Welcome to Math Lab! This course is unique to Silver Lake, but the content is directly from the state standards. During our time together, I will be covering the Statistics and Probability portion of the math curriculum. Your 7th grade math teacher will be covering the other four portions of the curriculum. This division of the curriculum allows the 7th grade math teachers to cover their content in a way in which students learn best; it allows the math department to teach and have students learn, instead of simply memorizing formulas.

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In the Math Lab, we do a lot of experiments, class activities, and games with learning objectives for our Probability unit. I find that students are more willing to take risks and try different approaches when material is presented as an activity of some sort. If you have ever played a game like Angry Birds or Candy Crush, you know that failing and trying again is part of the process of beating a level - the same goes for mathematics. Once we reach the Statistics portion of the course, students will be collecting and analyzing their own data. Using student data makes the analysis meaningful, giving students ownership of their work.

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__Chapter 10 of the Big Ideas__textbook. Student log in is required. This information is done in the Math 7 and Accelerated Math classroom.In the Math Lab, we do a lot of experiments, class activities, and games with learning objectives for our Probability unit. I find that students are more willing to take risks and try different approaches when material is presented as an activity of some sort. If you have ever played a game like Angry Birds or Candy Crush, you know that failing and trying again is part of the process of beating a level - the same goes for mathematics. Once we reach the Statistics portion of the course, students will be collecting and analyzing their own data. Using student data makes the analysis meaningful, giving students ownership of their work.

**Probability Unit**- Basic Probability
- Likelihood
- Fair and Unfair Games
- Theoretical vs. Experimental Probability
- Compound Events

**Statistics Unit**- Mean, Median, Mode and Range
____ - Measures of Variation
- Data Displays
- Sampling Methods
- Comparing Data Sets