Math

Sixth Grade Syllabus       Seventh Grade Syllabus     Eighth Grade Syllabus

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Sixth Grade Math Syllabus

Parents and students should review this course outline of the policies and procedures to be followed in the math classes at Oak Hill Middle School. 

Mathematics:

The Georgia performance standards for mathematics have been designed to achieve a balance among concepts, skills, and problem solving. The curriculum stresses rigorous concept development, presents realistic and relevant tasks, and keeps a strong emphasis on computational skills. At all grades, the curriculum encourages students to reason mathematically, to evaluate mathematical arguments both formally and informally, to use the language of mathematics to communicate ideas and information precisely, and to make connections among mathematical topics and to other disciplines.

 By the end of grade six, students will understand the four arithmetic operations as they relate to positive rational numbers; convert between and compute with different forms of rational numbers; understand the concept of ratio and solve problems using proportional reasoning; understand and use line and rotational symmetry; determine the surface area and volume of solid figures; use variables to represent unknown quantities in formulae, algebraic expressions and equations; utilize data to make predictions; and determine the probability of a given event.

Instruction and assessment should include the use of manipulatives and appropriate technology. Topics should be represented in multiple ways including concrete/pictorial, verbal/written, numeric/data-based, graphical, and symbolic. Concepts should be introduced and used in the context of real world phenomena.

 Listed below are skills students learned in elementary school and will use in their investigations in sixth grade.

o              Operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) with decimal fractions

o              Addition and subtraction of common fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators such as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12.

o              Modeling multiplication of common fractions

o              Modeling percent

o              Graphing data

o              Multiples and factors

o              Perimeter, capacity and area of geometric figures

o              Evaluating algebraic expressions

 By the end of grade six, students will understand

o              The four arithmetic operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) as they relate to positive rational numbers;

o              How to convert between and compute with different forms of rational numbers;

o              The concept of ratio and solving problems using proportional reasoning;

o               understand and use line and rotational symmetry;

o              determine the surface area and volume of solid figures;

o              how to use variables to represent unknown quantities in formulae, algebraic expressions and equations;

o              how to utilize data to make predictions; and determine the probability of a given event.

o              Students are expected to read at least one million words from fiction and non-fiction texts that relate to all subject areas.

The units we will complete for sixth grade are

o                  Unit 1 - Gathering Data  (4 weeks)

o                  Unit 2 - Fun and Games:  Extending and Applying Number Theory (3 weeks)

o                  Unit 3 - Fractions, Decimals, Ratios and Percents (5 weeks)

o                  Unit 4 - One Step Equations  (2 weeks)

o                  Unit 5 - Circles and Graphs  (4 weeks)

o                  Unit 6 - Symmetry  (2 weeks)

o                  Unit 7 - Scale Factor  (3 weeks)

o                  Unit 8 - Solids (4 weeks)

o                  Unit 9 - Direct Proportion (3 weeks)

o                  Unit 10 - Games of Chance  Probability (3 weeks)

o                  Unit 11 - Show What We Know (3 weeks)

Each unit has a parent letter that explains in detail the concepts involved and how you can do things at home to help your child.  The concept map and letter for gathering data is attached for the first unit. 

§             Concept Map

§             Parent Letter - Page 1

§             Parent Letter - Page 2

School Wide Initiatives that affect math performance:

Read a Million Words

Math-a-Thon

Math SuperStars (if we choose to do this next year)

Math Night (First and Second Semester dates TBA)

 Quality Work

Students are expected to complete work as assigned.  All assignments must be kept in the appropriate binder.  All assignments should be written with #2 pencils unless otherwise noted.  Each assignment must have the school heading on the top right hand corner (name – first and last, subject, block, date, assignment title, and standard)

Locker Time

Student lockers will be located in their fifth block class.  Students will be allowed to go to lockers three times during the day.  The may visit their lockers up until 8:15 A.M., right before lunch and at 3:10 before leaving for the day.

 Promotion Criteria for Seventh Grade

For promotion to seventh grade, students must pass three of their four academic subjects:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Failure of any 2 exploratory classes will count as a failure of one academic class. 

 Class Schedule 

Block 1             8:15 – 9:30

Block 2             9:33 – 10:48

Lunch               10:51– 11:21

Block 3             11:24 – 12:39 (Exploratory) 

Block 4             12:42 – 1:57

Block 5             2:00 – 3:15 

Homework Policy 

The current homework policy in the agenda is: 

Incompletes will not be given.  If a student has missed an assignment due to an absence, a grade of zero will be averaged in the place of that grade until the student makes up the work within a prescribed length of time.  All pre-assigned work will be due on the day of a student’s return from an absence. 

