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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!

 

 

 

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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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Math Escape: Grade 8 Dinner Party!

Grade 8 participated in their first Math Escape Room of the year on Friday.

They got a taste last year, and loved it so much, that I had to put together another one and bring it back to life this year!

October’s theme: a Dinner Party! How much food? When to start each recipe? How to set the tables? ….and picky eaters!

Students were “Trapped in Math Class” for 60 minutes in small groups. They had to beat the clock to correctly answer four tough and tricky questions that pushed them to squirm and struggle. Topics included logic problems, algebra, and area of circles.(had to figure this out from notes and clever resources-since we haven’t learned it formally yet!)

So with the room set, and the students eager with positive attitudes they took on the challenge…and as the struggled through, they came out on the other side all escapees from this month’s escape room!.

Here’s a peak into their “struggle,” and now thanks to my over using my “dontstealthestruggle”phrase, students are often heard saying back to me, “Mrs Cleveland, no, don’t help, don’t steal my struggle, I can figure it out.”

Could I be more proud?!  Let’s see what they got what it takes to escape in November’s room, I’m already preparing it! Bring it, grade 8! Show me what you’ve got!

…stay tuned….grade 7 takes on their first escape room tomorrow! They’re ready for the challenge!

Take a look…

 

 

 

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Thinking Classrooms and 3-Act Lessons

Last Thursday and today (Monday) the grade six class, enjoyed participating in their second 3-Act Lesson of the year, in a “Thinking Classroom” format.

Their goal: How many cookies are actually in a large Girl Guide box?

Act 1: Spark interest, by showing the following video. What did you notice? What did you wonder?

Act 2: Focus in on the problem with only pictures and little information to guide their own strategy choices and next steps.

This included showing pictures with information that may be supportive like these…

ok…so you get the picture now….more pictures, more videos were displayed….and…

Act 3: Putting it all together, and reflection.

This portion is still up for completion tomorrow (consolidation and answer reveal.. they are on the right track, some have it and others are so close!

As students worked together to figure it out and #dontstealthestruggle, they worked in small groups in a thinking classroom format. Standing and conversing in a way that allows each student to visually see and provide input into the work displayed. Here are the students in action, and their work at the end of today’s class.

Looking forward to seeing them grow in our next 3-Act lesson in a few weeks time!

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Study Hall?

Study Hall!…

What’s that?

Study Hall is an open space available to all middle school students from 1:25 pm to 1:45 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in Room 220 (My Math Room)

The teachers running Study Hall are the following:

Mondays: Mrs Cleveland

Wednesdays: M. Sylvain

Fridays: Mrs. Bertrend

In Study Hall you can:

  • work on homework
  • finish or work on an assignment or project
  • have support from a teacher if you don’t understand something from class
  • study for an upcoming quiz and/or test

You may also be directed to go to study hall (from a teacher) occasionally, if the following occurs:

  • incomplete homework
  • missing work or assignments not passed in
  • need for reflection
  • for directed extra support from concepts missed or not understood in class (i.e. you were absent, or need some extra help)

Study Hall is a great space and opportunity to:

  • Be Proactive with your work
  • Begin with the End in Mind (Planning your week)
  • Putting First things First (getting your work done before you get home)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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“Number Trouble”…wait…it’s only week one!

We kicked off this amazing math year with fun group work this first week of school.

As simple at the activity may have originally seemed, it proved to be more challenging (in a positive and productive way) for the students in six, seven, and eight. #dontstealthestruggle

The activity is called “Number Trouble” by  Sara VanDerWerf. Students have to work collaboratively as a group to find all 100 numbers, and by finding the appropriate solutions, but in order (1, 2, 3, 4…99, 100)

Modelling appropriate and positive group work at the beginning of the year is a fantastic and meaningful way to develop positive and growth mindsets around math, as well as building student confidence in their own abilities and that of the group in which they are participating.

Great first week everyone!

Mrs. Cleveland

Grade Six

 

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Middle School Homework

Hi Everyone!

This year you will have a grade calendar that will have all of your homework and projects (for all subjects) in one place!

Homework will be placed on the calendar on the date it is assigned. All homework without a due date will be under the assumption of DUE THE FOLLOWING DAY, unless otherwise stated (i.e. a due date linked in place) Projects, Assignments, and longer term homework (i.e. assigned Monday, due Friday) will be on the DUE date.

In addition, you will have a link (when you click on the assignment on google calendar) where you can follow to go back to the subject blog for more information, assignment/homework details, additional links, media required etc.

This information is categorized on the ‘category’ that depicts your homework for information, dates etc. on the right side menu tab under ‘categories’. This will help you find the most current homework (if any) for your grade.

6 Homework 2019-2020

7 Homework 2019-2020

8 Homework 2019-2020

 

 

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