1. ## DREAMBOX

10/01/2018 by Genesia Emery

WELCOME BACK FROM FALL BREAK!!

Here is what is coming up this week:

All grades will begin working in Dreambox Learning, a program that continuously assesses students to present them with targeted math lessons. Dreambox technology tracks each student interaction and evaluates the strategies used to solve problems. We will be working in Dreambox one class session per week, however, please encourage your child to work in Dreambox at home for a few minutes each day. With that said, the program is designed for students to work independently so that it can continually adjust to fit their specific math needs. Therefore, when your child is working at home, please make sure they are not using calculators, scratch paper, or receiving your assistance to complete math problems (within Dreambox). Essentially, all their “work” should be done in Dreambox so that they can have a true depiction of their progress.  However, feel free to help them navigate this new program as there is a learning curve involved.  Students will be required to complete a minimum of 5 lessons and log at least 60 minutes of active practice each week for a 50 point grade.

If needed, the school code is: xe2y/fkzz

• Be okay with mistakes. As long as students complete lessons, DreamBox will be able to assess their comprehension and adapt.
• Work independently. Helping a student through a lesson can progress them beyond their current abilities and lead to frustration.
• Only use the virtual manipulatives. DreamBox lessons are designed for students to think through problems without the use of pencil and paper.
• Use the help/hint button when needed.
• Use headphones with the volume on.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

2. ## September 6-14

09/13/2018 by Genesia Emery

Hi Spartan family!

Here is a review of we’ve been covering and what students will be assessed on in the next few days:

Review skills: Long division and converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers

Topic: In class, students have been practicing multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers (a whole number and a fraction). Here is a recap of each skill below:

Flocabulary multiplying fractions video: https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/multiply-fractions/

Flocabulary dividing fractions video: https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/divide-fractions/

Review skills: Multiplying fractions and mixed numbers (a whole number and a fraction)

Topic: students have been reviewing/learning long division and decimal division. As this skill seems to be one of the toughest for our students to grasp, please make sure they are continuing practice at home. Here is a recap of decimal division below:

Review skill: Dividing signed (positive and negative) fractions and mixed numbers (a whole number and a fraction)

Topic: The 3 rigid transformations- translations, reflections, and rotations. Students will have a culminating project to review all three transformations beginning at the end of this week. Here is a recap of each of the transformations we have covered below. Please note that due to time constraints, we will not be able to cover dilations in depth but it is still important to know:

Recap of rules-

Translations- slide each point along the x or y axis the specified number of places. You may use the coordinate grid or use addition/subtraction depending on the direction of the translation.

Reflections-

• If reflecting across the x-axis, change the sign of the y  coordinate
• If reflecting across the y-axis, change the sign of the x  coordinate

Rotations-

• Change the sign of the x coordinate and switch the coordinates
• Keep in mind that the following rotations produce the same results: 90 degrees clockwise/270 degrees counterclockwise, 180 degrees clockwise/180 degrees counterclockwise, 270 clockwise/90 degrees counterclockwise

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

• Quizzes  and unit projects coming up next week for each grade level!
• Tutoring is on Thursdays at 8:15am in C18 or CO3. Please come for extra help or to makeup assignments.

Have a great remainder of the week!

3. ## Moby Max

09/06/2018 by Genesia Emery

Let’s practice!!

School code: ga1274

OR

School name: Campbell Middle (SMYRNA)

4. ## Open House Recap

08/24/2018 by Genesia Emery

Thank you parents and students for attending Open House last night, I hope enjoyed it! If you were not able to make and would like a review of what we went over please see the attached PowerPoint. As always, if you have any further questions about Math Connections please feel free to email me.

Open House PPT 2018 PDF Format-1pjdevt

08/17/2018 by Genesia Emery

2).Click on “Math Games” and scroll down to “Rescue Mission” NOT  “Rescue Mission Jr.”

6. ## Welcome back!!!

