unit test with the multi-step problems.
Two students help me distribute bubble sheets while I hand out test booklets. All students are instructed to begin working as soon as they receive a test booklet and to show all their work. They are reminded not to rush and are also advised that I have planned for time to complete unfinished tests at the beginning of class on Monday. The following are examples of the problems students will see on the test, created by Intel Assess.
Short Response Sample Question #22:
Sabrina needs to make 4 apple pies to bring to a school bake sale. The ingredients
in the recipe for one pie are listed below.
Part A. How much of each ingredient does Sabrina need to make 4 pies? Show your work and include units where needed.
Part B: Sabrina purchased bags of flour and sugar at the grocery store. The flour bag holds 20 cups of flour and the sugar bag holds 11 ½ cups of sugar. How much of these ingredients will be left over after she makes the pies? Show your work or explain your reasoning.
Multiple choice Sample Question #14:
Howard is preparing meatballs for a party.
How many meatballs can he make?
Data Analysis Note: when analyzing the data for this problem, consider how each multiple choice that is incorrect may shed light into the particular misunderstanding the student holds. This can be incredibly helpful when carrying out remediation, or correcting this student: