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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.

Link to Khan Academy Volume Capacity (Volume) Conversions

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.

 Link to Khan Academy Expressions, Equations and Inequalities

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!

Math humor!  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.

Middle School Math at a Glance – Advent Begins, the Journey Continues!

Happy first week of Advent!  As we enter into this Advent Season of anticipation, we continue our middle school math journey.  Journeys are hard work sometimes and require that we “stay the course” and yet they are great opportunities for growth and take us to new places.

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  

This week we will continue to learn about ratios, rates and unit rates. The students will be using unit rates and ratios to solve word problems in a fun scavenger hunt activity. Please encourage your students to observe rates all around them. There will be a Chapter 4 test on Friday.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans   

This week we will continue to learn about ratios, rates, unit rates and what it looks like to graph them.  We will be applying what we learn in new ways and have the opportunity to practice.  Please encourage your students to observe rates all around them – miles per hour, minutes per batch, people per car, etc.  Also, the students will add 30 minutes of IXL practice to their homework for the week.   We will have a test on Chapter 4 on Friday.

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

This week, in prealgebra class, we will be working on both Module 4 (Rates, Ratios, Unit Rates and Proportions) and Module 5 (Percent Applications), extending into how to write algebraic expressions to help us solve real life problems.   We are adding IXL to our homework – 30 minutes each week.  This is a great place to improve the skills in which you are less confident but should be close to grade level or above.   We will have a test on Unit 2 (Modules 4 & 5) on Friday.  

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor

The 8th grade math class is reviewing chapters 1-4 this week. We will take it chapter by chapter to make sure all of the concepts are solidified. After these chapters are reviewed, we will be back at it with chapter 5.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt   

This week the class is finishing the chapter on linear equations. We have written linear equations in 3 different forms: Point-slope; Slope-Intercept; and Standard. Students have also used their calculators to find the equation of a best fit line for a set of correlated data. There will be a Chapter 4 test on Thursday.

Middle School Math at a Glance

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  

This week we will doing a fun activity, using unit rates to compare prices for common grocery items. Students logged onto their IXL accounts and practiced ratio problems. Have your child challenge themselves with some word problems over the long holiday weekend.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans   

We will be working an fun activity this week, putting our new knowledge of rates, ratios and unit rates into practice.  We are adding IXL to our homework – 30 minutes each week.  This is a great place to improve the skills in which you are less confident.

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

This week, in prealgebra class, we will continue Module 5 in which we use percents to solve real life problems like sales prices and tax of a sale.  We are adding IXL to our homework – 30 minutes each week.  This is a great place to improve the skills in which you are less confident.   Also, keep in mind that all Module 4 assignments are due for late credit no later than Wednesday! ‘

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor

The 8th grade math class is reviewing chapters 1-4 this week. We will take it chapter by chapter to make sure all of the concepts are solidified. After these chapters are reviewed, we will be back at it with chapter 5.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt   

We continue to write linear equations in different forms. This week the students will use them to represent real world situations and solve problems. On Wednesday, we will put all previous concepts in play to solve a CSI mystery involving the ‘Mathemagicians.’

 

Middle School Math at a Glance – Week of Nov 12th

We hope your enjoyed your holiday Monday!  It was great to meet with families last week to look towards the upcoming year!  Here are some details of what we are doing in math this week:

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  

This week we will begin Chapter 4, Ratios and Rates. We will begin by modeling ratios and finding equaivalent ratios using tables and equivalent fractions. We will extend our use of ratios by calculating unit rates. You can help your student by discussing rates as you move throughout the day – the speed the car moves and the cost per oz of different products in the grocery store.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans   

This week we will begin Chapter 4, Ratios and Rates.  We will begin with modeling ratios and considering what rates are used in everyday activities.   You can help your student by discussing rates as you move throughout the day – the speed the car moves and the cost per oz of different products in the grocery store.  

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

On Tuesday of this week, we will review Module 4 (ratios, rates, unit rates, writing equations to describe proportional rates and graphing proportional rates) and do a take home test.  This take home test is open book, and calculators are allowed.  Encourage your student to think hard and big!  Here is a link, also shown last week, to help you if you have any difficulty with proportional relationships.

FOR EXTRA EXPLANATIONS OF PROPORTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS CLICK HERE

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt   

The class is continuing to write linear equations. This week we will learn how to write an equation in another form: Point-Slope. Students should be able to take an equation in point-slope and rewrite it in slope-intercept or standard form, demonstrating that all of these can represent the same line.

