7th Grade Math

Integer Maze & Thanksgiving Riddle (Mixed Operations)

Posted: November 21, 2017

There is NO SCHOOL for the next 5 days starting tomorrow, 11.22.17. Enjoy break and see you Monday, 11.27.17.

Today in class, the students received two in-class assignments.  The first was review on the addition and subtraction rules from chapter 1 in a maze form.  The second assignment, the students examined expressions with 4 operations and included both negative and positive numbers.  After examining the expressions, the students were then asked to solve them, so that they could determine their understanding of PEMDAS and the rules that apply to each operation.  The student have NO HOMEWORK over break, however, they did receive an extra credit assignment to work on, if they feel they need it.  

Expression and Word Problems with Multiple Operations

Posted: November 20, 2017

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 11.21.17, is the last day this week for school because of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Students will not have homework over break.

Today in class, we reviewed division and how it relates to multiplication.  We also examined when the answer will be 0 or undefined in a division problem that includes zero.  The students then analyzed expressions and word problems with four operations (emphasis on division), so that they could determine their understanding of PEMDAS and the rules that apply to each operation.  For homework, the students are to complete the following in their 'Go Math' textbook: P. 47 (20 & 22), P. 48 (28), P. 53 (16, 18, 20, 22) and P. 54 (26).

Multiplication Triangles

Posted: November 17, 2017

Today in class, the students picked a partner to work on the multiplication triangles.  The students had to manipulate the triangles so that all 16 triangles combined to make one large triangle.  They combined the triangles by matching the expression with the product, or vice versa.   

Multiplication Practice with Negative Integers

Posted: November 16, 2017

Today in class the students received a review handout on multiplication with both positive and negative integers, so that they could determine their understanding of multiplication and the rules that apply when negative integers are involved.  The students where to analyze and solve the expressions and word problems on the and handout and then solve each.

Methods for Solving Multiplication Problems

Posted: November 14, 2017

Parent - Teacher conferences are tomorrow, 11.15.17, from 12 - 6 PM. Team 7B will be in HR. 214.

Today in class, we examined different ways to show our work and solve multiplication problems, so that we can identify and determine which method is best for us as an individual.  We focused on the following methods: traditional, lattice, expanded, Japanese/Chinese, and Sanskrit.  If the students are asked to show their work in the future, they may choose any method that they are comfortable with doing to solve the problem.  For homework, the students received a handout to assess their understanding of the multiplication rules when the expression has both negative and positive integers.  

Real World Problems with Multiplication

Posted: November 13, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, 11.15.17, from 12 - 6 PM in HR. 214.

Today in class, we examined several word problems that involved multiplication with both positive and negative integers, so we could apply the vocabulary to create and solve the expressions.  The student do not have homework tonight.

Multiplication Rules

Posted: November 10, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, 11.15.17. From 12 - 6 PM.

Today in class, we analyzed multiplication expressions and word problems that involve multiplication with both positive and negative integers, so that we could determine our understanding of the multiplication rules (same sign positive; different sign negative).  We also watched a video on the multiplication rules, so give the visual learners, as well as, all students a better understanding of why a negative multiplied by another negative is positive.  For homework, students should enjoy the weekend.

Cliff Diving

Posted: November 9, 2017

Students were given one more day to complete P. 31 and 32 of their 'Go Math' textbook. I am using these pages as a take home assessment grade.

Today in class we first reviewed the multiplication rules when negative integers are involved.  We then finalized Chapter 1 by analyzing and completing a handout 'Cliff Diving', so that we could do one final assessment on our understanding of the addition rules and properties, as well as, subtraction as the addition of the inverse.  For homework, the students are to complete P. 34 of their 'Go Math' textbook.

Chapter 1 Assessment

Posted: November 8, 2017

Today in class, the students examined and deciphered word problems related to addition and subtraction involving negative integers, so that they could assess their understanding of the addition rules and properties, as well as, subtraction as the addition of the inverse.  When the students finished their assessment, they were asked to complete a multiplication table to so I can pre-assess their understanding of the multiplication rules.  If they did not finish the multiplication table they must finish it for homework.

