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Welcome to Middle School Science, Math, MakerSpace, and Project Lead the Way!

We are starting school in one day and I am super excited!  Please see the note below to help your student be prepared for math class.  See you soon!
Thank you.
Ms. Butcher
 

HOW TO STUDY FOR MATH

 

  • ASK QUESTIONS

I strongly encourage you to ask questions in class when you do not understand a concept. It’s part of learning and I do not expect you to know everything - otherwise my job wouldn’t be necessary. I am here to help you learn. If my answer or explanation is still vague or unclear to you and you need additional help please come see me at lunch or after school.

 

  • ALWAYS KEEP UP ON YOUR HOMEWORK

If you fall behind on homework in math, it will be very hard to catch up and you will have trouble with all lessons that follow as well. Math builds on the foundations of the previous day, so practice and understanding is essential to your success.

 

  • PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO MY EXPLANATIONS IN CLASS

Do not be a distraction to yourself or others. I typically do not explain it like the book so if you are absent or not paying attention you will be lost.

 

  • WHEN YOU GO HOME FROM SCHOOL YOU SHOULD:
    1. Re-read your notes in your notebook.
    2. Highlight anything critical to study in red(pink), material you may need to see again in yellow, and what you know well in green.
    3. Write any questions or comments you still have for me.
    4. Complete your homework problems for the day - I don’t assign a large amount.
    5. Show your work in the notebook & add any questions or comments
    6. Take time to study math (THIS IS EXPLAINED NEXT)

 

  • YOU NEED TO REALIZE THAT THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DOING HOMEWORK AND ACTUALLY STUDYING MATH. IF YOU ONLY DO HOMEWORK EVERY DAY, YOU WILL NOT DO WELL. STUDYING MATH CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
    1. KEEPING AN INCORRECT PROBLEMS PAGE IN YOUR NOTEBOOK

In class I will give you the answers to your homework and re-work the problems with you. If you miss a problem you should re-write it.

         

  1. MAKING FLASHCARDS

You should choose one to three problems each day and convert them to flashcards. Write the problem from the lesson on the front. On the back, write the solution, steps, date and topic. By the end of the chapter you will have a packet of cards to study. As you review previously taught concepts, you can shuffle the cards and see what you remember. If not, you can turn the card over and see which date of notes you need to go back and study. By reviewing flashcards all year, you will be in excellent shape for each quarter’s benchmark exam, and state testing.

         

  1. HONESTLY TAKE AND STUDY THE PRACTICE REVIEW/TEST

 

  1. DO EXTRA PROBLEMS FOR HOMEWORK

If you do additional problems, beyond what is assigned, it is excellent practice and I will give you additional homework points for your time and dedication.

 

 

NOTE: I realize that obviously you may not have time to do all of these things every single day. I also realize, you may only have 30% of yourself to give me on occasion. I EXPECT THAT YOU WILL GIVE ME 100% OF YOUR 30%. The degree of success you have in your math class is up to you. The amount of time and effort you choose to spend will directly affect your success in math. PLEASE REMEMBER that I am always around to answer your questions and to help you understand things. I care about you and will do everything in my power to help you succeed!


 
 

Recent Posts

CC2 Chpt 4

Chapter 4 - Proportions and Expressions

Date

Standard

Learning

Goal

Core Problems

Honors Challenge

Homework

Duration

(Days)

11/13

7.G.1

Students will explore properties of similar figures

Look Alike Rectangles

 

Ratio
Sudoku

1

11/14

7.G.1

4.1.1 Students will identify corresponding sides of similar figures and compare their ratios.

4.1 – 4.4

4.5

4.6 – 4.10

1

11/15

7.G.1

4.1.2 Students will solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures.

4.11 – 4.14

4.15

4.16 – 4.20

1

11/16

7.RP.2a

4.2.1 Students will learn the difference between proportional relationships and other linear relationships.

4.21 – 4.26

4.27 – 4.28

4.29 – 4.33

1

11/27

7.RP.2a

7.RP.2d

4.2.2 Students will create tables, graph proportional relationships and identify proportional relationships in them.

4.34 – 4.38

4.39 – 4.40

4.41 – 4.45

1

11/28

7.RP.1

7.RP.2
a - d

4.2.3 Students will calculate unit rates and use them to solve word problems involving proportional relationships.

4.46 – 4.48

4.49

4.50 – 4.54

1

11/29 & 11/30

7.RP.2
a-d

4.2.4 Students will discover the connections between all of the representations of a proportional relationship: a graph, a table, a written situation and an equation.

4.45 – 4.58

MAP
Ratio/
Pro-portion

4.60 – 4.64
4.65 – 4.69

2

12/4 & 12/5

7.EE.1

4.3.1 Students will use variables to represent unknown lengths. They will find the area and perimeter of algebra tiles using variables and constants and will practice combining like terms.

4.70 – 4.74

MAP
Ratio/
Pro-portion

4.75 – 4.79
4.80 – 4.84

2

12/6 & 12/7

7.EE.1

4.3.2 Students will develop understanding of combining like terms and the distributive property using a concrete context.

