Course Syllabus
Villa Academy Middle School
FOUNDATIONS FOR ALGEBRA COURSE 1
Teacher: Lindsay Gomula
Room: 523
Extension: 247
Email: lgomula@thevilla.org
About this Course: (from cpm.org)
Making Connections: Foundations for Algebra, Course 1 is the first of a twoyear
sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a rigorous college preparatory
algebra course. It uses a problembased approach with concrete models. The course
helps students to develop multiple strategies to solve problems and to recognize the
connections between concepts. The lessons in the course embed the “Mathematical
Practices” of the Common Core State Standards released in June 2010.
EXPECTATIONS:
Students are expected to:
 Be on time to class every day and in their seats at the designated start of class
 Bring the required materials to class every day (see list below)
 Be alert and pay attention during class discussions
 Take notes during class discussions and presentation of new information
 Be prepared to share their answers to homework assignments
 Be respectful of their classmates and teachers at all times
 Ask permission to leave the classroom at all times
 Do all homework, tests, and quizzes in pencil
 Put the proper heading on homework assignments
 Correct their homework assignments and ask questions about problems they missed
 Turn in homework on the day after it is assigned unless told otherwise by their teacher
 Turn in missed assignments due to absents within 3 days of their return to class unless prior arrangements are made with their teacher
 Try their best on assignments and assessments
 Have a positive attitude
Students can expect to:
 Have 20 to 30 minutes of homework each night, if they do not use class time given to work on assignments
 Have a classroom environment that is conducive to learning
 Receive help from their teacher at anytime during class, before school, or after school
 Be able to ask questions and receive an answer that they understand
 Have the subject matter presented in a way that allows them to learn
 Learn methods that will help them solve real world problems
 Learn the information that will allow them to be successful in future math classes
 Tests and quizzes graded within a reasonable amount of time, they may not be returned until all students have taken the test
MATERIALS:
Students are required to bring the following to class every day
 Pencil and colored pen to correct assignments
 Math Notebook (Spiral, graph paper if possible)
 Their textbook
 Paper and graph paper
 Calculator
GRADING POLICY:
Assessments (40%)
 Problems will be similar to those assigned for homework and in class assignments, as well as problems that will require the student to apply their knowledge of current and past work.
 Students will be given partial credit on problems where the answer is not correct as long as they show the steps for solving the problem.
 Students will be able to use their notes on their assessments
 One assessment will be given per unit
Quizzes (20%)
 Problems will be similar to those assigned for homework and in class assignments, as well as problems that will require the student to apply their knowledge of current and past work.
 Students will be given partial credit on problems where the answer is not correct as long as they show the steps for solving the problem.
 Students should expect 13 quizzes per unit
Classwork/ Homework (30%)
 Daily assignments will be graded on a 4 point scale. Points are based on the students attempt to complete the assignment
 In order to receive full credit on a homework assignment, students must correct all problems that were incorrect and show the proper steps for completing the problem
Projects (10%)
 Students should expect one project per trimester
 Students will be given expectations and a rubric when the project is assigned
 Class time as well as home time will be used to complete each project
Grading Scale is the same as Villa’s Middle School grading scale.
CURRICULUM:
Unit 1: Review 

Unit 2: Prime factorization, GCF and LCM 

Unit 3: Introduction to Integers 
PROJECT: writing integer word problems 
Unit 4: Analyzing Data 

Unit 5: Fractions 

Unit 6: Simplifying expressions 

Unit 7: Equations 

Unit 8: Graphing on a coordinate plane 

Unit 9: Unit rate, ratios, slope and graphing 

Unit 10: Proportions 

Unit 11: Geometry 

Unit 12: Volume and Surface area 

Unit 13: Probability 
