Algebra I - Math 8
Lancaster Middle School
Mrs. Murphy 2017-2018
Algebra I is a High School course to prepare the students to take the New York State Regents Exam in Algebra in June 2018
We will follow the Common Core Learning Standards found on the New York State web site: https://www.engageny.org/common-core-curriculum
5 Modules in NYS Common Core
- Relationships between Quantities and Reasoning with Equations and their Graphs
- Descriptive Statistics
- Linear and Exponential Relationships
- Expressions and Equations
- Quadratic Functions
Math 8 is a Pre-Algebra course designed to meet New York State Grade 8 Standards and to prepare students for Common Core Algebra I, which is the first high school math course.
Topics covered in the Math 8 curriculum focus on three critical areas:
- Applying equations in one and two variables
- Understanding the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships
- Applying the Pythagorean Theorem and the concepts of similarity and congruence.
We follow the standards and Modules found on the New York State website: https://www.engageny.org/common-core-curriculum
Classroom Requirements and Expectations
Expectation #1: Be Ready
- Come to class with your agenda, binder, homework, pencil, red pen, paper, and calculator
Expectation #2: Be Respectful
- Only one person is permitted to speak at a time
- Always give your full attention to the person speaking
- Stay in your seat unless a teacher gives you permission
- Be positive and cooperative in school and life
- Be polite to adults and peers
Expectation #3: Be Responsible
- Follow the student code of conduct at all times
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself at all times
Expectation #5: Be There
- Be on time and in your seat when the bell rings
- Follow the beginning of class procedures
Beginning of Class:
- Check the table for handouts
- Go directly to your seat
- Take out your binder, calculator, and a pencil (put all other materials under your desk)
the P.O.D. (Problem Of the Day)
- Write your HW in your agenda
If you are absent:
1. Students should check their mailbox for a “While You Were Out…” form detailing missed class work and homework assignments.
2. You are responsible for all assignments, notes, projects and work done in class.
- You have two days for each day you are absent to make up your work.
- Absent work must be labeled “ABSENT” at the top of your paper and placed in the basket.
3. If you are absent due to a music lesson, you are not considered absent.
- You need to report to class first,
- write down that day’s assignment
- Sign out
You are responsible for everything.This means notes and class work too!!
(Please limit lessons to 1 per month)Grading PolicyAlgebra I Math 8Tests /Quizzes 75% Tests/Quizzes 60%Homework/ Castle Learning 15% Homework 20%Participation/Activities 10% Participation/Activities 20%Tests - given at the end of each chapterQuizzes-
In class quizzes given throughout chapter
HomeworkEach homework assignment is checked for effort and corrections made in RED pen on the following scale:
- all problems are attempted, work shown & corrected = full credit
- problems partially completed or Late = 50% (Same day late = 70%)
- NO HOMEWORK = HW Detention
Participation/ActivitiesDaily gradeParticipate with supplies in classBinderpen/pencilRED penTEXT bookCalculatorPOD (Problem of the day) / Reflection - may have to "explain" a procedure or an algorithmIt is recommended that all Algebra students maintain an 85% average to continue in the course. Students will be evaluated at the end of 5 weeks and 10 weeks to determine their status for extra help.
- Students have until Thursday at 2:30 pm to turn in the late homework assignment(s).
- If the student does not turn in the assignment(s) by 2:30 pm on Thursday, they will have to serve a detention after school on that Thursday in order to complete the assignment.
- Failure to complete a
homework (by the Thursday detention day) will result in after schooland/or lunch detention.
Supplies needed for Algebra and Pre-Algebra:1. 3- ring blue binder2. Lined paper3. 5 Dividers
4. Pencils, pens5. Colored pencils6. RED pen7. ruler
8. CalculatorAlgebra - TI-84 Plus CE or 84 Plus graphing calculatorPre-Algebra - TI- 30X IIs
- Verbal Warning
- Phone call home
- In school/ lunch/ after school detention
- Referral to principal
- Improvement plan
Extra help is always available from Mrs. Murphy. Make arrangement to stay before or after school or if possible, come in during a study hall. Please let me know if you are having problems. We will find a time to make it work!
M Mature attitude
U Use your listening skills
R Respect one another
P Participate in class
H Work Hard (100%) Hundred percent
Y Great Year!
Looking forward to a great year!Mrs. Murphy
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