Homework: January 13th

Happy Monday Mathletes!

Here is your homework for this week. You will notice that it is all due on Wednesday January 15th.

Grade 6: You are responsible to pass in your rough copy of your hi/low double line graphs to me by Wednesday. I will give feedback and suggestions before you make your final copy. Our next lesson will be Stem and Leaf Plots with your temperatures and finding central tendencies in a data set.

Grade 7: Please complete the following questions from the text, as practice finding rates and equivalent ratios.

  • Page 55 # 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 11.
  • If you didn’t bring your text book home, you can find the questions here.

Grade 8: Please complete the following questions from the text, as practice finding percentages and interest/taxes on purchases.

  • Page 77-78 #4, 5, 8, 9, and 10
  • If you didn’t bring your text book home, you can find the questions here.





when you give a kid a challenge…

Who doesn’t love a challenge!…?

The grade 7 and 8 students were given the 2020 Challenge in my math classes, (courtesy of Dave Martin) this week.

Students were given two levels of challenge to choose from:

  • Use all or some of the numbers from 1-10 to create an equation that equals 2020


  • Use all the numbers 1-10, only once, to create an equation that equals 2020

So what happens when you open up learning as a “challenge? They go for it, they work through it, and they feel good when they succeed! (even outside of the classroom!)

Here are some of their successful submissions, which of course we shared with Dave Martin on Twitter, with his High School students (Yep, his High School Students!)

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Here’s to a 2020 that is full of thoughtful and struggle worthy challenges and genuine and proud successes!






Dear 2019, before you go…


…let’s recap on our last few weeks from Middle School math classes and learning, as we wish everyone and their families and friends, a wonderful and safe break!

From Mrs. Cleveland:

If you don’t already know, November was a month of learning for me! I participated in three PD opportunities. That’s right, 3! One in Toronto, one at the school, and one virtually from the comfort of my own home. To read more about my learning, check out my blog post!

As a math leader in the school, I also have been working hard on my in-house learning this year. I’m focusing upon Personalizing math learning. After the break, I will be trying new ideas and activities that will be implemented into my teaching with the grade seven class; to prototype how personalization in math classes and learning can occur at the OJCS and in the middle school. Where am I at? Check out my post on my progress and thoughts so far!

From The Students:

Grade Seven has given me some extra homework for over the break, as I will be happily grading over 1400+ equations! Yep! 1, 4, 8, 9 was a huge hit! Everyone was engaged in learning and applying BEDMAS and Order of Operations, learning some fun concepts like summation and factorials to solve and evaluate 100+ answers!

Grade 8: This year’s graduating class took it upon themselves to organize and carry out a Mystery Maccabee celebration after they mastered a “two in one”unit on circles, circumference, surface area, and volume. The students took great thought and pride into choosing their gifts for each other. There may even be a future famous rapper in the group!

Grade 6’s and 7’s and 8’s: Math class the final week before the break, middle school students have been learning about circles and how to use the radius and points of intersection along the circumference to make a perfect equilateral triangle. Students learned how to use a ”mmArc” style compass, using radius arcs, to make six perfectly spaced points of intersection along the circumference. Thus creating a wonderful Math Chanukah Math Craft: a Magen David! Grade 6’s led the way with creativity!

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

See you all next year…make that next decade!

New Math Medium for Progress and Practice

Hi there and Happy Monday Middle School (and hopefully, Middle School Parents, as well)

Exciting news from your math teacher!

This week and next, students in grades 6 – 8 will be Beta Testing a newer online math platform called; Knowledgehook.

Knowledgehook is similar to Mathletics (if you remember those days) but has more in depth learning and opportunities for personalization and students creating a digital portfolio, where you (the students) will have to actually upload and “show your work” in an online question, through a camera lens, or uploaded file.

This week, parents (YES YOU PARENTS!) will be receiving an email from your son/daughters Knowledgehook account. This allows you to track their progress at home as well. Nothing more transparent than being right there to see what and how they are doing in their units!