Sum It Up: 3, 4, and 5 Integers

Posted: November 7, 2017

The students have an assessment tomorrow, 11.8.17, on Chapter 1 with an emphasis on 1.4.

Today playing 'Sum It Up', we created expressions using addition with positive and negative integers, so that we could determine which strategies and property(ies) we tend to use to solve.  For homework, the students are to complete P. 31 and P. 32 in their Go Math Textbook.

Associative v. Commutative Property of Addition

Posted: November 6, 2017

The students have an assessment on Wednesday, 11.8.17, on Chapter 1 with an emphasis on 1.4.

Today in class, we reviewed/analyzed expressions and word problems that involved addition and subtraction involving negative integers, so that we could determine our understanding of when associative or commutative property of addition was being used.  We also determined which property we preferred to use and whether or not it is okay to use both properties in the same problem.  For homework, the students were given addition practice problems to prepare for their assessment on Wednesday, November 8th.

Addition with Subtraction Practice

Posted: November 2, 2017

The students DO NOT have school tomorrow Friday, 11.3.17.

Today in class, we review different strategies and ways to manipulate numbers within an expression in order to solve the expression, with a focus on associative and commutative properties of addition.  For homework, the students received a handout out with 10 expressions and 3 word problems that scaffolds.

Addition with Subtraction Involving Negative Integers

Posted: November 1, 2017

There are no classes on Friday, 11.3.17. The quarter is ending and Gradebook will be finalized Friday by 5 PM.

Today we analyzed expressions with addition and subtraction involving negative integers, so that we could determine our understanding of subtraction as the addition of the inverse and then we compared and contrast commutative and associative properties of addition.  For homework, the students are to complete the following: P. 29 (14, 15, 16) and P. 30 (18, 19, 20).

Addition & Subtraction Relay

Posted: October 31, 2017

Today in class, the students were separated into groups and assigned roles to one another for the math relay race.  The roles were: starter, modifier, solver, and checker.  Students were given an expression while standing at the board and continued to pass the marker (like a baton in a track and field relay race) to each member until they solved and checked the expression.

Triangle Manipulative (cont.)

Posted: October 30, 2017

Students do not have school Friday, 11.3.17, as the first quarter is ending and report cards need to be finalized by 5PM that night.

Today in class, the students received their second set of triangles that they had to manipulate so that all the triangle connect (as a shape or path), so that the students could continue to assess their understanding of the addition rules (same sign add, different sign subtract) and that subtraction is addition of the inverse.  For homework, the students are to complete P. 28 of their 'Go Math' textbook.

Subtraction with Negative Integers Assessment

Posted: October 26, 2017

We will not have math classes tomorrow, 10.27.17, because of Junior Achievement Program.

Today in class, the students took an assessment on subtraction with negative integers, Section 1.3, so that they could assess their understanding of subtraction is addition of the inverse and the addition rules (same sign add, different sign subtract).  After the students finished their assessment, they received a logic puzzle, Who Wore What?, for extra credit.

Expression & Sum Triangles

Posted: October 25, 2017

Students have an assessment tomorrow, 10.26.17, with the focus on subtraction involving negative integers.

Today in class, the students manipulated 14 triangles to match the expressions with the sum, so that they could determine their understanding of the addition rules and that subtraction is addition of the inverse.  All the triangles had to connect in some way (either a path/shape) to show how each triangle is linked to each other.  For homework, the students had 3 practice problems to prepare them for their assessment, as well as, they should study pages 22, 23, & 24 in their 'Go Math' textbook.  

Integer Bingo

Posted: October 24, 2017

Students will have an assessment on Thursday, 10.26.17 on addition and subtraction with negative integers.

While playing bingo, the students examined and solved addition and subtraction expressions with negative integers, so that they could determine their understanding of the addition rules and that subtraction is the addition of the inverse.  For homework, the students received a subtraction handout to review for their assessment on Thursday.

