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Unit 6 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.28.20

Unit 6 Homework:

  • Pg. 97, problems #24-41

Class Summary:

We started class with a review of the Unit 5 homework. Students had an opportunity to vote for which questions they wanted to review as a class. Then, we continued our discussion about Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities. Students continued to practice modeling different real-world scenarios with equations and expressions.

Students also reviewed inequalities and how to interpret an inequality statement within the context of a word problem. Inequalities can be tricky for a lot of students, but the class seemed to master the content as evidenced by the number of correct responses to the polling questions.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 7 Classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before our next class on June 3.
  • Have a scientific calculator (if possible)
  • Please be logged into Zoom at 3:00 PM

Unit 5 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.20.20

Unit 5 Homework:

  • Pg. 93-96, problems #1-23

Class Summary:

We started class with a review of the Unit 4 homework. Students had an opportunity to vote for which questions they wanted to review as a class. Then, we jumped into reviewing vocabulary for Unit 5, which covered Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities. 

The instructor then modeled how to combine like terms using a strategy where a student boxes and circles like terms before combining. When using this strategy, it’s important that the student also include the sign in front of the term to prevent a sign error. We encouraged students to practice this strategy on a number of independent practice problems throughout the lesson.

Next, students reviewed the distributive property and how to factor algebraic expressions. After factoring, students should always check their work by re-distributing their expression to make sure it matches the prompt. Students had multiple opportunities to practice creating an expression or an equation to represent a word problem.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 6 Classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before our next class on May 27.
  • Have a scientific calculator (if possible)
  • Please be logged into Zoom at 3:00 PM

Unit 4 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.13.20

Unit 4 Homework:

  • Pg. 89, problems #16-30

Class Summary:

Today, we started class with a review of the Unit 3 homework. Students had an opportunity to request which homework problems they wanted to review and we then went over them as a class. Then, we continued our discussion of the Number System.

Students had an opportunity to practice using CLIP – our math strategy from Unit 1 – while answering number system questions. We then reviewed how to break down word problems into numerical expressions and how to use Process of Elimination to eliminate wrong answer choices. Next week, we will continue to utilize and build upon these skills as we review expressions, equations, and inequalities. 

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 5 Classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before our next class on May 20.
  • Have a scientific calculator (if possible)

Unit 3 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 5.6.20

Unit 3 Homework:

  • Pg. 86, problems #1-15

Class Summary:

Today, we started class with a review of the Unit 2 homework. Students had an opportunity to request which homework problems they wanted to review and we went over them as a class. Then, we jumped into Unit 3 — The Number System!

This unit requires students to be very well-versed in their understanding of the order of operations, as well as the relationships between different numbers. One of the tools that students can use to support their understanding is drawing a model to represent the word problem and then using that model to write a number sentence. This strategy helps students to not only show their work, but to check it as well! We encouraged students to practice this during independent practice.

Students also learned how to differentiate between repeating and non-repeating decimals and how to properly use a vinculum when representing repeating decimals.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 4 Classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before our next class on May 13.
  • Have a scientific calculator (if possible)

Unit 2 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 4.30.20

Unit 2 Homework:

  • Pg. 82, problems #18-35
  • Pg. 23, problems #35-38

Class Summary:

Today, we continued our discussion of ratios and proportions. We reviewed examples of percent increase and percent decrease, which are common problem types seen in Grades 7 and 8. Sometimes, the language within a word problem can confuse students, leaving them unsure of how to solve the problem. These problems are actually quite easy if they can identify key words or phrases that provide insight into what one needs to do to solve. These key terms can even provide rationale for a positive/negative answer, or even an answer that is bigger or smaller than the original number in the question. 

Students also learned the formula for simple interest and how to apply their proportional thinking to geometry problems. Finally, we explored the concept of commission and how that affects one’s approach to solving a problem!

Additionally, we had a slight technical issue at the very end of class while reviewing the exit ticket. Please see below for the answers to Unit 2’s exit ticket, and let us know if you have any questions!

  1. B
  2. D
  3. $104

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 3 and 4 Classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before our next class on May 6.
  • Have a scientific calculator (if possible)

Unit 1 Class Summary, HW, and Reminders – 4.22.20

Unit 1 Homework (pg. 78):

  • Problems #1-17

Class Summary:

We started class with a quick icebreaker, and then we dove right into reviewing some Strategies for Success that included tips for calculator usage, using CLIP (circle, label, identify, plan) to find solutions, and best practices for checking your work. We then jumped into Ratios & Proportions by reviewing some basic terminology and walking through a model problem together. Students were given multiple opportunities for independent practice and many students seemed to be mastering this concept as evidenced by their answers to our polling questions. 

Next, we discussed the concept of proportionality and how it can easily be identified in graphing problems. The term “constant of proportionality” is used throughout the Grade 7 Common Core curriculum and is one we want our students to become comfortable with. Students seemed to understand this concept and did a great job with the subsequent practice problems given during independent practice.

Reminders:

  • Print Unit 2 Classwork from Flipping Book (linked above) before our next class on April 29.
  • Have a scientific calculator (if possible)
  • Class Participation:
    • Polling:
      • During class, students will be asked questions in real time through the Zoom Polling function.
      • Students should participate in all polls to help provide the instructor with data.
    • Questions:
      • If students have a question during class, they should:
        • Click on “Participants”
        • Click on “Raise Hand”
        • Wait to be recognized by the instructor 
        • Once recognized, unmute themselves to ask the question

Welcome! – 4.16.20

Welcome, 7th graders and parents!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to meet everyone next week! Your family has taken an important step to ensure that your student is ready for 8th Grade. Together, we will build the confidence and the competencies needed for 8th Grade and beyond!

The Tutorverse Team is here to provide the framework, instruction, and support needed to make this the rewarding experience it’s designed to be. We also need your help to make this a success. You can help us help you by making a commitment to show up for each and every class, diligently complete the homework, and actively participate in class (ask questions!).

Important information is included below, so please read it carefully, and bookmark this page for easy access!

Course FAQs

When is class?

Check the calendar above! Each online class session runs from 3-4:30 PM on Wednesdays.

What if I’m late? What do I do?

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the login link and login password above as soon as you can. Feel free to chat the host of the meeting to jump right into the lesson. We can help catch you up to speed!

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

    • Math Course Pages (linked above)
    • Pencils and an eraser
    • a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)
    • Login link (found above)
    • Login password (found above)

What if I need to miss a class?

Let us know as soon as you know that you need to miss class. This will allow us enough time to let the instructor know and to help you develop a plan to study the missed material! In most cases, we will have a video recording of the class session that we can make available to you so you can get the notes and instruction.

Is there homework?

Of course! Showing up for class is important, but just coming to class won’t help. Homework is an opportunity to reinforce the skills we learn in class. Remember: it’s not just about getting the homework done; it’s about doing it right and implementing reading comprehension strategies!

Parents: we need your help to make sure that students are doing their homework!

Homework can be found at the end of each unit (linked above).

What happens if a student’s conduct has a negative effect on the learning environment?

A safe, conducive learning environment is paramount. The instructor has the capability to remove a participant from the online class session if necessary. Please review our class policies to learn more.

What if I still need help?

No problem! Please email hello@thetutorverse.com for support.