Welcome to 8th grade Pre-Algebra! This course covers concepts including equations, geometry, functions, and data analysis. This year, in order to create an environment where students take responsibility for learning, I expect you to participate in class discussions, in-class and at-home lessons, and collaborative group work.   You will be required to critically think, model your work, and be able to describe and defend your conclusions verbally, with algorithms, and in written paragraph form.  I look forward to a successful year together!

Units were developing using the Arizona Mathematics Standards.

Unit 1: Equations

Unit 2:  Transformations

Unit 3:  Angles and Triangles

Unit 4:  Graphing and Writing Linear Equations

Unit 5:  Systems of Linear Equations

Unit 6:  Functions

Unit 7:  Real Numbers and Pythagorean Theorem

Unit 8:  Volume and Similar Solids

Unit 9:  Data Analysis and Display

Unit 10:  Exponents and Scientific Notation

Additional Units: Compound Probability & Solving Inequalities

1.     Materials Required for Class:

∞ Pencils (many) and Pens,

∞ Dry Erase Markers (Fine tip)

∞ Composition Book for notes (lined - college ruled)

∞ 2 packages of Lined Paper  (for assignments)

∞ Folder with prongs to hold all handouts OR math tab in binder

∞ Scotch Tape

∞ Optional: Kleenex, colored pencils, hand held pencil sharpener, highlighter

2.     Classroom Expectations:

∞ Be Respectful: to yourself, others, and to all property

∞ Be Responsible: with all required work and materials needed for class

∞ Be Truthful & Trustworthy: Set a positive example for others

∞ Follow all school rules in handbook

3.     Consequences: May include one or more of the following

∞ Verbal Reminder                                           ∞ Behavior/Academic Contract

∞ Removal from class                                       ∞ Referral to Administration

∞ Conference with teacher and/or parent            ∞ Work Detail

∞ Detention-teacher assigned 15 or 30 minutes before or after school only

∞ Expect homework approximately four to five days a week. Assignments due at the beginning of class.

∞ All homework must be completed in pencil. Illegible handwriting or completion in pen will result

in re-doing the assignment.

∞ Students must show all steps in order to receive credit for an assignment.

∞ All problems must be reasonably attempted mathematically or a written explanation must be provided, addressing the area that is not understood.

∞ Assignment submitted online must be accompanied by work on paper and turned in for credit.

5.      Attendance and Make Up work:

∞ It is solely the responsibility of the scholar to check the assignment board, website “Homework Calendar,” and folders after returning from an absence to ensure all work is received and made up.  The teacher is not responsible for reminding the scholar of this responsibility.

∞ The day you return, all assignments which were due the first day you were absent must be turned in.

∞ You will have 1 day per day absence to make up work. (ie. 2 days absent, 2 days to make up work).

∞ Tests and Regular quizzes must be arranged with teacher and be made up outside of class. Homework quizzes may not be made up.

6.     Tardies: Scholars should be in their seats, prepared to work when the bell rings.

7.     Grades:  (detailed grading policy to be outlined in a separate document)

90%- and up = A           Tests (unit, midterms, final exams): 40%

80%-89% = B               Quizzes: 30%

70%-79% = C               Assignments (classwork, homework): 10%

60%-69% = D               Weekly Reviews & Homework Quizzes: 20%

59% and below =F