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Mr. Hyson - Grade 6-8 Math



 

Mr. Hyson's 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math

* Thanksgiving break is Wednesday, November 27th to Friday, November 29th.

11/12 - 11/15
6A: We are working outside the textbook on adding and subtracting fractions this week.
6B: This week we finish chapter 3 as we discuss simplifying algebraic expressions. A chapter 3 test is scheduled for the beginning of next week.
7th: Last week we reviewed solving one-step equations and began discussing two-step equations. This week we continue with solving two-step equations, and begin discussions on multi-step equations.
8A: At the end of last week we began discussing unit analysis (dimensional analysis) which continues for the start of this week, as well as working with proportions for similar figures.

8B: Last week we began the start of a multi-unit on linear equations. This week we conclude with relating graphs to events and begin discussions on functions.

*Please note the Study Island information below. Students are assigned assignments from this program throughout the first three quarters of the school year which are listed below and their due date.

* Encourage your student to use the videos that are being posted on Google Classroom to help further their understanding on the classroom discussions beyond what is being instructed or in the textbook.



2017-2018 Math


Study Island ASSIGNMENT: The assignment that was posted back on 11/4 has been reactivated, it consists of one topic only, and is due by Sunday, 11/17.

Study Island: Each assignment has two parts to it, which they have two weeks to complete (due by the end of the day on the day posted), that students are asked to attempt at the best of their ability. The assignments posted count as 10% of their grade so students should start working on these as soon as possible, and their best session (group of 10 questions) is what is counted towards their grade; please encourage them to ask for help if needed.


What is Study Island?

     Study Island is a computer-based program that all students at the CES are using throughout the school year to help increase their curriculum skills. This program started at the CES in the middle school grade levels focusing on students' mathematics before becoming a part of the Language Arts. This program is now being used in all grades to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom, and in some classes it also allows students the option to self-teach themselves on topics not covered yet. Each student has their own unique log-in and password that can be accessed anywhere that has internet, no disks or software is needed. The assignments may vary per teacher, but as far as my own classroom students tend to have two topics assigned with a two-week window for completion.

Student incentives?
     As students become proficient in one of the many topics regarding middle school mathematics, the students will earn a blue ribbon for that content. Students will record these blue ribbons on their own progress map which provides them with a reward that can be used in math class to help with their individual grades. These rewards consists of bonus points, free 100 on a quiz, drop your lowest grade, and to our ultimate goal of a pizza party at the end of the year for those that complete the blue ribbon map. This year there is also an overall incentive that is taking place with all students at the CES with progress charts showing the blue ribbons being earned by each grade level.
 
 

Extra Resources
  •      The National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) has a really good website with puzzles, brainteasers, and grade level content at http://illuminations.nctm.org/
  •      A good interactive site that allows students to review concepts they would see in the classroom can be found at https://www.buzzmath.com/
 
 
     If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact me. mhyson@csd.sau7.org