Mr. Laity's

Math Classes

WELCOME... To Mr. Laity's Math Class website where information about both 6th and 7th grade math will be published out to parents, students or anyone interested. Check out the links below for a school supply list, a school calendar and ect. If you know your school gmail you can log into a google class and sign in as a student with the following codes... 6th grade code- 9y717z6 7th grade code- tpvdffc.

To sign in to these classes you MUST use a valleyacademycharter.com- gmail login.

JAN 22-26

This week students were working hard on getting back into math mode after the Holiday break.

In 6th grade we worked on exponents and prime factorization. Please ask your child about these things they learn in math and ask them to show you what we are working on. They can work from home on certain things that we do in class online as well such as khan academy, my.hrw and any games they have been playing in class. Next week we will be working on the order of operations and taking the module assessment along with taking a math field trip to Lins to work with rates, and percents.

In 7th grade we worked on similar shapes and geometric shapes. Similar shapes is build on a previous principle learned in math with ratios, while geometric shapes is a newer concept for 7th graders. We worked with drawing shapes using protractors. Please ask your child about these things they learn in math and ask them to show you what we are working on. They can work from home on certain things that we do in class online as well such as khan academy, my.hrw and any games they have been playing in class. Next week we will be working with cross sections and angles, we will also be taking a math field trip to Lins to work with rates and percents.

Dec 4-8

Wow! Sorry it has been so long since my last update. Things have been busy and we are learning so much lately it is a lot to all take in.

In 6th grade we finished working with division and went into decimals with all operations (add, subtract, multiply and divide). We have now moved onto the next unit which started with ratios and got into rates and unit rates. The current module is number 7 which is real life ratios and rates in tables and graphs. This is something that applies not only in school but also out in the real world, ask them about ratios and rates outside of school.


In 7th grade we finished up unit rates and Module 4, we have since been working on Module 5 that involves percents. This has been a multiple week struggle and it can be tricky sometimes to understand which equation works for which problem. While you are out in the store or out shopping around with your child have them find the discount when the sales say a certain % off. Talk to them about taxes, tips and markups or markdowns so we can get them working and relating math outside of school as well as in the class.

OCTOBER 23-27

This week students took their module post tests from the previous modules and then took their pre tests for the next module.

In 6th grade we will be covering division, we will go in depth with long division and multi digit numbers, no more remainders! Students will use decimals and learn to divide with large numbers to find exact quotients.


In 7th grade we will be covering unit rates, make sure to ask your student about unit rates and try to find daily unit rates that you use or see in the real world, THEY ARE EVERYWHERE! Miles per gallon, words per minute, feet per second, ect.

October 16-20

This week students will be starting the new quarter with excitement and enthusiasm while finishing up their work with rational numbers and word problems, we will be working with tips and tricks to help with these pesky items. REMEMBER that Wednesday and Thursday this week are SEP days which are minimum days for students and the 6th and 7th grade teachers will have an open house style of SEP's during these two days where you can stop by any time between 1-5pm and visit with any teacher for their specific subject.

THIS WEEKS OVERVIEW- https://docs.google.com/document/d/19pJkEV-0rbRRmBKk9x9ieoRMjpIJjc0vJsfMadn-vNE/edit?usp=sharing

6th grade- Students will work on lesson 4.4 solving multi step problems and review for next weeks Module 4 post assessments.

7th grade- Students will work on lesson 3.6 Applying Rational Numbers while adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with them. They will also review all 6 lessons before taking the Module 3 post assessment next week.


OCTOBER 9-11

This week students in both 6th and 7th grade measured antlers and horns as part of their unit 1 projects. Students learned about precision, how fractions apply to a real life application while adding, subtracting with not only fractions but mixed numbers and some even divided with these numbers while measuring horns from Pronghorn and Bighorn Sheep. This was a fun activity for many before fall break.

WEEK OF SEP 25-29

This week students in both 6th and 7th grade continued their work with rational numbers.

In 6th grade we revisited Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor to help us with computations in fractions. To add or subtract fractions students need to find a common denominator using LCM. To multiply fractions students will multiply straight across and can reduce afterwards with a GCF, or if they like they can reduce before multiplying by finding the GCF of the numbers diagonal from each other. When dividing fractions students will just need to multiply by the reciprocal of the second fraction. All work throughout the week can always be found on students google classroom, or the link below provides links to each days activities/workstations. Students will have homework ONLY if they are not completing the assignments in class, if your child DOES NOT have internet access at home they need to check with me to find an alternative. Next week we will be dividing fractions and mixed numbers and continuing our Khan Academy Learnstorm challenge between all three classes.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sAYCiOSKt2tKlxgnJ6O1u5gmjEkr2Z_lhL8NdHCKRFw/edit?usp=sharing


In 7th grade we reviewed addition and subtraction of rational numbers before heading into multiplying rational numbers. This includes working with fractions, percents, decimals, mixed numbers which all can be tricky if not converted into one similar number. All work throughout the week can always be found on students google classroom, or the link below provides links to each days activities/workstations. child will have homework ONLY if they are not completing the assignments in class, if your child DOES NOT have internet access at home they need to check with me to find an alternative. Next week we will be dividing rational numbers and continuing our Khan Academy Learnstorm challenge between all three classes.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sAYCiOSKt2tKlxgnJ6O1u5gmjEkr2Z_lhL8NdHCKRFw/edit?usp=sharing

WEEK OF SEP 18-22

This week students were working hard and were tasked with working on retakes of tests and khan academy as their homework. On Friday students went to Grandpa's pond for a field trip for science to gather samples to look at next week. Please check with your student daily and have them show you something that they learned in math that day, also if you do not have access to work on khanacademy at home please let me know.

