Math 7/8 Syllabus
Teacher: Mr. Renne
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 to contact me anytime you have questions or concerns via email at email@example.com or phone at 540-886-5806.
All students need time to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts, to think strategically,
and to develop the mathematical processes they will need for study of higher level mathematics. The goal of the Middle School Compacted Math Curriculum is to prepare students who are academically ready to study Algebra I in the eighth grade and, ultimately, to ensure those same students are provided the fundamental skills necessary for the extended math courses in high school. The 7th Grade Compacted Math Curriculum covers half of 7th and all of the 8th grade mathematics SOL objectives while incorporating a high level of rigor and critical thinking skills. Students who have completed the 7th grade compacted curriculum will be well-prepared to take Algebra I in 8th grade and will be better prepared for higher level math courses in high school. At the end of the year students will take the Math 8 SOL.
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SOL Practice Items
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
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Unit 1: Rational Number Relationships (2 weeks)
Unit 2: Algebraic Expressions (4 weeks)
Unit 3: Simplifying Algebraic Expressions/Solving Multi Step Equations (3 weeks)
Unit 4: Consumer Application (2 weeks)
Unit 5: The Pythagorean Theorem (1 week)
Unit 6: Scale Drawings and Angles (2 weeks)
Unit 7: Transformations (2 weeks)
Unit 8: Geometry (2 weeks)
Unit 9: Functional Relationships (7 weeks)
Unit 10: Probability and Statistics (3 weeks)