Course 1 for 6th grade -- Course 2 for 7th grade -- Algebra for 7th & 8th grade
Geometry 8th grade -- Math Intervention
The Wood Middle School math department offers Algebra Transition classes. A variety of techniques are used in the math department including Bar Models, decomposition, inverse operations, partial products, an emphasis on vocabulary, and universal academic language. Another technique is student lead learning which includes warm-up (‘do-nows’), partner and group work, ‘you-tries’, and learners explaining their thinking to partners. Preparation for the California STAR test is provided throughout the year.
One of the many projects worked on during the year includes “What’s Dat”, which is using ordered pairs for learners create pictures with a set of instructions to recreate the picture. Another project is the Giant Hand (proportion) which uses the measurement of the learner’s hand relative to their body so the student will figure out the size of the giant. The Rock Launch project, using trigonometry, teaches students how to calculate height of launch as well as learn how to budget for their project.
The math department collaborates by conducting monthly department meetings. Teachers regularly collaborate with each other based on their common class. The math department has a math coach (for teachers?) visit weekly as well as other professional development activities.
The math department performs monthly benchmark testing to determine student comprehension of material. The department has a math intervention of 15:1. Math tutoring is available to all students after school and during lunch.
Wood Middle School takes pride being in the forefront for developing and using the DigitWhiz and Success Makers techniques. Parents can monitor their child’s success by signing up for School Loop to follow homework assignments and grades throughout the school year.
Students will apply a variety of skills and techniques necessary for success in high school.