• 7th Grade SCASD Introduction to Algebra/Geometry

Units of Study

Geometry and Similarity: During this unit you will explore polygons and angle properties.  Formulas for area, circumference, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional shapes will be used to solve problems.  You will also explore similarity between figures.

Ratios, Rates, Percents, and Proportions: During this unit you will find different strategies for comparing quantities, including ratios, fractions, percents, and proportions.   You will find unit rates and use them to compare data. You will use proportional reasoning strategies to solve real-world consumer math application problems, such as mark-ups/downs and tax.

Integers and Rational Numbers: During this unit, you will extend the number system to include negative numbers.  You will locate and compare integers and rational numbers on a number line.  You will develop algorithms to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers and rational numbers.  You will then use these algorithms to simplify multi-step expressions.

Linear Relationships: During this unit you will explore linear relationships with graphs, tables, and equations,  solve equations, and connect rates and ratios. You will recognize linear relationships by the constant rate of change between two variables in a contextual situation, a table, a graph, or an equation.

Probability and Expected Value: During this unit you will make sense of samples, choose a sample from a population, and use samples to draw conclusions.  You will find experimental and theoretical probabilities of events, determine if two events are equally likely, make decisions with probability, and analyze compound independent events.

Where will my grade come from?

• 90% of grade - Assessments

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate what you know, understand, and can do mathematically.  Examples may include:

• Formal tests and quizzes (most frequent)
• Projects that show understanding
• Written reflections/journals
• 10% of grade - Class and Homework

Other things that you do in and out of class that fall into this category may include:

• Formative assessments
• Skill review (that quizzes and/or IXL)
• Work completion including group work/cooperative learning
• In-class assignments
• Checklist of testing requirements/test preparation

Rubric for Demonstration of Understanding

Throughout the year, each unit will be assessed on the same four mathematical standards. Your understanding of the material is critical to completing an exam in one sitting.  Your grade will reflect how well you demonstrate the four standards on each assessment.

4 Standards: (used for each unit)

STANDARD 1 - CREATE MATHEMATICAL REPRESENTATIONS (CCSS-M MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE 2, 5 & 7)

STANDARD 2 - SIMPLIFY, SOLVE and EVALUATE (CCSS-M MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE 2, 7 & 8)

STANDARD 3 - ANALYZE and INTERPRET  (CCSS-M MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE 3 & 4)

STANDARD 4 - PERSEVERE AND ATTEND TO PRECISION (CCSS-M MATHEMATICAL PRACTICE 1 & 6)

You will be graded according to the following rubric:

 Grading Rubric Advanced understanding 100% Thorough understanding 95% General understanding  85% Partial understanding  75% Minimal understanding  65% Insufficient evidence to demonstrate understanding 50%

Retake Policy

You will have the option of retaking Standards 1, 2, and 3 on any test in this class for grade replacement of up to a 90%.  Please schedule your retake to be completed before the next assessment. Retakes may not be given one week prior to the end of a marking period.

1. All homework and classwork assigned during the unit must be fully complete.
2. Test Corrections on your specific learning target(s) where you explain your original mistakes, then rework the problems you missed from start to finish, showing thorough work, with explanations as needed.  This must be done in the classroom with teacher supervision.
3. Complete Extra Practice (choice) that helps you improve your understanding.  Proof of this practice must be turned in. Suggested ideas...
1. IXL Skills
2. Google the topic followed by the word worksheet.  Print & Solve.
3. Watch a Khan Academy video and complete practice with it.
4. Schedule an AREA appointment with your teacher.
5. See other options on checklist.