• Pre-Algebra Overview

    Learning goals and Objectives

    The Number System

    • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers.

    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.

    Functions

    • Define, evaluate, and compare functions.
    • Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

    Geometry

    • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.
    • Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
    • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

    Statistics and Probability

    • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.

    Mathematical Practices

    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
    4. Model with mathematics.
    5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
    6. Attend to precision.
    7. Look for and make use of structure.
    8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

     

    Class Expectations

    • Materials:  Spiral notebook, a section in a binder with loose leaf paper, ruler, pencils, chromebook, and a calculator.

     

    • Classroom schedule:
    1. Monday- This will be a day to individually practice your math skills on Kahn Academy. I will also be meeting with students on Mondays to check progress and offer extra assistance.
    2. Tuesday –Thursday- these will be concept development days with introduction, application and practice of new math ideas.  
    3. Friday-A short quiz to check your understanding of the weekly concepts will be given and then you will have time to check over your work from the week and organize it into your binder
    4. Homework- You will be assigned homework Monday – Thursday, so plan 30-45 minutes into your schedule to complete.
    • Classroom procedures 
    1. YOU are responsible to conduct yourself in a manner that is conducive to learning.  (BE POLITE,BE PREPARED, USE TIME WISELY)
    2. TAKE NOTES
    3. ASK QUESTIONS
    4. BE READY TO LEARN
    5. If you finish assignments early be prepared with extra work or reading materials.  Sitting and visiting is not an option.
    6. YOU are responsible for making up work when you are absent.See me or a friend to get assignment. 
    7. DISCIPLINE- If the need arises, the following discipline plan will be followed:
    • Verbal warning.
    • Student conference with teacher after class.
    • Call home.
    • Discipline referral to the office
    • Parent conference
    • Attendance  Daily attendance is crucial to your success in this class.  Classroom activities, whether graded or not, are critical to understanding the overall material studied.
    1. Policy- Due to the points you receive for participation in class students who miss 9 or more class meetings during the 9 week grading period will have their grade lowered one letter grade.   
    2. School sanctioned absences (field trips, sports travel, etc…) will not be counted against you IF you check with me before the absences to get your work.
    3. Students with unusual circumstances such as extended illness or injury may appeal lowered grade or loss of credit by contacting me as soon as possible to get make up work.
    4. Tardiness- Any student who is not in class when the final bell rings must have a pass from the office or a teacher. Three unexcused tardies will result in a lunch detention.
    • Course Grade
    • Quizzes and Tests- 40%
    • Homework and Projects- 40%
    • Class participation and preparedness- 20%

     

    • GRADING SCALE
    • A   100- 93 %            C+   79-78%
    • A-  92- 90%               C     77-73%
    • B+ 89-88%                C-    72-70%