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MS Math – Week of Nov. 28 – Dec 4, 2022

Wishing you a wonderful start to the Advent Season!

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonVeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week we begin Chapter 4, in particular, we will investigate and extend our understanding of ratios and rates. A ratio is a comparison between two quantities and a rate is a comparison between two quantities that have different units. We use rates and ratios in everyday life, like when we discuss the cost per pound of apples or the miles per gallon that our cars are capable of giving. This week, challenge your 6th grader to notice rates all around them! Here is a summary show the difference between ratios and rates:

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7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade math this week we will begin to use percentages in more complicated and useful ways that we have in the past. As percentages surround us, this will be a very applicable set of lessons. We will need to be able to move between fractions, decimals and percentages fluently in order to work these lessons well. Here is a review of how make these simple transitions:

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week we will continue to practice using the laws of exponents that we learned last week. We will also learn how to write very large and very small numbers using scientific notation. We will then practice using roots and squares in expressions. We will finish the week with a heavy quiz on Friday. Here is a good video about scientific notation:

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we continue to use linear equations in all ways. We will learn how to write equations in different forms such as slope-intercept, standard, or point-slope form. We will also look at how to rewrite equations to go from one form to another.

It is important to learn to apply linear equations to real-life situations. A slope represents the growth of the function or a rate of change. Examples include miles travelled per gallon or a cost per unit. The y-intercept represents where a functions begins. Examples include one-time fees paid or the amount in a savings account before monthly saving. We will continue to include problem solving examples to demonstrate how Algebra is applicable to real life.

MS Math – Week of Nov 21-25, 2022

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break! God Bless Your Families!

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week in 6th grade math, we will finish our study of Chapter 3 with a test on Monday and a graphing activity on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the sixth graders will miss math due to their service project. For students who need help for the test, here is a reminder of graphing on the coordinate plane:

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade math this week we will take the test on Module 4 that we did not have time for last week. We will not have a long class on Monday due to the Human Food Chain, but we will do a little review and then have a double session on Tuesday to do our tests. We will have a proportional relationship activity to do on Wednesday. An email went out to all 7th grade math students with videos to help them review for the test.

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week we will learn how to manipulate exponents using the exponent laws. These are important rules to memorize so that we can use them fluently. We will have a quiz on these rules on Wednesday. Here is a brief synopsis of the rules shown by sciencenotes.org:

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we will review how to graph equations in slope-intercept form wrapping up with a fun turkey activity on Wednesday. Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

MS Math – Week of Nov. 14-18, 2022

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week in 6th grade math, we will graph ordered pairs on the coordinate system. We have, in past years, graphed in the first quadrant, in which both x and y coordinates are positive (x,y). Now we will graph in 3 other quadrants in which both x and y can be positive or negative. After we practice graphing points, we will find distances between points and solve problems using a coordinate system.

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade math this week we will extend our understanding of proportional relationships by graphing them. We will familiarize ourselves with what proportional relationships look like when they are graphed (straight lines that go through the origin). Proportional relationships are those that have constant rates and can be represented by a unit rate, also known as the constant of proportionality. Here is a video showing how to graph a proportional relationship:

We will finish this module after graphing, review and do an assessment at the end of the week.

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week we will finish up Chapter 2 with a project in which we will represent numerous real world situations in equations, tables and graphs. Here is an example of what this looks like:

Upon finishing our projects, we move into Chapter 3, in which we will expand our understanding of exponents, beginning with negative exponents.

Here is a video review of what we should already know about exponents from previous years studies:

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we will wrap up Chapter 3 and test on Thursday. The biggest focus this chapter was on graphing linear equations. We learned how to find the x and y intercepts – two points make a line. And we learned how to graph an equation from slope intercept form: y = mx + b. We also added function notation as a fancy way of identifying functions.

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MS Math – Nov. 7-11, 2022

Have a great Veteran’s Day, November 11th! Enjoy the long weekend – no school Friday!

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week in 6th grade math, we will be investigating rational numbers which include positive and negative fractions, mixed numbers, decimals and integers. We will plot them, order and compare them. We will also learn about absolute values and work problems involving them. Here is a good video about absolute value:

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade math this week we will continue to investigate how to show relationships between two things using rates. We will use what we learned last week about writing rates as unit rates to determine whether relationships are constant (proportional). For those rates that are constant, we will learn to create tables and graphs to show the relationship. Here is a video that describes how to tell if a relationship is proportional:

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week we will come to understand that equations are functions in which we input one variable (usually designated as x), and it outputs a unique value (usually designated as y). We will graph the ordered pairs (input, output) or (x, y) that are solutions to functions, thereby representing the equation on a graph. This is a very useful skill that we will use in algebra. We will finish Chapter 2 this week, with a review on Wednesday and then do a special project in which we will use our new graphing skills to represent real-world relationships on graphs. Below is a website introducing the mathematical concept of functions.

https://www.mathsisfun.com/sets/function.html

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we will explore linear equations written in slope-intercept form (y=mx + b). If we can find the slope and y-intercept of a line, we can quickly write an equation in slope-intercept form. Conversely, if we have an equation written as y = mx + b, we immediately know the slope and y-intercept of that line. This week, we will also look at direct variation functions which are just linear relationships that have a y-intercept of 0. Many relationships in everyday life vary directly such as cost of gas per gallon, miles driven per hours traveling, cost of bananas per pound, etc. Below is a fun video to help remember the formula y = mx + b:

MS Math Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2022

Happy Halloween!