4.85 – 4.87
4.89 – 4.91

4.88  4.92

4.93 – 4.97
4.98 – 4.102

2

12/11 & 12/12

7.EE.1

4.3.3 Students will simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms and using the distributive property.

4.103 – 4.105
4.106 – 4.107

Finding Prices
4.110 - 4.111

4.112 – 4.115
4.116 – 4.121

2

12/13

 

Chapter 4 Closure

 

 

 

1

12/15

 

Chapter 4 Team Test

 

 

 

1

12/20

 

Chapter 4 Individual Test

 

 

 

1

 

Total Days

 

16

               

 

CC3 Chpt 4

Chapter 4 Multiple Representations

Date

Learning

Goal

Core Problems

Honors Challenge

Homework

Duration

(Days)

11/1 & 11/2

4.1.1  Students will find connections between representations

4.1

Border Problem Part A

4.2 – 6
4.7 – 11

2

11/6

4.1.2  Students will see growth in different representations

4.12 to 4.15

Border Problem Part B

4.17 – 21

1

11/8

4.1.3  Students will connect linear rules and graphs

4.22 to 4.23

Baby Madelyn

4.25 – 29

1

11/13

4.1.4  Students will connect prior learning with
y = mx + b

4.30 to 4.34

4.35 & 4.36

4.37 – 41

1

11/14 &11/15

4.1.5  Students will apply their understanding of growth and multiple representations

4.42

More Baby Data

4.44 – 48
4.49 – 53

2

11/16

4.1.6  Students will graph and equations without an xy table

4.54 to 4.56

Knots

4.59 – 63

1

11/17

4.1.7  Students will practice moving from one representation to another

4.64 to 4.65

4.66

4.67 – 71

1

11/27

Chapter 4 Closure

 

 

4.72 - 81

1

11/28

Chapter 4 Team Test

 

 

 

1

12/1

Chapter 4 Individual Test

 

 

 

1

Total Days

 

12

             

 

CC3 Chpt 1

Dates are subject to change.
 

Chapter 1 Problem Solving

Date

Standard

Learning Goal

Core Problems

Honors Challenge

Homework

Duration

(Days)

8/18

 

 

Broken Squares

 

 

 

1.4 – 1.7

1

8/22

8.F.4

1.1.2 – Students will learn how to extend a tile pattern and generalize the geometric description of the pattern

1.9 & 1.11

1.10

1.12 - 16

1

8/23

8.F.1

8.F.2

1.1.3 – Students will actively experience the xy coordinate system and informally be introduced to a linear function

1.17 to 1.18

Toothpick Pattern Challenge

1.19 - 23

1-2

8/24 & 8/28

8.SP.1

1.1.4 – Students will use a scatterplot to organize data and make predictions

1.24 to 1.28

H.C. 1.33 (e-h);
1.34 (g-l)

1.30 - 1.32, 1.33 (a-d), 1.34 (a-f), 1.35 – 1.40

2

8/29 & 8/30

8.EE.5

1.2.1 – Students will review proportional relationships with graphs and tables, comparing unit rates

1.41 to 1.45

1.46

1.47 -  51

2

8/31

7.RP.3

1.2.2 – Students will review different strategies for solving proportions written as equivalent ratios

1.52 to 1.55

1.56

1.57 – 61

1

9/1

 

Chapter 1 Closure

 

 

1.62 - 69

1

9/5

 

Chapter 1 Team Test

 

 

 

1

9/8

 

CC3 Pre-Assessment

 

 

 

1

 

Total Days

 

12

 

CC2 Chpt 1

 Dates are subject to change.
 

Chapter 1 – Introduction and Probability

Date

Standard

Learning Goal

Core Problems

Honors Challenge

Homework

Duration

(Days)

8/17

7.NS.2c
7.NS.2d
7.EE.3

Students will use Venn Diagrams to compare traits with their classmates and work on fraction, decimal and percent conversions.

Getting to Know you Activity

 

1.1  Finish Math Stars

2

8/18


Students will introduce their strengths and growth areas to the teacher

1.3 Mathography

 

 

1

8/21

 

Placement Test

Test

 

1.4 – 1.6

1

8/22

7.SP.5

1.1.2 Students will play a game of chance and determine if it is fair.

1.7 – 1.9

1.10

1.11 – 1.15

1

8/23

7.EE.1

1.1.3 Students will develop and informal understanding that a variable can have a single number solution, many solutions or no solution in a given context or situation.

1.16

1.17

1.18 – 1.22

1

8/24

7.RP.1

1.1.4 Students will make a prediction by using proportional reasoning in more than one way

1.23 – 1.30

1.32 – 1.33

1.35 – 1.39

1

8/28

7.NS.2d

1.1.5 Students will investigate number patterns created with decimals and fractions.

1.41 – 1.44a

Choco-late

1.45 – 1.49

1

8/29

 

7.SP.5
7.SP.6

1.2.1 Students will develop and understanding that probability is a fraction of the outcomes in sample space and that the probability of an event is always between 0 and 1. 

1.50-1.55

Choco-late

1.57 – 1.62

1

8/30

7.SP.6
7.SP.7b

1.2.2 Students will develop a probability model by observing frequencies in experimental data.

1.63 – 1.67

Choco-late

1.70 – 1.74

1

8/31

7.SP.7a

1.2.3 Students will describe what happens to the probability of an event when the sample space is changed by multiplication.

1.75 – 1.78

Choco-late

1.80 – 1.84

1

9/5

7.SP.8a

1.2.5 Students will develop strategies for representing portions in different ways and use those strategies to compare portions and probabilities.

1.95 – 1.98

Unit Fraction

1.103 – 1.107

1

9/6

7.SP.8a

1.2.7 Students will calculate probabilities of compound events where either one of the outcomes or the other is desired.

1.119 – 1.122

Unit Fraction

1.124 – 1.129

1

9/7

7.SP.8a

1.2.8  Students will continue their work with “either - or” compound events

1.130 – 1.133

Harmonic Triangle

1.137 – 1.141

1

9/8

 

Chapter 1 Closure

 

 

1.142 – 1.149

1

9/11

 

Chapter 1 Team Test

 

 

 

1

9/15

 

Chapter 1 Individual Test

 

 

 

1

 

Total Days

 

17

 

Parent Orientation

 You are invited to attend Parent Orientation August 9th at 6pm.  We will be discussing curriculum, schedules, and classroom expectations.  We hope to see you there!