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7th Grade Ch 1 Parent Letter  

7th Grade Parent Letter - Chapter 1

Welcome back to school! In an effort to keep parents and guardians informed of the expectations and content being covered in math class this year, this informational handout will be provided for each chapter. Its intent is to assist in guiding you in ways to support your child in deepening their mathematical understanding.

 

Section 1.1 (NO QUIZ)

Focus

Students will be working on problem solving techniques in teams. The material covered during this section is primarily review from prior grades such as problem solving, patterns, and expressions. This section is meant to help build a classroom culture of learning from one another as well as reinforcing the yearlong classroom policies and procedures.

 

Prior Understanding

In sixth grade, students learned about variables and worked collectively to find solutions to problems and represent them with variables, (6.EE.2).

 

Section 1.2 (QUIZ AUGUST 16th)

Focus

Students will be working on simple probability. They will participate in multiple activities to generate data and determine possible outcomes of events. (7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7, and 7.SP.8)

 

Prior Understanding

There are no direct correlations with prior grade level standards as probability is introduced in the 7th grade.

 

End of Chapter Expectations

1.       Section quizzes on the new material as it relates to conceptual understanding.

2.      Chapter assessment will cover the following skills: *

·         Likelihood of an even occurring

·         Predict the approximate probability of an event

·         Solve for simple probability

·         Develop probability models

·         Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing rational numbers

 

*Chapter 1 Test on August 18th

 

*Please note the list above highlights the main skills to be assessed. Teachers may include additional content to meet the needs of their students.

 


7th Grade Ch 2 Parent Letter  

7th Grade Chapter 2 Parent Letter

There are three big ideas we will be focusing our instruction around in chapter 2: First, understanding relationships between fractions and decimals; and second, how to add and subtract positive and negative rational numbers; and finally, how to multiply and divide positive and negative rational numbers. Our goal is to keep a balance of skill based learning along with enhancing our student’s ability to problem solve and think conceptually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Section 2.1 (Quiz August 23rd)

Focus

Students will be working with rational numbers. They will convert fractions to decimals using long division. Students will also determine if decimals are repeating or terminating and how they would then be classified as rational or irrational numbers. (7.NS.2d)

 

Prior Understanding

In fifth grade, students learned how to divide whole numbers, whose product is a fraction. (5.NF.3)

Section 2.2 (Quiz August 31st)

Focus

Students will solve problems involving adding and subtracting rational numbers. This will include modeling addition and subtraction of rational numbers on a number line, describing situations which make zero, and understanding how to use absolute value to determine distance between points on number lines and in the coordinate grid. (7.NS.1)

 

Prior Understanding

In sixth grade, students learned what integers were, how to plot them on a number line, and the rules for adding and subtracting integers, (6.NS.5, 6.NS.6, 6.NS.7, and 6.NS.9).

Section 2.3 (2 Quizzes: Quiz 1 on September 13th, Quiz 2 on September 21st)

Focus

Students will solve problems involving multiplying and dividing rational numbers, (including integer operations). They will work with hands-on manipulatives to represent multiplication and division of signed numbers and also with the rules for each. (7.NS.2)

 

Prior Understanding

In sixth grade, students learned what integers were, how to plot them on a number line, and the rules for adding and subtracting integers, (6.NS.5, 6.NS.6, 6.NS.7, and 6.NS.9). Multiplying and dividing is a new concept for seventh graders.

End of Chapter Expectations

1.       Section quizzes on the new material as it relates to conceptual understanding.

2.      Chapter assessment will cover the following skills: *

·         Convert fractions and decimals.

·         Determine when a number is terminating or repeating.

·         Adding rational numbers using a rule, a number line, and/or counters.

·         Creating zero pairs.

·         Operations involving absolute value.

·         Adding rational numbers.

·         Subtracting rational numbers.

 

*Mid Point Test on September 2nd (covers everything up to that point, is a Test Grade)

*Chapter 2 Test on September 23rd

 

*Please note the list above highlights the main skills to be assessed. Teachers may include additional content to meet the needs of their students.