Mathematics Numeracy Course Archive

Previous Course Events:
The last time this course ran (either last semester, last year, or in the past) the following was the events at that time:


 

2014-2015: Mathematics Numeracy – Semester 2 Events:

  • Week 1: I introduced the course and we had a discussion about numeracy in general, we then did a biography activity (“All About Me”) and had a discussion around it as an “ice-breaker”, then we went into a computer lab and worked on a career cruising activity and had a discussion around it
  • Week 2: this week we had some new students join our Numeracy class so we had to take some time to catch them up. We did a psychological test on what type of learning style are you. We then discussed the results. Finally, we completed the week with our first numeracy diagnostic test on number sense.
  • Week 3: This week we had some catch up time for some students on their first diagnostic. As well, we took some time to discuss the results. We also started our next unit “Numbers” with a presentation on brackets and negative numbers and an activity to work on those concepts.
  • Week 4: This week we completed our look at negative numbers and went over the activity. Then we started a look a order of operations with a presentation and an activity to work on that concept.
  • Week 5: This week we had a presentation and some examples of fractions (part 1), then the rest of the week we used our time to catch up on various materials including negatives, order of operations and fractions (part 1).
  • Week 6: This week we worked all together “round table” on a few past activities like the order of operation activity. We also had a presentation and some examples of fractions (part 2) and then worked on a new activity to go with this.
  • Week 7: This week we started the week by having a presentation and discussion on fractions (part 3), then worked on a assignment and had another “round table” working together on some of the concepts.
  • Week 8: This week we looked at fractions (part 4) with a presentation and discussion. Then we also had a presentation and discussion on decimals and percentages
  • Spring Break!
  • Week 9: This week we spent some time completing worksheets, did the unit diagnostic a second time, and a diagnostic for the next unit (abstract math). As well, we did a poster activity on factoring.
  • Week 10: This week we started our next unit: Abstract Math with a presentation and discussion. This included and introduction to algebra and the concept of a variable
  • Week 11: This week we continued our look at Abstract Math with a presentation and discussion on formulas in algebra and a worksheet reinforcing this.
  • Week 12: This week we continued our look at Abstract Math with a presentation and discussion on solving equations in algebra (part 1), a worksheet reinforcing this, and a fun diorama activity on balancing equations.
  • Week 13: This week we continued our look at Abstract Math with a presentation and discussion on more techniques in solving equations in algebra (part 2), a worksheet reinforcing this, and a fun poster activity on opposite operations.
  • Week 14: This week we continued our look at Abstract Math with a presentation and discussion on more techniques in solving equations in algebra (part 3), a worksheet reinforcing this, and a fun poster activity on isolating variables.
  • Week 15: This week students completed any work in the Abstract math unit and did a geometry diagnostic.
  • Week 16: This week we started our final unit Geometry with the first presentation on points, lines, and angles. We also did our algebra play, and a geometry drawing activity. Students also worked on the first geometry worksheet.
  • Week 17: In our final full week of classes, we looked at Geometry part 2 (Area and Volume) with a presentation and a worksheet
  • Week 18: In our last few days together we looked at Geometry part 3 (Triangles)with a presentation and then discussed how to look forward to math new semester

Assessments:

  1. Unit 1 – Introduction To Numeracy: Biography “All About Me” (Activity)
  2. Unit 1 – Introduction To Numeracy: Career cruising (Activity)
  3. Unit 1 – Introduction To Numeracy: Learning Styles (Activity)
  4. Unit 1 – Introduction To Numeracy: Numbers (Diagnostic)
  5. Unit 2 – Numbers: Negative Numbers (Activity)
  6. Unit 2 – Numbers: Order of Operations (Activity)
  7. Unit 2 – Numbers: Fractions – Part 1 – Fraction Basics (Activity)
  8. Unit 2 – Numbers: Fractions – Part 2 – Addition and Subtraction of Fractions (Activity)
  9. Unit 2 – Numbers: Fractions – Part 3 – Multiplying and Dividing Fractions (Activity)
  10. Unit 2 – Numbers: Fractions – Part 4 – Converting mixed and improper Fractions (Activity)
  11. Unit 2 – Numbers: Decimals and Percentages (Activity)
  12. Unit 2 – Numbers: Abstract Mathematics (Diagnostic)
  13. Unit 3 – Abstract Math: Introduction to Algebra (Activity)
  14. Unit 3 – Abstract Math: Formulas (Activity)
  15. Unit 3 – Abstract Math: Algebraic Forms – Part 1 (Activity)
  16. Unit 3 – Abstract Math: Algebraic Forms – Part 2 (Activity)
  17. Unit 3 – Abstract Math: Algebraic Forms – Part 3 (Activity)
  18. Unit 3 – Abstract Math: Types of Questions (Activity)
  19. Unit 3 – Abstract Math: Geometry (Diagnostic)
  20. Unit 4 – Geometry: Points, Lines, and Angles (Activity)
  21. Unit 4 – Geometry: Area and Volume (Activity)
  22. Unit 4 – Geometry: Triangles (Activity)

