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Middle School Math - Mr. Garelick

Welcome to the Batcave!


Greetings!  I will be teaching 7th grade math and 8th grade algebra. I look forward to working with all of you, learning who you are, and teaching you how to work with the tools of mathematical concepts and procedures, in order to solve problems that you may have thought were impossible to solve!

I can be contacted at bgarelick@cayucosschool.org


B.A. in Mathematics from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.;Single-Subject Mathematics Credential


If you are reading this, you are a curious student who wants to know what you will be learning in our class. Here are some things to think about before the school year starts. 

25 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2.  It equals 32. So if I were to ask you what would be the one's digit in the number equal to 26 you might answer the question by multiplying 2 by itself six times. You'll get 64 so the number in the one's digit is "4". But what if I asked you what the one's digit is in the number equal to 21761?  Would you be surprised to learn that you can find the answer by not multiplying it out, and not knowing what 21761 equals?  Would you also be surprised to know that you'll learn and be able to solve such a problem?  

Are you smarter than a 7th grader?

Here are some problems the 7th grade class is working on now:

John and Peter shared $280 in the ratio 7:3.  How much more money did John receive than Peter?

There are three apples and two oranges for each plum at a fruit stand.  There are 420 fruits altogether. How many of each fruit are there?

Fred has 3 nickels for every 5 pennies.  He has $1.00 in nickels and pennies.  How many nickels and how many pennies does he have?

Check the Bat Calendar daily for your homework assignment:

Math 7

Week of Sep 18-22
 Monday     Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No HW    
Fraction worksheet (1-14)    Review worksheet (1-15)Workbook: p. 54-55: 6, 7, 9, 11, 12-16    No HW

Week of Sep 11-15
 Monday     Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
   Review worksheet: 1-15No HWp 32-33: 1-4 (Already checked)Worksheet: 1-20No HW

 Week of Sep 5-8
 Monday     Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
   No schoolWorksheet: 1-10p. 24: 7-9;  probs 8-9 on separate paperNo HWExit ticket: Handed in at end of class

 Week of Aug 28- Sep 1
 Monday     Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Review (done in class; hand in Friday)p. 13 in work- book: 7-10No HWNo HWNo HW

Week of Aug 21-25
 Monday     Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 Pattern worksheet p. 5: Hand in problems 4 - 7 No HW  p. 11: 12-15 to hand in No HW

Algebra 1

Week of Sep 18-Sep 22
 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
p. 171: 2-18 evenp. 177: 3-7, 9-13 odd Review Worksheet 1-15QuizNo HW

Week of Sep 11-Sep 15
 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
p. 163: 1-21 odd; 31, 32p. 165: 1-4, 6, 8, 9 10, Worksheet 1-12p. 168: 6, 7, 9, 12, 13

Week of Sep 5-Sep 8
 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No school p. 93 (10-14 even, 33-37 odd)
p. 89 (1-4, 11, 25)
p. 94 (5, 7, 11, 18, 21)
Review worksheet: 1-16QuizNo HW

Week of Aug 28- Sep 1
 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
p 79: 11-33 odd p. 83: 21-25; p. 85:  19-33 oddNo HWFair Game Review Ch 2 (1-16)No HW

Week of Aug 21-25
 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
 Pattern worksheet (no. of lines) p. 42: 13-23 odd; 31-33, 50, 51; Problems on p 43: 4, 5, 6, 11 p. 47: 1-10, 21-28, 41, 43, 51, 55 p. 55: 5, 8, 11, 14, 15 No HW


In anticipation of starting your algebra course, see if you can solve these problems:

A girl bought a jacket and a skirt for $150.  The jacket cost 1.5 times as much as the skirt. How much did each cost?

Mr. Gomez is 213 miles on his way when his secretary starts out to overtake him in a plane going 320 miles an hour.  How fast is Mr. Gomez traveling if the plane overtakes him in three-quarters of an hour?  

(Do not get distracted by why his secretary would need to overtake him by flying in a plane to do so, nor why she has access to a plane in the first place.  The context of a math problem need not make sense as long as the math works out! ) 

This next one seems complicated, but it's actually easier than it looks. When reading through the problem, try to find information that allows you to figure out what the total distance is that the ship has to travel. Once you know that, the problem becomes a lot easier:

A ship must average 22 miles per hour to make its ten-hour run on time. During the first four hours, bad weather caused it to reduce speed to 16 miles per hour. What should its speed be for the rest of the trip to keep the ship to its schedule?