Find the Sum Card Game/Intro to Integer Bingo

Posted: October 23, 2017

The students will have an addition and subtraction with negative integers on Wednesday, 10.25.17.

Today in class, we explained the solutions of expressions, both addition and subtraction involving negative integers, from Integer Bingo, so that we could determine our understanding of the addition rules and that subtraction is the addition of the inverse.

Integer Card Game

Posted: October 20, 2017

The Timeline/Number Line Project is due Monday, 10.23.17.

Today in class, we justified/explained the solutions of addition and subtraction expression with negative integers, so that we could determine our understanding of the addition rules and that subtraction is the addition of the inverse.  The students used a deck of cards where the black represented positive integers and the red represented negative integers.  Flipping 2 cards, the students had to solve the expression using the addition rules and subtraction as addition of the inverse.  Homework: finish the Timeline/Number Line Project.

Subtraction of Integers Review

Posted: October 19, 2017

The Timeline/Number Line Project is due Monday, 10.23.17.

Today in class, the students had a Do Now in which they had to substitute and solve.  Once they finished the Do Now, they received a review handout, which included an addition and subtraction of integers maze.  If they did not finish the handout in class, the students must finish it for homework.  Based on observations and common errors, the quiz has been pushed back to next week.

Subtraction of Integers: Word Problems

Posted: October 18, 2017

Student's should be mentally preparing to have a quiz on Friday, 10.20.17, on Section 1.3 - Subtraction of Negative Integers.

Today in class we reviewed the rules for subtraction and how subtraction is actually the addition of the inverse.  We then took those ideas and deciphered word problems and set-up the expressions for each.  If the expression's operation was subtraction, we then applied the rules and converted the expression to addition and solved using the addition rules.  For homework, the students received a subtraction of integers practice handout.   

Subtraction of Integers

Posted: October 17, 2017

Today in class, we analyzed subtraction through the use of counter(chip) method and the rules of subtraction through a video (Same Sign/Different Sign) on YouTube, so that we could identify subtraction as addition of the inverse.  For homework, the students were to do all of page 22: (4-7) Your Turn at the top and (1-15) guided practice.

Addition of Integers Assessment

Posted: October 13, 2017

The 'Number Line/Timeline' Project is due next Friday, 10.20.17.

Today in class the students determined if the integers in the problem were same sign or different sign, so that they could assess their understanding of addition strategies (number line and counters [chips]) and the rules for addition.  If the students finished the quiz early and had additional time, they were to work on their 'Number Line/Timeline' Project.

Addition of Integers Review

Posted: October 12, 2017

Student have their addition of integers assessment, tomorrow, 10.13.17.

Today in class, we discussed the difference between addition of integers with the same signs vs. addition of integers with different signs.  The students used a handout that was an in-class assignment to gauge their understanding of the addition rules.  If the students had additional time in class, they were to use that time to work on their 'Timeline/Number Line' Project.  For homework, students are to study for their addition of integers assessment. 

Addition of Integers with Different Signs

Posted: October 11, 2017

Students will have a quiz on Section 1.1 & 1.2 on Friday, 10.13.17.

Today we extended our knowledge on addition of integers, so that we can determine difference between the addition of integers with the same sign to integers with different signs.  We discussed the differences, I modeled the number line and counter (chip) methods, and I showed a video that explained the difference of addition with same sign integers and different sign integers through song.  For homework, the students are to complete the following in their 'Go Math' textbook: P. 17 (16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30) & P. 18 (32).

Addition with the Same Sign

Posted: October 10, 2017

Today in class, we reviewed addition with the same sign and the number line method.  We also reviewed vocabulary that we will see throughout the week.  The students had several in class examples and problems to complete that was graded.  For homework, in the 'Go Math' textbook, the students are to complete the following: P. 11 - 19, 20, 22 (a,b,c) and P. 12 - 24 (a,b,c)

Order of Operations (PEMDAS)

Posted: October 6, 2017

Students have an opportunity to earn extra credit by creating their own PEMDAS.

