Math curriculum materials for

Middle School

6 < n < 9

by Henri Picciotto

Number

Percent
Powers (pre-algebra)
Powers (basic algebra)

All three units are related to each other.
They are based on Chapter 8 of Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts, lessons 5 to 11.

Scientific Notation

This unit is based on Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts, lessons 7.9-7.11

Negative Exponents, 8th Grade

This unit is based on Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts, lessons 8.11-8.12

Square Roots

This unit includes material from Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts, lesson 9.8
Dot Paper

Algebra

Functions

Functions, Teacher Notes
Dot Papers | GeoGebra files
Proportional Relationships (a subset of Functions, slightly edited)

Quadratic Functions

This unit is based on Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts, lessons 7.2 and 13.1-13.3

Systems of Linear Equations

This unit is based on Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts, Chapter 10
Graph Paper

Systems of Linear Inequalities

The Lab Gear (manipulatives for algebra)

This link will take you to a Lab Gear book that is available for free download.
The blocks are available from Didax. I hope to make more books available soon.

Geometry

Introduction to pentominoes, area and perimeter (7th grade)

Geometry Labs, 4.1
Working with Pentominoes, select from pp. 4-16

Congruence (7th grade)

Working with Pentominoes, pp. 32-33
Geometry Labs, 6.1

Area of a circle

Angles

This unit includes material from Geometry Labs (1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.7)
Circle geoboard paper

Geometric Construction for Middle School

(using compass, straightedge, patty paper, and GeoGebra)

Isometries

Introduction using GeoGebra | Triangle paper

Scaling

One-inch graph paper
This unit references lessons from Working with Pentominoes.
It also includes material from Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts, lesson 6.11.

Dilations

Introduction using GeoGebra

Congruence and Similarity

Teaching

Homework and Assessment suggestions

Nothing Works (presentation on "how to teach")

More about teaching


Tim Erickson's materials on modeling, sampling, area, and volume can be found on his site.


Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts was co-authored by Anita Wah and Henri Picciotto. The book and all of its support materials are available here, free of charge for your non-commercial use. The Teachers' Edition includes extensive teacher notes and solutions. You may also be able to find additional problems for homework and assessments in the book itself and in its teacher resources.

Henri Picciotto's Geometry Labs can be downloaded here, free of charge for your non-commercial use. It includes teacher notes and solutions.

Henri Picciotto's Working with Pentominoes can be purchased from Didax (more info.) It includes teacher notes and solutions, and an e-book on DVD which allows you to project any page of the book, and manipulate virtual pentominoes right on the page.

Many of the activities on this page assume the availability of scientific calculators, and many require manipulatives:
CircleTrig Geoboards, Geometry Labs templates (more info)
Pattern blocks
Pentominoes
Many activities assume the teacher is able to project GeoGebra files, and would be enhanced if students have access to GeoGebra.

Many thanks to Vinci Daro, Ann Shannon, and Celia Stevenson for their help in adapting these materials for middle school.

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Related pages on this site:
Slices
Fractions on Grid Paper
The Egyptian Fractions Challenge

Summer Workshops

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