2017-2018: Mathematics Numeracy – Semester 2 Events:

  • Week 1: (a short 3 day week to start the year) I introduced the course and we got to know each other. We did a game to get to know each other (based on this activity).
  • Week 2: This week we did a career cruising activity (on this website with the username: manitoba452, and password: careers). We also did an activity on learning styles, as well as working on mathematics diagnostic assessments (parts one and two) throughout the week
  • Week 3: This week we focused on the concept of negative numbers. We did an activity game that looked at the structure of math questions involving negative numbers. We ended the week with a worksheet on negative numbers.
  • Week 4: This week we focused on fractions. We played a fraction movement game, had discussions about fractions and how to work with them with our calculators. We also worked on a fractions worksheet throughout the week.
  • Week 5: This week we continued our look at number sense with fractions, order of operations, and a look at square roots. We also did a bonding activity where we took photos of people’s hands with a string wrapped around them to create a school art project. We did 2 practice tests (see practice test one and two) this week, went over the answers and learned how to do the types of questions that will come up next week in the unit test. Extra videos and notes are available for this content (video links 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and presentation notes links 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • Week 6: This week was a shorter week (due to Thanksgiving) and we went over the second practice test, reviewed the entire unit, and had the first unit test on Number Sense. The students also had a field trip to the Human Rights Museum and we discussed starting our next unit.
  • Week 7: This week was also a shorter week (inservice day on Friday) and we looked at several activities related to the study of algebra. We also did a bonding activity with yarn and pictures the students took called “we are all connected”
  • Week 8: This week we continued our look at algebra with a worksheet for part one and part two. We also worked on a “super power” activity working towards our Powers and Exponents unit.
  • Week 9: This week we continued looking at algebra but switched focus to the powers and exponents content of the grade 9 mathematics curriculum. We had a presentation on part one of powers and exponents and part two. We worked on assignment one and two of powers and exponents. Students did not have a class on Wednesday due to province wide “take your kid to work” day.
  • Week 10: This week (a shortened week with an in service day) we had bus ridership, and continued looking at Powers and Exponents with a practice test that students worked on and then we went over
  • Week 11: This week we had a second practice test, a review class, and then the unit test for Powers and Exponents.
  • Week 12: This week was a shorter week due to an in-service day on Friday, and Mr. Wachs being ill on Thursday. This week we started our first geometry unit. We had a few activities this week to introduce geometry. We did a poster activity on geometry vocabulary and an activity on measurement and lines.
  • Week 13: We continued our look at geometry with two worksheets this week (see worksheet one and two) and time to catch up on any geometry activities still incomplete. Extra videos and notes are available for this content (video links 123 and presentation notes links 123)
  • Week 14: We continued our look at geometry going over our worksheets and starting a practice test. As well, we took a day to help decorate the school cafeteria for the season. One of our classes this week, we had to leave our classroom and go to the computer lab (due to the school matinee of the musical) – so we did another career activity
  • Week 15: This week we completed our look at Similarity (a geometry unit) by continuing the practice test, going over the practice test, and having the unit test available to take. Students also could work on some fun math and holiday themed activities like a star blanket, painting, and this scale factor activity
  • Week 16: This last week before the winter break, we had a few opportunities to complete the Similarity unit test. Students also could work on some fun math and holiday themed activities like a star blanket, painting, and this scale factor activity. Also the school and all teachers involved took the class to a movie as a holiday present for all the hard work done so far this year!
  • WINTER BREAK
  • Week 17: Our week back after winter break, we started another algebra unit this week with some creative activities (see photos) around the concepts of “alone” (isolate), “opposite” (inverse), and “balance” (equal) in preparation for doing equation solving. We also started our “adulting” activities on our new adulting Fridays!
  • Week 18: This week we started formally looking at the algebra content of the polynomials unit with a Part 1 worksheet (assignment) and a Part 2 worksheet (assignment). Video of the example content are available for part one and part two. We finished the week with our “adulting” Friday by going to the hair styling department and working on doing and folding laundry.
  • Week 19: The final week of the semester – students continued working in our polynomials unit. We did some example questions together around the concept of like terms and separating an expression into terms. Students worked on a worksheet on terms.
  • SEMESTER BREAK
  • Week 20: Our week back after the semester break, we re-familiarized ourselves with the current unit content and worked on another polynomials worksheet
  • Week 21: This week we worked on a polynomials practice test
  • Week 22: This week (a shorter week due to Louis Riel day) we had a number of student absences this week, but continued to look and go over our polynomials practice test
  • Week 23: This week we had a number of student absences this week, but continued with Polynomials worksheets six, seven, eight and a second practice test. We finished the week with our “adulting” Friday by creating posters on attendance and why it is important to be on time and attend school.
  • Week 24: This we had a number of student absences this week, but continued to work on the same Polynomials work from the week before. As well, this week we started our attendance incentive program.
  • Week 25: This week was a shorter week (due to an inservice day on Friday) and we used the week to catch up on unit work and students got to choose a day they felt comfortable to write the unit test for Polynomials.
  • Week 26: This week was the last week before spring break and we used the week to catch up on any materials (including unit tests) for the course
  • Spring Break Week
  • Week 27: Back from spring break, this week we started a geometry unit: symmetry. We did our first assignment.
  • Week 28: This week we continued our geometry unit: symmetry. We started our second assignment
  • Week 29: This week (a shorter week because of an inservice day), we continued working on the second assignment of the symmetry unit and developing a review sheet.
  • Week 30: This week, we continued our geometry unit: symmetry and worked on a symmetry practice test
  • Week 31: This week, we completed the practice test and had the Symmetry unit test
  • Week 32: This week we worked on completing the test started last we (see previous week) and started our next unit: Linear Relations with the first assignment
  • Week 33: This week we continued our look at linear relations with the second assignment
  • Week 34: This week we went over the second linear relations assignment together
  • Week 35: This week we continued our look at linear relations with a practice test
  • Week 36: This week we completed the Linear relations unit with another assignment and prepared for the final exam
  • Week 37: This week we started the week looking at all past work and using time to catch up of complete any missing work from the year. In addition, students had the chance to prepare for the final exam. Starting on Wednesday, this was the first day students could start on the final exam continuing into the rest of the week and next Monday to complete the final exam and effectively complete the course.
  • Week 38: The final week of the semester – students completed their work on final exam and we discussed strategies for success in math next year.

