7th Grade Math--Course OverviewMiddle School Math is challenging and will require you to put forth great effort. Below are the minimum requirements you must meet in order to succeed this year.
Grades will be kept as a running tally of points, and your marking period grades will be calculated by taking your total points earned divided by the maximum points available per marking period. These points are earned through various activities such as class work, homework, quizzes, projects, and tests. Your numeric grade will then be transferred into a letter grade using the following system:
98 above = A+
80’s =B grades ending in 0, 1, or 2 will earn a (–),grades ending in 8, or 9 will earn a (+)
70’s =C grades ending in 0, 1, or 2 will earn a (–),grades ending in 8, or 9 will earn a (+)60’s =D grades ending in 0, 1, or 2 will earn a (–),grades ending in 8, or 9 will earn a (+)Below 60 =F
Every student is expected to participate in some way in my class, and I plan to create a classroom environment that makes it fun and enjoyable for everyone to participate. Every day you will be asked to complete a “bell ringer” warm-up activity that usually draws on material learned in past lessons. I will give you a special paper to complete this bell ringer on, and at the end of 5 days I will collect the students’ work. Each day of completion is worth 1 point, so there is an opportunity for you to earn 5 points per week toward your marking period grade. All work must be shown to earn full credit for completion. You are, however, responsible for your bell ringer papers and for making them up when you are absent. I advise you to keep a 3-ring binder to put your papers in so that you do not lose them. These can be a great tool for studying.HOMEWORKCompleting independent practice at home is a vital part of the learning process in all of mathematics, and it is an amazing resource for students to study and review. Homework will be given almost every day in my class. It is a great way for you to practice new concepts, get prepared for quizzes and tests, and to earn important points toward your class grade. Late homework will be worth half credit if it is one day late, and zero credit if will be awarded if it is turned in more than one day late. In the case of an absence, students have one day to complete missed homework assignments for full credit. In the case of multiple absences, you will have one day for each assignment that you missed. (Ex. If a student misses Monday and Tuesday and comes back on Wednesday, Monday’s homework will be due Thursday, and Tuesday’s homework will be due Friday. Wednesday’s homework will be due as scheduled.)
Quizzes will be given throughout the chapters as checkpoints for me to see how well you are progressing. Also, quizzes will be announced at least 2 days in advance, or unexpectedly, so you should always come to class prepared.
Like any other subject, testing is very important to gauge student progress in mathematics. Tests will be administered at least one time for each chapter, and four times throughout the year for district purposes.
Students are expected to come to class everyday prepared and ready to learn.
- Pencil(ABSOLUTELY NO PENS IN MATH!!!)
- The required Math book
- Notebook for taking notes
- 3-ring binder for papers and class notes
Algebra I students: TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 Plus Graphing calculator
(See the attached calculator letter for more information about the graphing calculator)
All students taking Academic Math 7, 7th grade honors Pre-Algebra, or 8th grade Academic Pre-Algebra: a calculator with the capability to evaluate fractions
(we strongly recommend the TI 30XIIS made by Texas Instruments)