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!



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…





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!


Homework: October 28th

Hi Middle School!

Grade 6 and 7, you both have Khan Academy assigned homework due Friday. (November 1st)

Grade 6:

  • Khan Academy: 4 Assignments (place value) and 2 videos

Grade 7:

  • Khan Academy: 5 Assignments (factors and multiples) and 1 video

Heads up:

I (Mrs. Cleveland) will not be at the OJCS this Friday. Ms. Danielle Goulet will be in for me.

I will be in Toronto at the annual Leadership in Mathematics Conference! Looking forward to sharing our amazing work with others, and bringing back some great and exciting new ideas for our school!






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!


Homework: September 25th

The following homework has been assigned/posted and is on Google Calendar, DUE FRIDAY by end of day.

Grade 6

  • Khan Academy: Introduction to Variables
  • Quiz Next week October 3rd (on Google Calendar)
    • Finding patterns in numbers
    • Stating a pattern rule
    • Using variables and substituting values in simple expressions
  • Test October 11th (On Google Calendar)


Grade 7

  • Khan Academy: Creating expressions with variables from work problems
  • Quiz Next week October 3rd (on Google Calendar)
    • Identifying a pattern rule using words and creating an expression
    • Finding the coefficient and the constant from a table of values
    • Substituting variables in simple expressions
    • Writing expressions with variables from work problems
  • Test October 11th (On Google Calendar)


Grade 8

  • Khan Academy: Linear Expressions y=mx+b videos (4)
  • Quiz Next week October 3rd (on Google Calendar)
    • Variables in expressions (up to 3 variables)
    • Finding constant and coefficients
    • using y=mx+b in linear equations
    • graphing a linear expression
  • Test coming up TBD

Homework: September 18th

Hi Middle School,

One of the ways I assign homework is through Khan Academy.

Tonight’s homework is to complete the following: FOR FRIDAY. 

Grade Six:

Prepare your Khan Academy Account.

Log in (with your OJCS Google Account) and “Join our Grade Six Class”

using this code: VSNTVHTP. 


Grade Seven:

Log in (with your OJCS Google Account) and “Join our Grade Seven Class” (if you are not already on it from last year) using this code: DDBYT3CT. 

TO DO: Complete the assigned lesson on “Variables” This includes watching ALL videos to the end, and completing the worksheet. If you don’t watch the video to the end, it marks it as “incomplete”


Grade Eight:

Log in (with your OJCS Google Account) and “Join our Grade Eight Class” (if you are not already on it from last year) using this code: K7UEB9YP. 

TO DO: Complete the assigned lesson on “Variables” This includes watching ALL videos to the end, and completing the worksheet. If you don’t watch the video to the end, it marks it as “incomplete”




Grade 6 Homework

September 9th, 2019

Hi Grade Six,

Tonight’s homework is to complete the Math Survey Package. This lets me know your attitude and comfort level with math and your past experiences and this year’s math goals.

Mrs. Cleveland


“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


Grade Seven

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