**Happy March! ****This picture shows the importance of knowing math in school zones!**

**6th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans**

Our class has continued the study of algebra as we work in Chapter 8. This chapter addresses equations and inequalities. This week we will be using algebra to solve one step equations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have begun to work independently so that students can work to their speed and level. Here is what it looks like to apply the principles we are learning this week to the mathematics of life:

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

This week we will continue the study of geometry as we investigate the area of basic shapes like circles, triangles, parallelograms and trapezoids. Using those formulas we will be able to find the area of composite figures. We will find it simple to determine the area of figures like the one below:

As we finish the week, we will begin to consider 3 dimensional figures (prisms) and how we can find their surface areas.

**Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt**

We are continuing to simplify exponential expressions using the properties of exponents. Students have explored all types of exponents including zero, negative, and fractional powers. This week we will look at exponential growth and decay and see how it is useful when considering interest rates or loan rates, something everyone will need to know! The Chapter 7 Test will be next Tuesday.