Yesterday, I had the best intentions of compiling a

Monday Must Reads post. But, after seven hours hanging posters in my classroom, I just wasn't feeling it. I started to beat myself up before I remembered that

my goal for this year is to give myself grace.

As a result, I'm not going to try to catch up today and write a Monday Must Reads post on a Tuesday. I'll just keep collecting great blog posts and tweets for next Monday. :)

Here's a sneak peek at my favorite wall so far. Still have more posters to hang, though!

My

husband blogged his newly updated

SBG skill lists for Geometry and Algebra 2 today, so I thought I would do the same for Algebra 1. This will be my sixth year teaching Algebra 1. It's our second year using the Oklahoma Academic Standards which were written after Oklahoma adopted and then rejected Common Core.

After my first year of teaching to the new standards, I've figured out what worked and what utterly failed. With those things in mind, I present you my new list of Algebra 1 SBG skills:

UNIT 1 - Expressions

**·
I can find the absolute value, opposite, reciprocal, and opposite
reciprocal of a number. **

**·
****I can use the order of operations to simplify expressions. **

·
I can evaluate expressions. (A.3.4)

o Include
Radicals

o Include
Absolute Value Bars

o Include
Fractions

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I can evaluate expressions involving non-standard operations. (A.3.4)

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I can rewrite expressions by combining like terms. (A.3.2)

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I can rewrite expressions by applying the distributive property.
(A.3.2)

·
I can translate between words and algebraic expressions,
equations, and inequalities. (A.1.1, A.2.1)

UNIT 2 - Solving Equations and
Inequalities

·
I can solve equations and inequalities with variables on one side
of the equal sign. (A.1.1)

·
I can solve equations and inequalities with variables on both
sides of the equal sign. (A.1.1)

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I can solve and graph compound inequalities on a number line. (A.2.2)

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I can solve absolute value equations. (A.1.2)

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I can solve absolute value inequalities. (A.2.2)

·
I can solve an equation with many variables for one variable in
terms of the others. (A.3.1)

UNIT 3 - Relations and Functions

·
I can generate equivalent representations of a relation and
determine if the relation is a function or not. (F.1.1)

·
I can identify the independent and dependent variables in a
situation. (F.1.2)

·
I can find the domain and range of a function. (F.1.2)

·
I can identify domain and range restrictions in real-life
situations. (F.1.2)

·
I can read and interpret the graph of a real-life situation.
(F.1.4)

o *Piecewise linear graphs – not step functions!*

o Identify
Independent and Dependent Variables

o Identify
Domain and Range

o Identify
Rate of Change

·
I can create a graph to describe a story and create a story to
describe a graph. (A.4.4)

·
I can evaluate functions and interpret the results in real-life
contexts. (F.3.2)

·
I can write a function (using function notation) to model a
real-world situation and use the function to answer questions. (F.1.3)

·
I can determine if a function is linear or non-linear (quadratic,
exponential or absolute value). (F.2.1, F.2.2)

o Emphasize
Graphing by Making Input-Output Tables!

UNIT 4 - Linear Graphs and
Inequalities

·
I can calculate and interpret slopes and intercepts of a linear
function. (A.4.1)

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I can classify equations as parallel, perpendicular, or neither. (A.4.2)

·
I can write an equation (in slope-intercept, point-slope, and
standard form) and use the equation to solve problems. (A.4.3)

·
I can identify and generate equivalent representations of linear
equations, graphs, tables, and real-world situations. (F.3.1)

·
I can predict how a linear graph will be transformed when the
equation is changed. (F.2.2)

·
I can create scatterplots, determine regression and correlation,
and use these to make predictions and assess the reliability of predictions.
(D.1.2)

·
I can graph a linear inequality and interpret the solution. (A.2.1)

·
I can write a linear inequality and use the inequality to solve
problems. (A.2.1)

UNIT 5 - Absolute Value Graphs and
Inequalities

**·
I can find the slope, vertex, and orientation of an absolute value
relation. **

**·
****I can write the equation or inequality for an absolute value
relation.**

·
I can predict how the graph of an absolute value graph or inequality
will be transformed when the equation or inequality is changed. (F.2.2)

UNIT 6 - Systems of Equations and
Inequalities

*(With each
skill, have students determine how many solutions the system has!)*

·
I can solve systems of equations graphically and interpret the
solution. (A.1.3)

·
I can solve systems of equations using the substitution method. (A.1.3)

·
I can solve systems of equations using the elimination method.
(A.1.3)

·
I can solve systems of inequalities and graph and interpret the
solution on a coordinate plane. (A.2.3)

UNIT 7 - Polynomials

**·
I can name polynomials according to their degree and number of
terms.**

**·
****I can write polynomials in standard form. **

·
I can add and subtract polynomials (including when written in
function notation). (A.3.2, F.3.3)

·
I can multiply polynomials (including when written in function
notation). (A.3.2, F.3.3)

·
I can factor out the GCF of a polynomial. (A.3.3)

·
I can fully factor a polynomial. (A.3.3)

UNIT 8 - Radicals

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I can simplify radical expressions. (N.1.1)

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I can add and subtract radical expressions. (N.1.2)

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I can multiply radical expressions. (N.1.2)

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I can divide radical expressions, rationalizing the denominator
when necessary. (N.1.2)

UNIT 9 - Sequences

**·
****I can classify a sequence as arithmetic, geometric, fibonacci, or
neither and find the next term in the sequence. **

·
I can recognize that arithmetic sequences are linear and write a
formula to find any term in the sequence. (A.3.5)

·
I can recognize that geometric sequences are exponential and write
a formula to find any term in the sequence. (A.3.6)

UNIT 10 - Data Analysis

**·
I can find the mean, median, mode, and range of a set of data.**

·
I can determine if a set of data is discrete or continuous.
(D.1.3)

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I can create a data display for a set of data and use it to
describe the data set. (D.1.1)

**·
I can interpret a data display. **

·
I can compare data sets using summary statistics. (D.1.1)

UNIT 11 - Probability

·
I can determine the size of a sample space and use it to calculate
probabilities. (D.2.1)

o Tree
Diagrams

o Counting
Procedures (Multiplication and Addition Principles)

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I can calculate experimental probabilities by performing
experiments or simulations. (D.2.3)

·
I can find complements, intersections, and unions using Venn
Diagrams. (D.2.2)

·
I can use Venn Diagrams to find the probability of an event
(D.2.2).

·
I can apply probability concepts to real-world situations to make
informed decisions (D.2.4).

The bold skills are not explicitly required by the standards, but I feel that they are necessary for students to master. I know for sure these won't be perfect either, but I'll wait until next summer to go back to the drawing board. I love that every year I get a chance to be a bit of a better teacher than the year before. I'm always improving, and I'm thankful for each one of you reading this post. You are helping me on this journey to be the best teacher possible.