 Kyrene Centennial Middle School
 Weekly Newsletter Blurb

*Note: All plans are subject to change
This week we will continue with Chapter 3: Fractions
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Dividing fractions by fractions using visual models
Dividing fractions by fractions using the algorithm
I have posted videos and practice exercises on my website that will help support content taught in the classroom. These can be used to help with homework, for extra practice, or to help keep students informed if they miss a day of school.
Week 9/12/16 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will finish with Chapter 3: Fractions
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Dividing fractions by fractions using visual models
Dividing fractions by fractions using the standard algorithm
Solving real world scenarios involving division of fractions by fractions
The next assessment is scheduled for September 16th and will include the content above.Week 9/19/16 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will begin Chapter 4: Decimals
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
 Adding and subtracting decimals
Tuesday the 27th will be our last assessment! It will contain the following concepts that were taught throughout the quarter:
Finding the Least Common Multiple (LCM) of two or more whole numbers.
Finding the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) of two or more whole numbers.
Finding the LCM or GCF to solve a real world scenario.
Dividing fractions by fractions using visual models
Dividing fractions by fractions using the standard algorithm
Solving real world scenarios involving division of fractions by fractions
Ways in which students can prepare:
Review and correct homework/classwork
Look over notes
Videos and exercises on my website
Khanacademy.org
MathiaX, the online component to our curriculum, is now available to use at home. I will be sending out an email soon on how to access it from home. MathiaX adjusts pace and learning according to each individual student. Students are encouraged to work on MathiaX as much as they would like!Week 10/21/16 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will be finishing up Chapter 4  Decimals.
The focus for the week will be on the following:
Dividing decimals using the standard algorithm.
Dividing decimals in a real world scenario.
The next assessment is planned for Thursday, October 20th.
The assessment will contain the following concepts:
Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals using the standard algorithm.
Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals in real world scenarios.
Homework should be posted on my homework calendar by the end of each school day.
MathiaX is now available to use at home. This is the online component to our curriculum. This program focuses on the 6th grade concepts students will be learning this year. MathiaX is meant to adapt to each student's pace and understanding. Students must demonstrate mastery of a concept before moving on. MathiaX can break down problems step by step and allows students to ask for hints when needed. Students can also potentially move ahead to concepts we have yet to learn. I encourage students to to take advantage of this resource at home.
Week 11/7/16 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will continue with Chapter 5  Ratios.
The focus for the week will be on the following:
Writing ratios as parttopart and parttowhole
Writing equivalent ratios
Scaling ratios up and down
Using double number lines to solve problems involving ratios
Students are being given a chance to make test corrections on the last assessment. These corrections will earn them a retake. The retake will be a different assessment that contains the same concepts. If a student received a 2 (70%) or lower, I am encouraging these corrections and they will bring home a paper to be signed that outlines the procedures for corrections and acknowledges that you are aware of their current assessment grade.
Week 11/14/16 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will continue with Chapter 5  Ratios.
The focus for the week will be on the following:
Scaling ratios up and down
Using double number lines to solve problems involving ratios
Creating tables of equivalent ratios
Filling in missing quantities in equivalent ratio tables
Graphing tables of equivalent ratios
Some students did not complete test corrections or have their retake agreement signed by a parent/guardian. This was only required of students who received a 2 (70%) or lower on their test.Week 11/21/16 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will continue with Chapter 5  Ratios.
The focus for the week will be on the following:
Using double number lines to solve real world problems involving ratios
Creating tables of equivalent ratios
Filling in missing quantities in equivalent ratio tables
There will be a quiz on Tuesday, November 22nd which will include the following:
Identifying and writing part to part and part to whole ratios
Scaling ratios up and down
Creating a double number line to solve real world problems involving ratios
Week 12/5/16 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will continue with Chapter 5  Ratios.
The focus for the week will be on the following:
Creating tables of equivalent ratios
Filling in missing quantities in equivalent ratio tables
Creating double number lines to represent equivalent ratios
Graphing equivalent ratio tables
Calculating unit rates to solve real world problems involving unit pricing and constant speed.
This week we will finish up with Chapter 5  Ratios.
There will be an assessment on Tuesday, December 13th.
It will include the following concepts:
Scaling ratios up and down
Filling in missing quantities on a table of equivalent ratios
Completing double number lines to represent equivalent ratios
Plotting ratios on a graph
Calculating unit rates to solve real world problems
Next semester we will begin Chapter 6  Percents.
Note: Multiplying and dividing decimals will continue to be a crucial skill that is used across all concepts. Keep practicing!
MathiaX is available to use at home. It is the online component to our curriculum. Students should know how to access MathiaX from a home computer or tablet. The “Ratios, Rates, and Percents” module has been unlocked for all students.
Week 1/6/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we began Chapter 6 – Percents.
