Friday, December 4, 2015

Hour of Code is here!

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials.

Why computer science?
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on
Link to video on "What is Computer Science?"

Direct Links to 2015 Coding Lessons

         STAR WARS


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Adding and Subtracting positive and negative numbers - Online Help

Online Help Math is Fun Site:
Adding and Subtracting Negative Numbers
Click here to access

Positive and negative numbers on a number line

ATN Problem 1.4 In the Chips

How can you use a chip model to represent addition and subtraction?

In this investigation, we will be using chips to represent positive and negative integers. 

You may have heard the terms, "In the red" (meaning you owe or have a negative amount of money) and "In the black"(meaning have a positive amount of money)

In the image above, there are black positive chips and red negative chips on the board. Some red and black chips have already been put together in "zero pairs" that cancel each other out. Is this image "in the black" or "In the red"? How do you know?

Now try for yourself: 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Accentuate the Negative - Unit #2

Unit Goals:

In this unit, the focus is on understanding and developing systematic ways to add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative numbers. Students will develop algorithms for computations and will use the order of operations, the Commutative Property, and the Distributive Property to solve problems.

Important concepts outlined below.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Shapes and Designs Unit Test

We are finishing up our first math unit, Shapes and Designs. 
The Unit Test is scheduled for Thursday 10/29.
Start studying now to make sure you're ready!

Final Study Guide - Shapes and Designs

1. Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe relationships between 
2. Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

Review - Investigation 1 
    1. Sorting and sketching of regular polygon (specific to parallelogram and triangle)
    2. Benchmark angles
    3. Measuring angles

Review - Investigation 2
    1. Formulas - sum of angles in a regular polygon (n = the number of sides in polygon)
        • S (sum of angles) = 180 (n-2)
        • A (individual angle in a polygon) = 180 (n-2) / n
    2. Finding exterior angles in a polygon.

Review - Investigation 3
    1. Sides lengths and forming triangles:
        • The sum of the two shorter sides must be greater then the longer side in a triangle
    2. How to create a unique triangle:
        • SAS (side-angle-side),
        • AAS (angle-angle-side),
        • SSS (side-side-side),
        • ASA (angle- side-angle)
    3. Finding angle measures when given parallel lines and transversals.
        • supplementary angles
        • complementary angles
        • isosceles/equilateral triangle properties
        • parallelogram/square/rectangle properties
        • angle sums for regular polygons

Specific work to review:
    • Warm-up problems (Do Nows)
    • Specific ACE Problems or Investigation Problems to review to review:
    •Inv 1 ACE: #10 page. 27, Check-in Quiz, Problem 1.4 C and D page .21
    •Inv 2 ACE: #1 page. 52, #12 page. 54,
    •Inv 3 Problem 3.2 A, ACE #9 page. 77, Problem 3.4 B and C page. 70
    • Check-in 1 and Partner Quiz Inv 2

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Inv 3.3 - Polystrip and quadrilaterals

Focus Questions: 
1. What combination of side lengths can be used to make a quadrilateral.
2. How many different shapes are possible a set of side lengths.  

Since the virtual polystrips can only got up to ten, use these number sets in place of the ones given in Problem A:
1.  3, 5, 8, 8
2.  2, 3, 5, 10
3.  8, 8, 10, 10
4.  6, 10, 3, 5
5. try your own!

Hint - Use the attach button seen below to link polystrips and allow them to move.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Investigation 3.1 - Building Triangles

Focus Question:  
What combination of three side lengths can be used to make a triangle?

Additional questions:  
  • Are there special conditions for the side lengths of a triangle?  
  • Can a triangle be built with any three side lengths?  Explain.

Click here to access the virtual polystrips

Link to Math Warehouse Triangles sides and angles.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Skills #1-4 Review and Extra Practice Sheets

Click here to access the Skills #1-4 Review Worksheet

Here are the answers:
1) 89 is median and mean is 88
2) 9
3) 13
4) 2 & 8/15
5) 2
6) 25%
7) 25 & 6/7
8) 9/81, 2/14, 1/6, 3/7, 5/6, 7/8
9) 92
10) 45
Bonus: radius = 6

The practice sheets cover the following skills:
  • order of operations
  • division of fractions
  • order of operations with fractions
  • percent of a number problems
  • decimal division

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Investigation 2.2 - any polygon angle sum

Focus Question: What is the angle sum of any polygon with n sides?

Helpful site:
Math is Fun - Polygon angles

Application problem of understanding triangle angles.

Investigation 2.1 - Regular Polygons angle and angle sum formulas

The focus question is: What is the size of each angle and the sum of all angles in a regular polygon with n sides?

The students will review what is important in a polygon and how regular and irregular polygons compare.  The goal is for students to develop formulas the sum of interior angles for a polygon of n sides.

