7th and 8th Grade Course Overview

Organization:

The Glencoe McGraw-Hill math program is broken down into chapters by content area. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson with an assessment at the end of the chapter.

o Each chapter has coherent groups of lessons focused on a related 7th or 8th grade math standards.
o 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.

• First 5 minutes: The students will come into the classroom and immediately start the warm-up, which can include facts practice, mental math, and/or problem solving.
• 25-30 minutes: I will present the new concept and the students will write down the math vocabulary and example problems in their notebooks. There will be both teacher modeling and guided practice through the problems.
• Last 10 minutes: The students will have the choice of making corrections to the previous night’s assignment or starting tonight’s homework.

Tests are scheduled after every unit. If there is a change, the students will be given notice beforehand.

Requirements:

o The students will come to class prepared with pencil, red pen, notebook, and correct math book.
o The students will complete all math work (except corrections) in pencil.
o The students will keep a neat and clear math notebook with the date, lesson title, daily vocabulary, and steps to solve the example problems.
o The students will have neat work and always show the steps to solving each problem.
o 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.”
o 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.
o The students will put their best effort into everything that they do!

My Math Homework Website:

➢ I have a math website that I update daily: gator.holyrosaryws.org/math/. Bookmark this site and check it often! It contains all of the nightly homework and any updates about our class.

Math Study Hall:

• We have a weekly recess study hall every Wednesday during lunch recess specifically for extra math time. Any 7th or 8th 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 I will be available for questions.
• If a student comes to the study hall and is disruptive, he/she will be asked to leave and will miss privileges for the next week.

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.

What is offered on this website?

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

Grading:

Tests – 70%
• Accuracy, work shown, units used

Homework – 25%
• Accuracy, neatness, work shown

Participation – 5%
• Active participation, behavior, note-taking, use of class time

I am looking forward to showing the kids that math is fun!