Math 7

  • North Middle School Course Syllabus

    Course Title:  Math 7                                      Grade Level:  Seventh

    Teacher:  Steve Maxwell                               Room Number:  C1

     

    Teacher Contact Information:

    Email Address:                  smaxwell@grantspass.k12.or.us               Phone Number:  541-474-5740 Ext. 40134

    District Webpage:              www.grantspass.k12.or.us

     

     

    Course Description

    Seventh Grade Math covers the following:

    • Ratios and rates; proportional relationships; percents; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing rational numbers; algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities; two and three-dimensional geometry; and probability and statistics.  See topics and learning target descriptions below for more details or visit www.edgems.com to see more complete explanations.

    Course Expectations and Policies:  

    • Students will be expected to behave with an attitude of Respect toward the instructor and one another.
    • Students will be expected to be in their seats with the required materials and ready to participate when class begins.
    • Students are expected to turn in work complete and when it is due.
    • Students are expected to behave Safely and Responsibly at all times during class.
    • Students are expected to pass all assessments with a passing grade of C- or better.

    Course Standards:  Students will be scored on their knowledge and skills on the standards expected for the course.  Students will not only be given an overall grade for the course, but will also be measured on specified standards and learning targets that are aligned with course content.   The standards will be measured using the following rubric scale.

     

    Rubric Scale

    Descriptor

    5

    Mastery:  Superior academic performance through evidence of in-depth understanding and demonstration of skill/standard.

    4

    Approaching Mastery:  Consistently meets and sometimes exceeds the basic skill/standard and has a complete understanding, and can demonstrate the skill/standard.

    3

    Proficient:  Meets the standard with basic knowledge and demonstration.  Some errors may be present.

    2

    Working Toward Proficient:  Not yet passing.  Occasional demonstration of skill/standard.

    1

    Not Proficient/Insufficient Evidence:  Limited achievement of the grade level standards/expectations.  Proficiency cannot be determined due to missing assignments, and/or length of time in school.

    Specific Course Standards:  6th Grade Math

     

    Ratios and Rates

    ·         Compute unit rates associated with ratios of fractions, including ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in like or different units.

    ·         Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.

    Proportional Relationships

    ·         Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.

    ·         Use proportional relationships to solve multi-step ratio and percent problems.

    Percents

    ·         Convert a rational number to a decimal using long division.

    ·         Use proportional relationships to solve multi-step ratio and percent problems.

    Rational Numbers

    ·         Apply and extend previous understandings to add, subtract, multiply and divide rational numbers.

    ·         Represent the four operations on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram.

    ·         Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.

    Algebraic Expressions

    ·         Read, write and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.

    ·         Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.

    ·         Rewrite an expression in different forms to understand how the quantities are related.

    ·         Solve multi-step, real-life and mathematical problems with positive and negative rational numbers.

    ·         Apply properties operations to calculate, convert between forms and assess reasonableness.

    Equations and Inequalities

    ·         Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for nonnegative rational numbers.

    ·         Rewrite an expression in different forms to understand how the quantities are related.

    ·         Solve multi-step, real-life and mathematical problems with positive and negative rational numbers.

    ·         Apply properties operations to calculate, convert between forms and assess reasonableness.

    ·         Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities

    Probability and Statistics

    ·         Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 and approximate the probability of chance event by collecting data.

    ·         Draw inferences about a population based on a random sample.

    ·         Compare two sets of data using measures of center.

    ·         Develop a probability model and use it to find probabilities of events.

    ·         Find probabilities of compound events using organized lists, tables, tree diagrams and simulation.

    Two Dimensional Geometry

    ·         Recognize and draw a two-dimensional shape given specific conditions.

    ·         Construct triangles from three measure of angles or sides to determine between a unique triangle, multiple triangles or no triangle.

    ·         Use facts about supplementary, complementary, vertical and adjacent angles to write and solve equations for an unknown angle.

    ·         Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons.

    ·         Determine the area and circumference of a circle.

    Three Dimensional Geometry

    ·         Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes and right prisms.

    ·         Describe the two-dimensional figures that result from slicing three-dimensional figures.

     

    Grading Criteria:

    Academic grades will reflect a student’s mastery of the subject’s knowledge and skills according to state standards.  Extra credit will not be provided.

    Grades will be issued at the end of the first and second semester.  Progress reports will be mailed home at the end of 6 and 12 weeks.  Parents and students are encouraged to follow progress on Power School.  Visit the district webpage to learn more about how to access your account.

     

     

    How Students are Graded

    Weight of Grade

    Assessments (Summative)

    ·         Tests

    ·         Quizzes

     

     

    80%

    Practice

    ·         In-Class Assignments

    ·         Homework

    ·         Group Activities and Discussions

     

     

     

    20%

    At the end of the first semester, if a student is not receiving a passing grade but is making adequate progress toward proficiency and utilizing resources available (determined by the teacher), they will be assigned an Incomplete (I) and will have 15 school days to demonstrate proficiency on any missing, incomplete or failed assessments.  The “I” will become an “F” after this 15 day window.  Students may choose to improve their grades, per teacher approval, within the same 15 day window.  Students receiving an “I” in the second semester will need to have their proficiency demonstrated before the teacher leaves for the summer or within 10 days from the start of the first day of school the following year.

     

    Late Work or Missing WorkStudents must complete assignments and submit them to the teacher in order to demonstrate that they are working toward proficiency.  Students are expected to complete and submit all work by the due date.  Late and missing work will be accepted.

     

    Reassessment Policy:  Students may request opportunities to retake assessments which they fail, or wish to retake, in order to demonstrate proficiency, provided that they are making adequate progress toward proficiency.  Students may request up to two (2) assessment retakes under the following conditions.

    • All practice work must be completed and turned in before the first retake will be given.
    • If a second retake is requested (only if proficiency has not been met), an alternate assessment may be substituted and additional practice work will be required which may be:
    1. Teacher or student generated study guide/notes
    2. Flash cards
    3. Section review questions
    4. Verbal discussion
    5. Related essay/report
    • Students who pass an assessment but wish to retake for an improved grade, may request one (1) retake under the same conditions.

     

    Academic Support:  Additional support is available before and after school or by special appointment.

     

    Differentiation strategies available in this class may include extension activities, acceleration, or other activities, depending on the needs of the student.