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Grade 7 Lessons & Activities

Daily Practice and Review

Big 5 by the week.

Big 5 - A daily routine followed by many teachers in our schools.  Five minutes, Five questions, calculator free work to reinforce the basics as well as review previous unit concepts.

Thanks to Rob.G for sharing these.  We encourage other teachers to submit their Big 5s or send in strategies they are using to reinforce previously taught concepts.  Word documents are available - just email me!

 

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Math Curse - Review

This great book available in all of SD 71's libraries by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith was the launch for a year end grade 7 review activity.  Thanks Suzanne for sharing the lesson(s) description and criteria for the project.

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Number Relationship Mat

This activity is excellent laminated and then used for warm up and review for number concepts.

B.C. PLOs A1, A5

Thanks Lisa for adapting this mat for intermediate grades and to Patrisha and Cheryl for translating.

See full size imageDiversity tip: Students or the teacher selects the starting number for this activity which allows students to work with numbers that are appropriate for their level of mathematics. 

Number Relationship Mat

 

Number Relations ship Mat - French Version

 

Number

 

365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental is a humourous book that can be a great launch into partitioning (lesson here) or can be the context for multiplication and divsion problems.

Grade 6 outcomes, but good review  for grade 6 B.C. PLO A1 and B1

 

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Student Sheet

French Lesson

French Student Sheet

 

Buying Car - have your students deepen their understanding of percents by working through the purchase of a car on this website.

B.C. PLO A3 and B5

Thanks Erika for forwarding me this!

If you work through this with your students, please let me know how it went.  Christine

Link to Buying a Car Workshop

 

Decimals

It is often difficult for students to redefine the value of a Diene's block when working with decimal concepts.  Jaki helped her class develop their understanding by having her students imagine magnifying the 'ones' block to work on building decimal numbers. Thanks Al for translating.

"I have...Who Has" - a class game to practice saying, hearing and reading decimal numbers.  After practicing as a whole class, Jaki has two of these games operating at once and 1/2 the class competes with the other 1/2 to see who can finish first.  This takes careful listening and careful reading of the numbers.

A good review before working on B.C. PLO A3

 

Place Value Mat for decimal numbers.

 "I have who has ..." decimals

French

Place Value Mat for decimal numbers

 

 

 

Fractions

Fraction concept development is very important.  We need to make sure that fractions are presented as parts of a whole (with the whole in MANY different shapes - not just pizza) as well as parts of a set.  In grade four, fractions also need to be understood on a numberline. In grade five, we need to make sure work with equivalent fractions is at a concrete and pictorial level. In grade six, fractions extend into mixed numbers and improper fractions.  In grade seven, fractions need to be compared and ordered including on a numberline and students start to add and subtract fractions.

I have included a template for fraction strips.  The printshop can print them in colour for you.  Have your children create their own fraction strips, which they fold, cut and label.  By the time they have labeled 16 1/16's they really get that 1/16 is small!  More activities can be found in SD71's professional library books, Lessons for Introducing Fractions and Lessons for Extending Fractions by Marilyn Burns.

B.C. PLO A5 and A7

fraction strips

Fraction Concepts

Manipulatives need to be a very important part of developing understanding of fractions.  Some great tools in all of our schools include cuisinaire rods, tangrams and fraction circles.

Warlord's Puzzle activity can be extended by assigning a dollar value to one of the shapes, such as the large triangle is worth $1.25 and have student determine the value of the completed puzzle.

Kids and Cookies is an interesting interactive 'Flash' site that helps to visualize 'sharing' of cookies.

B.C. PLO A4

Pictorial:  Lion's Share Problem

Concrete:  Warlord's Puzzle

Warlord's Puzzle answers

Concrete: Cuisinaire rods

French

Warlord's Puzzle

 

Fraction Story Boards and Comic Strips

With clear learning intentions and co-constructed criteria, students in Airport's grade 6/7 explore fractions which cumulated with a Comic Strip project to show their understanding. The template with criteria is provided so that you can get a sense of the criteria Catherine's students came up with.  The power of the lesson is in creating the criteria with the students (not for them).

Thanks Catherine for Sharing this one with us.

B.C. PLO A5

See full size imageDiversity tip: Clear learning intentions and co-constructed criteria coupled with an open-ended task helps to address diversity with this 'tested' lesson.  Students enjoyed the comic project so much that they requested more projects of this type for their next math unit.

 

 

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Fraction Story Board Template

Template with Criteria

Sample A

Sample B

Comic Template

Sample A

Sample B

Sample C

Integers

This is a student created video that shows how to add and subtract integers using algebra tiles.  Thanks Nathaniel from Aspen Park school for letting us post your excellent work.

B.C. PLO A6

Video clip

Place Value - 'What does a trillion look like?'

This google sketchup project helps to visualize the magnitude of large numbers.  Your students will be amazed at what one trillion dollars made up of $100 bill looks like.

This would be a good 'background' review before working with larger numbers.

Thanks Cheryl for translating this.

 

What does a trillion look like?

