Why Take This Course?
How is decimal arithmetic similar and yet different from integer arithmetic? Why are there letters in math? How can I describe large amounts of data concisely yet effectively? What do the steps of long division actually mean? This semester we will address all these questions as we study decimals, percentages, long division, expressions, equations, and statistics.
The world is filled with magical, invisible math. In the Middle School math program, we work with students to solidify foundational skills that will serve them in high school, college and most importantly – in real life. Math is taught in context, so it is relevant and meaningful. We challenge students to move beyond common ideas that only certain types of people can do math by giving them strategies to approach skill-based learning experiences.
|Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|Why do decimals work the way they do?||How can statistics help me understand the big idea behind a ton of data?||How do unit conversions and percentages help me understand rates?||What is the grammatical structure of the math language?|
|Why does our culture use the base-10 numbering system?||How do I use data from different sources?||How can I use the identity property of multiplication to convert units of measurement?||What is a variable?|
|What is the algorithm for adding and subtracting decimals?||How can I use measures of center and deviation to describe data?||How do I calculate percentages?||How can I find solutions to one-variable equations?|
|What is the algorithm for multiplying decimals?||How do I interpret bar charts?||How are fractions, decimals, and percents related?||How do I interpret the structure of expressions?|
|What is the algorithm for dividing decimals?||How do I interpret histograms?||How can I use percentages to calculate discounts, tips, and interest?||Why is the distributive property true?|
|Why does the long division algorithm work the way it does?||How can I compare distributions?||Why am I allowed to combine like terms?|
Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase
|Stanley Schmidt||Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents|