Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Welcome to Math 7 Honors! This course covers the Utah State Core Curriculum for 7th grade. Students will learn about the Number System, Proportional Reasoning, Percents, Solving Equations, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. We will be able to delve more deeply into these concepts in this Honors Course.
Students in this class will delve more deeply into the math 7 curriculum. They participate in collaborative problem solving and application activities to help them learn the content. The depth and these activities are what make the honors class different from regular Math 7.
Math 7 Honors students will complete the following I Can statements. This allows the chance for practice and remediation as needed to be proficient with these skills and concepts. Enrichment opportunities will be provided as needed. Students will be expected to pass each I Can with a 3 or 4 Level of Understanding.
- I can solve problems with integers.
- 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.
- I can write and solve one and two-step inequalities.
- I can use proportions to find missing dimensions, scales and scale factors.
- I can solve problems involving triangles angle relationships.
- I can solve problems involving area, volume and surface area of two and three-dimensional
- I can compare data on two populations and make inferences from the data.
- I can use probability to predict simple real world events.
Assessment of Progress
The student will learn the following I Cans each term:
- Rational Numbers
- Proportional Relationships
- Geometric Figures
- Angle Relationships
- Surface Area
Students will be expected and given every opportunity to pass all I Can Statements. Students have the opportunity to retest any “I Can”. They will need to prepare for the retest and provide evidence of their preparation. The goal is to be prepared to show that you now have increased knowledge of the “I Can” Statement. The expectation is to have all 3’s or higher on all “I Cans”.
One of the preparation items must be a test correction. This form is available from the teacher. The student must explain why they missed each question and show that they can now solve the problem. All work must be shown and attached to the test, then turned in to the teacher. Other options could include things such as: completing more practice questions on the topic, getting help at the math lab after school, getting help from a sibling or parent, watching videos from Go Math or Khan Academy, working with a tutor or teacher, or doing practice questions with the “Personal Math Trainer” (part of GoMath).
When students are ready to retest, they need to collect their evidence and submit it to the teacher. Then they can schedule a time to retest, either during iTime or before or after school. “I Can” assessment scores will be posted to PowerSchool. If a student retakes an assessment, it will be noted in PowerSchool.
- Go Math Grade 7 Book (provided by school)
- 100 sheet college ruled composition book (will be used only for math notes and activities)
- 2 rolls of scotch tape
Students are expected to follow the Dixon Way. (handbook p.6) Students 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.(handbook p. 10-11)
Students will be expected to follow Dixon Expectations for attendance and tardies. (handbook p.6-9) Students will receive citizenship grades based on the Dixon rubric. (handbook p.14)
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Homework, projects and I Can test dates will be posted to Google Classroom.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Standards-Based Grading allows students to be more aware of what they are expected to learn and their progress through the Utah State Core Standards. It will provide parents with a more detailed outline of their student’s growth and achievement. We believe that clear communication between school and home throughout the course of the year is vital to our students’ success. We look forward to working together to provide your child with the knowledge and tools needed to reach their fullest potential.
Standards-Based Grading measures how well an individual student is doing in relation to the grade level standards, not the work of other students. This will give parents a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weaknesses.
A Standards-Based Grade reporting system is designed to inform you about your child’s progress toward achieving specific learning standards. The Utah Core Standards establish high and challenging expectations for all students. They describe what students should know and be able to do and serve as the basis for the Dixon Middle School’s curriculum, instruction, and assessment model. Dixon’s “I Can Statements” are derived from the Utah Core Standards.
While letter grades will still be reported on each student’s report card, parents will also receive proficiency scores (1-4). The proficiency scores are tied to descriptions of what the students know and are able to do. Teachers will provide feedback to students, and your child will have opportunities to meet proficiency (3) on the standards. Final grades are determined based on the most recent evidence of student learning.
The student can teach others.
- Student who can independently and consistently demonstrate extensions of their knowledge.*
- Student can create analogies and/or find connections, integrating areas of study*
The student can perform the task by themselves.
- The student understands not just the “what”, but can correctly explain and/or demonstrate the “how” and “why.”*
The student needs some assistance to perform the task.
- Student can correctly identify some concepts and/or vocabulary, and/or use some skills.*
The student needs assistance throughout the task.
- Student is beginning to identify concepts, develop vocabulary and/or skills.*
*Source: Spokane Public Schools
It is important that we as parents and teachers have honest, straight-forward conversations with our students about their learning and achievement. It is important that we convey to our students that learning is a process. Some concepts and skills are more difficult than others to learn. A score of 1 or 2 while learning a new skill or concept is appropriate and not intended to be punitive.
A score of 3 is the target, it shows proficiency and is to be celebrated! A score of 4 indicates a student has reached proficiency and applied knowledge beyond the grade-level standard.
Connecting Home to School
If a student is having trouble they should speak with the teacher as soon as possible. Extra help is available before or after school and during iTime. Once a week, students could be invited to an after school class for remediation on specific I Cans.
Students will have a consumable workbook as well as an interactive text with access to video tutorials, animated math activities, practice problems and quizzes. Students will use Personal Math Trainer to practice skills and improve their understanding of concepts.
Students will use Google Classroom for a class calendar as well as some learning activities. Parents can follow the classroom and see the calendar and announcements.
If you have questions, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 374-4980.
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
I look forward to working with your student this year!