**7th Grade Math Course Description**

__Organization:__

- Each chapter has coherent groups of lessons focused on related 7
^{th}or 8^{th}grade math standards. - The homework for each lesson includes a check of understanding, practice and problem-solving questions, test prep, H.O.T. problems, and spiral review.

__Class Time:__

Our class time is very important, so we use our time very efficiently. Each daily lesson is formatted in a similar way in order to make the most of our time together.

*Get Ready:*The students will come into the classroom and immediately start the warm-up, which can include a facts practice, an essential question of the day, or a common core quick check. (5 min)*Correct:*The students will correct the previous night’s assignments in red pen. (5 min)*Investigate, Model, and Practice:*We will explore the new concept, and the students will write down the math vocabulary and example problems in their notebooks. There will be both teacher modeling, guided practice, and independent practice. (25-30 min)*Independent Work Time:*The students will have the choice of making corrections to the previous night’s assignment or starting tonight’s homework. (10-15 min)

__Requirements:__

- The students will come to class prepared with pencil, red pen, notebook, and correct math book.
- The students will complete all math work (except corrections) in pencil.
- The students will keep a neat and clear math notebook with the date, lesson title, daily vocabulary, and steps to solve the example problems.
- The students will have neat work and always show the steps to solving each problem.
- The students will turn in the homework before they leave class. If they do corrections, it needs to be on a separate sheet marked “corrections.”
- Students who are sick or miss class for an appointment will correct their assignment when they return. The student will write “absent” at the top before turning the assignment in to ensure that they get full credit.
- The students will put their best effort into everything that they do!

__Math Study Hall:__

- Heuer offers a weekly recess study hall every Thursday during lunch recess specifically for extra math time. Any 7
^{th}or 8^{th}grade student is welcomed to come to work on math homework or online math homework. - The math study hall will be in the math room, and Mrs. Heuer will be available for questions.

__Glencoe.com:__

The Glencoe McGraw-Hill program offers an online learning center for students. We will occasionally use this resource in class, but I also encourage students to use it at home for additional practice. No username or password is needed!

How do I log on?

- Go to Math Website
- Choose the state of Washington, Student/Parent, Mathematics.
- Go to Math Connects, Course II.

What is offered on this website?

- Vocabulary review games
- Self-check quizzes for each lesson
- Personal tutor videos to teach the daily lessons
- Chapter tests

__Online Learning Resource (ALEKS.com):__

We are very fortunate to have purchased this online learning system for all of our 6^{th} – 8^{th} grade students for this school year. ALEKS.com is an online learning system that is built from the Common Core standards and uses the same standards and topics as our current curriculum. It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine what a student knows and does not know. Each student will take an initial knowledge check at the beginning of the year, and an individualized curriculum will be created for that student. The student will work through his/her program and will periodically be re-assessed over the course of the year. We are excited about the increased and deeper learning that this program will provide!

How will we use ALEKS.com?

- Students will have a class period every 1-2 weeks to work on their individualized ALEKS plan in school.
- Students will be required to do
outside of what we complete in class. This can be done at home and/or at the weekly study halls. The students will receive a homework grade for this at pre-scheduled check in times.__one additional hour each week__

__Grading:__

Tests – 70%

- Accuracy, work shown, answers labeled properly with units when necessary
- Tests are scheduled after every unit. If there is a change, the students will be given notice beforehand.

Homework – 25%

- Accuracy, work shown, neatness, answers labeled properly with units when necessary

Participation – 5%

- Active participation, behavior, note-taking, use of class time