Syllabus

Villa Academy Middle School

Pre-Algebra B

Teacher:  Lindsay Kapek

Room: 523

Extension: 247

Email: lkapek@thevilla.org

About this Course:

Pre-Algebra is designed to give students the necessary skills to be successful in an Algebra course. Students will review and solidify fundamental concepts learned previously as well as learn introductory algebra concepts in preparation for future courses. There will be an emphasis on problem solving, examining different methods for solving, and explaining your process. Learning will take place through direct instruction, explorations, use of manipulatives, and various other activities. Students will learn to organize their learning of new concepts through guided note taking.

 

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 being absent 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
  • Have 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 (TI-30x recommended)
  • Optional (but preferred)
    • Scissors
    • Glue stick

 

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 1-3 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:  Intro and Review

  • Mean, Median and Mode
  • All operations with Fractions
  • Fraction, decimal, percent
  • All operations with integers

Probability

Unit 2: Review

  • Order of Operations
  • Area of rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids, circles, and irregular shapes
  • Equations  
  • Introduction to variables
  • Simplifying expressions (by combining like terms and using the distributive property)
  • Evaluating expressions using substitution

Writing expressions

Unit 3: Equations

  • Review one and two step equations
  • Multi-step equations
  • Equations with variables on both sides
  • word problems (writing equations and solving)

Unit 4: Inequalities

  • Graphing inequalities on a number line
  • Solving one and two step inequalities with one variable
  • Word problems with inequalities    

Unit 5: Graphing slope and rate of change

  • Intro to linear rules
  • x and y-intercepts
  • Table, graphs and rules
  • Unit rates
  • comparing rates
  • slope
  • slope in different representations
  • Distance rate time problems

Unit 6: Systems of equations

  • Solving systems by graphing

Unit 7: Proportions

  • Similarity
  • Proportions
  • Ratio of Areas

Unit 8: Volume and Surface Area

  • Prisms
  • Pyramids
  • Cylinders
  • Cones

Unit 9: Pythagorean Theorem and Irrational Numbers

  • Irrational Numbers
  • locate irrational numbers on a number line
  • Pythagorean Theorem

Unit 10: Exponents

  • Scientific Notation
  • Exponent Rules