7A Math--Students will be using their knowledge of fractions to understand ratios and proportions. Students will set up problems by creating ratios or proportions. We will begin by working with rates, unit rates and solving for missing values in proportions. It will be important that the students use number sense in their application, for example money is written with 2 decimals places so even if the directions don’t say to round, students know that they need to for the answer to be mathematically reasonable.
7B Math-- Students are working on applying mathematical practices in their daily math routine. In this class, we are focusing on 2 mathematical practices. The first is to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Students will be challenged, it is important that they learn how to face challenges and not give up. They will face many more challenges on their educational journey. The second mathematical practice is to reason abstractly and quantitatively. Students need to use logic and reasoning to see if their solutions are reasonable. As we begin our work with fractions, it will be important for the students to apply these practices.
Algebra-- Algebra will be picking up the pace in November and December. In order to be prepared for the mid-year exam and stay on schedule with the high school, we will be covering material at a little faster pace. We will begin chapter 4, an introduction to functions and graphing relations. Students will need appropriate tools to do the work in this section. They will need rulers, graph paper, calculators and pencils for every class. Please talk to your student about being prepared for class each and everyday.
Eighth Grade Math-- Student will try to master two concepts over the next week. The first concept is estimating square roots to their decimal equivalent. Students will learn two methods to figuring out this type of problems. They will then choose the method that works best and makes sense to them. The second concept is the Pythagorean Theorem. Students will use their knowledge of square roots to find the missing lengths of a right triangle. Students will need calculators and straight edges (ruler or protractor) for this week’s class.