Course Overview

    Title of Course: Pre-Algebra 8

    Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Johnson (1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th Hours); Mr. Lichtenberg (co-taught 5th & 6th Hours)

    Course Information: 8th Grade; Hours 1, 2, 5, & 6; Room 821; Duration - all year

    Teacher Information: Planning hour is from 10:55 – 11:51 am

    Teacher Phone: Mrs. Johnson 810-591-6271; Mr. Lichtenberg 810-591-6248

    Teacher email: jjohnson@carmanainsworth.org

    Prerequisite(s): 7th Grade Course 3 Glencoe or Digits 7th Grade

    Course Description and Overview of Content:

    Students explore linear and other nonlinear relationships and their various representations, including symbolic equations, graphical models, tables, and verbal statements. Students also explore solving and graphing linear systems of equations. This course will help prepare students for Algebra I in 9th grade.

    • Algebra and Functions
    • Geometry
    • Data and Probability

    Course Goal/Intended Outcomes:

    Unit A -· The Number System
        Topic 1: Rational and Irrational Numbers
    Unit B - Expressions and Equations
        Topic 2: Linear Equations in One Variabie
        Topic 3: Integer Exponents
        Topic 4: Scientific Notation
    Unit C - Expressions and Equations 
        Topic 5: Proportional Relationships, Lines, and Linear Equations
        Topic 6: Systerns of Two Linear Equations
    Unit D - Functions
        Topic 7: Defining and Comparing Functions
        Topic 8: Linear Functions
    Unit E - Geometry
        Topic 9: Congruence
        Topic 10: Simiiarity
        Topic 11: Reasoning in Geometry
        Topic 12: Using The Pythagorean Theorem
        Topic 13: Surface Area and Volume
    Unit F - Statistics
        Topic 14: Scatter Plots
        Topic 15: Analyzing Categorical Data


    Texts and/or Other Materials:

    Text: Pearson digits Website: digitsdashboard.com
    Recommended Materials: Spiral notebook, paper for homework, pencil, and planner.
    Recommended calculator: TI83 or above (used through college)

    Format and Activities:

    Teacher responsibility: Lecture, lead whole class discussions, facilitate small and large group activities and provide assistance on class work.
    Student responsibiiity: Take notes during instruction, complete companion workbook in class, complete homework on computer on a daily basis and turn in written work, comp!ete. projects, and be prepared for tests and quizzes.

    Grading Practices and Procedures:

    Grades will be calculated using the following weights:

    40% Tests/Quizzes (including Final Exam)
    10% Projects
    20% Computer Homework
    10% Written Work for Homework
    10% Companion Workbooks
    10% Notes

    Marking Period grades are a reflection of the student's ScrrKster qrade to date.

    Grading Scale:

    Grade - Percentage %

    A    100-93

    A-   92-90

    B+   89-87

    B    86-84

    B-   83-80

    C+   79-77

    C   76-74

    C-   73-70

    D+   69-67

    D   66-64

    D-   63-60

    E   BELOW 60



    Regular class attendance and participation is the key to learning and being successful in mathematics.

    ABSENCES: It is the student's responsibility to obtain the assignment from the teacher or another student.

    TARDIES: All Student Handbook rules apply.


    Classroom Rules and Procedures:

    Show Respect to myself, your peers, and for classroom properties: Refrain from getting out of your seat while teacher is talking. Do not talk at inappropriate times. When you finish with assignment, sit quietly so as not to disturb others' learning.
    Be Responsible for your own actions and learning: Come to class on time, well rested and prepared, and use class time for math only. Apply yourself and claim responsibility.
    Do your Best at all times: Do your own work. Make others do their own work. Participate and concentrate on instruction. Keep current on homework. Get help when needed not at test time.
    All school rules from the student handbook apply in this classroom.

    Academic Integrity:

    •    All students must do their work and are responsible to know all material taught
    •    Cheating or copying another student's work will not be tolerated
    •    Any deviation from this will result in loss of credit for the particular work and a referral to the office for disciplinary action

    Technology Usage:

    •    Signed AUP forms must be on file
    •    Calculators are NOT recommended for daily work
    •    Calculators will be used periodically to allow students to learn the graphing calculators
    •    Netbooks are used in the classroom and students must have access to a computer at home or find somewhere they can do homework on their own time
    •    Advisory time will be available to those who don't have computers in their home. A guardian needs to contact the teacher to set up this time because of limited computer availability.
    •    There is a bussed digits tutoring program after school. A guardian must sign the appropriate form from the main office.

    Other Comments:

    Pre-Algebra is a rigorous course to prepare students for high school. There are four math credits required at the high school. Now is the time to get the help needed to be successful in the future.