7th Grade Common Core Math Activities

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are teaching math to seventh graders according to the Common Core State Standards, you might be looking for specific activities to integrate into your teaching. The activities in this lesson help your students learn across the domains.

Why Common Core Math Activities?

Are you a seventh grade math teacher? If so, you are probably familiar with the importance of the Common Core State Standards. In seventh grade, the standards focus on ratios and proportions, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability. It can be a challenge to integrate all this learning into just one year and still maintain your students' interest and passion for math! One way to keep students motivated is by incorporating activities into your instruction. Activities help make learning hands-on and accessible for your students, letting them access different learning styles and work from their strength. This lesson offers activities that meet the demands of each of the major domains in seventh grade.

Ratios and Proportions

Find It in Your Daily Life

When teaching students about ratios and proportions, it can be really helpful to show them that these are not abstract or irrelevant concepts. Ask them to spend three days looking for examples of ratios or proportions in their daily lives. Some important places to look include cooking recipes, sports statistics, and political newspaper articles. Then, create a class chart that shows all of the examples that students found and what they show about how ratios and proportions work.

Ratios in Our Class

Students can also learn to use mathematical vocabulary to describe the make-up of the class. Challenge them to write as many complex sentences as they can describing relationships involving proportions among students within the class. For instance, what is the ratio of boys to girls in the class? What proportion of the class is wearing sneakers today? The possibilities are endless.

The Number System

Positive, Negative

Seventh graders are starting to learn about negative integers and their relationship to positive ones. In this activity, put a series of negative and positive integers on index cards in a hat. Call one student up and have her pull two numbers out of the hat. See how quickly she can describe the difference between these two numbers. Then, call another student up and repeat the process.

Teach It

Ask your students to imagine that they are responsible for teaching a fourth grader about some of the complex aspects of the number system. For instance, they should teach what decimals are, how fractions work, or what a negative number is. In planning their lessons, students will have to think carefully about their own conceptual understanding.

Expressions and Equations

How Do You Spell?

Explain to your students that learning to write algebraic expressions and equations is like another level of learning to spell. Then, read them a scenario that involves a missing quantity. For instance, you might say, 'Debbie knows she needs three times the amount of money she has right now to afford a $90 video game console.' Ask your students to 'spell' the equation, which will be 3x = 90. Soon, students will be able to come up with their own sentences to ask others to spell.

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