Course Description: Algebra 8 is designed to develop the student’s arithmetic and algebraic skills necessary for problem solving and advanced mathematics study. Instead of working with constant numeric quantities in arithmetic, Algebra uses variables. This course will prepare students for Intermediate Algebra.

Unit

Learning Targets

Yearlong

Communication Goal

LT 0: I can explain my thinking and respond to the mathematical thinking of others.

Semester 1

Unit 1: Equations and Solving

Approximate dates:

Aug 28 – Oct 27, 2017

LT 1.1: NUMBER SENSE & EQUATIONS: I can evaluate algebraic expressions, including expressions containing radicals and absolute values, and justify the algebraic properties. I can solve multi-step equations in one variable and justify the steps by identifying the algebraic properties used. (1.1 – 1.2)

LT 1.2:INEQUALITIES: I can solve & graph inequalities and use them to represent relationships in various contexts. (1.3 – 1.4)

Unit 2: Linear Functions

Approximate dates:

Oct 30 – December 1, 2017

LT 2.1: FUNCTIONS & ARITHMETIC SEQUENCES: I can determine if a relationship is a function and use function notation. I can represent arithmetic sequences in the 5 forms. (2.1 - 2.2)

LT 2.2: SLOPE-INTERCEPT FORM: I can analyze a linear function from a graph and equation in the form f(x) = mx + b and interpret each term. (2.3 - 2.4)

LT 2.3: FIVE REPRESENTATIONS OF A FUNCTION: I can move between the 5 representations of a function and analyze the effects when changes are made to the coefficient or input variable. (2.5 - 2.6)

Unit 3: Applied Linear Functions

Approximate dates:

Dec 4, 2017 – Jan 12, 2018

LT 3.1:THREE FORMS OF LINEAR EQUATIONS: I can write an equation of a line and convert between slope-intercept, point-slope, and standard forms. (3.1)

LT 3.2: SCATTERPLOTS & LINE OF BEST FIT: I can collect, display, and interpret data using scatterplots. I can use lines of best fit to draw conclusions and write an equation of the line to make predictions. (3.2-3.4)

Unit 4: Systems of Linear Equations – part 1

Approximate dates:

Jan 16 – Jan 24, 2018

LT 4.1:PARALLEL & PERPENDICULAR LINES: I can solve problems involving parallel and perpendicular lines in a coordinate graph. (4.1 - 4.2)

Semester 2

Unit 4: Systems of Linear Equations – part 2

Approximate dates:

Jan 29 – Feb 13, 2018

LT 4.2: WRITING & SOLVING LINEAR SYSTEMS: I can model a context using a system of linear equations. I can solve a system of equations by using a graph, substitution, and elimination, and determine if the system has 0, 1, or infinite solutions. (4.3 - 4.5)

Unit 5: Pythagorean Theorem

Approximate dates:

Feb 14 – Mar 13, 2018

LT 5.1:CLASSIFYING REAL NUMBERS: I can explain the relationship between areas of squares and square roots, classify real numbers (rational or irrational), and approximate the value of irrational numbers and locate them on a number line. (5.1 - 5.3)

LT 5.2: THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM: I can use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems involving right triangles and find the distance between two points on a coordinate grid, demonstrate a justification for the Pythagorean Theorem. (5.4 - 5.6)

Unit 6: Exponential Functions

Approximate dates:

Mar 15 – May 11, 2018

LT 6.1:GEOMETRIC SEQUENCE: I can represent geometric sequences as exponential functions in tables, graphs, equations (y = a b^{x}) and verbal descriptions. (6.1 - 6.2)

LT 6.2:SCIENTIFIC NOTATION: I can apply the properties of positive and negative integer exponents to simplify expressions, and express numbers using scientific notation. (6.3 - 6.4)

Unit 7: Quadratic Relationships

(optional : 9^{th} grade Standards)

Approximate dates:

May 14 – Jun 1, 2018

LT 7.1: QUADRATIC FUNCTIONS: I can identify patterns of change for quadratic relationships in tables, graphs, and problem situations, and develop a quadratic equation.

LT 7.2: COMPARING FUNCTIONS: I can identify linear, exponential, and quadratic relationships by looking at patterns of change in tables, graphs, equations, and problem situations.

Unit 8: Algebra 8 Review

Throughout the school year

LT 8.1: I can master the standards for Q1 of 8th grade Algebra.

LT 8.2: I can master the standards for Q2 of 8th grade Algebra.

