## Sixth-eighth Grade MATHEMATICS - S.T.E.M.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford, American Industrialist

From filling gas tanks to preparing food and checking the weather, there are real-world utility in math concepts. Learning mathematics forces one to learn how to think logically and to solve problems. It also helps to teach precision. Ecologist need to study population size and a computer scientist needs to be familiar with statistical analysis and economics. Fractions, geometry, algebra are all integrated into just about anything our students will be studying to prepare them for College and their future careers.

## PROJECT-BASED LEARNING...

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.

## SEVENTH GRADE MATHEMATICS

## FUNCTIONS IN MATHEMATICS

## SIXTH GRADE MATHEMATICS

## PYTHOGOREAN THEOREM UNIT PROJECT

## MORE EIGHTH GRADE MATHEMATICS

## EIGHTH GRADE MATHEMATICS

Active engagement for 8th grade math students is a priority for the CMS instructional team. This means our students regularly explore mathematical concepts using a variety of manipulatives, technology, design and engineering principles to connect across curriculum and real world applications. Learning the “why” and “how” to 8th grade mathematics is at the forefront of our instructional delivery. The standards taught in our content area transition students to high school mathematics from both PreAlgebra, PreAlgebra Honors, and Algebra I (earning high school credit). Deeper understanding and with increased rigor, we believe will help our students achieve these learning goals as our standards move from computational to abstract reasoning. Through implementing STEAM lesson design principles, we are able to assist our students to master our state content standards with success.

## EIGHTH GRADE MATHEMATICS: VIDEO LESSONS EVIDENCES AND ARTIFACTS

Activity Hook for Scientific Notation Unit

Why use Scientific Notation? What is its purpose? Ryan Swartzentruber shares a video that he created to engage students in learning scientific notation and relate the mathematics to the real world.

Dance Dance Transversals (or Get Up and Move! Geometry)

See Picture Gallery of Students in Action- Parallel lines cut by a transversal are created with electrical tape on the classroom floor. Students, while music is playing, move their feet to identify the angle relationships called out by the instructor (ie. Alternate Interior Angles, Alternate Exterior Angles, Same-Side Interior Angles and Corresponding Angles)

Graphing Stories - A Skydiving Journey

Providing students a connection to graphing in the real world, Ryan Swartzentruber leads our CMS math students into discovering that if it moves, then it can be graphed.

###### SCIENTIFIC NOTATION HOOK

###### "A SKYDIVING JOURNEY"

Hey all, just because we are out of school doesn't mean we can't still learn! The goal of these videos are to provide short reviews to help you remember things we have learned and guide you in your 10 day plan. Hopefully you get a few laughs and please comment your answers to the would you rather at the end!

###### "S-SERIES EXPONENTS"

Students are asked to compare contrast the costs of three separate razors to determine which one would be the best and the most cost efficient by plotting costs on a graph.

###### SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS IN REAL LIFE

INTRODUCING: Our very own Mathematician Extraordinaire, Ryan Swartzentruber, an 8th Grade Math Teacher; in these series of humorous Math mini-lessons videos.