Middle School Math as May Ends and June Begins!

Happy Memorial Day!  As the year moves towards a finish, we are still busy learning new things, reviewing old and confirming our math skills!  Here are some things happening in our classes over the next few weeks:

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  

We are looking at ways to evaluate data this week. We will focus on histograms and then learn to calculate measures of central tendency such as mean, median, and mode. Next week we will focus on reviewing all that we have learned this year in preparation (and celebration) for the final test on June 6 and 7. Now is a good time for students to check their Power School for missing assignments.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans  

We have just finished our study of geometry and will consider how to evaluate large groups of data by representing it in histograms, determining mean, mode and median of the data and considering how a piece of data can be an outlier and change the way we look at the whole set of data.  We will have a quiz on Friday and then we will review what we have learned this year.  It is always enjoyable to see how far we have come, almost without noticing!   

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

Pre-algebra will finish up the study of Probability on Wednesday with a test.  The 8th graders will be gone on Thursday and Friday on retreat but we will begin to review all the things we have done this year in preparation for our end of the year test.  It is a great time for students to get a bigger picture of how their math skills have progressed!  

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor

Eighth grade math is taking their final test, chapter 9, on correlations and calculating lines of best fit. We will be taking a placement test and working on a project after chapter 9 is finished up.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

Algebra is winding down for the year. The students are taking their final test this week and then the 8th graders will be on retreat Thursday and Friday. The seventh grade will be working on extended learning after graduation. It has been a wonderful year and I wish everyone the best in Geometry!

 

Middle School Math Post – Week of May 13-17

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  

This week we will finish Chapter 10. The students have used models to understand the basic area formulas for common polygons: specifically parallelograms, triangles, and trapezoids. We have used these formulas to find the area of other regular polygons and composite figures. In Chapter 11 we will continue our study of geometry with surface area and volume. Please see the link to the video below in Mrs. Evans’ post.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans  

This week our class will finish Chapter 10 in Go Math – enjoying finding polygon areas!    We have been using models to understand the basic formulas that we use to calculate area of parallelograms,triangles and regular polygons.  We will test on Chapter 10 on Tuesday and then continue our geometric studies beginning with the surface area of solid figures.  Below is a link to a Khan Academy which will help give a great perspective of solid figure (polyhedra) nets.  Please visit the video!

Click Here to See a Video Explorating Polyhedra Nets

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

Pre-algebra returns from various trips – DC and Portland – to continue the study of probabilities.  All of our hat projects are due at the start of the week – these projects began with design of a hat for USE YOUR HEAD hat company, and then utilized statistical studies in order to set a price on the hats.  Finally we evaluated marketing data to be able to make conclusions about who to best market our hats to in order to have the greatest success.  We used proportional reasoning, dot and box plots and basic concepts like mean, mode and range in the process.  This project summarized all that we learned in our Statistics studies. 

We move directly into the study of probability this week.  We will begin with experimental probability of simple events.  Statistics and probability are important studies – please visit this video to see a real life application in Lake Victoria.

Click Here to See a Video of Real Life Use of Statistics in Lake Victoria 

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor

Eighth grade math studying scatter plots and deciphering correlations and lines of best fit.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we will be working in Chapter 10 and will be discussing sampling methods and ways to analyze information. Students will learn to calculate mean absolute deviation and discuss what this can tell us about our data.