LT 8.3: I can master the standards for Q3 of 8th grade Algebra.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Binder (provided or donated), lined and graph paper, folder, pencils. Student needs access to a scientific calculator at home for help with Homework. I recommend a simple $8-15 calculator found at most stores or downloading a free calculator on a phone/iPad. We will be using TI-84 calculators and the Desmos graphing app in the classroom.

HOMEWORK

Students will have homework most nights in Algebra 8. Students should expect to spend an average of 15 minutes per day on their homework, though the actual time may range from 5-20 minutes. Homework is due the day after it is assigned.No late homework will be accepted for credit but you are still required to complete it. Practicing math is essential to success. Homework is graded as 3 (all problems attempted), 2 (some problems attempted), or 0 (no problems attempted). Students can earn a 4 on homework by attempting the MAY DO problem. Homework will be posted at http://page.mpls.k12.mn.us/algebra_8.

RE-DO’s, RETAKES, REVISING POLICY

Students may re-take a learning target assessment in order to demonstrate increased learning. Before re-taking an assessment, students will be asked to demonstrate additional practice on the learning target, and the assessment may occur in a different format than the original assessment. All re-do’s, retakes, and revisions are due two weeks after the original assessment.

JUSTICE PAGE GRADING POLICY

The purpose of the Justice Page grading policy is to align grading with the mastery of state content standards as measured by consistent student achievement data and common criteria for grading. The primary goal of the JPGP is to better communicate what each student knows and is able to do, as well as to inform the teacher, student, and parent what may be next steps for areas for growth. At JPMS, standards-based learning targets are assessed on a 4 point scale to indicate the proficiency level at which the student has mastered the learning target. Algebra 8 will use two rubrics, one for learning targets and one for work habits. Grades will be reported as letters in the Gradebook and on report cards.

Learning Target Rubric

4

Exemplary

3

Proficient

2

Partially Proficient

1

Not Proficient

0

No Evidence

No errors

Fully supported

Above and beyond standards

Correct Answer

Complete understanding

Adequately supported

May contain a few minor errors

Mostly Correct

Partial understanding

Not yet mastered

Little Progress

Not accurate

Does not meet criteria

Incomplete

Did not attempt

Missing

Work Habits Rubric: Notebooks / Entrance & Exit Tickets / Quiz & Test Review Sheets (often self-assessed)

4

Exemplary

3

Proficient

2

Partially Proficient

1

Not Proficient

0

No Evidence

Classwork is dated and titled

Organized

100% Complete

Examples

Diagrams and Pictures

Definitions

Classwork is dated and titled

Organized

Nearly Complete

Examples

Diagrams and Pictures

Definitions

Classwork is dated and titled

Approximately half complete.

Missing some examples, definitions or diagrams.

Missing dates and titles

Little organization

Approximately ¼ complete.

Did not attempt

Missing

CLASSROOM NORMS

Explain your thinking.

Ask questions anytime.

Participate fully.

Check-in with your partner.

Do not erase work.

Don’t be afraid to try out an idea.

Dear Families,

At Justice Page Middle School, we believe that parental involvement is key to our students’ success. Studies show that parental involvement in a student’s education is one of the most important factors in raising student self-esteem and academic achievement. We look forward to working with you to ensure your student’s academic and emotional growth. Please read the Student, Family/Parent, and Staff Pledges to understand the goals for support of your student at JPMS.

Student Pledge

To help myself succeed in school, I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability:

• Set goals that support my academic and social hopes and dreams for this school year
• Live by our social contract rules and encourage my peers to follow them
• Ask for help when I need it
• Communicate with my parents, advisor, and teachers so that they can help me be successful in school
• Explore possibilities and take risks in my learning
• Act with integrity and work to create positive change in my school community and the world

Family/Parent Pledge

To support my child and Justice Page Middle School, I will:

• Communicate my hopes and dream s for my child’s school year
• Support my child’s academic and social goals
• Show interest in my child’s learning and help him/her develop a sense of belonging with our school community
• Help my child to make strategic and healthy decisions about school work and school activities.
• Communicate with my child’s advisor and teachers

Staff Pledge

To help challenge and empower each learner, we will:

• Facilitate inquiry and innovation through STEM and the arts.
• Provide meaningful learning opportunities where students engage in problem solving and the construction of knowledge.
• Act as role models and utilize daily routines and structures to support the social, emotional, and academic lives of all students.
• Embrace our community through service learning and learning with and from our community.
• Offer purposeful homework activities to practice and extend our learning
• Uphold our school’s social contract by maintaining high expectations
• Engage in professional development and learning to better understand each child’s learning needs
• Work consistently with families and our school colleagues to make the school a welcoming place for all families.

We look forward to working with you to ensure your student’s school year is successful!

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