# What’s new in Math?

For the second quarter, both Math 6 and Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra students studied the topic of “geometry” – from Thanksgiving through January 25th. Throughout the United States, geometry is a “weak topic” for Middle School math students. As a high school math teacher for years, I worked with Middle School math teachers, encouraging them to strengthen the geometry background that Middle School math students learn so they are more prepared for one of the most rigorous courses in high school – Geometry! If you look at the Math Core Curriculum Standards that officially go into effect for Florida math students for the 2013-1014 school year, you will see that the topic “geometry” is very comprehensive: http://www.corestandards.org/Math.
Click on Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra or Sixth Grade Math above to read more about what these students are doing in math this year!

# Geometry Videos

For the past quarter students in both Seventh Grade Pre-Algebra and Math 6 have been working on Geometry. Geometry is a branch of mathematics that has a lot of hand-on activities and a lot of abstract concepts. We did constructions with a compass and a straightedge, “building” polygons and making designs from arcs in a circle. We measured angles with a protractor. And we sketched and labeled triangles and quadrilaterals. Then we had vocabulary, vocabulary and more vocabulary. A polygon with 4 sides is a quadrilateral (think “quarter” = quad). An polygon with 8 sides is an octagon (think “octopus” with 8 legs). A polygon with 10 sides is a decagon (think “decade” = 10 years). Next we worked with formulas. A = bh/2 What do those letters represent? What are they abbreviations for? Oh, a triangle has a base (b) and a height (h) and is 1/2 of a parallelogram (divide the parallelogram in 2). The introduction of variables in Sixth Grade Math is a path to setting up and solving equations in Pre-Algebra and a connection for students in Pre-Algebra to equations that they learned to solve with negative and positive integers.
Below are examples of the videos that students made with the Ipad using an App called Explain Everything.

Students learned to use Explain Everything App to demonstrate circumference of a circle – vocabulary, formula, sketch, labeling, and calculations

# Math Olympians

Math Olympians try to be the best of the best.  Here students focus on their first math test of the year on problem solving skills – using a table or graph, making an organized list, find a pattern – and on the rules for order of operations. Congrats to every one for scoring honor grades!

# Welcome

Welcome to Mrs. Toglia’s Site for her classes here at MJGDS!

In August, students were greeted with two bulletin boards – the header you see here (above) is about our Community of Kindness at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. This other bulletin board (below) is about our classroom theme for the year – Be a Math Olympian!

Students spent the first week of school talking about how the Olympics uses the Metric System. Students also worked with Metrics in their lives with a Weekly Project on looking for Metrics on labels. Here students demonstrate a millimeter….

a centimeter…

decimeter…

and how tall a meter is…

The second week of school Mrs. Toglia’s math students reviewed problem solving skills with the help of the mnemonic UPS truCK! Understand, Plan, Solve, cheCK.

Students worked hard on learning class room routines, working on daily work in class and homework out side of class, and demonstrating good school skills of being on time (at their “starting gate”), being prepared (with their “math gear” – notebook, workbook, textbook, assignments), and contributing to our classroom – our community of kindness, all part of being Math Olympians!