 

Middle School Math at a Glance Week of Nov 5th

This week in Middle School Math, we are:  

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  

This week we are continuing with Chapter 3 where we are focusing on the coordinate plane, graphing points, identifying quadrants, and finding the distance between two points. There will be a Chapter 3 test on Thursday. Please use the links below in Mrs. Evans’ 6th grade news to practice skills from this week.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans   

This week we are continuing with Chapter 3, learning about the coordinate system, locating ordered pairs, reflecting them over the x or y-axis and finding distances between pairs.  We will have a test on Chapter 3 on Thursday.    Below are three links to practice pages on the skills we are learning in Chapter 3: 

FOR ADDITIONAL PRACTICE, CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:

PRACTICE – IDENTIFYING POINTS ON THE COORDINATE SYSTEM

PRACTICE – QUADRANTS AND THE COORDINATES SYSTEM

PRACTICE – REFLECTING POINTS ACROSS AXIS 

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

This week we will continue working on Module 4, in which we extend our understanding of rates and unit rates to the proportions.  We will learn to identify proportional relationships, define them by the equation y = kx and see what that looks like when we graph it. 

FOR EXTRA EXPLANATIONS OF PROPORTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS CLICK HERE

 

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt   

The class is beginning Chapter 4. This week we will write equations in slope-intercept form and use that relationship to solve word problems. Students will practice writing equations when given either 1) a graph or 2) any two points on a line. Use the link below to practice writing equations in slope intercept form in Khan Academy.

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/algebra/two-var-linear-equations/writing-slope-intercept-equations/a/writing-slope-intercept-equations

8th Grade Math – Mr. Pryor   

The 8th grade math class has just finished up chapter 3 and had a small unit on math within biology and nature.  We will continue on to chapter 4, working with ratios, this week.

 

Math at a Glance Week of October 29th

       Happy Halloween!  

This week in Middle School Math, we are:  

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  This week we continue to use negative integers and rational numbers. Students will learn about absolute value and how to use it in calculations. We will learn about graphing on the coordinate system and how to find the distance between two points. Please see the Khan Academy link in Mrs. Evan’s post about investigating the coordinate system. 

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans   

This week we are continuing with Chapter 3 in which we are becoming familiar with negative integers and rational numbers.  We will learn about absolute value and the coordinate system.  Here is a great Khan Academy link to introduction to the coordinate system for you to investigate:

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/basic-geo/basic-geo-coord-plane/coordinate-plane-quad-1/v/introduction-to-the-coordinate-plane

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

This week we will finish up Unit 1 testing and begin Module 4 in which we will investigate rates and unit rates.  We will be able to see how useful unit rates are when we are comparing two rates.  We will also begin to look at proportional or constant rates and how we can manipulate them.   You can help your student to understand this topic by observing in every day life where you use a rate like $/lb or miles/hour.  Examples of this surround us!  If you shop together, challenge your student to compare two like things by using unit rates.

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt   

This week the class is continuing to graph linear equations. We will discuss when it is easier to graph a line using the intercepts and when it is easier to use the formula y = mx + b. Students will be able to rewrite equations to translate from one form to the other. Function notation will be introduced. There will be a Chapter 3 Test this Friday. Below is a fun video to help remember the y = mx + b formula.

Math at a Glance Week of Oct 22nd

Happy Autumn!  This week in Middle School Math, we are:  

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  This week we begin Chapter 3. We will explore negative numbers and what they represent in real life. The students will start their number line project which involves working collaboratively with a team to create a large number line and plot a set of rational numbers.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans   

This week we will be moving on to Chapter 3 in which we will explore negative numbers, how to plot and compare them and what they represent in real life.  We will be applying what we learn to integers and rational numbers.

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

This week we will finish up Unit 1 with the application of all operations of rational numbers.  We will practicing multi step solving word problems by developing a plan.   We will have our Unit 1 test on Friday.  

For those who would like to have additional practice with the addition and subtraction of negative and positive numbers can visit the Khan Academy link below.  There are videos about it as well as on line practice.  

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-seventh-grade-math/cc-7th-negative-numbers-add-and-subtract

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt  

This week the students are exploring slope as a rate of change. We will calculate slope when given either a graph or two points. We will also use the slope and y-intercept to quickly write an equation and graph a line.

Math Rocks!

   Welcome to our first blog entry!

We are so pleased to have this great avenue to communication about what our classes are doing in math!  We hope that you find it a place for information, ideas and communication. 

This week in Middle School Math, we are:  

6th Grade – Section A – Mrs. VonFeldt  This week we will continue to multiply and divide fractions and mixed numbers. Students will create a journal entry that reminds them how to convert fractions and decimals. We will be testing on Chapter 2 on Friday.

6th Grade – Section B – Mrs. Evans    This week in math we will be working with fractions and decimals some more. We have had a good time modeling fraction division recently.  We will practice multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers.  We will be testing on Chapter 2 on Friday.  

Pre Algebra (7th and 8th Grade) – Mrs. Evans This week in math we will be continuing to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide rational numbers.  For those who would like to have additional practice with the addition and subtraction of negative and positive numbers can visit the Khan Academy link below.  There are videos about it as well as on line practice.  

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/cc-seventh-grade-math/cc-7th-negative-numbers-add-and-subtract

Algebra – Mrs. VonFeldt  This week we will be exploring two strategies for graphing linear equations: students will make tables to find ordered pairs and they will use the x and y intercepts to graph a line. At the end of the week, they will use their knowledge of linear equations to solve real world problems.