Intro to Algebra Principles
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course covers the following areas:
1) The tools of Algebra
2) Operations with Integers
3) Operations with Rational Numbers
4) Expressions and Equations
5) MultiStep Equations
6) Ratios, Proportions, and Similar Figures
7) Percent
8) Linear Functions and Graphing
9) Powers and Nonlinear Functions
10) Real Numbers and Right Triangles
11) Distance and Angle
12) Surface area and Volume
13) Statistics and Probability
TEXT:
Glencoe / McGrawHill PreAlgrbra
SUPPLIES NEEDED:
* Notebook
* Pencils
* Calculator (Optional)
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS:
* Follow directions the first time given
* Be polite and kind to one another
* Respect other peoples' feelings and their property
* Bring all supplies and assignments as needed
* Be dressed appropriately
* Come to class with your restroom needs satisfied
GRADING:
Middle School Grading Method
Students receive grade reports on a quarterly basis throughout the school year. The grades are weighted 80% summative and 20% formative to formulate the average.
Formative Assessment “We are practicing!”

Formative assessments are ongoing assessments, reviews, and observations in a classroom. These scores provide feedback to teachers and students during the course of learning. For example, if a teacher observes that some students do not grasp a concept, she or he can design a review activity or use a different instructional strategy. Likewise, students can monitor their progress. The results of formative assessments are used to modify and validate instruction.
Summative Assessment “Show what you know!”

Summative evaluations are used to determine if students have mastered specific competencies and to identify instructional areas that need additional attention. An assessment is considered summative when it is designed to provide information to be used in making judgments about a student’s achievement at the end of a period of instruction, (i.e., tests, exams, final drafts, projects, or performances).
Formative Assessment

Summative Assessment

Daily Work

Tests

Journals

Essays

Homework

Projects

Class Work

Presentations

Anecdotal Records

Speeches

Diagnostic Tests

Portfolios

Teacher Observations

Report

Questioning Sessions/Discussions

Written Product i.e. short story, poem, memoir

Conferences between instructor and student

Recital

Inclass activities

An art, music or otherwise constructed piece

Student selfassessment

Demonstration

Simulations/Games

Performance task



Formative Grading
Each week the results of all formative assessments will be computed to assign a weekly formative grade for the online grade book. Every formative assessment will use the following point scale:
3 Meets Expectations –This score demonstrates the student has met the objective.
2 Needs Improvement This score demonstrates that the student needs more practice on the objective.
1 Incomplete This score demonstrates that the students did not complete enough for a judgment of ability to be made.
0 Zero This score demonstrates that the student did not provide any evidence.
X Excused This score is for students who are not required to complete the assessment.
MAKE UP WORK:
For excused absences only...one day for every day absent is allowed for completing makeup work. It is the student's responsibility to get any notes from classmates, reschedule missed quizzes or tests, and collect needed makeup assignments.