**Happy Halloween! **

This week in Middle School Math, we are:

**6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt **This week we continue to use negative integers and rational numbers. Students will learn about absolute value and how to use it in calculations. We will learn about graphing on the coordinate system and how to find the distance between two points. Please see the Khan Academy link in Mrs. Evan’s post about investigating the coordinate system.

**6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans**

This week we are continuing with Chapter 3 in which we are becoming familiar with negative integers and rational numbers. We will learn about absolute value and the coordinate system. Here is a great Khan Academy link to introduction to the coordinate system for you to investigate:

**Pre Algebra (7th and 8th Grade) – Mrs. Evans**

This week we will finish up Unit 1 testing and begin Module 4 in which we will investigate rates and unit rates. We will be able to see how useful unit rates are when we are comparing two rates. We will also begin to look at proportional or constant rates and how we can manipulate them. You can help your student to understand this topic by observing in every day life where you use a rate like $/lb or miles/hour. Examples of this surround us! If you shop together, challenge your student to compare two like things by using unit rates.

**Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt**

This week the class is continuing to graph linear equations. We will discuss when it is easier to graph a line using the intercepts and when it is easier to use the formula y = mx + b. Students will be able to rewrite equations to translate from one form to the other. Function notation will be introduced. There will be a Chapter 3 Test this Friday. Below is a fun video to help remember the y = mx + b formula.