Syllabus

Campbell County Middle School

2015-2016

Instructor:  Becky Russell

Email: Rebecca.russell@campbell.kyschools.us

Phone:  (859) 635-6077 EXT. 179                      Time of Plan Period: 9:04 – 9:49

Collaborative Instructor: Renae Ratliff

Email: renae.ratliff@campbell.kyschools.us    Time of Plan Period: 9:04 – 9:49

Description:

This course is a standards-focused, student-centered program in which students will explore mathematical concepts through a balanced-approach of direct instruction, guided instruction, and investigatory learning. This approach provides students with the necessary instruction and models, while developing the critical thinking skills needed to apply and communicate these concepts in real-world and contextual setting. This course is designed to meet the mastery level of the Common Core Standards for 6th grade math. To learn more about the Common Core Standards you may visit the following website: http://www.corestandards.org/

Course Standards:

Students will…

• Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
• Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.
• Multiply and divide multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.
• Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
• Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
• Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
• Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.
• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
• Develop understanding of statistical variability.
• Summarize and describe distributions.

Textbooks:

Springboard Mathematics Course 1

Materials Needed:

Pencils (all work must be done with pencil)

Scientific Calculator

Lined paper

Three-pronged/two pocket folder or binder

A+ 99% or higher                 C 76% - 81%

A 95% - 98%                        C- 73% - 75%

A- 93% - 94%                       D+ 70% - 72%

B+ 90% - 92%                      D 67% - 69%

B 87% - 89%                        D- 65% - 66%

B- 85% - 86%                       F 64% or lower

C+ 82% - 84%

Class grades are calculated based on the following categories:

Product/Summative (80%): Assessments, Projects

Progress/Formative (20%): Exit Slips, Classwork, Quizzes, Graded Homework

Non-graded Homework (0%): While some homework will be graded, some will only be checked for effort and completion. Homework is a necessary component of the education process as it allows students to practice skills in a different and independent setting. This is an opportunity for students to self-assess their mastery of the learning target. Because homework is a part of the learning process, it may also show students what they have not yet mastered and, therefore, grading homework for correctness is not always necessary for it to be beneficial to the student. Non-graded homework will be tracked in a separate category of the gradebook. A “1” demonstrates that the assignment was completed and a “0” demonstrates that the assignment was not completed. While it will not impact their grade average, students must complete all assignments to be able to retake an assessment.

If a student has completed all homework assignments during the unit and has successfully completed the additional, assigned learning tasks in the identified areas of weakness, he/she may retake an assessment over those specific learning targets not yet mastered. Retake questions will not be the same as those on the original assessment. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule a retake with the teacher. Retakes must occur outside of the class time (morning or afternoon)

No bonus points or extra credit assignments will be offered or included in the grade.  If the student fails to complete and submit assignments as required and to teacher/school expectations, consequences such as teacher detention, teacher docs, etc. will be issued.

Participation & Attendance:

Attendance is critical. Students are expected to give their best effort both in class and at home throughout the year.  Each student will maintain one binder/folder in which they are to keep all notes, homework, class exercises, projects, quizzes and tests. Additionally, students are expected to complete with detailed explanations the assigned activities in the Springboard textbook (Springboard work will need to stay in textbook). Homework, class work, projects, and other assignments are to be completed and turned in on the due date specified. If a student is absent, he/she is responsible for retrieving makeup work from the teacher. Absent work will be available in a designated location in the classroom. Students have the equivalent of the number of days missed to complete absent work. Assignments from the Springboard book can be accessed by going to: https://campbellky.springboardonline.org/ebook/login (login can be found on my webpage).  Handouts and assignments outside of the Springboard book will be posted in the appropriate unit folder on my websiteGeneral Outline (subject to change):

Units of Study:

Unit 1: Number Concepts

Part 1

• comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals

• dividing whole numbers

• adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals

• prime factorization

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greatest common factor and least common multiple

Part 2

• fractions and mixed numbers

• multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers

Unit 2: Integers

• integers and the number line

• comparing and ordering integers

• integers and the coordinate plane

Unit 3: Expressions and Equations

• properties and orders of operations

• writing and evaluating expressions

• modeling and solving equations and inequalities

• dependent and independent variables

Unit 4: Ratios

• proportional relationships

• rates and percentages

• fractions, decimals, and percents

• converting between measurements

Unit 5: Geometric Concepts

• polygons on a coordinate plan

• area and perimeter of composite figures

• nets and surface area of prisms

• volume of cubes

Unit 6: Data Analysis

• summarizing data

• measures of center (mean, median, mode)

• measures of variability (range, Inter-quartile range, mean absolute deviation)

• box plots and histograms