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Syllabus

2012-2013 Syllabus, 7th Grade Pre-Algebra

Pegasus Team, Mrs. Thompson

Overview

In an integrated program, middle level mathematics uses four critical content areas:

1.       Developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships.

2.       Developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations.

3.       Solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

4.       Drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

 

     Curriculum content was developed and aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  The following standards apply to 7th grade mathematics and will be followed.  These standards along with other curriculum and testing information can be viewed in full on the web at www.education.ky.gov and at http://www.corestandards.org

 

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical

problems.

The Number System

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

  • Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

Geometry

·         Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.

·         Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area,

and volume.

Statistics and Probability

  • Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population.
  • Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.
  • Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models

 

Resources:

Text: Math Course 2:  Holt-McDougal: copyright 2010

Text: Math Course 2: Prentice Hall Mathematics: copyright 2004

 

Grading Scale

                                A = 90% and above

                                B = 80-89%

                                C = 70-79%

                                D = 60-69%

 

Students will:

  • Work and learn at high levels
  • Complete and return homework on time
  • Maintain a mathematics notebook in a three-ring binder
  • Record the homework assignment(s) before leaving school in their agenda notebook
  • Take home all necessary materials to complete assignment(s)

 

Parent support:

  • Calling Homework Hotline and/or reviewing student assignments in the Student Agenda
  • Scheduling a conference if your child’s academic performance is unsatisfactory
  • Homework Hangout in the mornings.  ESS after school

 

Timeline

1st Nine Weeks Review:

  •  multiplication facts
  • Operations with decimals and fractions
  • Long division
  • Least Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor
  • Class assessments
  • Online assessments through CIITS

 

2nd Nine Weeks:

  • Converting fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Coordinate Plane
  • Operations with Integers
  • Hands on Equations
  • Class assessments
  • Online assessments through CIITS

 

3rd Nine Weeks:

  • Real-world equations
  • Inequalities
  • One, two, and multi-step equations
  • One, two, and multi-step inequalities
  • Graphing equations
  • Graphing inequalities
  • Class assessments
  • Online assessments through CIITS

 

4th Nine Weeks:

  • Unit Rate, simple interest, tax, mark-ups and mark-downs, gratuities, commissions, fees, percent increase and percent decrease, percent error.
  • Tables, graphs, equation, and diagrams.
  • Class assessments
  • Online assessments through CIITS
  • KPREP testing

Pre-Algebra Homework and Test Procedures

 

In class work:

 

We will be completing many in-class assignments that may or may not appear in the grade book.  Each unit will consist of several activities including worksheets, hands-on activities, and online activities.  A list of each activity will be given to the student at the beginning of the unit. 

We will be using electronic devices in class.  Although we may not use them every day, students are allowed to bring their smart phones, iPod touches, iPads, or Kindles to use in class.  As long as the student is using the device according to my instructions, no disciplinary action will be taken.  If an electronic device is being used inappropriately or used without permission, I reserve the right to confiscate the device according the policies set forth in the BCMS handbook.  Improper use includes (but is not limited to), texting, using Facebook, or taking pictures or videos.  The Acceptable Use Policy applies to Internet access.  Students will be responsible for the care of their own devices.  I, or the school, will not be responsible for lost or stolen devices.

 

Homework:

 

All homework/class work will be graded based on completion.  If a student attempts ALL assigned problems and follows the individual lesson’s instructions they will receive a score of 10/10.  If a homework assignment is late or incomplete the student will receive a score of 0/10 until the assignment has been completed and turned in.  If an assignment is late or incomplete, it must still be completed according to the individual lesson description at which time a maximum score of 8/10 may be awarded.  If a student is absent, the school’s policy for absences will be followed when determining the due date for missed assignments.  If a student is habitually late with their homework, the score awarded to them will decrease accordingly. 

 

Tests:

 

If a student scores less than a 70% on a test/quiz, they will be given an opportunity to improve their score by re-taking the same test or a similar test generated by the teacher.  Prior to re-taking this test, in order to practice the current skill, the student will be responsible for completing additional activities that are related to the test. 

 

Also, students will be completing regular online tests and quizzes through the CIITS program.  The Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) is an online statewide assessment program that I will be using to document student progress.  With the use of a password, these tests can be taken at home or at school.  Students will be given a list of the test/quiz names and the necessary passwords when the time comes.

 

Please sign below stating that you have read and understand the syllabus and homework/test policies.  If you have questions you can call me at 928-9547 or send an email to tippi.thompson@boyd.kyschools.us

 

Student name:  ________________________Student signature: _________________________

Parent signature: ____________________________ Date: ________________________


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