Pre-Algebra Course Description
This course reinforces and builds upon mathematical skills taught in previous classes with additional advanced computation, including an emphasis on algebraic concepts. The course content follows the California State Mathematics Framework and Standards for 7th grade.
This course reinforces mathematical skills taught in the grade six class with additional advanced computation including an emphasis on Algebraic concepts. Students study fractions, decimals, percents, positive and negative integers and rational numbers. They become more proficient in using ratios, proportions and solving algebraic equations. Students will develop and expand problem solving skills (creatively and analytically) in order to solve word problems. Students continue to practice using math skills to solve word problems and to think creatively and analytically. Students will use manipulatives and calculators. Successful completion of this course prepares students for success in Algebra 1.
Holt, Mathematics Course 2: Pre-Algebra.
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|An excellent online multilingual glossary is also available with our textbook.|
Pre-Algebra Course Content
Four benchmarks have been scheduled throughout the year. Each 65 question benchmark is designed to be completed in two class periods and will emphasize all of the content standards for Grade 7 Math (Pre-Algebra) -- the same length and time as the spring California State Tests (CSTs). It is expected that most students will miss some of the problems that have not been covered in class prior to the benchmark, but students should be able to do progressively better as we approach benchmark #4 and the spring California State Tests (CSTs).
The "End of Unit" test for each unit will be included as part of the students' grade. The benchmarks will only be counted as classwork, and will therefore not be a significant contribution to the overall student grade.
|08/16/2010 - 10/1/2010||Unit #1: Integers & Rational Numbers|
|08/23/2010 - 08/24/2010||Benchmark #1: Baseline.|
|10/11/2010 - 11/09/2010||Unit #2: Equations & Inequalities|
|11/03/2010 - 11/04/2010||Benchmark #2|
|11/15/2010 - 12/17/2010||Unit #3: Ratios, Rates, Proportions, Percents|
|12/15/2010 - 12/17/2010||Fall Semester Final Exam|
|01/04/2011 - 02/10/2011||Unit #4: Graphs & Functions|
|02/14/2011 - 04/7/2010||Unit #5: Exponents, Roots, and Geometry|
|03/23/2011 - 03/24/2011||Benchmark #4|
|04/11/2011 - 04/22/2011||Unit #6: Prep for CST|
|04/25/2011 - 05/06/2011||CST testing window|
|05/09/2011 - 05/30/2011||Unit #7: Prep for Algebra|
|05/25/2011||Algebra Readiness Test|
|05/30/2011 - 06/02/2011||Spring Semester Final Exam|
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California Mathematics Content Standards
This is a link to a rather large pdf file that contains all of the mathematics standards for Kindergarten through Grade 12. (Page 38 has the Grade 7 details.)
California Mathematics Framework
This is a link to a rather large pdf file that contains the framework and rationale for mathematics courses from Kindergarten through Grade 12. (Page 85 has the Grade 7 details.)
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