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8th Grade Math Interventions

Some of the students I am pulling from 8th grade are very weak in multiplication as well as basic fraction skills. Please encourage your child to practice their multiplication skills daily. In 8th grade, students have a variety of math to learn and many of it uses multiplication/division: simplifying fractions, finding the LCM to add/subtract fractions, multiplying/dividing fractions and decimals, multiplying integers (positive and negative) find the area (including surface areas) and volumes, finding slopes, irrational numbers, finding perfect squares as well as other exponents, functions, proportions, solving equations – including linear equations, statistics, probability, Pythagorean theorem, and many other areas of math… When a student is weak in multiplication, it makes it difficult for him/her to succeed in other areas.  Please check out the website links I have posted for practice as well as look for a variety of apps for your phones and/or tablets that let students practice their multiplication skills or go to our local Dollar Store or other local stores and purchase a set of flashcards for your students to practice with at home, in the car, etc.  While in the car, call out multiplication problems to your student to call out answers to… Every bit helps your kids!!!  The math in future grades will also depend on the strength in multiplication and division.  They also need to practice fractions at home as well – all operations: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.  There are also lots of apps and websites for your phones/tablets to practice fraction operations…  Search for them!!!

Another area of weakness I am finding in students who struggle in math is math vocabulary. While some students can tell me that 2 x 10 equals 20 but do not know what to do with the question, “What is the product of 2 and 10?” (Product is simply the answer when you multiply… – so it is another way of asking what is 2 x 10.) That is only one of the many vocabulary words we will be focusing on this year.

Students will have math homework to complete to practice their math skills (on their virtual days).  It is important that you have your students complete these assignments.  I will list their homework sheets on this site along with sheets you can print if they lose their copy.  There will be various hotspots located around town for students to get on the Internet to complete their work.

Students will be using a variety of websites in my classes and these sites are available for them to practice at home as well.  Please go to the “Educational Websites” page to find links to Zoom.us, Carnegie-Learning/Mathia (6th-8th grades only), Lincoln Learning, Flipgrid, Nearpod, Quizlet, IXL, Kahoot, and Classworks.

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