 Missing Work Policy and Late Work Policy

No more than one (1) grade of zero (0) should be assigned during a grading period unless a parent contact is made.  A parent should be contacted each time a grade of zero (0) is assigned after the first zero (0).  It is not acceptable for student to not complete assignments.  


Parents should be kept apprised of student grades as often as possible, particularly if the student’s grades are poor and parental help might serve to encourage the student.  No student should receive a failing grade in a course unless parent contact has been made by phone or in person when the failure occurs and prior to the student’s receiving the grade.  The teacher must maintain documentation of this contact.  Students who are absent from class for any reason (this includes absences for school sponsored activities are responsible for arranging make-up work.  All graded assignments during a student’s absence must be completed within 5 days of the absence.  If a student needs to stay after school, they are responsible for scheduling time with individual teachers.  Any student staying after school to make up work must be picked up by 4:15 P.M. or they will not be allowed to stay to make up additional work without a parent conference.

Missed work will not be made up during regularly scheduled class time.

Grade Weights

The current grading policy places the following weight on each category of grades that compose a student’s average:

 Participation:  Homework, class work, notebook checks     30%

Formative Assessment:  Quizzes, warm-ups, Tickets out-the-door      30%

Summative Assessment:  Tests, projects, culminating tasks               30%

Final (comprehensive each semester)                                              10%

 Extra Help Opportunities

Each teacher will offer at least one extra help session each week.  Please see the specific teacher’s information packet for the morning or afternoon this is offered and the procedures to follow to participate.

 Behavior Management Plan

The following steps will be taken for general class disruption that prevents all students from having the opportunity to learn, not for behaviors listed in the handbook for immediate office referrals.

  1. Warning
  2. Silent Lunch
  3. Behavior Letter
  4. Call Home
  5. Conference
  6. Privilege Revoked/Further Consequence
  7. Office Referral

 After School Detention

Students may be assigned after school detention by teachers.  The student will be given a written detention slip with a minimum of one day’s notice for parents to arrange transportation.  If the student fails to stay for detention he/she will be given a second notice for two days of detention.  If the student fails to stay again, the detention supervisor will write an office referral for that student to be disciplined by an administrator.

 Reward Policy

At the end of the first and second nine week grading periods, students passing all subjects, with no suspensions or holds, are eligible to participate in a planned activity.  Student participation will be at the discretion of teachers and parents.

 Supplies required for Sixth Grade

#2 pencils

Ball point pens (blue and black only)

Box of Kleenex

Safety compass

Ruler

Colored pencils

Notebook paper

Merriam Webster Dictionary for home and school

2 book covers (1 extra large and 1 standard)

Yellow highlighter

Graph paper

Protractor

Pack of dividers

Hand-held pencil sharpener with box

Inexpensive calculator (make sure keys are large enough to use easily)

 Field Trips

Field trips will be taken during the year.  Letters will be sent home to inform parents about field trip schedules as they approach.

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Seventh Grade Math Syllabus

Parents and students should review this course outline and sign the back sheet to show that you have read and understand the policies and procedures to be followed in the classes at Oak Hill Middle School. 

Mathematics:

The Georgia performance standards for mathematics have been designed to achieve a balance among concepts, skills, and problem solving. The curriculum stresses rigorous concept development, presents realistic and relevant tasks, and keeps a strong emphasis on computational skills. At all grades, the curriculum encourages students to reason mathematically, to evaluate mathematical arguments both formally and informally, to use the language of mathematics to communicate ideas and information precisely, and to make connections among mathematical topics and to other disciplines.

 By the end of grade seven, students will understand and use rational numbers, including signed numbers; solve linear equations in one variable; sketch and construct plane figures; demonstrate understanding of transformations; use and apply properties of similarity; examine properties of geometric shapes in space; describe and sketch solid figures, including their cross-sections; represent and describe relationships between variables in tables, graphs, and formulas; analyze the characteristics of linear relationships; and represent and analyze data using graphical displays, measures of central tendency, and measures of variation.

Instruction and assessment should include the appropriate use of manipulatives and technology. Topics should be represented in multiple ways, such as concrete/pictorial, verbal/written, numeric/data-based, graphical, and symbolic. Concepts should be introduced and used, where appropriate, in the context of realistic phenomena.

 Listed below are skills students learned in sixth grade and will use in their investigations in seventh grade.

