algebra 1 syllabus

Course Description


Algebra I is the foundation course for almost all further study of mathematics, and is, therefore, most important. Many of the concepts presented in Algebra I are progressions of the concepts that were started in grades 6 through 8; the content presented in this course is intended to extend and deepen the previous understandingsModeling and problem solving are at the heart of the curriculum. Mathematical modeling consists of recognizing and clarifying mathematical structures that are embedded in other contexts, formulating a problem in mathematical terms, using mathematical strategies to reach a solution and interpreting the solution in the context of the original problem. Students should be able to solve practical problems, representing and analyzing the situation using symbols, graphs, tables or diagrams.  After solving a problem and interpreting the solution in terms of the context of the problem, they should be able to check the reasonableness of the results and devise independent ways of verifying the results.


Course Assignments Weight (per school policy)

The below information illustrates the breakdown of how graded assignments will be weighed in proportion to one another. Details regarding specific performance tasks and applicable assessment criteria – particularly scoring rubrics – will accompany those assignments. Although the course may include many non-graded assignments, completion of those tasks is essential to successfully satisfying your responsibilities for any tasks that are graded.


Homework 5% includes, but is not limited to written assignments, work sheets, and other take home reinforcement activities as deemed necessary.

Class work/ Class Participation 20% includes, but is not limited to journal entries, do now’s, collaborative assignments, and formal discussions.

Quizzes 25% include, but are not limited to chapter/section quizzes, binder/notebook quizzes, and oral quizzes.

Projects/Performance 20% include, but are not limited to research papers/projects, multimedia presentations, formal speeches, debates, and other tasks as assigned.

Tests 30 % include, but are not limited to chapter tests, mid-term assessment, and finial exam

    • cell phone use during tests and quizzes is strictly prohibited. Any electronic devices (aside from a calculator) observed as in use by a student during a test will result in an automatic ZERO test grade


Unit 1: Modeling with Linear Functions, Equations and Inequalities

Unit 2: Modeling with Linear Systems and Exponential Functions

Unit 3: Modeling with Quadratic Functions and other Polynomials

Unit 4: Modeling Uncertain Outcomes Using Statistics and Functions


Required Materials

Pen or pencil with erasers, two pocket folders, at least 3 notebooks or 3-ring binder, loose leaf paper for binders, scientific calculator, 4 dry erase markers, ruler, and textbook


Classroom Procedures

  • Do Now Sheet/Activity
  • Take out homework/go over it
  • Teacher modeling/Notes/Class Activity
  • Guided practice / group work
  • Independent practice/ Pair-and-share practice time
  • Review/closure

Classroom rules

Students are expected to:

  1. Report to class on time with your class materials (At the bell, you should be in your seat, with necessary materials, ready to work)
  2. Report to class FREE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE
  3. Listen Carefully (No talking while the teacher is talking!!!!!!!!!). Do not disrupt the class or teacher, or waste class time. (Talking, passing notes, or leaving your seat during quiet time or when the teacher is talking is disruptive and disrespectful. Don’t do it. Remain in your assigned seat during class unless given permission to move. Comments such as “This is boring” or “I don’t want to sit here” also waste time, disrupt, and take the class off task. Toys, magazines, cell phones, music players, make-up, and personal notes are distractions, and if seen during class, will be confiscated. You must not interfere with a classmate’s right to learn or the teacher’s right to teach.
  4. Work quietly. Do not disturb others who are working.
  5. No one is allowed to come to class with HAT, WAVE CAP, HEADBAND, HOOD, FOOD AND DRINK etc.
  6. Raise hand to speak and only one person speaking at one time.
  7. Be honest and respectful of ideas, of people, and of their property. (No put-downs, threats, or foul language. This room should a safe place to explore ideas and be who you are. Keep hands, feet, objects, etc. to yourself)
  8. Class dismissal is by the teacher when everyone is quiet and in their assigned seat. Stay seated and ready to work until dismissed by the teacher
  9. Clean your area before leaving the classroom


Student responsibilities and guidelines for success

  • Attend class except for emergencies and provide proper documentation upon return to class.
  • Arrive on time for class with all required materials and assigned work.
  • Submit work on time or take an academic penalty. For homework, you must submit it on the following school day or a minimum of 10 or more points will be taken away from your grade.
  • Be respectful of others ideas and possessions and their right to an uninterrupted class.
  • Notebook entries must be dated with the objectives and the agenda of the day. It is the responsibility of the student to make-up any missed work/ testing after an excused absence


Tardy to class

Tardiness is unacceptable; it is both rude to your classmates and teacher. It is disruptive to the learning process going on in the classroom. After the warning bell, students are considered late to the class.


How to find out what the daily assignments are

Daily assignments are always posted on the bulletin board or you can log in to your power school account


Turning in assignments

For all assignments, you need to show all your work (step by step in writing) to receive full credits.

Homework will be assigned daily. It will be checked for completion upon entrance to class. For your own sake, do your own work! Mathematics must be practiced to achieve efficiency, and this practice will be achieved through homework assignments. You must submit your homework on the following school day or a minimum of 10 or more points will be taken away from your grade. Be neat. Do not copy from a friend/classmate. Copying from a friend is cheating, not learning

For class work, you must finish and submit it before leaving the class.


Returning assignments to students

Your assignments will be returned to you once the teacher completes grading. You will need to revise your assignments if you receive the grade as incomplete.


Finding out grade status: You must keep track of your grades in Power School online grading system.

  • A major test will be given at the conclusion of each topic.
  • There will be at least three to five grades earned each full week. Assignments, class work, quizzes, notebooks, projects, etc. may be included according to the teachers’ classroom policy.
  • You are expected to track your grades yourself
  • You may schedule an appointment with teacher to discuss your grade

Students’ responsibility after an absence

  • When absent, each student is responsible for copying any notes missed from a classmate.
  • It is the student's responsibility to show all make-up work to the teacher.
  • In the event of an absence on a test or quiz day, students should schedule a make-up date with the teacher immediately upon return.
  • All assessments and due dates are posted in the classroom, announced daily, and available for mobile notifications through the website. Therefore, absence on a review day does NOT guarantee that a student will be able to skip the assessment the following day.


Late, missing, or incomplete assignments

No assignments will be accepted if they are two weeks late.


Ending class

Class dismissal is by the teacher when everyone is quiet and in their assigned seat. Stay seated and ready to work until dismissed by the teacher. Please return all the classroom supplies to the teacher before leaving. Please clean your area before leaving.


Additional Help

  • Students can utilize the SMART lunch schedule for extra help by attending the lunch hour extra help session.
  • After school help will be available upon request/scheduling with the teacher. Wednesday and Friday, I will be unavailable after school.
  • VIP tutoring will also be available after school.


Consequences of Classroom Rule Violations

Consequences for unacceptable behavior:

  • school detention
  • student-teacher conference
  • referral to VP
  • call home
  • parent-teacher meeting
  • in school suspension
  • out of school suspension


Depending on offenses, consequences may not follow the order listed above

Students are expected to be here everyday and on time. Should you be absent for any reason, an official note needs to be brought in from either parent or doctor for make-up work.


Consequences for a code of conduct violations

You must follow through with disciplinary referrals for violation of school wide rules including dress code, an excuse absences, threats, and so forth.


Web and other resources

Algebra I textbook, practice book