There will be a quiz next week on the following concepts:
· Converting decimals into percents
· Converting percents into decimals
· Converting fractions into percents
· Calculating the percent of a number
Notes:
If you are having trouble with these concepts, I recommend checking out the videos and exercises for these concepts on my site. They can help give a quick refresher.
If you understand the process, but are having trouble with the computations, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!! We will continue to multiply and divide decimals all year!!! There are also videos for this on my site.
Next week we will be working on the following concepts:
· Determining the percent when given a part and a whole
Ex: 8 is what percent of 20?
· Determining the whole when given a part and the percent
Ex: 8 is 40% of what number?
· Determining the part when given the whole and the percent
Ex: What is 40% of 20?
· Using percents in real world scenarios (tips, discounts, tax etc.)
Week 1/17/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will continue Chapter 6 – Percents.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Calculating the percent of a number
Using percents in real world scenarios (tips, discounts, tax etc.)
Determining the whole when given a part and the percent
Ex: 8 is 40% of what number?Week 1/23/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will be finishing Chapter 6 – Percents.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
· Determining the percent when given a part and a whole
Ex: 8 is what percent of 20?
· Determining the whole when given a part and the percent
Ex: 8 is 40% of what number?
· Determining the part when given the whole and the percent
Ex: What is 40% of 20?
· Using percents in real world scenarios (tips, discounts, tax, etc.)
There will be test next week on the concepts listed above.
The day of the test is currently planned for Wednesday.Week 2/6/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will be continuing Chapter 7  Introduction to Expressions
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Writing numerical and algebraic expressions to represent realworld scenarios.
Writing an algebraic expression when given a word expression.
Writing a word expression when given an algebraic expression.
Evaluating algebraic expressions using substitution.
There will be a RETEST on percentages and a Quiz on Order of Operations on Tuesday, February 7th. We will work through the original percentages test in class on Monday. An answer key for the original test will also be provided online. While the original test grade will still be included in the gradebook, it will have less weight. Students who did well on the original test are not required to retest and the the weight will remain as a normal test.
Week 2/13/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will be continuing Chapter 7  Introduction to Expressions.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Writing algebraic expressions to represent realworld scenarios.
Writing an algebraic expression when given a word expression.
Writing a word expression when given an algebraic expression.
Identifying parts of an expression.
Evaluating algebraic expressions using substitution.
There is a test for Chapter 7 planned for Friday, February 17th. It will include all the above content.Week 2/27/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will be finishing Chapter 8  Algebraic Expressions.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Using the Commutative, Associative and Distributive Properties to write equivalent expressions.
Simplifying algebraic expressions using the Distributive Property and combining like terms.
The last test for 3rd Quarter will be on Thursday, March 2nd. It will contain the following concepts:
Converting between algebraic and word expressions.
Identifying terms, constants and coefficients.
Writing an algebraic expressions for a real world scenario.
Associative, Commutative, and Distributive Properties.
Simplifying algebraic expressions.
Week 3/20/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will begin Chapter 9  Inequalities and Equations.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Solving onestep equations with addition and subtraction.
Solving onestep equations with multiplication and division.
Week 3/27/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will continue with Chapter 9  Inequalities and Equations.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Writing and solving onestep equations for real world scenarios with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Twostep equations.
Independent and Dependent Variables.
Week 4/17/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will finish up with Chapter 10  Integers.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Inequalities with positive and negative numbers, including real world scenarios.
Absolute value inequalities and equations.
There is a test planned for Thursday, April 20th.
It will include the above concepts, as well as the following:
Plotting positive and negative numbers on a number line.
Ordering positive and negative numbers.
Understanding the meaning of opposite numbers.
 Using positive and negative integers to represent real world scenarios.
Week 4/24/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
This week we will start Chapter 11  The Cartesian Coordinate Plane.
We will be focusing on the following concepts:
Plotting ordered pairs in all 4 quadrants of a coordinate plane.
Using signs of numbers in ordered pairs to identify its location in a quadrant.
Reflections across the x and y axis.
Using absolute value equations to find the distance between two points on a coordinate plane.
*All plans are subject to changeWeek 5/15/17 in Math with Mr. Gomez
The last test of the year is planned for Friday, May 19th! This is the last major opportunity for students to raise their grades.
Please make sure your child is here on that day. If not, they can make up the test on the following Monday or Tuesday. If your child will be gone all 3 days, please let me know and they may take the test earlier. If the test is not completed, it will impact your child’s grade.
The assessment will contain the following concepts:
Classifying quadrilaterals.
Using formulas to determine area for a square, rectangle, triangle and trapezoid.
Using formulas and substitution to find missing lengths for squares and rectangles.
Finding the area of composite figures.
Finding the area in a shaded region of a composite figure.
*All plans are subject to change