 Course Description

In Grade 7, instructional time will focus on four critical areas for developing number sense, preparing for algebraic abstractions, and learning to solve complex problems using previously learned skills: (1) developing an understanding of proportional relationships; (2) operating with rational numbers, algebraic expressions, and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale, area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences from data.

Course Expectations

• Arrive to class on time with a positive attitude

• Complete all in-class & homework assignments

• SHOW WORK on all problems

• ALL homework problems are to be completed as assigned

• Arrive prepared (pencil, book, completed homework)

Objectives

Students will be able to successfully make sense of problems, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critical reasoning of others, while persevering in solving problems with the intent to understand and apply the uses of mathematics in the world.

Materials Needed

1. textbook (McGraw Hill National Glencoe Math, Course 2)

2. binder

3. scientific calculator (Texas Instruments TI30XII)

4. pencils (highlighter and colored pencils may also be used)

Academic honesty is expected. Academic dishonesty (cheating) may result in a grade reduction or no grade for the assignment, classroom referral, or other as appropriate. Parents will be notified of academic dishonesty.

Common Core Standards

• Ratios & Proportional Relationships

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

• The Number System

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

• Expressions & 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-world and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume

• Statistics & 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

Mathematical Practices

• Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

• Reason abstractly and quantitatively

• Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

• Model with mathematics

• Use appropriate tools strategically

• Attend to precision

• Look for and make use of structure

• Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Online Resources

Daily Instructional Routine

Classes will begin by looking at the board and reading over the class activity list and recording the homework listed. Students should prepare the necessary supplies and have their homework ready to be checked as soon as everyone is seated and quiet (which should be immediate). Corrections, clarifications, and discussions of the previous day’s homework will begin once every student is ready. This will be followed by an introduction to the new lesson through direct instruction, followed by group practice, and concluded with individual practice. The information will be presented by lecture, whole class discussion, group work, or activities that include hands-on manipulatives. Homework will be assigned and time will be given for students to begin and/or ask questions, etc.

Grading Policy (A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F: 0-59)

Grades come from in-class assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects. Grades come from in-class assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects. Students are given an opportunity to complete test corrections for each test. By completing test corrections, students may earn back up to half the points missed. It is a student’s responsibility to turn in test corrections within one week of the test using the specific format and requirements. The specific format & requirements are listed on the class website.

Please understand these plans are tentative and subject to change based on school events and/or the difficulty of the material. Daily updates are available on the homework calendar and in student planners. Additional policies are available in the school handbook.