We hope you are having a meaningful Advent season! This post covers the middle school math plans for the last two weeks before the Christmas break.  We wish you a great Advent, Christmas and New Years!

6th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

Over the past week, we have begun learning about percents.  Percents are simply a special kind of ratio – one which compares a number to 100.  Percents are important, useful concepts that you can reinforce at home very easily.  Last week, in addition to learning what a percent is, we have learned how to write fractions and decimals as percents and percents as fractions and decimals.

This week we are extending our understanding of percents to understand how to determine a percent of something.  We will do all sorts of problems using percents.  We will have a test on Chapter 5 on Friday, leaving us free to do a special holiday math project next week!

While you do your Christmas shopping, point out to your student all the places you can see percents and challenge them to covert the percents they see into decimals or fractions.   Ask them what the savings will be on sales (percent of something).  You can help your student really appreciate the value of understanding percents!

Here are some links to extra help with percents at 6th grade level.   Also remember that IXL.COM is a good place for extra practice!

KHAN ACADEMY – INTRO TO PERCENTS

KHAN ACADEMY – PERCENTS TO/FROM DECIMALS AND FRACTIONS

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans and Mrs. VonFeldt

Last week, after finishing our study of how to use percents, we moved into Module 6 which covers algebraic expressions and equations.  We began with a review of what we already know about algebraic expressions – how to simplify them and how to evaluate them for specific values.  Here a link to a Khan Academy lesson for students who would like more help with combining like terms.

KHAN ACADEMY – COMBINING LIKE TERMS

We will continue this week with solving one step and two step equations.  We did this last year but we have added complexity by using rational numbers (positive and negative).  We spent quite a bit of time at the beginning of the year learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide with negative numbers and those skills are very important now.  For students who feel a refresher on how to work with negative numbers, please review Modules 1 and 2.  We will review what we learned last year – how to apply the inverse operations and KEEP THE EQUATION BALANCED (i.e. if you do something to one side of the equation, be sure to do the exact same thing to the other side of the equation).

Here is a link to a little extra help with solving one and two step equations:

KHAN ACADEMY – SOLVING TWO STEP EQUATIONS

We will test on Module 6 next week and then have a small holiday math project before we leave for Christmas break.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week students are finishing Chapter 4 with a test on Tuesday. So far this year they have become very familiar with linear equations. We have written them in three different forms, written them from verbal situations, graphed equations, and explored how to fit a line to a correlated data set in order to predict values. In Chapter 5 we will look at INequalities. These can be solved in very similar ways with a few exceptions. Next week, we will finish the year with a fun graphing project.