• Math 7 Syllabus

    Teacher: Mr. Renne

     

     

    Dear Parent/Guardian,

    My goal for this school year is to keep you and your child informed about our mathematics class.  We use all different types of learning methods and techniques in class. Group work, individualized lessons, projects, manipulatives, and technology are used to enhance lessons and learning.  I have listed important information in this letter about math class and will review this information with your child. Please sign and return the form attached to this letter. I look forward to communicating with you about your child’s progress and look forward to a productive and fun school year.

     

    Classroom Procedures

    Students are expected to bring required materials to class each day.  They should find their seats quickly and be ready to learn when class begins.  Each class will begin with a warm up activity. After the warm-up, we will review homework, answer questions, and begin the instructional period for that day. During the instructional period, new material will be taught.  Each student is required to take notes and participate in the activities assigned. At the end of each instructional period, practice problems and reinforcement activities will be assigned and checked in class.    

     

    Homework

    Homework will be assigned most evenings.  The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts learned in class.  Solutions to homework assignments may be provided when the assignment is given to provide immediate feedback.  When solutions are given, students are expected to “self-check” homework and ask questions regarding difficult problems in class.  Homework will be collected, and is graded on effort. When homework is collected, it is due at that time, with exceptions only made for absent students.  

     

    Classwork

    Classwork grades will consist of a variety of assignments and are graded on effort.  Students are encouraged to stay on task, follow directions, and ask questions to maximize their understanding of mathematics.

     

    Quizzes and Tests

    Students will be given a pre-assessment to assess prior knowledge of each topic.  A similar post-assessment will be given at the end of the section and will count as a quiz grade   Tests will usually consist of two parts: a multiple choice portion and a written part. All questions are designed to allow students to practice SOL type questions, including technology enhanced problems.  

     

    Tutoring

    After the winter benchmark, parents/guardians of students who would benefit from after school tutoring will be notified.  Students struggling with specific topics currently being studied may receive additional instruction during Connections. 

     

    Materials

    Each student will need several (3-4) pronged folders.  The pronged folders will be used to create a math notebook that will aid students in completing assignments and studying for strand tests and quizzes. In addition, each student will need pencils and loose-leaf paper.  Students should keep their headphones in their binder and bring them to class each day. Other materials will be provided as needed at school. Students are encouraged to review notes taken in class each evening to reinforce the concepts being learned.

    Absences

    Attendance is very important to achieving and learning.  If for some reason your child misses school, please have your child check Google Classroom for their assignments.  Hard copies of class notes, classwork, and homework will also be made available.   

     

    Communication

    Assignments will be posted in Google Classroom daily.   In addition, I will use Infinite Campus to send text/email updates.  Please make sure your contact information, including an updated email address, is listed correctly in Infinite Campus.  Please feel free to contact me anytime you have questions or concerns via email at renne.ej@augusta.k12.va.us or phone at 540-886-5806.

     

    Course Overview (taken from the Virginia Department of Education)

    The seventh-grade standards place an emphasis on the foundations of algebra. The standards address the concept of and operations with rational numbers by continuing their study from grade six. Students will build on the concept of ratios to solve problems involving proportional reasoning. Students will solve problems involving volume and surface area and focus on the relationships among the properties of quadrilaterals. Probability is investigated through comparing experimental results to theoretical expectations. Students continue to develop their understanding of solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable by applying the properties of real numbers. Students discern between proportional and non-proportional relationships and begin to develop a concept of slope as rate of change. 

    Mathematics has its own language, and the acquisition of specialized vocabulary and language patterns is crucial to a student’s understanding and appreciation of the subject. 

    Problem solving is integrated throughout the content strands. The development of problem-solving skills is a major goal of the mathematics program at every grade level.

    To view the Math 7 SOLs in complete detail visit 

     

       http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/2016/index.shtml

     

    Valuable websites

    www.ixl.com www.prodigy.com

    www.education.jlab.org

     

    SOL Practice Items

    http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/index.shtml

     

    Grading Weights

    Major Grades/Assessments (Tests, Projects)         40%

    Minor Grades/Assessments (Quizzes)         30%

    Class Participation Grades (Class work, math labs, participation)     20%

    Practice Grades (Homework) 10%

    Grading Scale (in percents)

    A+     98-100     B+ 88-89        C+ 78-79       D+ 68-69       F 50-59

    A       92 - 97     B 82-87          C 72-77          D 62-67

    A-      90-91       B- 80-81        C- 70-71         D- 60-61





     

    Pacing Guide

     

    Unit 1: Rational Number Relationships (3 weeks)         Unit 6: Inequalities (3 weeks)

    Unit 2: Rational Number Analysis (3 weeks)                Unit 7: Functional Relationships (4 weeks)

    Unit 3: Proportional Reasoning (3 weeks)                    Unit 8: Measurement (2 weeks)

    Unit 4: Properties and Expressions (3 weeks)               Unit 9: Geometry  (3 weeks)

    Unit 5: Equations (3 weeks)                                       Unit 10: Probability and Stats (3 weeks)