# A Spotlight On Math At North View Middle School we believe that teaching and learning approaches should accommodate the diverse skills, abilities, and prior knowledge of young adolescents, cultivate multiple intelligences, draw upon students’ individual learning styles, and utilize digital tools. When learning experiences capitalize on students’ cultural, experiential, and personal backgrounds, new concepts are built on knowledge students already possess. To ensure this happens, we use the nature of young adolescents to guide our instructional decision making. Because of this belief, our teachers spend a considerable creating engaging learning opportunities. Math teachers have been working diligently on developing curriculum for Trimester two. Students and families might notice some changes in math, specifically with homework. Seventh and eighth grade math classes will have homework assigned digitally in IXL, an online math program, which is to be completed weekly. Students are expected to complete the work assigned each week to support learning in the classroom. There is after school math help available to students who need extra support. Our sixth grade math students will be doing explorations of area, surface area, and volume this trimester. Students will engage in math investigations that will allow them to develop deeper understanding of mathematical concepts in the real world. Students will:

• Develop and use formulas for finding the area of triangles, quadrilaterals, and irregular shapes.
• Understand the relationship between area and perimeter of figures.
• Create solutions to problems involving surface area and volume of prisms. Our seventh grade math students will be working on ratios, rates, graphs, tables and equations. Students will be engaged in a scenario to develop deeper understanding of the relationships between mathematical expressions. Students will be recruited as bloggers as they research and present findings related to different cars for our scenario. Students will:

• Understand and be able to use unit rate and ratios to solve problems.
• Create tables, graphs and equations to express data and develop conclusions.
• Communicate findings and recommendations based on given data. Our eighth grade math students will be working on linear algebra, forms of equations, and inequalities. Students will be engaged in a problem-based scenario where they will need to determine which pay scales are best for a given company. Students will:

• Create and scale graphs to adequately show given information.
• Use information to move between standard form, point-slope, and y-intercept forms of equations.
• Express inequalities in both equation and graph form.
• Communicate findings and recommendations.