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Mr. Hyson - Grade 6-8 Math


Mr. Hyson's 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math

* Grades close to end the first quarter of the school year on Friday, October 25th.

* Middle school, grades 6th-8th, have a Halloween dance on Friday, October 25th from 7-10pm

10/14 - 10/18
6A: We continue with chapter 3 this week which deals with factors, and prime factorization.
6B: This week we start chapter 3 which deals with divisibility rules and exponents.
7th: Last week we started chapter 2 on scientific notation and exponents. This week we'll continue with scientific notation as we explore each operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with scientific notation.
8A: We started working with equations this week. For the next few weeks we'll be exploring solving two-step, multi-step, and equations with variables on both sides, as well as reviewing ratios and proportions.

8B: We pick right where we left off last week with chapter 2 which has us solving equations that involve two-step, multi-step, and equations with variables on both sides.

*Please note the Study Island information below. Students are assigned assignments from this program throughout the year which are listed below and their due date.

* Encourage your student to use the videos that are being posted on Google Classroom to help further their understanding on the classroom discussions beyond what is being instructed or in the textbook.

2017-2018 Math

Study Island ASSIGNMENT: One topic was assigned to students on 10/15. They will have a week and half to complete this assignment (due 10/25), and no grade below a 50% will be accepted.

Study Island: Each assignment has two parts to it, which they have two weeks to complete (due by the end of the day on the day posted), that students are asked to attempt at the best of their ability. The assignments posted count as 10% of their grade so students should start working on these as soon as possible, and their best session (group of 10 questions) is what is counted towards their grade; please encourage them to ask for help if needed.

What is Study Island?

     Study Island is a computer-based program that all students at the CES are using throughout the school year to help increase their curriculum skills. This program started at the CES in the middle school grade levels focusing on students' mathematics before becoming a part of the Language Arts. This program is now being used in all grades to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom, and in some classes it also allows students the option to self-teach themselves on topics not covered yet. Each student has their own unique log-in and password that can be accessed anywhere that has internet, no disks or software is needed. The assignments may vary per teacher, but as far as my own classroom students tend to have two topics assigned with a two-week window for completion.

Student incentives?
     As students become proficient in one of the many topics regarding middle school mathematics, the students will earn a blue ribbon for that content. Students will record these blue ribbons on their own progress map which provides them with a reward that can be used in math class to help with their individual grades. These rewards consists of bonus points, free 100 on a quiz, drop your lowest grade, and to our ultimate goal of a pizza party at the end of the year for those that complete the blue ribbon map. This year there is also an overall incentive that is taking place with all students at the CES with progress charts showing the blue ribbons being earned by each grade level.

Extra Resources
  •      The National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) has a really good website with puzzles, brainteasers, and grade level content at http://illuminations.nctm.org/
  •      A good interactive site that allows students to review concepts they would see in the classroom can be found at https://www.buzzmath.com/
     If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact me. mhyson@csd.sau7.org