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

On Halloween, we will have a special Halloween activity, practicing our decimal operations and solving real world problems with decimals. Then we will move into Chapter 3, in which we will investigate negative numbers. The Chinese began using negative numbers 2000 years ago! We use negative numbers to effectively represent real world quantities such as debt, payment, elevation and temperature drop. We will not have class on Thursday or Friday due to conferences. If you would like to have a conference with Mrs. Evans or Mrs. VonFeldt, please sign up through one of these SIGNUPGENIUS links.

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Algebra/6th Grade Math = Mrs. VonFeldt  

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7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade math, on Monday, we will have time to finish our Module 3 test. Students who are finished will enjoy playing a math escape room game. We will continue to strengthen our rational number skills all this year. On Tuesday, we will begin Module 4, in which we will develop clear understanding of ratios, rates, unit rates and proportional relationships. On Thursday and Friday, we will have conferences. You can sign up for a conference with Mrs. Evans at the link above. Meanwhile, this week, have some fun with your student by observing all the rates that we use in our day to day lives. Here are some simple visuals that show the difference between a rate and a unit rate.

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week we will expand our graphing skills. We will begin on Monday with a Halloween game and then we will continue working in Chapter 2. We will be developing our understanding that we can show, on graphs, relationships from equations. It would be great to meet with you for conferences on Thursday or Friday. The link to sign up is above.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

In Algebra, we continue to write linear equations. The class will determine how to find the x and y intercepts of a line and discuss what these values represent in real-world situations. Later this week, students will be introduced to the slope of a line. By putting slope and the y-intercept together, we can write a linear equation quickly in slope-intercept form, otherwise known as y = mx + b. If you would like to schedule a conference with me, please use the link above.

MS Math Week of Oct. 24-28, 2022

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week we will put our fraction skills into practice solving real world problems and then we will review Chapter 1 and take a test on fractions and mixed numbers. Upon completion of this chapter, we will begin learning about integers, which are all the whole numbers, both positive and negative, and zero. Learning to use negatives is important because it allows us to represent real world situations mathematically, such as sub-zero temperatures, underwater adventures and managing money. Here is a fun video about fraction division: Keep Change Flip by Number Rock

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade math we are finishing up our module on rational numbers. We have been practicing how to use fractions, decimals and mixed numbers, both positive and negative, to do all the operations. We will use all these skills to solve real world problems and then spend a day practicing using them in the correct order (PEMDAS). We will be testing on Module 3 on Friday. There are many skills that have been covered this year, all culminating in understanding Module 3. Here is a link to KHAN ACADEMY, an online resource, on RATIONAL NUMBERS. Please refer your student to this resource if they want more review.

Module 2: Rational numbers | Khan Academy

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week in 8th grade math our class will finish our review of rational numbers with a test on Tuesday. We will then begin to develop greater understanding of graphing equations and understanding what those graphs can tell us. We will be reviewing the coordinate system. For students wanting more practice to prepare for the test, the link above in the 7th grade summary is also good for us!

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

In Algebra, we are finishing Chapter 2 and will have a test on Tuesday. Students should now be able to solve all kinds of algebraic equations. This is an important foundation on which we will continue to build upon this year. In Chapter 3 we will graph linear equations. There are many strategies that can be used for graphing. This week the class will learn to graph from a table and also how to use x and y intercepts to create a line.

MS Math Oct. 17-21, 2022

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week we will be learning how to divide fractions and mixed numbers. We will be practicing modeling and estimating quotients before we learn an excellent algorithm to divide fractions. Modeling can help some students and frustrate others, but we should keep in mind that modeling is just trying to imagine what the picture of our math problems would look like.

An example might be that on Friday night a family had pizza and there was half a pizza leftover. For lunch on Saturday, they divided the leftover pizza into four pieces. We can observe that each person, on Saturday, would receive 1/8th of the original pizza:

1/2 divided by 4 = 1/8

Our fraction division algorithm will teach us that we can multiply the first fraction (dividend) by the reciprocal of the second fraction (divisor), which in the case above, works perfectly.

Here is a video by Khan Academy to help families with division of mixed numbers:

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade we will continue to extend our understanding of integer operations to rational numbers. We will subtract rational numbers using number lines and using the concept that ADDITION IS THE OPPOSITE OF SUBTRACTION. We will use the rules we learned for integer multiplication and division with rational numbers. It is important to carefully analyze the problem that we are working to see what negative numbers will alter our answers.

