I hope every one has had a wonderful break. It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the school year. Here is an update on what to expect in the upcoming modules.
In 6th grade, students are finishing Module 3 on Rational Numbers. They will take the test over this module next week. Then we will begin Module 4, on Expressions and Equations. In this module, they will apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions, solve one-variable equations and inequalities, understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division.
In 7th grade, students have started Module 3, Expressions and Equations. In this module, they will be able to simplify expressions, and problem solve using expressions, equations, and inequalities. They will also solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.
In 8th grade, students have started Module 5, Functions. In this module, they will be able to define, evaluate, and compare functions, solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres, angle measure, and area, and understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations.
Welcome to Math!!
We are off to a great school year. We started the first few days discussing a growth mindset. In general, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and smartness can be learned and that the brain grows from experience and effort. The opposite, a fixed mindset, is the idea that you are smart, or you are not. In math, that translates into “some people are good at math, and some are not.” The goal is to have students thrive on challenges and see failures, not as a sign of low intelligence, but as a learning opportunity. When a person has a growth mindset, they accept challenges, see their efforts as worthwhile, and are open to learning from mistakes.
Grade 7- Students are learning about Rational Numbers in Module 2. In this module, they will use a number line to model the addition and subtraction of integers. Students will use properties of operations and their previous understanding of multiplication as repeated addition to represent the multiplication of a negative number as repeated subtraction. They will also represent the division of two integers as a fraction, extending product and quotient rules to all rational numbers. We will finish the module with problem-solving using rational numbers and draw upon their work from Grade 6 with expressions of equations.
Grade 8- Students are learning about Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation in Module 1. In this module, students will use their knowledge of operations on numbers to include operations integer exponents and build upon their foundation with exponents. We just finished the Mid-Module Assessment this week. Students will continue to build upon their knowledge of exponents and learn to express the magnitude of a positive number through the use of scientific notation.