**Berkeley #87 Middle School**

This page will post ideas to support transitioning to the Common Core Standards.

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__cathy.integrated@bluetie.com__for question or information. Remember to click on the Computation and Fluency link above for podcasts of strategies and algorithms for computation. Keep checking back as updates will be pos

Notes from November - click to download. Take a look at some of the student examples for the work.

**How to incorporate computers into the classrooms?**

Some of the teachers shared they made quizzes for students online. Some students were making PPT presentations on how they solved problems. Here are some ideas to help bring technology into the classroom as a problem solving tool.

Using the computers – for Expressions and Equations - http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/lessons/SolvingEquations/ is the lesson notes. You can adapt this, but can be a great introduction to expressions and equations, focused on understanding additive or multiplicative inverses. The activity for students is here http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/EquationSolver/

The Shodor site

**Interactivate**provides free interactive applets and lessons to go with these. These can be used in conjunction with what you are teaching. The computer activity Equation Solver can be used to review solving equations for the 8th grade Chapter 3 assessment or the 7th grade Chapter 3 on expression and inequalities.

In addition, setting up equations and problems can be done with a spreadsheet to show relationships. http://mathforum.org/workshops/sum98/participants/sinclair/problem/intro.html is a great starting point for this. Then you can connect this to the equation and how to solve the equation.

**January Meeting 2013 - Click here for the notes**

We discussed the need for the number talks to develop fluency in students. The students have not been taught the strategies for learning their facts and computation.

**50 Fact Times Drill**- Students do not worry about how many, but practice using the strategies to complete this timed drill. There are one minute and three minute sections on this drill. One minute must follow down the columns sequentially with no skipping. Then students switch to a different color pen or pencil. They now have 3 minutes to hop around and use their strategies to answers problems.

**Times Table**- is a Excel workbook with different sheets to help students learn the strategies for multiplication. One is to fill in the multiplication table. This is to be used with the Strategies sheet. Students record the strategies and how many facts that relates to. This activity is to show students that there are not 169 facts to memorize, but much less when we learn out strategies. One sheet has different sets of times tables that students have to fill in using their strategies.

**Number Talks**- This document has number talk problems with regard to multiplication.

**Percents**

Here is the link for the 7th/8th grade lesson on Increasing/Decreasing Percents. These lessons are on the Mathematics Assessment Project site. For 6th - 8th grade we worked out several problems using the tape diagrams to solve. Here is the PPT with problems.

The Math Practice Standards' Poster can be a useful tool in your classroom. It comes from the Jordan School District. The link previous is a word document. Here is a larger PDF format.

Also remember that you can replace tasks in from your textbook from the www.illustrativemathematics.org website. You can search by your grade level or domain and find tasks aligned to the common core. Many are being aligned to the practice standards as well!

**November 2012**middle school math notes.

**October 2012**middle school math notes.