Greetings! I'm sorry for the late post this week -- I was having technical difficulties with the website! This week we are wrapping up our review of percents (many students needed extra practice since we ended Module 4) and we are continuing with Module 5 lessons on Probability. We have used many experiments involving cubes in a bag, flipping cups, coins and rolling a die to simulate experimental probabilities. We have also started talking about how experimental probabilities (what you actually get) can differ from theoretical probabilities (what you think you will get). We've used the example of tossing a coin 10 times to illustrate the difference between the two. If you toss a coin, you may get 8 heads and 2 tails. Your experimental probability of getting a heads is 8/10, or 80%. In theory though you would have expected it to be 5/10, or 50%. This is what's called a Theoretical Probability.
This week we will finish up lessons 7, 8 and 12 and will be looking at our next module test most likely early next week. Here is the Mid Mod 5 Study Guide. We will also be having a notebook quiz later this week. Be sure to check out the updated INB Pictures. Please note the additions that were made on pages 80, 81 and 87. Pages 80 and 81 were only handed out in Class 2.
Here is a link for additional review on Tree Diagrams. Students learned about these in lessons 6 & 7. They are a helpful tool to organize outcomes and accurately calculate probabilities.
Students should continue to practice using the Smarter Balanced website. We will be testing the first 2 weeks in May (one session is the CAT portion and the other is the PT portion). Here is the link for the practice tests, calculator and answer keys (scoring rubric). Practicing for just 10-15 min per night can make a huge difference in reducing a student's anxiety and allowing them to show what they know when test day comes.
Mar 29 - PCA Pride Day
Apr 1 - 5 - Book Fair
Next week also begins state testing for ELA. Please ensure your student is getting plenty of rest and eats a good breakfast to be able to do their best!
Have a great week!
Hello! Last week we had such a great day during our Pi Day celebration! Students created a Pi banner, participated in a Scavenger Hunt and also many Pi-themed review activities. Thank you to all those who brought in goodies for students to enjoy. The pies/cakes/cookies were delicious!
Last week we also began Module 5 on Statistics and Probability. This week we will continue by finishing up Lesson 2 - Estimating Probabilities by Collecting Data. We talked about the Probability Scale which ranges from 0 - 1 or 0% - 100%. 0 or 0% represents impossible events, while 1 or 100% represents certain events. Flipping a coin and getting heads, for example would represent and Equally Likely outcome (0.5 or 50%).
Last week we also practiced using spinners to generate data from which to estimate probabilities.
To be covered this week...
Lesson 3 & 4 - Chance Experiments with Equally Likely Outcomes
Lesson 5 - Chance Experiments with Outcomes That Are Not Equally Likely
Lesson 6 - Using Tree Diagrams to Represent a Sample Space
Here is a great video overview of Probability that students can view to reinforce what we are learning in class.
A few other "basics" of probability that will be important for students to learn...
Experimental vs Theoretical Probability (click here for another explanation)
What is an Outcome? Sample Space? and other definitions
How to determine Probability using "or" & "and"
What is a Tree Diagram?
This week's Quizizz code is 753302. It is a review of percents. Don't forget to complete by Thursday night!
Happenings this week:
Honor Roll Assembly - Wed. at 10:50.
Rock Your Socks Day - Thurs. 3/21
Twin Day - Fri. 3/22
Book Fair - Week of April 1st
Have a great week!
Greetings! This week marks the start of the 3rd trimester and we will kick it off by beginning the final portion of our End of Module 4 test (Calculators allowed :-) ). We will be starting Module 5 this week which covers Statistics and Probability with discussion of Chance Experiments, Outcomes and creation of Tree Diagrams. We will be using a lot of probability models such a dice, spinners and cards to simulate various experiments and understanding the difference between equally likely, impossible and certain outcomes.
This week we will be celebrating Pi Day on Thursday, March 14 (also Albert Einstein's birthday). Click here for more information on Pi. This will be a fun day with many events such as a Scavenger Hunt, Pi-inspired haikus (yes, ELA is involved as well!) and a Pi Bee. Students can prepare for the Pi Bee by studying the digits of pi and memorizing as many as possible. There will be prizes for the winners in each class as well as the grand prize winner! Click here for a fun link to help you practice!
This week's Quizizz code is 436252. It is a review of mixtures from Module 4.
Don't forget to continue to practice the Smarter Balanced questions at home. We will be testing May 1st - 3rd (Computer Adaptive Test portion) and May 10th, 13th and 14th (Performance Task portion, also on computer). Practicing just one or two questions a day will make a big difference when test time comes. We will also be practicing in class, but since our time is limited, be sure to check out the practice website at home as well. Click here for links to the practice test and sample questions as well as the calculator 7th graders will be using (this is different from what students used in 6th grade). The scoring guide (answer key) is also found here.
This Friday is a N.U.T. Day and we also have report cards going home with students on Thursday.
Rock Your Socks day on 3/21
Twin Day on 3/22
Have a great week!
