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Pre-Algebra

Campbell County Middle School

2015-2016

 

Instructor: Lindsey Bray

Email: Lindsey.Bray@campbell.kyschools.us

Phone: (859) 635-6077 ENTER EXT. 181                                     Time of Plan Period: 9:04 – 9:49

Grade level: 6

 

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. Based on your child’s previous mathematical performance, they were placed in this advanced course. This course integrates 6th, 7th, and 8th grade pre-algebraic concepts based on the Common Core Standards. To learn more about the Common Core Standards you may visit the following website: http://www.corestandards.org/ . Success in this course puts your child on a path to take Pre-algebra in the 6th grade, Algebra I in the 7th grade, and Geometry in the 8th grade.

 

Course Standards:

Students will…

  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
  • Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.
  • Compute fluently with 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 operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.
  • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by 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.
  • Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.
  • Expressions and Equations Work with radicals and integer exponents.
  • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.
  • Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
  • 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.
  • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.
  • Develop understanding of statistical variability.
  • Summarize and describe distributions.
  • 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.

 

Textbooks: Springboard Mathematics Course 2

 

Materials Needed:

Springboard Mathematics Course 2

Pencils (all work must be done with pencil)

Scientific Calculator

Lined paper

Three-pronged/two pocket folder or binder

 

Grading:

The following grade scale is used to convert percentage grades to letter grades:

 

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:

 

Summative (80%): Assessments, Projects

 

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 be completed prior to the next unit assessment and 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 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 posted in the appropriate unit folder on my website.

 

General Outline (subject to change): Units of Study:

 

Unit 1: Integers and Rational Numbers

Unit 2: Multiplying and Dividing Integers and Rational Numbers

Unit 3: Expressions

Unit 4: Equations, Inequalities and Linear Relationships

Unit 5: Ratios, Proportions and Percents

Unit 6: Geometry Part 1

Unit 7: Geometry Part 2

Unit 8: Geometry Part 3

Unit 9: Data

Unit 10: Probability