After going over the 'Timeline' Project expectations and rubric, the class reviewed the order of operations and PEMDAS.  The students received and order of operations handout, if they did not complete it in class, they must finish it for homework.  For extra credit, the student can create their own PEMDAS on the back of the handout.

Coordinate Plane & Vocabulary Handout

Posted: October 5, 2017

Today the students had an in-class assignment on the number system and had to analyze, plot coordinates to create a predetermined image to assess their understanding of the material from yesterday.   

Graphing Symbols & Vocabulary

Posted: October 4, 2017

Today in class we reviewed graphing vocabulary and symbols related to a coordinate plane and number line.  Such as: x-axis & y-axis, quadrant, origin, >, <, =.  After the review, the students were given a handout to assess their understanding of the review.  If the students did not finish the assignment in class, they must finish it for homework.

Sequencing Number Lines (Integers & Rational Numbers)

Posted: October 3, 2017

Today in class we created two human numbers lines to discuss which was easier to create and variables we had to use to create an accurate/successful number line.  We then revisited the addition table, where students shared/showed patterns they recognized.  We then reviewed reading number line graphs (right - left or left - right, common denominator if it involves fractions, and converting fractions to decimal).  The students were given a handout similar to the discussion, if they did not finish then they must complete it for homework.

Addition Table

Posted: October 2, 2017

Today the students received their 'Go Math' textbook.  We discussed real-life situations where they would see negative numbers.  Students received an addition table handout.  The students were to make at least 3 observations/determine patterns.  If the students did not finish the assignment, they must complete it for homework.

M&M's or Skittles

Posted: September 29, 2017

Students will receive their 'Go Math' textbooks on Monday, October 2nd.

The students had an in-class assignment 'M&M's or Skittles'.  The students used a fun sized bag of M&M's or Skittles to analyze, determine, discuss, compare, and contrast theoretical probability v. experimental probability.  The students were also asked to graph the experimental probability and determine the percentage.  For homework, enjoy the weekend, family, and weather!!

School Fair & Choosing a Cube

Posted: September 28, 2017

Today in class the students completed two handouts by doing the 'Carousel Method'.  The 'Carousel Method' is were each group answers one questions, and then the groups rotate to each other group and check the work of their classmates.  They can choose to agree or disagree when they are going around checking the other groups answers.  For homework, the students received the handout 'Winning Spinners'.

How I Roll Handout

Posted: September 27, 2017

Today we analyzed and discussed the answers and possible ways to determine the outcomes for each.  Students should have made the appropriate changes, if needed, to their homework assignment.  After looking at 'How I Roll', we revisited expectations for my classroom.  The students received their graded assessment from last Friday, 9.22.17, and are able to make corrections/changes to the assessment to improve their score if they were not satisfied with the outcome.

NWEA (Day 2)

Posted: September 26, 2017

Today, the students finished up their Math NWEA test.  Students received a handout 'How I Roll' for homework.  

Probability Assessment

Posted: September 22, 2017

Next week, Monday and Tuesday, the students will be taking the FALL (BOY) NWEA Test.

Today in class, the students took an assessment on theoretical and experimental probability.  Students were to analyze each probability for a given event, and determine the similarities and differences between the two probabilities.  For homework, students are to enjoy the weekend.

Probability Review

Posted: September 21, 2017

Homework: Probability Study Guide and study for your probability assessment.

Today in class, we did experimental probability 'Head or Tails' to assess our understanding of yesterday's material on compound probability.  Students were then given a scenario similar to the experimental and had to determine the probability of each event.  Students were also given a study guide for homework.  The study guide is very similar to the assessment on probability the students will have tomorrow, 9.22.17.

Compound Probability

Posted: September 20, 2017

Today, 9.20.17, for homework the students were given a handout 'Fair Game?'

