### Welcome!

I am so glad to have you in the 7th grade math skills elective class! We're going to slay math this year! Get ready!

#### Week of 5.8.17

posted May 9, 2017, 11:45 AM by Ali Kowitz

 This week in Math skills, students will be creating tessellations. Students will be introduced to MC Escher, and his famous tessellations. Students will understand how the art relates to the math; including patterns, symmetry, rotations, etc. This is a creative project for the students.

#### Week of 5/1/17

posted May 1, 2017, 2:52 PM by Ali Kowitz

 This week students will be reviewing basic math skills and math fact fluency skills to keep those skills fresh. Some things we will be doing will be reviewing: coordinate graphs and plotting points, math facts, and PEMDAS. Students will be taking their Social Studies and Science standardized tests this week.

#### Week of 4/24

posted Apr 23, 2017, 8:34 PM by Ali Kowitz

 Welcome back!On Monday, we will be practicing and reviewing math facts by playing various games outside. The rest of the week students will be participating in a STEM challenge. They will each be given 20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops, and they will have to design a structure using all of the given materials that can support the weight of a textbook. Students will create sketches and take measurements of the various structures they make, and then determine which design was the best and why. Students will have to reflect on each design and determine how each one can be improved, modified, and changed.

#### Week of 4/10/17

posted Apr 9, 2017, 7:47 PM by Ali Kowitz

 Spring Break starts Friday!!!This week in math skills students will be designing paper airplanes and making modifications to those airplanes to create a plane that flies the farthest in the class. Students will have access to various types of paper and weights (paper clips, coins, tape, staples, etc.) to create the planes. The students will measure each flight distance and redesign the planes to make them fly farther. Students will work in pairs and compete against the other students in the class to find the best overall design for the paper airplane. Students will calculate and graph the measures of central tendencies for both their planes and the overall data for the entire class. This will be a four day long project.

#### Week of 3/27

posted Mar 27, 2017, 7:35 AM by Ali Kowitz

 Tiger Fest is Thursday, 3/30 from 5:30-7:30!This week in Math Skills students will evaluate their collected survey data, find the mean/median/mode/range of the data, and construct various graphs to illustrate the data visually. Also, students will use the Reflex Math intervention twice this week.

#### Week of 3/20

posted Mar 20, 2017, 6:27 AM by Ali Kowitz

 Welcome to the 4th Quarter!The year is almost over! It's definitely time to buckle down and make sure your grades are on point. This week in math skills:We will begin learning the introductory vocabulary and skills needed for statistics and probability. Specifically, this week we will be learning about surveys, populations, data collection, and data analysis. Students will be developing their own surveys to conduct around campus. This week at SJH:Tuesday - Saturday: Cheer TryoutsTuesday - District Track Meet at FHSFriday - Tiger Family and Report Cards

#### Week of 3/13

posted Mar 13, 2017, 5:56 AM by Ali Kowitz

 Exam are this week! Monday - ReadingTuesday - English and ElectivesWednesday - Social Studies and PEThursday - Math and ScienceFriday - NO SCHOOLWho's Who Dance - Thursday, 3/16. Make sure all of your fines are paid in order to attend. Ticket sales in the morning and at lunch this week.This week in math skills students will finish their scaled candy wrapper project. This project will count as their exam grades. This is also the last week we will be using Reflex math. Students will begin preparing to use the computers for statewide standardized testing.

#### Week of 3/6

posted Mar 6, 2017, 5:55 AM by Ali Kowitz   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 5:56 AM ]

 Welcome back! I hope you had a great Mardi Gras break!This week we will be finishing our scale drawings of the candy wrappers. Also, we will use Reflex Math to work on math fact fluency skills. This week - constructed response portion of exams.Next week - third quarter exams and no school on Friday for students.

#### Week of 2/20/17

posted Feb 20, 2017, 6:07 AM by Ali Kowitz

 On Friday, we have our big Renaissance celebration! We will be recognizing students for all kinds of achievements!In Math Skills, students will continue working on making enlarged scale drawings of the candy bar wrappers they brought in last week. They will be determining their own scale based on the size of the wrapper and the poster boards, and they will be recreating the wrapper on the poster board. Also, we will be using Reflex Math on Monday and Friday to build those math fact fluency skills.Next Week - MARDI GRAS BREAK!

#### Week of 2/13

posted Feb 13, 2017, 4:52 AM by Ali Kowitz

 This week in math skills, students will be working on scale drawing - specifically enlarging drawings. We will begin a project on Wednesday, and the students will need to bring in a poster board and a candy bar of their choosing. In addition to scale drawings, we will continue to use Reflex Math to build those math fact fluency skills.

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