Assessments:

  1. Unit 00 – Introduction To Math: Introductory (activity)
  2. Unit 00 – Introduction To Math: Career cruising (activity)
  3. Unit 00 – Introduction To Math: Learning styles (activity)
  4. Unit 00 – Introduction To Math: Numbers Part 1 (diagnostic)
  5. Unit 00 – Introduction To Math: Numbers Part 2 (diagnostic)
  6. Unit 01 – Number Sense: Negative Numbers (assignment)
  7. Unit 01 – Number Sense: Fractions Worksheet (assignment)
  8. Unit 01 – Number Sense: Part 1 (practice test)
  9. Unit 01 – Number Sense: Part 2 (practice test)
  10. Unit 01 – Number Sense: Unit Test
  11. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Math Language (group poster activity)
  12. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Introduction to Algebra Part 1 (assignment)
  13. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Introduction to Algebra Part 2 (assignment)
  14. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Super Powers Poster (activity)
  15. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Part 1 (assignment)
  16. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Part 2 (assignment)
  17. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Practice Test 1 (practice test)
  18. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Practice Test 2 (practice test)
  19. Unit 02 – Powers and Exponents: Unit Test
  20. Unit 03 – Similarity: Geometry Language (group poster activity)
  21. Unit 03 – Similarity: Geometry lines and measurement (activity)
  22. Unit 03 – Similarity: Geometry Basics (assignment)
  23. Unit 03 – Similarity: Perimeter and Area (assignment)
  24. Unit 03 – Similarity: Practice Test 1 (practice test)
  25. Unit 03 – Similarity: Unit Test
  26. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebra creative poems on isolation (group poster activity)
  27. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebra creative diorama on balance (group creative activity)
  28. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebra creative exercise on inverse (group activity)
  29. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebraic Forms Part 1 (assignment)
  30. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebraic Forms Part 2 (assignment)
  31. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebraic Terms (assignment)
  32. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebraic Addition and Subtraction (assignment)
  33. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Practice Test 1 (practice test)
  34. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebraic Forms Part 3 (assignment)
  35. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebraic Multiplication (assignment)
  36. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Algebraic Division (assignment)
  37. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Practice Test 2 (practice test)
  38. Unit 04 – Polynomials: Unit Test
  39. Unit 05 – Symmetry: Lines of Symmetry (assignment)
  40. Unit 05 – Symmetry: Rotations (assignment)
  41. Unit 05 – Symmetry: Practice Test (practice test)
  42. Unit 05 – Symmetry: Unit Test
  43. Unit 06 – Linear Relations: Algebraic Problem Solving Part 1 (assignment)
  44. Unit 06 – Linear Relations: Algebraic Problem Solving Part 2 (assignment)
  45. Unit 06 – Linear Relations: Practice Test 1 (practice test)
  46. Unit 06 – Linear Relations: Algebraic Problem Solving Part 3 (assignment)

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