Our adventures in sixth grade math begin with a refresher on positive and negative integers, fractions, and a bit on different ways of displaying data. An in-depth investigation into ratios and proportions, basic algebraic expressions and equations, geometry, and then briefly statistics and probability then ensues. all the while using the various representations of our rational number system. More specific guidance regarding what it is that will be taught this year is available here in the course description. The textbook, pictured to the left, provides the basic pathway through our mathematical adventure this year supplemented via Khan Academy and the IXL math program. All three of these are available on our iPads which provide us the ability to access essential resources, do assigned work, and submit assignments digitally from anywhere in the world. Additionally, digital resources provided by the textbook publisher can be obtained by simply clicking on the image of the text to the left and entering the codes provided separately.
In Grade 7, instructional time should focus on four critical areas:(1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships(2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations(3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume, and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
Grade 8 studies Algebra I.
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IXL is a program that celebrates effort and persistence. Questions are dynamic, thought-provoking, and nuanced, so guessing your way to success is never an option. Instead, students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and move through new challenges at their own pace if they are working alone, and at a set pace if challenged by the teacher based upon curriculum covered in the classroom. There’s no feeling that can match mastering a skill on IXL, since it comes with the satisfaction of knowing you really do “get it.” All students in the middle school math program are challenged with IXL Math at irregular intervals during the school year and can complete assignments at their leisure in math class, in school, or at home on their iPads, a laptop, or a desktop.