Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)
The goal of Pre-Algebra is to develop fluency with rational numbers, and proportional relationships, and to expand knowledge of irrational numbers. Students will extend their elementary skills and begin to learn algebra concepts that serve as a transition into formal Algebra and Geometry. Students will learn to think flexibly about relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents. Students will learn to recognize and generate equivalent expressions and solve single-variable equations and inequalities. Students will have an introduction to systems of equations, and solve simple systems. Students will investigate and explore mathematical ideas and develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations. Students will analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to life’s experiences.
Students require the minimum of middle school math knowledge within number sense as this course is not designed to provide remedial instruction for middle school topics. Students will draw upon their knowledge of the rational number system which requires comfort with negative numbers, fractions, and decimals (with and without a calculator). Students will take a placement test in the first week of the course which will analyze their basic skills. Students who test just below the minimum prerequisites skills will have the opportunity to review the necessary skills within EdReady Montana. Demonstration of the required knowledge within 2 weeks will allow students to begin the course material.
Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:
Please review the general original credit software requirements at http://mtda.link/techreq
This specific course requires the following:
Students will need to submit their unit assignments which will include the steps taken to complete the problems. The options are either 1) a printer, and a scanner to print out, complete the assignment and then scan to a folder for submission or 2). working knowledge of the equation generators in programs such as Microsoft Word or free programs such as Openoffice and Chrome. Students will also need to be able to watch Youtube videos as part of the course.
Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):
Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available
Dawn Roe, Columbia Falls Junior High, email@example.com