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Mr. Hyson - Grade 6-8 Math

Mr. Hyson's 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math

** There is an early release on Wednesday, December 5th!

**  This year the Colebrook Elementary Middle School is part of the Technology Student Association (TSA) that leads up to a regional competition after our winter break. While the high school has had this for several years this is our first, and a great opportunity for all students to work creatively with hands-on projects. We will be meeting every Thursday after school until our event date; please have your student inquire about the TSA. (Please note: meeting days changed from Tuesday to Thursdays)

12/3 - 12/7

6G - We continue with chapter 4 this week which is on fraction operations, focusing primarily on addition and subtractions at this point.
6W - We will be continuing chapter 3 this week which deals with least common multiple (LCM).

7A - We test on chapter 4 this week which is on inequalities.
7B - This week we start chapter 4 which is on inequalities.
8A - We begin chapter 5 this week which starts with unit analysis, also referred to as dimensional analysis, for the first two days of the week before resuming with ratios and proportions.
8B - We continue working with chapter 4 this week which focuses on graphing linear equations from word problems

A new Study Island assignment will be active later this week.

* Encourage your student to use the videos that are being posted on Google Classroom to help further their understanding on the classroom discussions beyond what is being instructed or in the textbook.

2017-2018 Math

 Study Island: Each assignment has two parts to it, which they have two weeks to complete (due by the end of the day on the day posted), that students are asked to attempt at the best of their ability. The assignments posted count as 10% of their grade so students should start working on these as soon as possible, and their best session (group of 10 questions) is what is counted towards their grade; please encourage them to ask for help if needed.

What is Study Island?

     Study Island is a computer-based program that all students at the CES are using throughout the school year to help increase their curriculum skills. This program started at the CES in the middle school grade levels focusing on students' mathematics before becoming a part of the Language Arts. This program is now being used in all grades to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom, and in some classes it also allows students the option to self-teach themselves on topics not covered yet. Each student has their own unique log-in and password that can be accessed anywhere that has internet, no disks or software is needed. The assignments may vary per teacher, but as far as my own classroom students tend to have two topics assigned with a two-week window for completion.

Student incentives?
     As students become proficient in one of the many topics regarding middle school mathematics, the students will earn a blue ribbon for that content. Students will record these blue ribbons on their own progress map which provides them with a reward that can be used in math class to help with their individual grades. These rewards consists of bonus points, free 100 on a quiz, drop your lowest grade, and to our ultimate goal of a pizza party at the end of the year for those that complete the blue ribbon map. This year there is also an overall incentive that is taking place with all students at the CES with progress charts showing the blue ribbons being earned by each grade level.

Extra Resources
  •      The National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) has a really good website with puzzles, brainteasers, and grade level content at http://illuminations.nctm.org/
  •      A good interactive site that allows students to review concepts they would see in the classroom can be found at https://www.buzzmath.com/
     If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact me. mhyson@csd.sau7.org