*UPDATE* Click here for End of Mod 4 study guide answer key. Make sure you realize that you will not be able to use a calculator for part of the test. You may need a refresher on multiplying and or dividing decimals and other basic skills that we have been using a calculator for.
Welcome! I hope everyone enjoyed their snow day at the end of last week! This week will begin with what was originally scheduled for last Friday - Quiz on Scale Factor and Percents and finishing up Lesson 16 and starting Lesson 17. On Tuesday, all classes should complete Lesson 17 which will be our last lesson for Module 4. We will spend Wed. and part of Fri. reviewing (movie field trip on Thurs). The End of Module 4 test is divided into 2 parts - one where a calculator is allowed and one where it is not. The calculator portion (which is the shorter part) will be completed in class on Friday after some review. The non-calculator part will be completed on Tues. of next week. Here is a link for the study guide for those that want to get a head start.
There will be no Quizizz this week!
Last week a flyer went home in Thurs. folders informing students of a "Pi Bee" on Thurs. 3/14. This will be an in-class competition for those interested to see who can recite the most digits of pi from memory. We will also be having many other fun, interactive activities on that day to refresh our memories about what pi is and how we use it to find area and circumference of circles.
Don't forget - PD Day for teachers on Monday, 3/11 meaning no school for students! Also, the end of the trimester is this Friday, 3/8! Report cards go home with students next week.
Have a great week!
EXTRA PRACTICE: Click here for extra practice on rates and percents. Here is the ans key.
Here is a link for the Smarter Balanced Practice Test. Please note, there is no unique sign-in ID required. Just click the green "Sign In" button at the bottom of the page. Also, it is NOT automatically graded, so the scoring guide will be necessary to check answers.
We will begin this week with Moby Max Benchmark Testing. Most students take this test three times a year (fall, winter and spring) in order to monitor student progress and also place students who need additional support in RTI. Students filled out goal sheets last week, reflecting on how they scored in the fall (or the last time they took the test) and created a goal for what they would like to earn on this test (winter).
This week we will be doing some review with percents in regards to taxes and also working on scale factor.
Here are some helpful links for reviewing the equation, Part = Percent * Whole
Video on solving for percent
Another review video including help with conversions between decimals and percents
Scale factor is a topic we discussed in Module 1 but has come back again in Module 4, this time as a percent. We will be comparing a drawing given an original image and determining if it is a reduction (scale factor < 100%) or an enlargement (scale factor > 100%). Students can compute scale factor using the ratio drawing/actual. We have begun to see examples where one dimension is changed using a different scale factor than another dimension. When this happens, the image is said to be distorted.
Students will have another Quizizz this week focusing on taxes, commission and fees. Code is 276766.
We have our next gathering this Friday, 3/1 for all eligible students. Gathering begins at 2:00!
The trimester ends next Friday and reports cards go home with students on Thurs. 3/14.
Have a great week!
2/20 - Happy Snow Day! Here is some additional practice for our test tomorrow! Ans key is on pg 2
**Tues 2/19 - Grade sheets were handed out to all students today. Parents/Guardians - please make sure they are signed and returned to school as soon as possible. Thank you!
**UPDATE** Here is the Mid Mod 4 Study Guide Ans Key
Hello! Here we are in another short week! On Wednesday students will be taking the Mid Module 4 test which will assess student's knowledge of material from Lessons 1-11. Students received a study guide last week which will be very similar to the test. Last week students also had the opportunity to participate in several review activities including a post-it peer review activity in which students created questions relating to material from lessons 1-11 and shared these with their classmates. Students answered a given question on the back of the post-it note and then discussed answers with their peers if there was a case in which their answers did not agree. Students created some very creative and thought-provoking questions that really challenged each other's skills!
Students also worked on a higher-order-thinking review sheet on Friday. This sheet can be found here if needed. Understanding percents and the relationship Part = Percent * Whole is a critical skill for 7th grade math and is also why we are taking additional days to ensure a solid level of understanding of this topic.
Please ensure INB's are up-to-date as we will be taking a notebook quiz in the near future. Check out the INB Pictures tab if you are missing notes.
As we near the end of February and near closer to state testing, I wanted to provide some links for students and their families to check out for additional practice. Click here for a link for Smarter Balanced overview with a link at the bottom for sample questions and tests (what does a test look like under Common Questions). Students should also be familiar with the Desmos scientific calculator which will be available for some of the test questions (approximately 70% for 7th grade). This type of calculator is different than what students used in 6th grade and is something we will also review in class. However, I would highly recommend that students gain additional familiarity with these tools outside of class.
This week's Quizizz will involve additional practice with percents. Code is 114097. Quiz is due on Thursday evening.
Have a great week!
**EXTRA CREDIT click HERE** Due Friday, 2/15!
Greetings! Last week students did a great job learning some new concepts dealing with percents. During review of Lesson 6 - Fluency with Percents, students created posters showing their work for various real-world problems (see below)...Students solved these problems using a variety of strategies including double number lines, the formula part = percent * whole and proportions.
