In seventh grade, students practice concepts such as equations and learn about pre-algebra. Here are some examples of what your daughter or son will learn over the year, questions to ask his or her teachers and tips for reinforcing math skills at home.

### Ratios and Proportional Relationships

- Understand proportional relationships between numbers (slope) and graph them on the coordinate plane.
- Solve real-life problems using percentages, rates and ratios.
Q: Suppose a bank offers an interest rate of 5% per annum (yearly) on a savings account that is compounded quarterly (4 times a year). A person deposits $3,000 in the bank. How much money will be in the account at the end of one year?

A:

Amount*A*after*t*years with a principal*P*and a per annum interest rate*r*, compounded*n*times per year.

### Number System

- Work problems that involve positive and negative rational numbers.
2 + (-5) – (-3) = 2 – 5 + 3 = -3 + 3 = 0
- Use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve multistep problems that include fractions and decimals.

### Expressions and Equations

- To solve word problems, write simple equations that represent a missing variable with x.
Q: Perimeter of a rectangle is 54 cm. Its length is 6 cm. What is its width?

A: - Solve equations that include both missing variables and fractions or decimals.

### Geometry

- Understand scale and use it to find the area of two-dimensional objects and the surface area and volume of three-dimensional objects.

Scale factor:

Area of rectangle:

### Statistics and Probability

- Learn about random and representative samples; use a random sample to draw a conclusion or make a comparison about a representative sample size.
Estimate the mean word length in a book by randomly sampling words from the book; predict the winner of a school election on randomly sampled survey data.

- "Parents’ Guide to Student Success: 7th Grade," National PTA
- "Parent Roadmap: Supporting Your Child in Grade Seven Mathematics," Council of the Great City Schools
- "Parent Toolkit: Seventh Grade," ParentToolkit.com