7 Math Assignments

Jason Stevens
2021-2022 School Year
Classes ~ K-7th Grade

Syllabus: See syllabus attached under "Files" on the right side of this page. 

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Welcome to Math 7! Our class is a comprehensive math class for the 7th grade; if you participate in our homework and assignments, you will not need to do extra independent study work with your supervising teacher. You will find it a fun-filled and challenging educational experience! 

1. To build a general set of skills and thinking skills students can use for the rest of their lives. Students will practice how to be effective communicators, analytical and creative thinkers, adept navigators of technology, inquisitive and persistent problem solvers, and reflective explorers of ideas. We will strive to make many mistakes and see them as opportunities for growing our brains. Students will build flexibility with numbers and sharpen their estimation skills.

2. To build mathematical proficiency around the most important 7th grade math topics. Students will work with ratios, proportions, and fraction operations. They will refine arithmetic skills related to integers and decimals. They will get exposure to basic algebra concepts and deepen their knowledge of geometry. Finally, they will explore concepts related to probability and statistics. Emphasis is always given to topics that are repeatedly used in middle and high school math courses or are commonly relevant to our lives.


Assignment Calendar

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Class on 12/2

4-6 Multiply Fractions – How is the process different than adding? What are our options? How can we represent it visually? Why does multiplying across work? How does cross-canceling help? 
Ticket Out “Quiz” with fraction operations
Quiz – decimal of fractions 1/n where 1<n<10 and n is an integer and other common fractions 
HW #21: Lesson 4-6: #1, 3, 5, 7-10, 12, 13, 16, 17.  Page 309: Choose any two of #s3-6. Show work. 

Past Assignments


Class on 11/30

Changing a Mixed Number to Improper Fraction
4-5 Add and Subtract Mixed Numbers 
Discuss memorizing decimal of fractions 1/n where 1<n<10 and n is an integer, excluding n=7. 
Start HW in class
HW #19: Handout – Memorizing decimal of fractions 1/n where 1<n<10 and n is an integer, and other fractions, as decimals
HW #20: Lesson 4-5: #1-9odd, 10-12, 16, 27, 28, 33, 34. Extension #18.


Class on 11/18

4-4 Add and Subtract Unlike Fractions: How can we make fractions have equal-sized pieces so we can easily add them? Why are we allowed to multiply a fraction by the same thing on the top and the bottom? 
Start Desmos Task: Adding and Subtracting Fractions.
HW #18B: Complete Desmos Activity: Adding & Subtracting Fractions (Access in Google Classroom.)
HW #18C: Lesson 4-3: #14, 22, 25, 29-36. Extension #12. Lesson 4-4 #10, 14, 19-27odd, 30-35. Extension #16.


Class on 11/16

4-2 Comparing Rational Numbers
4-3 Adding Subtracting Like Fractions
If necessary: Finish discussion/debate: Should students master long division (by hand without a calculator)? 
“On the Line” Fraction Game – How can we estimate and compare fractions without relying on common denominators? 
HW#18: Lesson 4-2: #1-7odd, 9-14.  Lesson 4-3: #1-6. 


Class on 11/9

4-1 Terminating and Repeating Decimals: What denominators are easy to work with to turn fractions into decimals without a calculator? What denominators might we want to use a calculator with? How do we represent repeating digits in a fraction? 
Activity: Random Fraction Generator (https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/133412592/fullscreen/) Simplify in head or use calculator? 
Discuss/Debate: Should students master long division (by hand without a calculator)? 
HW: Turn in Final Draft of Unit 3 Project (via Google Classroom). Can get feedback if you turn in a rough draft by Thursday, 11/11.
HW #17: Lesson 4-1 #1-15odd (use a calculator when the denominator is not easy to work with), 19,  29-31, 35, 38-44. Extensions #20, 22. 