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week in 8th grade math we will review how to use the distribution property and how to combine like terms to simplify expressions and equations. We will then continue to practice solving equations, moving into two step equations. We will follow the same strategy as practiced last week. In order to get the variable all by itself (i.e. solve for the variable) we will step by step UNDO all the actions that have been done to the variable in the reverse order that they have been done. We need to carefully show all of our steps in order to avoid making mistakes. Here is a great video about solving two step equations:

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we will wrap up Chapter 2. Students will write equations to represent proportional relationships and use cross multiplication to solve them. The graphic below by tutornerds.com demonstrates how to use cross products to solve a proportion. We will also use algebra skills to rewrite formulas and equations. Students will have their first team test on Friday and the Chapter 2 individual test will be next week.

Cross Multiplication:

MS Math Oct 10-14, 2022

REMEMBER – NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY!

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week we will be learning about fractions. We began last week with moving between fractions and decimals. This week we will be learning to multiply fractions and simplifying as we multiply. We can cancel out any factors that are on both the numerator and denominator of a fraction. It can save a lot of time to use this strategy while multiplying fractions. The smart frogs, Frank and Fred, pictured below, will demonstrate how this is done.

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade we will be applying what we learned about negative and positive integer addition and subtraction to rational numbers. We will spend a day reviewing how to do decimal and fraction arithmetic so that applying the new lessons will be more fluid. We will practice moving between decimals and fractions and be able to determine if a decimal is a rational number. Any decimal which is repeating or terminating is a rational number. One of the most famous IRRATIONAL numbers is PI. Students who need more practice with fractions and decimals should practice on IXL.COM. All students should have their passwords now. Here is a link to IXL.

http://IXL.COM

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week in 8th grade math we will move into an algebra review of the topics we have learned in 6th through 7th grade and develop more fluency in solving one step equations. Here are some important terms that students must use correctly when working algebraic problems.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week is all about solving algebraic equations. We will look at one-step, two-step, and multi-step equations. Students will first simplify on each side of the equal sign using the distributive property and combining like terms. Then they will use inverse operations to isolate and solve for the variable. We will continue to use and build upon this skill all year as we move into graphing, systems of equations and more. The following Math Antics video is a good review of solving two-step equations:

MS Math – Week of Oct 3-7, 2022

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

This week we will be reviewing and assessing our fluency with the skills we discovered in this chapter – finding the LCM and GCF are useful and we will be able to do all decimal arithmetic. The Chapter 1 test will be on Tuesday. We will then move into Chapter 2 where we will investigate decimals further. We will begin by moving between decimals and fractions and ordering them properly.

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

In 7th grade we will be reviewing Module 2 and assessing our understanding of how negative and positive integers change our operations. We will then move into Module 3 in which we will begin to apply all that we learned about negatives to operations with rational numbers (fractions, mixed numbers and decimals).

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week we will continue to review a few more skills and then we will have an assessment to see that we can use all different rational numbers effectively. We will be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, integers, decimals and mixed numbers. We will review the proper order that we do operations and use PEMDAS to help us remember. When we finish our review and assessment we will begin to practice solving one step equations.

Students should be sure to reach out for help if any of these review topics are not adequately understood.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week the students will analyze a hypothetical roller coaster that has people talking about it’s tunnel with a low ceiling. To decide whether this is a true safety risk, they will collect and organize data and create a scatter plot. Then we will make predictions using the data trends.

We will also begin to solve algebraic equations, first reviewing one and two step equations.

MS Math Sept 26-30, 2022

6th Grade Math – Mrs. VonFeldt and Mrs. Evans

Last week we were diverted and delayed by MAP testing, so we will continue to work as planned, learning the remaining lessons from Chapter 1. We will continue to review decimal arithmetic and add to it so that we will  be able to do all decimal arithmetic.  Because it still applies to what we are working on, we have again included this great video by MATHANTICS reviewing all decimal arithmetic.

7th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

Last Friday, we did our first assessment on Module 1 in which we learned how to add and subtract with all different signs.  We will use this skill all year, and it will be a fundamental skill in algebra.  A few students still need to finish up the assessment for this module.  We are moving on to learning to multiply and divide with positive and negative numbers this week (Module 2).  It is much easier to multiply and divide with integers than adding and subtracting.  These rules apply to multiplication and division and allow us to do the problems simply:

After we practice multiplying and dividing with negative numbers we will practice solving multi-step problems.  We always want to remember to use the proper order of operations (PEMDAS).   

8th Grade Math – Mrs. Evans

This week in 8th math we will continue to review rational number arithmetic.  We will begin with a review of adding and subtracting with negative numbers and then we will extend our review to adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  We are also getting familiar with our calculators.  One of the important things we need to remember this week, is that adding a negative is the same thing as subtracting a positive.  Inversely, subtracting a negative is the same thing as adding a positive.  

Remember to encourage your students to build confidence with IXL.COM.  Here is a link to helpful practice (Section G has work in rational numbers):

IXL | Learn 8th grade math

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt

This week we will finish up with Chapter 1 and test on Friday. During the week, students will look at mathematical relationships as functions and how they can be represented with a graph, table, and equation. A function is a relation where each input value yields only one output value. Watch the following Math Antics video for more information on functions:

 

 

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