07/31/2018 by Genesia Emery

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It is my hope that you had a wonderful and eventful summer! I am excited to get started learning and growing with you in Math Foundations! In the beginning of the year there is lots of information being thrown at you so I will be sure to keep this brief. Be sure to come with three things on the first day: 1). A growth mindset (we’ll talk about this soon) ready for any challenge 2). your agenda  and 3). a pencil.

Supplies you’ll need within the first 2 weeks of school: a composition notebook.

I can’t wait to see you all! Happy almost first day of school!

7. ## March 19-March 23

03/19/2018 by Genesia Emery

Happy Monday all!

In addition to our weekly Dreambox practice, here is what we will be accomplishing in Math Foundations:

6th grade: Students will continue their work with finding volume of rectangular solids and the area of squares, rectangles, and triangles. We will also review our coordinate graphing skills!

7th grade: Students will pick up where they left off on Pi day with more in-depth practice with Circles. Please see the video in the last blog to review how to find the circumference and area of circles.

8th grade: Students will continue their March Madness brackets and review solving two-step equations. Towards the latter portion of the week will begin reviewing Functions– a major 8th grade concept.

Have a wonderful week!

8. ## March 5 – March 16

03/13/2018 by Genesia Emery

Hi all! Here is what Math Foundations Academy has been working this week and last week:

6th grade: To review, students have been solving and graphing inequalities on a number line. The graphing portion of this concept has proven to be a challenging topic for students. Please see the following video for a review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxCFFpKVApQ. Moving forward, we will be reviewing how to find the area of rectangles, triangles, and squares. This is to assist with finding volume of rectangular solids and eventually calculating surface area.

7th grade: We have consistently been reviewing how to work with rational numbers,  a major 7th grade concept. After this review has ended, we will review converting between fractions, decimals, and percents. To celebrate Pi day (3/14/18), students will complete an activity with oatmeal creme pies in which they had to find the circumference and area of the pie.

Here are a few resources for you to review:

8th grade: As a review, students have been substituting values into an equation and solving for the missing variable. We have also been continuing our practice with simplifying exponential expressions using the properties of exponents. Please continue practicing these concepts as we move forward. Below are links to an interactive websites with practice I found useful:

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mejhm/index.html?l=0&ID1=AB.MATH.JR.NUMB&ID2=AB.MATH.JR.NUMB.EXPO&lesson=html/object_interactives/exponent_laws/explore_it.html

In celebration of March Madness, 7th and 8th grade students have been completing March Madness brackets to predict (or find the probability) of the Final Four in the college basketball tournament. Once students finish their brackets, they will compare the result of their “experiment” to what actually happens! May the odds ever be your favor! 🙂

9. ## Dreambox Pizza Party Challenge!

03/05/2018 by Genesia Emery

Hi everyone,

Want to get some extra math practice in AND possibly earn a pizza party for your class? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Starting March 5th and running through May 5th – Cobb County is sponsoring a Dreambox Pizza Party Challenge. How does it work?

Each week Ms. Emery will track the number of lessons completed by each class (6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B). At the end of the challenge, the class with the highest average number of lessons will win a pizza party graciously sponsored by Cobb County!

So, now’s the time to put in a few extra minutes (or hours) in your spare time. Not only will it pay off when you take the MI or Milestones – it just might pay off in pizza as well!

Happy Learning!

10. ## February 26 – March 2

02/28/2018 by Genesia Emery

Hello all,

I hope your week is going well and that everyone had a wonderful break! It’s time to hit the ground running with our learning.

Here is what we are striving to accomplish this week:

6th grade: Students will finish their review of translating written/verbal expressions into numerical expressions with a partner matching activity.

7th grade: Students will continue making progress with computing unit rates, this time with complex fractions AND whole numbers/decimals. After we complete this topic, students will have a short quiz towards the end of this week. Please see the review link in the blog below to assist with unit rates if needed.

8th grade: Students will continue practice with the properties of exponents, in particular, the power/expanded power rule and the negative exponent rule. Please see the blog below for extra assistance on this topic. In addition, here are a few videos on this week’s topics:

Reminders:

• Tutoring Thursday morning from 8:00–8:40am.
• Complete any additional Dreambox lessons by Friday/Monday night.

Have a great week! 🙂