Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Math 7- 8 is an accelerated course. Students will complete both Math 7 and Math 8 in one year. This prepares them to take Secondary Math I in the 8th grade, putting them a year ahead in mathematics. Students should expect to be challenged as we do move quickly.
7th grade I CANS First half of the year
•I CAN solve problems involving integers (and absolute values)
•I CAN solve problems with rational numbers
•I CAN recognize and represent proportional relationships between two quantities
•I CAN use proportions to solve multi-step percent problems
•I CAN write and solve one and two-step equations and inequalities
•I CAN solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures
•I CAN solve equations using angle relationships
•I CAN solve problems involving area, volume and surface area of two and three-dimensional figures
•I CAN compare data on two populations and make inferences from the data
•I CAN use probability to predict simple real world events
8th grade I CANS Second half of the year
•I CAN state the number of solutions and solve multi step equations including absolute value.
•I CAN solve and graph multi-step inequalities including no solution and infinitely many solutions.
•I CAN use slope as a rate and y-intercept as a starting point to graph linear equations.
•I CAN interpret and represent proportional and non-proportional linear relationships including scatter plots
•I CAN identify and interpret functions and represent them in a variety of ways.
•I CAN simplify problems with exponents/radicals and identify rational and irrational numbers.
•I CAN analyze and solve systems of linear equations graphically.
•I CAN identify angle relationships made with parallel lines and a transversal and apply triangle angle properties
•I CAN apply the Pythagorean theorem to solve problems in 2D and 3D and to find distance.
•I CAN solve problems involving volumes of cylinders, cones and spheres.
Assessment of Progress
Students will be learning and assessed on the following concepts during the year.
Term 1: integers, rational numbers, proportional relationships, proportions and percents, one and two step equations, scale drawings
Term 2: geometric figures, angle relationships, area and volume, statistics, probability
Term 3: multi step equations and inequalities, slope & rate of change, graphing linear equations (proportional and non proportional relationships), scatter plots, functions
Term 4: rational and irrational numbers, exponents & radicals, systems of linear equations, angle relationships and triangle properties, Pythagorean theorem for distance, volume (cylinders,cones,spheres)
Text book: Go Math grade 7 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) & Go Math grade 8 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
**Composition Notebook (*to be used for math class notes only) (Spiral notebooks will NOT last the school year)
Scientific Calculator (A classroom set available for student use in the classroom, but students will find it convenient to have their own calculator if needed outside of school)
Duct tape to cover text book (The text books are flimsy and fall apart easily)
-Homework and assignments will be corrected in class the first couple days AFTER they are assigned, and will be worth up to 5 points dependent upon completion and correctness of the assignment.
-Assignments will be accepted late up to one week past the day that it is was due for up to full correction credit. After one week it will be up to teacher discretion to allow for full assignment points.
-If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility for obtaining missed assignments and notes from the teacher or from another student. They ARE still expected to do assignments for missed days.
-Students are expected to be in class, on time, and with all needed materials. They are expected to act responsibly and respectfully at ALL times in class so that EVERYONE can learn in a productive, safe, and enjoyable environment. School behavior policies will be followed.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
There are no additional assignments or projects for my math classes. Assessments will be given at the conclusion of each I CAN unit. Date “ranges” are given but may need to be adjusted according to readiness of the classes.
2019-2020 classroom assignments and tests are listed on the following Google Doc with the most recent being at the top of the page. Links to websites used in class are included on the doc. 2019-2020 Daily Lessons
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Student grades are determined on total point basis as well as weighting.
homework/classwork, notebook checks, and participation points = 20% of total term grade
Quizzes and I CAN Tests = 80% of total term grade
Students will be expected and given every opportunity to pass all “I CAN” assessments.
Term grades will be assigned according to the following percentage scale as stated in the Dixon Middle School Student Handbook.
A 93-100 A- 90-92
B+ 87-89 B 83-86 B- 80-82
C+ 77-79 C 73-76 C- 70-72
D+ 67-69 D 63-66 D- 60-62 I 0-59
Although “traditionally” a student could still be “passing” a class with grades in the D or C range, our math tests here at Dixon receive a “passing” score when either an 80% (or at least a “3”) is received. Students receive 1,2,3 or 4 on their tests with 3’s indicating they are meeting the standard, and 4’s indicating they are above standard on the skills.
Connecting Home to School
Students in need of extra help may come to my classroom after school from 2:50 -3:30 pm. Additional arrangements can be made on an individual basis.
Mrs. Gardner may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Classroom REMIND app or BLACKBOARD will also be used as communication between teacher and students/ parents
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Things worth having are usually the result of effort and persistence. Success is worth having and worth working for.