**Algebra 1 Syllabus**

**Textbooks and Materials**:

- Pearson Common Core Textbook and Workbook
- Notebook, Binder with looseleaf paper, or iPad (please see below for brief policy on iPad)
- Graphing Calculator (TI-83, TI-83PLUS, TI-84, or TI-84PLUS)
- Graph Paper
- Ruler
- Pencils, Pens
- One Folder

**Course Description**

**Overview**: This course will challenge students in using previous mathematical skills such as pre-Algebra to enhance their understanding of algebraic topics. The Algebra 1 curriculum designed by the New York State Common Core will help prepare students to take the Algebra 1 Regents in June.

**Objectives**: (via www.engageny.org):

The content standards associated with Algebra I are based on the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics and the PARCC Model Content Framework for Algebra I.

1. Number & Quantity:

- The Real Number System (N-RN)
- Quantities (N-Q)

2. Algebra

- Seeing Structure in Expressions (A-SSE)
- Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions (A-APR)
- Creating Equations (A-CED)
- Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities (A-REI)

3. Functions

- Interpreting Functions (F-IF)
- Building Functions (F-BF)
- Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models (F-LE)

4. Statistics & Probability

- Interpreting categorical and quantitative data (S-ID)

**Big Ideas**:

- Students will understand that different methods and skills are essential in solving every-day problems.
- Students will make sense of mathematical models and apply them to real-world scenarios.
- Students will learn different methods on how to solve a particular problem.

**Essential Questions**:

- What is an approach to assess a new problem and determine a strategy to solve it?
- How do mathematical relationships provide the ability to predict outcomes and make decisions?
- Which method is the best method when solving different problems?

**Classroom Expectations**: Students are expected to come to class, on time, everyday prepared with the aforementioned materials. Students are expected to engage in class discussions and to ask questions as it is beneficial to the learning process. Food and beverages are not permitted in class, unless a doctor’s note is given. Cellphones are not allowed.

**Course Grading Policy**

__Summative Assessments (45%)__ : This category includes tests and projects. There will be a total of two or three tests for each marking period. Tests will be announced ahead of time and a review session will be provided. Test questions/format may reflect the Regents format so students can gather a sense of comfort and familiarity before taking the exam in June.

__Quizzes (25%)__: Quizzes will be assigned weekly to ensure that the material taught is well-received. Review sessions will not be provided for weekly quizzes, however, it is expected of students to review past homework and notes, as questions on the quizzes will reflect on these sources.

__Classwork and Participation (20%)__: Classwork will be assigned after the lesson has been taught. Student will be graded based on participation, independent assignments during class time, and collaborative discipline, as well as conduct.

__Homework (10%)__: Homework will be assigned daily and expected to be turn in on the day it is due. **For every assignment that is turn in late, there will be a 10% reduction of the score. Homework assignments submitted more than two days late (unless a valid reason), will be subject in a failing grade.**

Each week, 4 homework assignments will be graded on completion and one homework will have a surprise grade. Students will not be informed which homework will be graded on effort or completion.

__Make-Up Policy__: It is the student’s responsibility to reach out to me if he or she is absent and needs to make up work. If a student is absent for a quiz, or a test, he or she must schedule an appointment with me in order to make up time to take the exam.

__iPad Policy__: Our school is a 1:1 media classroom, meaning that students and their teacher will have access to iPads that is designed to make the teaching and learning process much more fluid. Students are expected to ONLY use the iPad for school-related purposes.

**In the event if the teacher and the principal are made aware that the student is using the iPad that isn’t related to school activities or uses the iPad to play games in class instead of taking notes or being productive, he or she will have their iPad privileges revoked and may only use a notebook or a binder with looseleaf paper for the rest of the school year.