CLARK — Students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark have been participating in a variety of math and science activities in their classes.

Seventh grade students in Miss Faro’s mathematics class at Carl H. Kumpf in Clark created a life size representation of a graph using information about themselves. The students recorded their height (in inches) and created a human box and whisker plot. Box and whisker plots are used to analyze the spread of data by sectioning it off into four equal pieces. All the students wrote their heights on note cards and ordered themselves from shortest to tallest. From there, the students found the median (middle) height as well as the minimum and maximum. They found the range of the data to be 14 inches, which was something that surprised the students. They could not believe that there were some members of the class with over a foot of height difference. This activity brought graphing to life and helped the students grasp the concept. In the photo above, Miss Faro’s 8th & 9th period class display their life size box and whisker plot.

Students in Denise Picciano’s eighth grade math class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark spent three days learning about all different types of special angle pairs. Students completed an activity, similar to a color-by-number, which required them to answer multiple-choice questions about the different angle pairs. The answers to the questions each represented a color. They then colored a diagram illustrating all the important tools needed to be successful in school, such as your brain. If the answers they chose were correct, then their diagram was colored correctly. Students pictured from left to right (top row): Alexis Devre, Sofia Rama, Emma Francisco, Andrew Hawryluk, William Shaughnessy; (bottom row): Sebastian Romano, Matt Vigliotti, Christopher Fuschetto, and Christopher Jimenez

Students in Krista Chapman’s sixth grade mathematics class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark collaborate to complete a decimal enrichment activity to expand on the Progressive Mathematics Initiative. Students practiced adding and subtracting decimals through balancing a checkbook. In order to find the balance, students follow a list of checks and deposits made throughout the month of September. Each check is written out to a store within Clark that students are familiar with. Since one of the most common uses of decimals in everyday life is money, students can easily relate to adding and subtracting monetary values. Students are able to complete their work directly on the center of the tables which is a large dry-erase surface. After completing the checkbook balance students answered questions about the bank account and purchases made. Some questions included, which day was the balance the highest and lowest, how much money was spent on food, and how much more was spent on food than on clothes. In the picture above, Nicholas DeLoretto , Hannah Vargas, Tara Starita , Isabella Venizio , and Chris Calabrese collaborate to complete the checkbook decimal activity.

Students in Denise Picciano’s eighth grade math class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark expand on their lesson on Symmetry. After students learned all about line and rotational symmetry of a figure, there were a large amount of students who took quite an interest in the visually fun and creative topic. Therefore, students were given an assignment which required them to dig a little deeper. Instead of identifying line and rotational symmetry in given figures, students now had to create their own figure which would have both line and rotational symmetry. The figure had to be completely original, display both types of symmetry, and be displayed large and colorfully on a coordinate grid. It was very intriguing watching students try to create an original image which met both requirements. Most of them quickly developed a figure with line symmetry, but it proved to be a much bigger challenge to develop an image with not only line, but rotational symmetry as well. Students pictured from left to right are: Michael Bruno, Emma Francisco, Kayla Knorowski, Sofia Rama, and Omar Morales.

Students in Danielle DeFalco’s 8th grade Physical Science class at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark worked hard in the laboratory. Good observations are important in science. Measurements and descriptions of the events that occur during an experiment must be accurate, complete, and specific. Students practiced thinking like scientists by taking the measurements of kidney beans. They determined the volume and mass by using graduated cylinders and triple beam balances. Pictured above, Victoria Gulbin, Lauren Donah, and Kylie Miranda, worked hard to take and record accurate measurements.

*(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)*

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