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Oak: Math

Woodbury Grade 7 Team Site

Mrs. Mertz

As this school year begins, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, Mrs. Mertz.   I've been teaching math at Woodbury for 14 years.  Prior to Woodbury, I taught 7th grade math at Merrimack Middle School for 5 years.  I’m originally from northern NH.  One of my first jobs was working at Storyland and I was the lucky one to drive the train.  Yes, I still remember the train speech!

Today, I live in Pelham, NH with my husband and three children.  My children’s names are Scarlett (10yrs old), Wyatt (6yrs old), and Jackson (4yrs old).  This summer my family and I went camping at various places in NH and Maine.  The summer was fun and it flew by fast! 

You may feel excited and anxious to start off the new school year.  These feelings are normal for any student.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you and seeing some familiar faces.  We have an exciting year planned for us and you are going to love team Oak!

Math Class Expectations

In order for everyone to have a successful experience, I wish to share my expectations with everyone:

  • Students are responsible for completing homework assignments in order to be prepared for class.
  • Students are responsible to “show their work” in order to prove their understanding.
  • Quizzes will occur often.  As part of their daily work, students will be encouraged to look over their notes and work prior to an assessment.
  • Tests will be announced to the students.  Before every test, the students will receive a review of the material and are encouraged to study their notes.
  • Students will be responsible to maintain a binder containing notes, class work, homework, quizzes, and tests.  This binder is a resource to help you be successful in math  (I will provide the binder).
  • Students are responsible to bring his or her math binder, 2 pencils, eraser, 1 pen, completed homework, and “free reading” book to class  (All math assignments must be completed in pencil unless specified).

Math Topics

Our instructional time in 7th grade will focus on four critical areas:

  • Developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships
  • Developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear relationships
  • Solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two-and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume
  • Drawing inferences about populations based on sample

Listed below are the units of study this year:

Unit 1:  Two-Dimensional Geometry

Unit 2:  Integers and Rational Numbers

Unit 3:  Understanding Similarity

Unit 4:  Ratios, Rates, Percents, and Proportions

Unit 5: Linear Relationships

Unit 6: Three-Dimensional Geometry

Unit 7:  Making Comparisons and Predictions

Unit 8:  Probability and Expected Value

Grading

Retakes

Students will be eligible to take a retake on quizzes and tests if a student is "not meeting expectations" on the competency after completing an Assessment Retake Plan (meaning he or she has scored progressing toward, beginning to progress, or incomplete/limited evidence).  Assessment Retake Plans will have a scheduled date and time that students must adhere by.    

Study Guide and Resources