In **Course 2** we completed our first unit on 2-Dimensional Geometry and had our first test. For all of the classes, test corrections are part of the assessment process. To learn more about test corrections please refer to the HC Middle School website (http://honeycreekschool.org/ms/about/mathematics/). Each student can earn as much as half of the points taken off after following a few very specific steps, and convince me that they DO know the material. In November, we will be continuing with Integer Operations and then move on to Proportional Reasoning.

In **Course 3** we completed our first unit on Understanding Number Systems and Operations. We spent some time review operations with fractions, decimals, and integers and taking them to the next level by combining them together. Unit two will cover Proportional Thinking, and we will begin working on one of our bigger projects… you’ll see at curriculum celebration

**Algebra** has be plugging along… completing their second unit of study of the school year. The first was reviewing the foundations of Algebra. The second was on solving Equations and Inequalities. In November, we will move on to Function Relations; what’s a functions, what type of functions are there, etc.

One more note about middle school math test – hopefully you have all figured this out since all classes/students have taken a test. A few years back a parent asked if I could communicate the test scores to the parents. As we are trying to increase the independence of our students, I decided it would be better for the students to communicate their scores to their parents. To help with this process, I do require that the students get a parent’s signature on the test before I record the grade – with the exception of Algebra students. I hope this helps with prompt communication.

Thanks for supporting your child and me in this learning process.

]]>To find out what your child will be covering in math this year please take a moment to look around the Middle School Mathematics website, honeycreekschool.org/ms/mathematics. You will find the classroom expectations, as well as each course’s outline. You will also find the homework posted on your specific course site each day we have class. Throughout the year I hope you and your child will find the online textbook site helpful as well, my.hrw.com. To get on the textbook website you will need a user name (ahully) and password (s8v2). This is not posted on the middle school website since it is a public site, but your child should have it written in at least three different places – their planner, math folder, and math composition notebook.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at cwauer@hc.wash.k12.mi.us. Looking forward to a great year with lots of learning going on! ]]>

Wow, the end of the year is here and everyone is preparing for a BIG math test! All math classes have been preparing to take a cumulative final scheduled for this week, except for Algebra. They began their final on Friday of last week (5/31). We have discussed the best way to prepare for the final during class and the students will have this week’s class time to review and ask questions. As we have discussed, the best way to study for the final is to take out all of their old tests from this year (about 8 per class), and redo all of the problems, working toward understanding, and check notecards, be sure they are thorough and accurate. We’ve discussed options in case they don’t have all of their old tests as well.

It’s always exciting to review the extensive material we have been able to cover this year. I look forward to the students “showing me what they know” on the final!

Have a great summer… keep those numbers in mind. ]]>

In **Algebra** we are experimenting with the flipped learning style – this is where the students listen to videos and take notes at home and work in groups or with me on various problems in class. This has allowed us to work a little more with the TI – Nspire, graphing our quadratic functions. Quadratic functions and their graphs, parabolas, are the topic of discussion and exploration these days.

As the end of the year approaches we will all be preparing for a cumulative final. Each class will be reviewing their old test and making notecards. It’s a lot of material, but it’s good experience to prepare for high school. Happy studying…

Proportional Thinking and Percents seem to be the theme throughout the Middle School Math Classes this past month. All classes working at their own level, **Course 1** followed up a unit covering decimal operations with percent problems. **Course 2** is working on a dilation project after learning about proportions and scale factors. You may have seen my email about collecting cardboard for our project. Our finished product will be displayed at the May Curriculum Celebration. **Course 3** is also completing a quick review and extension of their knowledge, and ability to work with percents. Next, we will be explore the wonderful world of statistics…

The **Algebra** class continues to show great discipline and motivation. For example, I can give them an assignment of the Study Guide Review (1 – 116), and they will do the problems that best prepare them for the test. Occasionally, during class, as we are learning about Polynomials – what they are, how to add/subtract them, how to multiply them – I will hear “this is fun!” or “this is cool!” – which is exactly what I was thinking

After learning about ratios and proportions **Course 2** has been exploring the different ways we use them. We will be beginning a project with dilation next week.

**Course 3** has been working with exponents; properties of exponents, ways to use them in scientific notation and the Pythagorean Theorem. We also had a first introduction to radicals (square roots)… more fun than one can stand!

**Algebra** has been putting to practice all they learned about linear equations in the last unit while working with Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities, what they are and how to solve them. Once again, they just love the graphing

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After finishing the first part of the Map Dilation Project late November,

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I look forward to seeing you at the Curriculum Fair on Friday, January 18. ]]>

Thanks for partnering with your student and me in having a year filled with growth,

Cindy

]]>GEOMETRY remains to be the main topic in most of the classes. Reviewing formulas for basic figures and extending that knowledge to other figures like parallelograms, trapezoids, etc. We will be using these area formulas of 2-dimensional shapes to calculate surface area of 3-dimensional shapes. Volume of 3-dimensional shapes is another topic for examination.

Quadratic equations and a “flipped classroom” are the main happenings in Algebra class. I am experimenting with a flipped classroom style; that is, they receive instruction at home, through online sources, videos, textbook, etc. Then during class we are able to work through practice problems, spend time exploring concepts and ideas, and have discussions on the different/best ways to approach problems. It’s going well so far.

FINALS is the other thing on our minds in middle school math these days. For many of our students this will be the first “final” they have ever taken… good practice for high school. The Algebra class will be taking their final the week of May 20th, before they go to 8th grade camp. The other classes will be taking their finals the week of May 27, while we are at 8th grade camp. Jessica, the middle school instructional assistant in math, will be giving the finals to Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3 students.

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