Showing posts from January, 2018

Grade Seven: Let's go shopping!

Seventh graders have been putting what they have learned about percentages to use in real-life situations.  Last week, they went online shopping, ordering expensive watches and sneakers, hoodies and iPhones, and just about everything that a middle schooler thinks they really need.  Fortunately, they had "Mr. Hughes Discount  Coupons" to help them get the discounts they wanted.  There was some disappointment, however, when they discovered the truth that the coupons were not valid and I was not going to place their orders.
In the coming week, we will be doing projects where students will be figuring out sales tax and tips.

Report cards

Dear Parents,
Semester report cards will be sent home tomorrow.  Here is a (not-so-brief) description of what is assessed in math.  
The MYP math program has the same aims as any good math program.  It is designed to prepare students for further coursework in mathematics, as well as for life in general.  The focus is not just on using formulas and finding answers.Students are led to build understandings and to develop skills in problem-solving and decision making. 
The MYP math program was established with four main objectives: ·Knowing and understanding ·Investigating patterns ·Communication ·Applying mathematics in real-life contexts
These objectives are the base of the criteria with which students’ progress and understanding is assessed.  Each of them carries equal weight.
I will explain below how the criteria are used in my classes.
Knowing and understanding.  This is what parents are most familiar with in a math program.  These are the skills, ideas, and concepts that allow students to un…

Grade Seven: Infographics

The seventh graders' infographics are now on display.  There is a wide range of cities represented, from megacities like Tokyo and Cairo to smaller cities like El Paso and Helsinki.  Some are capital cities and others are tourist destinations.  No matter which city, though, students worked with interesting percentages related to populations, ages, education, transportation, tourism, green space, etc.
I was quite pleased with how they turned out and how well the seventh graders worked on them.

Grade Six: Where does it belong?

The focus of the past week for sixth graders has been quadrilaterals.  Although almost everyone could remember the names of them, remembering their attributes was a little tougher.  We spent time looking at what exactly makes a parallelogram and why a square is a type of rectangle.  The challenge of the last two classes has been to organize the quadrilaterals in a Venn Diagram.  It has indeed been a challenge, but it has led to discussions about which quadrilaterals are similar to which and why.  

Grade Seven: Information please!

Seventh graders are going to use their understanding of what percentages mean to create infographics about a city of their choice.  Right now they are collecting data about their cities and figuring out what percentage the number represents or taking a percentage and figuring out how many people (or whatever the fact is about) it represents.
Below are a couple of YouTube clips that seventh graders can refer to if they are unsure about how to go back and forth with their information.
This video is about finding how much you have if you know the percentage.
This video is about how to find a percentage if you know a number.

Seventh graders need to be sure that they have all of their facts set for next class.  The period will then be given for designing the infographic.