S - Sum of all angles
S = 180 (n - 2)  
when n = any number of sides of a polygon

A - measure of one angle
A = 180 (n - 2)/ n
A = 180 - 360/n   
when n = any number of sides of a polygon

Link to Geometry and Regular Polygon Site

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Check - up #1 - Need to Know

Investigation Focus Questions:
Problem 1.1
1. What properties do all polygons share?
2. What properties do some sub-groups of polygons share?

Problem 1.2
1. What are some common benchmark angles?
2. What part of a full turn is each angle equal to?

Problem 1.3
1. When a drawing shows two rays with a common endpoint how many rotation angles are there?
2. How would you estimate the measure of each angle?

Problem 1.4
1. How do you measure and angle with an angle ruler and a protractor?

Problem 1.5
1. In a triangle, what measures of sides and angles give just enough information to draw a figure that is uniquely determined?

Need to Know:
1. Finding angle measurements using a protractor.
2. Properties of shapes
3. Drawing angles and polygons given specific measurements
4. Investigation Vocabulary: polygon, regular polygon, rotation. supplementary and complementary angles, obtuse and acute angles, straight angles, reflex angles, right angles
5. Correctly naming and labeling an angle

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Skills #3

Attached here is Skills #3 and also the notes on questions students had on Skills #3 from class.

Investigation 1.5 - Drawing Challenge

Focus Question:
 In a triangle, what measures of side length and angles give enough information to draw a figure?

We completed Investigation 1.5 together in class and the students need to complete B #2-6 for homework.

Notes from class- click here to access

(These notes cover the Investigation Questions A and B from class.)

Investigation 1.4 - Measuring Angles

Investigation 1.4

Important vocabulary:

  • supplementary angle - angles that add up to 180˚

  • complementary angle- angles that add up to 90˚

Here are the notes from today's class and the 1.3 and 1.4 homework.

Here is a sheet to help with benchmark angles.  This was given as a hard copy to all the students.

Answer Key for ACE Problems Inv 1.4 Level I or II

Monday, September 14, 2015

Investigation 1.2 - Shapes and Designs

Focus Question: What are some common benchmark angles? 

Today students looked at the question, "What are some of the benchmark angles?"

Students were exposed to vocabulary words such as:
  • acute
  • obtuse
  • initial side
  • terminal side
  • degrees
  • right angle 
  • straight angle

We ended by playing a connect four game.  Lets see if our students can defeat their parents!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Homework Expectations

Today, we talked about producing quality homework. This year, students will receive a grade for homework. However, the grade will not be based on the number right or wrong, but on the work's completion, quality, and correction/reflection. Approximately one assignment per week will be collected and contribute to an overall term homework grade.

Here is the homework descriptor that was handed out to students:

7th Grade Math Homework Expectations

1. Completion - All assigned problems have been attempted and completed with work shown.  If there are incomplete or partially completed problems, questions should be written in place of work and contact with your teacher should be made (email, face-to-face prior to or at the beginning of class).

2. Quality - Work has your name, assignment title (page number, problems and investigation), and date at the top of the page.  Work is legible and organized.  

3. Correction & Reflection - Work is not erased and corrections (if needed) are done in a different color.  At the bottom of the page rank yourself from 1- 5 (1 = not understanding the content, 5 = solid understanding of content) and write a thought about the work you completed.

  • If you did well, what was the key to your success on this work?
  • If you found the work challenging, what do you need to do to better understand the material? This is a strategy to help you get better at the material covered in class. The sooner you identify that you're finding work challenging, the sooner you're able to get the help you need.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Shape Set

Here is the shape set from today's lesson.  It can be found on page 9 of Investigation 1.1 in your text.

Investigation 1.1- Shapes and Designs

Focus Question: What properties do all polygons have?  

Diving into polygons!

In the first section of Shapes and Designs, students spent time defining the characteristics of polygons. Ask your student, "What makes a shape a polygon?" These shapes have some specific properties!

Next, everyone got some hands-on time, looking at a variety of shapes and categorizing them. Most groups categorized the shapes by the number of sides they had, but then many expanded those further into sub-categories. How many different categories can there be for quadrilaterals (four-sided polygons)?

Here are some pictures of the students in action with the shape sets.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Our First Unit! Shapes and Designs

This year, we begin our math studies with an exploration into two-dimensional geometry. The parent letter below outlines what students and parents can expect from this unit.
Here is a pdf version for a clearer view. I particularly enjoy the resources listed on the second page.

Skill Sheet #1

7th Grade Math Skill Sheets are given out once a week to build on the students' math skills.  Skill Sheet #1 was handed out today and is due Friday September 11th.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Welcome Back

Welcome back!
Our first Unit of Study will be:

We will cover the following Common Core Standards-

All Investigations - 7.EE.A.2 Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related.

Investigation 2 - 7.EE.B.4 Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities. 

Investigation 2 -  7.G.A.2 Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle. 

Investigations 1, 2, and 3 -  7.G.B.5 Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical, and adjacent angles in a multi-step problem to write and solve simple equations for an unknown angle in a figure.