French Version

Patterns and Relations

Algebra Tiles

Math Makes Sense Grade 7 Unit 1

This video clip gives you a quick reminder of how to introduce and use Algebra Tiles in unit 1 of the text.

 

Video Clip

Algebra Tiles Applet

Student Sheet - modelling with Albebra Tiles

Balance Board

Algebra Project

Have your students demonstrate their understanding of algebra concepts with this poster project.  Thanks Stacey for working through this with your students.  The Sample Project check list has been attached.  It is important to note that the criteria was CREATED with the students, not given to them.  We thought it would be helpful for you to see what one class came up with.

See full size imageDiversity tip: Clear learning intentions and co-constructed criteria coupled with an open-ended task helps to address diversity with this 'tested' lesson.  High quality work with thoughtful explanation were evident in the work done by Aspen's grade 7's.

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Sample Project check list

Poster A

Poster B

 

Buying Car - have your students deepen their understanding of percents by working through the purchase of a car on this website.

B.C. PLO A3 and B5

Thanks Erika for forwarding me this!

If you work through this with your students, please let me know how it went.  Christine

Link to Buying a Car Workshop

Equal Shmequal - Explore equality with the concepts covered in this book by Virginia Kroll.  The Tilt or Balance Sheets are from J. VandeWalle's, Teaching Student Centered Mathematics.

B.C. PLOs B3, B4 and B5

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Student Journal

Student Sheet

Tilt or Balance Sheets

Uno's Garden by Graeme Base is an intriguing book with an opportunity to explore algebraic reasoning.

Thanks to SD68 for supplying us with this lesson.

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Grid Paper

People

Plant - Green

Summary Chart

Summary Answer Key

The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett presents Fibonacci's Sequence in a visually appealing way.

B.C. PLO B3

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Student Sheet Partioning

Student Sheet Problems

4 by 4 grid

5 by 5 grid

6 by 6 grid

 

Equations, Balance and Variables  This lesson shows how students can represent and solve for unknown numbers by using the idea of balance (same as / equality), concrete shapes and then algebra tiles to build their understanding about algebra. Students can show the meaning of preservation of equality and solve equations concretely, pictorially and symbolically.

 Equations, equality, algebra tiles and inequality lessons

 

Shape and Space

Circles - This series of student activities were developed through a Parntership Project - How can address diversity in our math?  Students compare circles found on an olympic medal chart.

 

Link to a tutorial on circles and the vocabulary involved!  Thanks Wendy for this one.

See full size imageDiversity tip: Clear learning intentions and co-constructed criteria coupled with an open-ended task helps to address diversity with this 'tested' lesson.  High engagement at all ability levels was noted on the Olympic Assignment. Thanks to the grade 7 Puntledge crew for letting me try this out on them.

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Circle Journal

Vocabulary Word Sort

Criteria - generic

Exemplar 1

Exemplar 2

Olympic medal comparison link

Olympic Assignment

Student sheet

 

 

Geometric Constructions (and Cartesian Planes)

This free geometry software program, GeoGebra, is useful for working with geometric shapes, exploring cartesian planes and linking to graphing.

Thanks Karen for bringing this to our attention.

B.C. PLO C3 to C5

 

Free program

 

 

Measurement Think Board

This is an excellent graphic organizer that helps to keep a student organized when calculation measurements, linking calculations to a situation.  Thanks Karla for providing this for us!

 

Measurement Think Board  

Pi Day - March 14th

Celebrate Pi Day with these activities shared by Karen at Miracle Beach.  If you have more to add, let us know.  Pi day is a great way to complete your circle measurement unit - a perfect curriculuar tie in!

Take a look at Cadence's sample Pi Day project!

Pi Day Ideas

Sample Project

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Plot Yourself!

Students draw their initials on a cartesian plane, determine co-ordinates and then challenge a partner to reproduce them. Thanks Rob for sharing this lesson with us.

PLO C4

Try this web site 'Cartesian Coordinates' as a launch and explore activity.  Thanks Barb for this one.

 

See full size imageDiversity tip: Clear learning intentions and co-constructed criteria coupled with an open-ended task helps to address diversity with this 'tested' lesson.

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Student Sheet

Puzzle - Math Strands

I use this puzzle either to introduce students to problem solving, math communication or as an introduction to area or even geometry unit.  Each child is given a piece (excluding the problem solving square).  The task is to form a group with students who have 'different' pieces. Using the 4 pieces, they are to build a square.  An important rule is that they may not touch or move anyone elses square. 

After the first 4 piece square is built - I give them the 5th piece - problems solving to add to their collection and make a new square.  This is quite challenging and requires them to look at the problem in a different way!  Encourages clear communication skills and specific math language.

Puzzle sheet  

Shape Shifter - Enjoy exploring transformations using pentominoes (available in most of your schools) and this game, Shape Shifter.  Game Instructions and Board are from the Ontario site, TEACH MATH.

PLO C5

Game Instructions

Game Board

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander is a creative picture book that helps to solidify the math vocabulary.  This story was read and reflected on during the measurement lessons noted in the Circle activities above.

Thanks Rob for sharing this with us!

Student sheet page 1

Student sheet page 2