Class on 11/4

Kickoff & HW Check: And discuss absolute value
Finish expressions -1 to -50 task (Jamboard or Desmos Activity)
Silent Arrows Game with Negatives 
3-4 & 3-5 Multiplying & Dividing Integers
Ticket Out – Unit 3 Practice Quiz
HW #16: Complete Unit 3 Review Handout.
HW #16B: Spend some time working on the Jamboard/Desmos Task to try to create any missing expressions from -1 to -50 and/or making corrections. (Access Desmos Activity link in Google Classroom.)


Class on 11/2

Kickoff & Collect Test Corrections
Lesson 3-2 & 3-3: Adding and Subtracting Integers. Why does subtracting a negative turn in to a positive? 
Weights Challenge Task
Videos: Khan Academy, Youtube, Sesame Street
Desmos Task: Adding and Subtracting Integers
If Time: Silent Arrows Game with Negatives
HW #15:  3-3 (ch3-lesson3): #1-13odd, 21, 34, 36-39. 


Class on 10/28

Start Unit 3 – Integers and Negative Numbers. What is an integer? How can we think about working with negative numbers.
Class Activity: Creating expressions -1 through -50 
HW #14: Test Corrections & Reflection Handout
HW: Lesson 3-2 (chapter 3, lesson2): #1-9odd, 28-31. This short homework will only take a few minutes so you can focus on your test corrections.


Class on 10/26

Kickoff & HW Review
Election Math
Individual Test – Units 1 and 2
HW: Unit 2 Project (Final draft. Can turn in hard copy in class or submit via Google Classroom. If you do task 2, definitely submit via Google Classroom.)


Class on 10/21

Partner Practice Review Test – Units 1 & 2
HW#13: Units 1 & 2 Review Handout. Practice for the test!


Class on 10/19

Show spreadsheet examples, including using to check restaurant responses from HW #10.
Use Chromebooks and Spreadsheets: Linear (Simple Interest) vs Exponential (Compound Interest) Growth 
Hand out Unit 2 Project
HW Optional: Start Unit 2 Project. Optional rough draft due by 10/26. Final draft due 10/28. Can turn in hard copy in class or digitally in Google Classroom.


Class on 10/14

2-5 Percent Change. How can we determine the percent change from an original amount to a new amount? 
2-7 Percent Discount. How can we quickly determine the discount price? How can we work backwards to find the original price if we know the sale price and the discount percentage? 
HW#11: Lesson 2-5 #1-11odd, 15, 16. Lesson 2-7 #1-5, 9, 10, 14, 21. Extension: #13.  (Calculator OK whenever necessary)


Class on 10/12

2-6 Percent Tax, Tip, etc (in book): What is a shortcut method for determining the total after a tax, tip, or markup? 
Desmos Activity: Tax & Tip [Jason Edit]
HW #10: Ch 2 Lesson 6 #1-9odd, 12, 25-30. Extensions #13-15. Calculator OK for all percent questions. Show the calculation you typed in. No calc on #s 26-30.  


Class on 10/7

2-2 – 2-4 Partner Practice Problems
Desmos Activity: (More or Less, Percent Machine)
HW #9: Desmos Activity – Percent Practice & Student-Created Problems (access in Google Classroom) Note: the HW activity is different than the CW activities.


Class on 10/5

2-3 Percent Using a Proportion Equation
2-4 Percent Using an Equation: How can we translate a percent problem from English to math? 
HW #8: Lesson 2-3 #16, 28. Lesson 2-4 (Calc OK) #1-13odd, 30.  Page 140 #2-8 (Calc OK).


Class on 9/30

2-2 Estimating Percent of a Number
PPT – Estimating Percent
Desmos Activity: Estimating With Percents, 
Desmos Activity: Battery – Percents, Decimals & Fractions
HW#7: Lesson 2-1 (chapter2-lesson1) no calculator: #1-7, 12, 13, 19, 35, 37-42; calculator OK: #8, 9, 11. 
Lesson 2-2 #1-15odd, 31-36. Extension #18.


