# Course 1 Math in Focus • Math in Focus addresses topics in greater depth at each grade.

Please reference the 6-8 scope and sequence to see how mathematics skills are introduced and expanded within each grade level.

This year, students in Course 1 will focus on:
• building problem-solving skills and strategies
• comparing and ordering positive and negative numbers
• practicing operations with positive numbers, fractions, mixed numbers and decimals
• using rations, rates and percents
• simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, using coordinates to create graphs, writing linear equations and using tables and graphs to represent equations
• finding the areas of polygons and circles, finding perimeter and circumferences, and finding the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes
• applying statistical reasoning to data sets, and finding the mean, median and mode of data sets

# Supporting at Home

• You can help your child build confidence as well as communication skills in mathematics by practicing newly acquired skills at home y encouraging opportunities to use math in everyday situations. Allow your child's math class-work or homework to guide you in determine the appropriate level of challenge.

• find examples of fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, percents and negative numbers
• read graphs and discuss how they display information, or what coordinates on the graphs they represent
• look for the word "average" and decide what it means in the context of the article

At home or at a store, challenge your child to:

• determine unit rates for the prices of different brands or sizes of the same item
• create algebraic expressions to represent numbers such as the average price of your purchases
• find volumes of items listed on the product labels and estimate the surface area of boxes or cans

• find the ratio of how far you have traveled to the total length of your trip
• estimate your rate of travel
• identify different polygons and circles, and, if possible, estimate their area

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