Class codes are as follows for student logins.

Grade 6: boot2993

Grade 7: yam8524

Grade 8: yam8365


We will test out this platform this week for some in-class and homework activities. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s homework!

We look forward to this journey together, and as always welcome any feedback from the students and parents.

Here’s to a great week ahead!





Homework: November 27th (Grade 8 Only)

Hi Grade 8!

We are overlapping lessons, so we have begun our unit on Rates, Ratios, and Percents (Number Relationships)

Our pre-learning (refresher of last year to see what you remember) is to complete the following for MONDAY, December 2nd.

Do you Remember: Page 3

#1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (if you know), 8, 9, 10, 11

Don’t forget to show all of your work!



Homework: November, 25th Reminder: Tests Friday

Hello there Middle School!

Grades 6 and 7 have tests this Friday, and Grade 8, your test is December 9th. (the grade 8 test will overlap with our new unit)

Don’t forget to get all the information and study sheets from the blog.

Where? If you need a refresher from the last test/quiz…here you go!

You can find this information from two places:

  1. The google calendar. Click on the date, then click on the “Math Test” reminder, then blog link for more information.
  2. Or…from the blog directly! (how?)
    • look at the menu at the top of the page.
    • Find “Tests and Assignments”
    • hover over this tab and choose your grade
    • your most current test and/or assignment info will be right at the top
    • red links will take you directly to study pages for practice.

Happy Studying!


Homework: November 18th

Happy Monday Middle School!

Here is your math homework. Pay attention to due dates (a little different than before!)

Grade 6:

  • FOR WEDNESDAY (November 20th): complete decimal package (10th and 100ths and converting to fraction equivalents) – this is two pages (double sided) some may have been begun in class today.


Grade 7:

  • For MONDAY (November 25th): Small extension in 1,4,8,9 assignment (Read Carefully)
    • Just expressions and “showing work” is due now on MONDAY.
    • Reflection, and COMPLETE project due NEXT Friday, November 29th (or before)
        • Choose any 50+ expressions to “SHOW YOUR WORK” for a 4/4+
        • Choose any 30-40 expressions to “SHOW YOUR WORK” for a 3/3+
        • Choose less than 30 expressions to “SHOW YOUR WORK” for a 2/2+


Grade 8:

  • For Wednesday: Complete the TWO pages (handouts) for practice
    • page 51 (circumference)
    • page 115 (volume of cylinders)



The Grade 7’s…..

….Escaped from Math Class!

The grade 7’s experienced their first escape room on Tuesday and they LOVED IT! Groups were created randomly, and all students were engaged and on task to struggle and complete 4 math related questions around a “Dinner Party” theme. Questions involved finding recipe amounts for x amount of people, when to start each dish to ensure that they are all completed at the same time, use logic to find out what picky eaters will eat, find the area of pie left after a certain amount of people have eaten a slice, and also arranging tables using a given pattern with an algebraic expression to make sure everyone has a seat.

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…don’t believe us that we’re having fun in math class AND learning?

..take a look!




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Do you like π ?

Grade 8 is beginning to investigate the properties of a circle and then moving into properties of a cylinder.

Mr. Ray and myself (Mrs. Cleveland) have decided to work together and teach grade 8 the skills needed (side by side, science and math) for success with their Kiddish Cup Project! Students have to prepare, design, and then create a kiddish cup using Blender, the CAD program for our in-school 3-D printer.

One the first things about knowing and understanding the properties of a circle is knowing pi (π). Yes, we know it’s 3.14159…. ; however, do you know why?

Today the grade 8’s did a hands-on activity in Math class to figure out why pi is actually that… where does that number actually come from? What does it actually mean?

…if you’re curious…ask a OJCS grade 8 student… now they know and they can tell you themselves!

They were blown away by the activity and had a lot of connections and “a-ha” moments!

Math can be fun!


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