Showing posts from February, 2018

Pi Day: It's coming!

Pi Day is an annual event for TIS middle schoolers.The math department uses the day to celebrate math and give sixth, seventh, and eighth graders a change of routine.
Pi Day, as always, will be on March 14 (3.14).One of the traditions for our Pi Day is a pi reciting contest.Many students try to learn as many digits as possible and then they have the chance to show what they know.The school record is 252 (the world record is over 70,000).
Here are some pi-related websites that sixth and seventh graders (and maybe their parents!) might want to take a look at:
Anyone who is interested in trying to learn some (many) of the digits may want to look at this site.There are a number of different strategies.One of them may work for you!
Do you want your friends to have an infinitely good day on Pi Day?Why not let them know by sending an electronic greeting card.They are free at .
If you would just like to learn more about pi and P…

Grade Seven: Test study guide

Seventh graders, you will be taking a test next week (7T on Wednesday, Febraury 28, and 7I on Tuesday, February 27).  It will be assessed with Criterion A.  Here is a guide with some FAQs.
How do you prepare? ·Don’t try doing it all the night before.Review a little bit every night. ·Figure out what helps you best: ·Reading about the ideas ·Doing problems from the book ·Explaining to a parent or (smart) older brother or sister what you know ·Practicing with a friend ·Checking with Mr. Hughes about ideas you are not clear on (but not five minutes before the assessment) ·Review the activities that we have done. ·Review the notes you have written in your notebook. ·Look at the pages in your textbook.
What should you know? Equivalents of percentages ·Know Mr. Hughes’ Famous Fractions and their decimal and percentage equivalents.Below are some online links that can help you review.There are none for the “Famous Fractions” because that is my name for those important benchmarks.You will have to use your no…

Grade Six: Card action

Card games provided the sixth graders with some good, active practice in ordering integers this week.   Math 1 played Integer War, while Math 2 had number line races.  Both games were based on luck but required thought about the value the cards represented and how they related to others.  Discussion of the ideas ensued, as did laughing.

Happy Valentines Day!


Grade Six: Days at the races

Sixth graders got into the Olympic spirit with some integer races.  There was no snow in the halls so there was no slalom or luge run.  However, mathletes moved forward or back, depending on their coaches' rolls of the dice.  The races gave some physical practice of positive and negative, as well as an application of absolute value.

Grade Six: What we are doing

Sixth graders have started exploring integers--positive and negative whole numbers (and zero!).  Some parents may be more familiar with calling them signed or directed numbers.  We have started with thermometers and temperatures, a use that sixth graders are already pretty familiar with.  Elevators, number lines, and linking cubes will be our next tools to help develop an understanding of what happens with positive and negative numbers before we get into the computation algorithms for them.  A heavy emphasis will be placed on understanding why the “rules” work.  We will finish the unit by reviewing numbers with powers and looking at the standard rules for the order of operations. 

Friday's Conferences

Dear Parents,
Conferences are always a good opportunity for parents, students, and teachers to be sure that they have a common understanding about students’ learning and progress.  Despite a steady line, I was able to meet with many of you (64%, in fact).  Thank you for coming.
If you were not able to talk with me and would like to, please send me a message and we will set up a time that works for all of us.

Mr. Hughes