Math is a subject where skills build upon one another. It's also a subject where repetition is essential - think of it as building a muscle in your brain. With math classes in a tutorial format, time management is key. I recommend evenly spacing lessons and homework throughout the week. I will not require that homework be submitted until class time each week, unless it becomes necessary. That means students will need to make sure they are planning their time wisely. I suggest dedicating time each day to work on a lesson (watching videos and taking notes) and completing the practice and homework associated with it. It is best to complete one lesson at a time and let that information digest before moving on to the next lesson. Attempting to save math lessons and homework until the day before class will most likely result in frustration and fatigue. Please plan accordingly.
Class time will be devoted to answering questions, going deeper into some subjects and doing fun hands on and group activities.
Supplies each student needs:
- PreAlgebra by Derek Owens workbooks (PROVIDED by WEB)
- 3 ring binder (1 1/2" to 2" should work fine) - we will use these for in class notes and activities, as well as graded homework and tests
- Colored pencils*
- Glue sticks*
- (Optional) small box or pouch for supplies
- loose leaf notebook paper
- loose leaf graph paper (preferably with holes punched)
- Calculator: (Derek Owens uses at TI-83 Plus Graphing calculator in his videos). There are cheaper options for graphing calculators out there. We won't do a lot of graphing in this class, but you might want to go ahead and invest in one now, since they will need one for higher math classes.
*I will have a limited supply of colored pencils, scissors and glue sticks to use in class. Students may want to have their own so they don't have to wait their turn for supplies.
PreAlgebra by Derek Owens: Contact Mrs. Gore for Username and Password for online access.
- Chapter 1: Whole Numbers
Numbers, Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Rounding, Estimation, Ordering, Multiplication and Division, Exponents, Order of Operations, Equations
- Chapter 2: Integers and Introduction to Algebra
Operations on Integers, Variables and Expressions, Introduction to Linear Equations
- Chapter 3: Fractions and Equations
Prime Numbers, Factorization, Equivalent Fractions, Multiplication and Division of Fractions, Linear Equations in One Variable
- Chapter 4: Applications of Fractions and Equations
Addition and Subtraction of Fractions, Mixed Numbers, Complex Fractions, Applications of Fractions, Equations with Fractions
- Chapter 5: Decimals
Place Value, Rounding, Addition and Subtraction of Decimals, Multiplication and Division of Decimals, Fractions and Decimals, Equations with Decimals, Square Roots, The Pythagorean Theorem
- Chapter 6: Rate, Ratio, and Proportion
Ratios, Rates, Proportions, Similar Triangles and Proportions, Applications of Proportions, Measurement and Conversion
- Chapter 7: Percent
Percents, Decimals, Fractions, Percent Problems and Proportions, Applications of Percents, Equations with Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest
- Chapter 8: Geometry
Lines, Angles, Perimeter, Circumference, Area, Volume
- Chapter 9: Graphing and Introduction to Statistics
Circle Graphs, Pictographs, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Rectangular Coordinates, Linear Equations in Two Variables, Mean, Median, Mode
- *Chapter 9A: Functions and Linear Equations Unit*
Coordinate Plane Review; Relations vs. Functions; Domain and Range, Equations as Functions, Graphing Linear Equations by Table, Rate of Change/Slope (from a graph), Slope Formula, Slope Applications (Rate of Change), Graphing Linear Equations by Slope Intercept Form, Standard Form, Vertical and Horizontal Lines, Linear vs. Non-Linear Equations, Slope-Intercept Form Applications
- Chapter 10: Polynomials
Introduction to Polynomials, Addition and Subtraction of Polynomials, Multiplication of Polynomials
*This unit is in addition to the Derek Owens curriculum, and expands on the information presented in Chapter 9. I will give students notes pages and post videos and homework for each section of this unit via Google Classroom. If you are curious, the content for this unit comes from a PreAlgebra unit by All Things Algebra.