Today in class we revisited 'Find Someone Who...' (Math) reviewing the answers.  After reviewing the answers, we analyzed and discussed compound probability and how it relates with experimental and theoretical probability.  The student shared out similarities, differences, and the effectiveness of the area model.  We also reviewed compound probability with an example for our textbook: Jose's Party.  For homework, students received a probability handout: Fair Game?

Making Purple

Posted: September 19, 2017

Student will have a quiz and performance assessment this week on experimental and theoretical probability.

Today in class, the students worked with a partner determining the experimental and theoretical probability for the game 'Making Purple'.  For the theoretical probability, the focus/expectation was to create/design the area method.  Students had follow-up questions to go along with each probability.  

'Blue & Red' Carnival Game Revisited

Posted: September 18, 2017

Today in class, we revisited and examined the solutions from Friday, 9.14.17, when I was not in attendance.  We determined our understanding of the material, with emphasis on the difference between experimental v. theoretical and the tree method.  We also introduced the area method and compared it to the tree method.  Students discussed which method they preferred when trying to determine the theoretical probability and answering questions based off the theoretical probability.  

Blue & Red Carnival Game

Posted: September 14, 2017

Today in class I was not in attendance.  With the substitute, the student were the find the theoretical probability for the carnival game 'Blue & Red' and answer the questions related to the game on P. 8 of their textbook.  For homework, enjoy the weekend, especially, Independence Celebration and Canelo v. GGG.

Multiplication Game

Posted: September 13, 2017

Today in class, we discussed the difference between experimental probability v. theoretical probability and gave examples to justify the meanings.  After discussion, the students began to collect data for the 'Multiplication Game' to determine the experimental probability.  Tomorrow, the students will have to take the data collected to answer various probability questions, as well as, determine if the game is fair or unfair.

Match/No-Match

Posted: September 12, 2017

Reminder: Homework - 'How You Are Smart?' handout is due tomorrow, 9.13.17

Today in class, the students played the probability game 'Match/No-Match'.  While playing the game, the students recorded the data(results) for each event and had to come to the conclusion whether the game is fair or unfair.  The students needed to explain their reasoning.  If a child deemed the game unfair, they had to come up with a solution to make the game fair.  For homework, student are to fill out and graph a survey, 'How You Are Smart'.  The handout determines the best fit learning style for them.  This survey is vital, so I can make proper adjustments and accommodations to achieve success this year in 7th grade.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Posted: September 11, 2017

Reminder: Students are to bring their calculators to class tomorrow, 9.12.17.

Today in class we determined the probability of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' by collecting data, so that we could determine and come to the decision on if the game is fair or unfair.  For homework, students are to bring a calculator to class tomorrow, Tuesday, 9.12.17.

Find Someone Who... (Math)

Posted: September 8, 2017

Today in class, we introduced probability by playing 'Heads or Tails' and did a 'Probability' wordle.  Today in class, the students also did another version of 'Find Someone Who'.  This time however, the students had to find individuals to solve/answer math questions.  The expectations for the students were to go around and question their classmate to see if he/she could solve any of the questions.  The goal was to try to complete as many boxes as possible during the class time.

Find Someone Who...

Posted: September 7, 2017

Reminder: The 'By the Numbers' assignment is due tomorrow, Friday, September 8th.

Today in class, we continued to learn about our classmates interest and backgrounds so that we could continue to build classroom community and create a fun and safe environment.  The student were given a handout, Find Someone Who..., and had to ask their classmates questions to identify if he/she fits the category (box).  Student were assessed on their ability to be vulnerable and communicating with their classmates.  The goal was to see, if he/she could complete the entire handout. 

'By the Numbers' Assignment

Posted: September 5, 2017

This assignment is due, Friday, September 8th.

Today I introduced myself to the students and went over various expectations for their 7th grade math class.  The students were then given an assignment so that I could better learn about them as an individual.  The students were asked to create a 'By the Numbers' pamphlet/poster.  Attached is the rubric on the expectations of the assignment and how it will be graded.

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