Class on 9/28

Number Necklaces Extra Credit. 
Teacher-Led Quick Desmos Activity: Turtle Time Trials (Slides 7-8). How does a graph tell a story about a race? 
Check in individually about project. 
2-1 Percent of a Number. What is percent? Why is it useful? How can percent problems be approached in different ways? How can we use 1% and 10% to quickly do percent problems in our head? How can we translate among fractions, decimals, and percents?
Desmos Activity: Mosaics (if time)
HW: Final draft of Unit 1 Project 


Class on 9/23

Kickoff & HW Requests: Unit 1 Review Problems
Discuss: Creating a Math Report or Project
Discuss Unit 1 Project – (Video of Backyard Marathon and Preview of Unit 1 Task Options. Also Introduce Merlin’s Driveway problem.)
Desmos Activity: Proportional Relationships & Equations.
HW: Unit 1 Project (rough draft of at least one of the projects)


Class on 9/21

1-7 Constant Rate of Change. How can we determine the rate of change? 
Pattern Growth – Is it a constant rate of change?
1-8 Slope. What does slope have to do with constant rate of change? 
PPT – Real-world representations of slope
If time: Slope Challenge
HW#5:  1-7 (Ch1 - Les7) #1-5, 7, 11, 13.   1-8 (Ch1 – Les8)  #1, 2, 15, 16. Extension #8.


Class on 9/16

1-4 Lecture Notes on Different Ways of Working With Proportions
1-6 Solving Proportions: Partner Practice Problems
Using a shadow to determine the height of a tree
HW#4: 1-6 (Ch 1 – Lesson 6) #1-7, 9, 11, 12, 20, 23, 25-28. Extensions #13, 14. (Extensions are optional extra credit challenges.) Page 63-64 Steps 1-2 and #1-5. 


Class on 9/14

Kickoff and HW Review
Ratio and Rates Review: Sugary Drinks Exploration, Which drink is the sweetest? 
Get Syllabus & Discuss, Course Overview PPT
Start Desmos Activity for HW #3: Exploring Proportional Relationships
HW#3: Handout on Proportions & Finish Desmos Activity (accessed in Google Classroom)


Class on 9/9

Kickoff Problems: Review & Mayan Numbers 
1-1    (chapter 1 lesson 1) Rates & Unit Rates
Desmos Activity: Balloon Float
Get Books. Go over how to use the book 
HW#2: 1-1 (Ch 1 -  Lesson 1) #1-8, 25-27. If you use a calculator for #s 1-8, show or write what you did or “typed in.” Reminder: all problems listed start with the “Independent Practice” section of the lesson unless otherwise noted.


Class on 9/7

Kickoff Problems: Mayan Numbers
CW: variety of problems, seeing math from multiple perspectives, review (including Number Talk: 18 * 5)
Desmos Activity: Voting on Bottle Problem solutions and sharing findings from HW #0 – Part 2
Introduce NIM game on one of the HW problems
HW#1: Handout


Class on 9/2

Kickoff: Number Strand. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
HW Review: Bottle solutions on whiteboard & August review and tasks.
Video: Making Mistakes and Seeing Things Differently
Introduce HW assignment
HW #0 – Part 2: Explore the bottle problem with different box dimensions than the 4x3 box.
HW: Complete Info sheet (access and turn in via Google Classroom)


Class on 8/31

Welcome & Kickoff: summer share. Go over basic COVID and class protocols
Bottle Problem: Working on open-ended math problems. Sharing our own creative thinking.
Video: Sean’s Numbers. (2nd grade math classroom.) Discuss what a productive math class looks and sounds like.
HW #0: work more possible solutions for the bottle problem and decide on your “best” or “favorite” one or two arrangements for each number of bottles, 1 through 12.
HW: finish the August review/tasks (if necessary)


Week of 8/23-8/27

HW: Complete the 7th grade review and work on the four 7th-12th grade tasks. You can access these materials here on the school website.