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Algebra I

Program Description:

In Algebra 1, students will develop and improve competencies as articulated in the Common Core State Standards for mathematics in the first year of high school.  Students will become proficient in four overarching areas:  (1) number and quantity; (2) algebra; (3) functions; and (4) statistics and probability.


(1) Students will extend their understanding of number and quantity. This includes using units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems.  Students will choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; they will also choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.  They  will report quantities using the correct units.


(2) Students will use  their understanding of Algebra to simplify and manipulate expressions, equations, and inequalities.  They will interpret g parts of an expression and factor quadratic expressions to reveal the zeros.  Through adding, subtracting, and multiplying of polynomials, students will simplify expressions.  Students will create  equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems; they will  create equations in two variables and graph them on coordinate axes.  Students will solve equations, inequalities, and systems of linear equations and explaining the steps used in those processes.  


(3) Students will use  functions and represent equations as functions.  They will be recognize arithmetic  sequences and represent them using function notation.  They will calculate the slope from a table and rate of change from a graph.  Students will write functions that describes a relationship between two quantities.  They will  interpret the graph of a linear function in terms of the context of a problem.   


(4) Students will use  statistics to interpret data.  They will categorize data in two-way frequency tables and  interpret possible trends in data.  They will distinguish between the relationship of two variables based on the correlation.


Algebra 1 students will practice skills in isolation in order to apply them competently to solve real-world problems. Through repeated practice and hands-on activities, they will gain competence with number and quantity, algebra, functions, and statistics and probability.


Materials Needed:

      Each day, bring the following materials to class:

  1. Folder
  2. Pencil and eraser (NO PENS)
  3. Calculator
  4. Paper
  5. Laptop

Summative Assessments 100%:

Summative Assessments will always be announced.  These will be in the form of section quizzes and comprehensive tests that will be at the end of each chapter.  Re-do’s will be at TEACHER DISCRETION and will be allowed only on summative assessments.

 

Formative Assessments:
1) Assigned practice problems

  1. Algebra is a class based on skill and in order to improve your skills, you need to practice.  All assigned practice will be designed and selected to prepare you to apply your skills competently in solving real-world applicable problems.  It is expected that you will show the correct solution (just having the answer is not enough).  A solution consists of each and every step that was used to solve the problem, as well as the final answer that you get.
  2. Completing the practice problems suggested will prepare students for proficiency and/or mastery on summative assessments.

2) Individual Worksheets/Class Exercises/Activities

 

Academic Success:
1) Watching the lesson videos and completely filling out the notes that go along with it and the PlayPosit answers are a required part of the class.  You will receive a detention for each note video not watched (after the 2nd one per quarter).

2) Group Activities/Worksheets

 

Folder/Binder:

            Students are required to keep track of their progress throughout the course.  All of your notes, homework, worksheets, and projects should be kept in your folder or binder.  There will be a checklist stating the requirements for each folder on Schoology/and or handed out to you.  Should you request a re-do on a summative assessment, you must provide this information.