## Second Semester Begins!

A little math humor to start your week……

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week the students continue to use conversion factors to transform units. They are using their new skills to solve real application problems. We are also exploring how rate, time, and distance are related and how to determine the appropriate formula for each problem. Please see the Khan Academy link below for additional practice on unit conversions.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans

As we begin the second semester, our math class will continue to work with conversions between units.   We are working in Chapter 6 and will learn to transform units to help us solve real like problems and work with rate, distance and time problems.  It is a great time to point out to your student, as you are driving around, how we are travelling at different rates with are related to the distance and time.   For those interested, the IXL practices that would be useful in practicing our new material are UNITS OF MEASUREMENT, T1-T10.  For those who like to see our lessons (example of conversions of volume measurements) demonstrated by Khan Academy, follow the link below.

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

This week our class is working in Module 7, extending all that we learned in about writing and solving equations to inequalities.  We can use inequalities to solve real life problems.  For those interested, the IXL practices that would be useful in practicing our new material are ONE VARIABLE INEQUALITIES, T1-T7.  For those who like to see our lessons demonstrated by Khan Academy, follow the link below.

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor

The 8th grade math class all finished with chapter 5. We are now just into chapter 6 exploring area and volume of spheres and sphere-related shapes. We will go a bit more in-depth throughout this chapter with challenge worksheets on the subject.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week the class will continue solving systems of equations. Students are using three different strategies: graphing, substitution, and elimination. Students should be able to use all three strategies and explain the key ideas for each process. There will be a team test at the end of next week.

## Middle School Math – Week of Jan 14th

DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL.  BE AFRAID NOT TO TRY!

News from Middle School Math teachers this week:

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we continued our study of percent: How to convert between fractions, decimals, and percents; How to find the percent of a number (what is 25% of 50?);  How to find the whole when given a part and a percent (12 is 20% of what number?); and how to use percent in word problems. There will be a Chapter 5 test on Thursday.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans

This week we will finish Chapter 5, and we will have a test on Chapter 5 on Thursday.

The related practice for percents in IXL practice is S1-S10.   Students should do at least 30 minutes of IXL in any area of practice from 5th grade or higher.  Here are links to Khan Academy to view these topics as presented by another teach (always useful in understanding math).

INTRODUCTION TO PERCENTS

CONVERTING BETWEEN PERCENTS, FRACTIONS AND DECIMALS

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

This week, we will finish Module 6 (Expressions and Equations) and have a test on  Wednesday.  Each student should be doing 30 minutes of IXL practice each week and while any practice within 1 year of our level is acceptable, it is great to work the problems in R1-R16 for greater success in this area.

For anyone wanting a review or additional explanations of what we have done in Unit 6 so far, see these links to Khan Academy below:

COMBINING LIKE TERMS  (CHUCK NORRIS MATH)

THE DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY WITH VARIABLES

WRITING EQUATIONS AND INTERPRETING THEM

INTRODUCTION TO TWO STEP EQUATIONS

TWO-STEP EQUATIONS WITH DECIMALS AND FRACTIONS

TWO STEP EQUATION WORD PROBLEMS

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor

The 8th grade math class is finished up with chapter 5 and will be reviewing early this week for a test on Thursday.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week the class will finish Chapter 5. Students should be able to solve and graph one and two variable linear inequalities. We also looked at absolute value functions and discussed how they may be used in real life. There will be a test on Friday.

## 2019 – A Great Year for Math – Count on it!

Welcome Back!

As 2019 opens we are looking forward to learning new things and perfecting math skills!   Here is a look at what is happening in the middle school math classes this week.

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we continue to study Chapter 5, in which we learn about percents, how to move between percents, decimals and fractions and how to use them. We discussed why it is sometimes important to use percent to compare situations in which the totals are not the same. For example, which test score is higher: 18 out of 20 or 42 out of 50?  IXL is a great way to get extra practice converting numbers and calculating percent. See Mrs. Evans’ post for links to Khan Academy practice as well. We will have a quiz on Friday that will cover converting percents to fractions or decimals and finding the percent of a quantity.

The end of the semester is January 24. Please remind your child to check Power School for missing assignments and turn those in. If they have any questions, I am available during study hall or lunch recess.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans

This week we continue to study Chapter 5, in which we learn about percents, how to move between percents, decimals and fractions and how to use them.  This is a natural step from our previous study of rates and ratios as percents are just a special ration in which the ratio is always per 100.    This is a great time to point out to your student percents when you see them in every day experiences; taxes paid on a dinner bill and sales are a couple of possibilities.  The related practice for percents in IXL practice is S1-S10.   Students should do at least 30 minutes of IXL in any area of practice from 5th grade or higher.  We will have a quiz Thursday.  Remember that students are always able to see me at study hall if they need more help or they can go to Khan Academy to see videos.  For the students who missed classes last week, this is a great option for getting extra help on the topics we covered.  Here is a link to the Khan Academy videos for 6th grade percents:

INTRODUCTION TO PERCENTS

CONVERTING BETWEEN PERCENTS, FRACTIONS AND DECIMALS

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

This week, we will be working on Module 6 (Expressions and Equations).  We are learning to write one step and two step equations which require a careful ear for math language and critical thinking.  We are also learning the process to solve those equations for missing variables.  Each student should be doing 30 minutes of IXL practice each week and while any practice within 1 year of our level is acceptable, it is great to work the problems in R1-R16 for greater success in this area.  We will have a quiz on  Wednesday!

Students are always welcome to visit me during study hall or set up time to review things at recess.  Another great place to go for help is Khan Academy.  For anyone wanting a review or additional explanations of what we have done in Unit 6 so far, see these links to Khan Academy below:

COMBINING LIKE TERMS  (CHUCK NORRIS MATH)

THE DISTRIBUTIVE PROPERTY WITH VARIABLES

WRITING EQUATIONS AND INTERPRETING THEM

INTRODUCTION TO TWO STEP EQUATIONS

TWO-STEP EQUATIONS WITH DECIMALS AND FRACTIONS

TWO STEP EQUATION WORD PROBLEMS

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor

The 8th grade math class is finishing up chapter 5. We are looking at congruence and similarity transformations and graphing these polygons. There will be a test next week on chapter 5 after review.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

The class continues to write and solve inequalities. This week the students learned how to graph the solution of a linear inequality. There will be a test on Chapter 5 next Friday, January 18. Please remind your student to check their grades and turn in any missing assignments before the end of the semester on January 24.