## Welcome to Mrs. Thompson's Pre-Algebra Class!

## MARSHMALLOW Challenge!

**Course Description**

In Pre-Algebra, instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

**Mathematical Content**

__The Number System__• Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers.

__Expressions and Equations__• Work with radicals and integer exponents.

• Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.

• Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.

__Functions__• Define, evaluate, and compare functions.

• Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

__Geometry__• Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software.

• Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.

• Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

__Statistics and Probability__• Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.

**Late Papers**: It is important that assignments are collected when the original due date is given. Students who work hard to complete their assignments on time find it unfair and may begin to come to class unprepared if due dates are changed for individual students. Late assignments that are worth a daily grade are accepted within a 24-hour period of the due date. However, papers received after the due date will receive a lower grade with 59% being the maximum percentage given. Late assignments worth a test or project grade are 10% off for every day it is late.

**Test/Quiz Retakes:**Students are allowed to retake MOST quizzes and tests. In order for a student to do a retake, they must first make corrections to the original quiz or test on a separate sheet of paper,

__(printable correction sheet)__and a parent/guardian must sign it. Students are given

**night to make corrections and they must schedule a time to retake the test (lunch, Explorations, etc.) with Mrs. Thompson.**

*one***Extra Credit:**The purpose of extra credit work is

**NOT**to raise a failing grade and allow a student to suddenly pass. Students must first complete

**of their regularly assigned classwork to be considered for extra credit.**

*all***Number of the Week**: Every Monday students will be given a new

**. Students can work on these individually, with classmates, or with parents. They will be due every Friday when students enter class.**

*Number of the Week***Math Notebook**: Students will be making an interactive Math notebook throughout the school year. Most of the work we do in class will be glued into this notebook. These notebooks are an extra resource for students. They can be used to assist in homework or to study for tests and quizzes. Work within the notebook will be graded.

**Grading System:**Grades are based on the accumulation of points. Students overall grades are broken down as follows: Daily Assignments and Daily Work 20% (homework), Lesson Quizzes, Checkpoint Quizzes, Tests & Projects 80% (assessments).