7th Grade Math Syllabus

COURSE TITLE: 7th Grade Mathematics
CODE: MAZ131
TEXT: College and Career Ready – Modules
GRADE LEVEL: 7

Major Concepts/Content:  Mathematics in the 7th grade is intended to solidify the  foundation for the mathematics required for high school.  This course will  review basic concepts of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals while exposing the students to the rigor of solving problems.  Elementary techniques of Algebra will be address in order that the students will have an easy transition from the concrete to the abstract of higher level mathematics.

Standards:  The curriculum for 7th grade mathematics aligns with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics which may be viewed on the DoDEA’s website. http://www.dodea.edu/Curriculum/Mathematics/upload/standards_tables_grade_7_august_2017_v6.pdfhttp://www.azed.gov/azccrs/.

Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities include teaching students to plan, organize, and complete various activities using as many real-world models as possible . This course involves inductive reasoning, extended projects, classroom presentations by students, open-ended investigations, and written justification by students of the solution to the problems. Cooperative learning techniques and appropriate technology should be utilized throughout the course.

Major Evaluative Techniques: Many evaluative processes will be used to assess student’s written and oral work.  These include but are not limited to multiple-choice, short-answer, discussion, or open-ended questions; homework; projects; and class presentations. Students will also be required to successfully complete written tests, which present problems with a range of difficulty based upon expectations for the course.  Testing formats will include restricted time tests, and take-home tests.  Assessment methods can be supplemented by student-produced analysis of problem situations, solutions to problems, and reports on investigation.  Students will be provided the opportunity to do chapter projects that capture the concepts and skills presented throughout the chapter unit that emphasizes real world situations.

Essential Expectations: Upon successful completion of the Seventh Grade, the student should be deal with problems relating to the following:

  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships – Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real‐world and mathematical problems.
  • The Number System – Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.
  • Expressions and Equations – Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. Solve real‐life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equation
  • Percent and Proportional Relationships – Analyze the mathematical relationship between rations ad percents while being able to convert percents to fractions and decimals.
  • Statistics and Probability – Interpret probabilities and compute probabilities  in real-world settings..
  • Geometry – Draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them. Solve real‐life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.Statistics and Probability – Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population. Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. Investigate chance processes, and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

Materials: Students are expected to bring appropriate materials to each class.  They will need a three-ring binder to maintain their course materials. Math students should always have a pencil ready.  🙂

Grading Policy: 90-100: A;  80-89: B; 70-79: C;  60-69: D;  59 or below: F. The lowest grade given for a failing “attempted” assignment is 50%.

Weight: Generally homework will only count only about 10 percent of your grade, classwork about 35 percent, and tests will make up the following about 55 percent.

Being Successful : There will be at least one quiz given each week in addition to approximately two tests per quarter. If students do poorly on a quiz, they can request a second attempt to obtain a passing grade. The primary goal is to do whatever can be done to enable the student to achieve success.

Homework Policy: Late homework will only be accepted with a valid and substantial excuse from home.

Tardy Policy:  This is a very rigorous course in mathematics, and students are required to be in class, on time and prepared to learn.  Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to class without their textbook, notebook, or pencil.

Basic Rules:  Very simply, be attentive and be courteous. Feel free to hold me to the same standard.  Me as a high school teacher and you as a math student,  bothknow what is acceptable and not acceptable in a classroom.  Let’s have a good year.

Tutoring / Extra Help: All students are encouraged to schedule time for extra help during their seminar period.

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