Curriculum Overview

     Middle School Math   

We are looking forward to a great year of math with our middle school teachers.  Middle school math will be taught by Karen Evans and Jill VonFeldt. Samantha Ernest will be providing one on one tutoring for our students when needed.   Below is a breakdown of the topics that will be covered for the sixth, seventh and algebra (eighth) classes.  Following that, you will find some general policies and information.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

6th Math at a Glance – Karen Evans (Teacher)

Textbook:  Go Math 6

  1. Whole Numbers and Rational Numbers
  2. Decimals and Fractions
  3. Ratio and Rates
  4. Percents and Units of Measure
  5. Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
  6. Relationships Between Variables
  7. Area, Surface Area and Volume
  8. Data Displays and Measures of Center
  9. Variability and Data Distributions

7th Math at a Glance – Jill VonFeldt & Karen Evans (Teachers)

Textbook:  Go Math 7 

  1. Adding and Subtracting Integers
  2. Multiplying and Dividing Integers
  3. Rational Numbers
  4. Rates and Proportionality
  5. Proportions and Percents
  6. Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
  7. Modeling Geometric Figures
  8. Circumference, Area, and Volume
  9. Random Samples and Populations
  10. Analyzing and Comparing Data
  11. Experimental and Theoretical Probability

Algebra at a Glance – Jill VonFeldt (Teacher)

Textbook: Larson Algebra 1

  1. Expressions, Equations, and Functions
  2. Solving Linear Equations
  3. Graphing Linear Equations and Functions
  4. Writing Linear Equations
  5. Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities
  6. Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  7. Exponents and Exponential Functions
  8. Polynomials and Factoring
  9. Quadratic Equations and Functions

POLICIES AND INFORMATION

Homework 

All homework is expected to be completed as well as possible, and on time.  Homework should always be done in pencil.  If a student does not understand how to do a problem, they should do their best.  Even an incorrect answer requires mental effort that benefits the student.   Mistakes are evidence that we are learning new things.  Homework is reviewed together in class and they will have an opportunity to correct mistakes.   

Grading 

The following shows the grading breakdown for this class:

5%  math journals                                                                                                                    5%  class work                                                                                                                  30%  homework and projects                                                                                              20%   quizzes                                                                                                                            40%   tests 

 Make-up Work and Late Work  

It is your child’s responsibility to ask for make-up work and notes when they have been absent from class.  Adequate time will be allowed for them to do  the make-up work.   

 In general, late work will be accepted but will receive reduced credit.  If a student is having difficulty with a topic, they should do their very best to complete the assignment.   At the end of chapters or units, all late homework must be turned in if credit is to be given. 

 Quizzes and Tests 

Quizzes may be given mid-chapter to assess the understanding of topics.  Tests will be given after each chapter or module.  If a student misses the day before a test and returns on test day, they are expected to take the test.  If they miss two or more days before a test, special arrangements can be made to take the test at another time.  If a student receives the grade of C or less, they can retake the test or quiz again to earn up to half of the lost points.   

 Extra Help 

It is up to your student to seek help when they are not understanding a topic or feel the need for more clarification.  We are always willing to work with student outside class if needed.  If they are looking for more clarification or practice, their ixl.com account provides some opportunities for this.   They can ask family or friends for help at any time.  We shall be making weekly posts to the Assumption website middle school math page with information and resources directly related to the topics we are studying.  Please encourage your students to visit the posts.