We also covered percent increase and decrease, markup and markdowns and percent error. This week we will review some key concepts learned last week and talk about simple interest as well as taxes, commissions and fees. This will bring us to the end of Mid Mod 4 and we will most likely be looking at a test on Friday. Here is the Study Guide that will be passed out in class later this week.
Here are some review links for various topics that we have covered recently.
Percent Error - in class, we talked about how this can help put things in perspective instead of just relating the amount by which a value was off. For example, if you were to measure the length of a football field and were a centimeter off, versus a heart surgeon who was a centimeter off, the percent error of the heart surgeon would be much larger, given that he/she has less room for error. The person measuring the football field would have a low percent error because what they are measuring is relatively large. The larger the actual value (the denominator in the percent error calculation), the more you can be "off" from the exact value and still have a relatively low percent error.
This week's Quizizz will be a review of percents. Code is 826982. As always, quizzes are due by Thursday night.
Upcoming Key Dates:
What an interesting week we had last week with the two early dismissals and no school on Thursday! We will do our best not to fall too far behind by hopefully making up some ground this week. Last week most classes finished Lesson 3, Comparing Quantities with Percent. In this lesson, students had to pay close attention to the way the question was phrased in order to understand which number represented the part and which number represented the whole.
Example 1: If there are 750 students in 7th grade and 625 students in 8th grade, what percent is the 7th grade class compared to the 8th grade class? 750/625 = 1.2 = 120%
Example 2: If there are 750 students in 7th grade and 625 students in 8th grade, what percent is the 8th grade class compared to the 7th grade class? 625/750 = 0.83 = 83%
**Whatever you are comparing something to is the WHOLE**
Other examples involved age. Students wrote down their age and the age of one of their siblings. They then calculated what percent their age is compared to their siblings and vice versa.
This week we will cover percent increase and decrease, markup and markdown, percent error and simple interest.
Here are some videos/helpful links regarding part, percent and whole.
Example video using proportions to solve part, percent, whole
Example video using equation and proportions to solve part, percent, whole
Practice worksheets (with ans key)
Students will be having a quiz most likely on Tuesday covering conversions and identifying part and whole in order to correctly calculate a percent.
Here is the Quizizz code for this week...984262. Topic is converting percents, decimals and fractions.
Reminder - this Friday, 2/8 is a N.U.T. Day (cost $2)! Have a great week!
**UPDATE** I am also posting an answer key (CLICK HERE) for a review worksheet we went over in class last week. This covers scale, scale ratios (which students will be tested on Monday) as well as sales/discounts and unit rate.
Hello! As we begin this week, students are finishing up their End of Module 1 tests and we will get ready to begin Module 4 (Percents and Proportional Relationships). One of the things I like about ordering the modules in this way (we began the year with Module 2, then 3, then 1) is that there are many similarities between Modules 1 and 4 as we will pick up again on our discussion of sales and discounts as well as scale factor. Students will also be learning a helpful formula, Part = Percent * Whole which they will use throughout the module and how to convert between decimals, fractions and percents. Students need to ensure they have their Module 3/4 workbooks with them (or if they left them with me, please pick them up in the classroom).
Tutoring starts this week! Since I will be tutoring on Tues/Thurs, my after school days have changed to just Wednesdays until 4:15. This will continue until April 4th.
This week's Quizizz code is 366210. It focuses on proportional relationships. Make sure to complete by Thursday night. If you get a 100, you get your name entered in a drawing (per class) for a free homework pass!
Here is the answer key for an optional practice worksheet that was made available to students on Friday (purple).
Have a great week!
Here is the End of Mod 1 Study Guide Ans Key.
**UPDATE** There will be no after school extra help on Thursday, 1/24. Extra help will only be on Tuesday this week. I will be posting new days starting next week once tutoring begins.
Greetings! We have another short, yet busy week here at school! In math class we will be finishing up Module 1, taking a notebook quiz and completing our Study Guide (click here for study guide). The End of Module test will either be Friday or Monday. The last few lessons in Module 1 will cover scale ratio (similar to a key on a map where a certain number of inches, for example, may represent a given number of miles). We will also be computing actual area given scale drawing dimensions and a scale factor.
Here are some helpful links to review scale factor and scale ratio.
Scale factor video
Scale ratio (scale of a model) video
I am also including a link for an extra practice worksheet on sales, discounts, markups, commission etc. This focuses on the material we covered in Lesson 14 and was also similar to the quiz students took in class last week. Please note the answer key is on page 2 so you can check your work. CLICK HERE FOR THE WORKSHEET.
Last week there were 12 perfect scores for the Quizizz on Volume and Surface Area and another 12 that just missed one question - great job! This week's Quizizz will focus on scale factor. The code is 438399. Good luck!
Even though it may seem early, I wanted to include a link for access to the Smarter Balance Practice and Training Test Site. This link will open a pdf which then has links for various resources including the practice test site. Please check this out with your student. Although we will be practicing in class (students have already begun seeing practice problems on their warm-ups), the more exposure they can get to these types of questions and the format, the better. We will be testing in May (exact dates TBD).
FYI - Progress Reports will go home with students next week!
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