6th grade math- In math this week we covered rational numbers with comparing and putting them in order along with reviewing the content we have gone over the past three weeks in unit 1 before taking the unit test on Thursday. Your student should have been given a sticky note with their overall math grade and any missing assignments after the unit test and given some class time to make these things up or retake any of the three previous tests if they had a score less than 60%. This was student choice as I am trying to teach responsibility and accountability along with giving them an opportunity to retry. Your student should be working on Khan at school and at home if they are behind, they are given at least 15 minutes a day to work in class on this and have 2 skills a day they should be finishing.


7th grade math- In math this week we covered adding and subtracting rational numbers and had a READ A THON on Wednesday after the class won a competition at the back to school jam. Your student should have been given a sticky note with their overall math grade and any missing assignments Friday and given some class time to make these things up or retake any of the three previous tests if they had a score less than 60%. This was student choice as I am trying to teach responsibility and accountability along with giving them an opportunity to retry. Your student should be working on Khan at school and at home if they are behind, they are given at least 15 minutes a day to work in class on this and have 2 skills a day they should be finishing.

WEEK OF SEP 11-15th

We are already at the halfway point of the first quarter! Crazy how fast time flies when we are having fun and learning new things. I am sure a lot of you parents are wondering about homework. I hate to have the kids carry the math book home and am not a big fan of wasting paper for homework when we live in such a digital age. They can access my.hrw.com (user- firstname@vac and password-firstname123) and can finish anything they are missing or not finished with for homework. Students can also work on khanacademy.org online with their school gmail. They have assignments that are assigned to them throughout the week and are given some time to work on them during class but most will require time outside of school. I like both of these sites instead of paper homework because students and parents have direct access too help, hints, videos and examples all with immediate feedback instead of waiting for grading to happen. If you do not have access to internet please let me know or have your child let me know so I can work on homework papers instead.

This week in 6th grade your student should have gotten their Module 2 test graded and had the opportunity for a retake if they wanted, this was a choice and if they wanted to retake they needed to work on this on my.hrw.com. Your child should know their username and password for this site and can take the test anytime before Friday afternoon when it closes. This was an opportunity for them to correct mistakes they learned from while going over the test and grading it together in class. We will start into module 3 this week which introduces Rational Numbers, or ratios, also known as fractions or division problems and decimals.

In 7th grade this week your our student should have taken their Module 2 test, we will grade it together in class, and had they will have the opportunity for a retake if they choose. If they wanted to retake they needed to work on this on my.hrw.com during extra time in class or at home, the test will close Friday afternoon. All students are able to use class notes on tests, this is good incentive for students to take better notes and use them as a tool. We will start into module 3 this week which deals with computing rational numbers. Rational Numbers, or ratios, also known as fractions or division problems and decimals, will be computed with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Fourth WEEK OF SCHOOL...

Welcome back after a long holiday weekend we will be starting up module 2 in both 6th and 7th grade. In 6th grade we will continue with GCF and get into LCM this week along with the use of the distributive property. In 7th grade we will continue our work with integers by looking into multiplication and division and applying integer operations. Your child could possibly have homework based on the amount of work they get done in class. We usually have a 20-30 minute lesson followed by workstations where the students are asked to complete various activities or problems in their books or online, such as my.hrw.com, khanacademy.org, or quizzes from quizizz.com. Please check with your child daily and ask them what they have learned, get more in depth and have them show you a problem or two, if you have internet access at home they can show you what they are working on through the various sites we use at school. Please do not hesitate to email, or call with any questions or concerns.

SECOND WEEK OF SCHOOL...

In math last week we did some review tests from previous grades along with a pre test. We started lessons in our Go Math books on integers and got through lesson 1.1 and 1.2 . Your child did NOT have homework last week but may this week, depending on the work they get done in class. After daily lessons, we will go into workstations where students will work on Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/), Kakooma, and Satisfraction (gregtangmath.com) along with work out of their Go Math (my.hrw.com) books and anchor tasks with me. If students do not complete the work in class they will be asked to work on that work at home for homework. We will work through the rest of module 1 this week and start module 2 which involves multiplying and dividing integers. Your child has many websites that they are accessing math at school and all are available at home for extra practice as well.

FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL...

This week we have been working on learning our math class habits/rules, we have also been working on some Week of Inspirational Math activities from Stanford University. These activities are helping both 6th and 7th grade students get back into the math mindset, while they learn about the 8- Mathematical Practices and improve their number sense. We will also be setting up math journals this week and possibly taking some pre-assessments to help understand where students are to start the year. Next week will start into the Utah core standards and start using our Go Math books while working through working stations.

6th and 7th Grade School Supplies.docx
2017-18 School Calendar.xlsx