Concepts/Skills to Maintain

 o              Operations with positive rational numbers, including mixed numbers

o              Line and rotational symmetry

o              Surface area and volume

o              Ratio as a representation of quantitative relationships

By the end of grade seven, students will

 o              understand and use rational numbers, including signed numbers;

o              solve linear equations in one variable;

o              sketch and construct plane figures;

o              demonstrate understanding of transformations;

o              use and apply properties of similarity;

o              examine properties of geometric shapes in space;

o              describe and sketch solid figures, including their cross-sections;

o              represent and describe relationships between variables in tables, graphs, and formulas;

o               analyze the characteristics of linear relationships;

o              and represent and analyze data using graphical displays, measures of central tendency, and measures of variation.

o              Students are expected to read at least one million words from fiction and non-fiction texts that relate to all subject areas.

 The units we will complete for seventh grade are

o                  Unit 1 Rational Reasoning (5 weeks)-

o                  Unit 2 -Dealing with Data  (5 weeks)

o                  Unit 3 - Values That Vary (3 weeks)

o                  Unit 4 - Flip, Slide and Turn (4 weeks)

o                  Unit 5 - Patterns and Relationships (4 weeks)

o                  Unit 6 - Staying in Shape (6 weeks)

o                  Unit 7 - Slices and Shadows (3 weeks)

o                  Unit 8 - Show What We Know (6 weeks)

Each unit has a parent letter that explains in detail the concepts involved and how you can do things at home to help your child.  The concept map for unit one is attached for the first unit.  There may be parent letters for each unit included in the frameworks at a later date.  Check back to see what is added.  Concept Map

 School Wide Initiatives that affect math performance:

Read a Million Words

Math-a-Thon

Math Night October 26

 Quality Work

Students are expected to complete work as assigned.  All assignments must be kept in the appropriate binder.  All assignments should be written with  #2 pencil unless otherwise noted.  Each assignment must have the school heading on the top right hand corner (name – first and last, subject, block, date, assignment title, and standard)

 Locker Time

Student lockers will be located in their first or fifth block class.  Students will be allowed to go to lockers two times during the day.  The may visit their lockers up until 8:15 A.M at 3:10 before leaving for the day.

 Promotion Criteria for Seventh Grade

For promotion to eighth grade, students must pass three of their four academic subjects:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Failure of any 2 exploratory classes will count as a failure of one academic class. 

Class Schedule

 Block 1             8:15 – 9:30

Block 2             9:33 – 10:48 (exploratory)

Block 3             10:51 – 12:39

Lunch               11:29 – 11:59

Block 4             12:42 – 1:57

Block 5             2:00 – 3:15

 Homework Policy

The current homework policy in the agenda is: 

Incompletes will not be given.  If a student has missed an assignment due to an absence, a grade of zero will be averaged in the place of that grade until the student makes up the work within a prescribed length of time.  All pre-assigned work will be due on the day of a student’s return from an absence. 


Missing Work Policy and Late Work Policy

No more than one (1) grade of zero (0) should be assigned during a grading period unless a parent contact is made.  A parent should be contacted each time a grade of zero (0) is assigned after the first zero (0).  It is not acceptable for student to not complete assignments.  After a student receives one zero, teachers will begin notifying parents in an escalating fashion of each additional zero the student receives (for each class).

 Parents should be kept apprised of student grades as often as possible, particularly if the student’s grades are poor and parental help might serve to encourage the student.  No student should receive a failing grade in a course unless parent contact has been made by phone or in person when the failure occurs and prior to the student’s receiving the grade.  The teacher must maintain documentation of this contact.  Students who are absent from class for any reason (this includes absences for school sponsored activities are responsible for arranging make-up work.  All graded assignments during a student’s absence must be completed within 5 days of the absence.  If a student needs to stay after school, they are responsible for scheduling time with individual teachers.  Any student staying after school to make up work must be picked up by 4:15 P.M. or they will not be allowed to stay to make up additional work without a parent conference.

Missed work will not be made up during regularly scheduled class time.

Grade Weights

The current grading policy places the following weight on each category of grades that compose a student’s average:

 Participation:  Homework, class work, notebook checks                         30%

Formative Assessment:  Quizzes, warm-ups, Tickets out-the-door           30%

Summative Assessment:  Tests, projects, culminating tasks                    30%

Final (comprehensive each semester)                                                    10%

 Extra Help Opportunities

Each teacher will offer at least one extra help session each week.  Please see the specific teacher’s information packet for the morning or afternoon this is offered and the procedures to follow to participate.

Behavior Management Plan

The following steps will be taken for general class disruption that prevents all students from having the opportunity to learn, not for behaviors listed in the handbook for immediate office referrals.

  1. Warning
  2. Silent Lunch
  3. Behavior Letter
  4. Call Home
  5. Conference
  6. Privilege Revoked/Further Consequence
  7. Office Referral

 After School Detention

Students may be assigned after school detention by teachers.  The student will be given a written detention slip with a minimum of one day’s notice for parents to arrange transportation.  If the student fails to stay for detention he/she will be given a second notice for two days of detention.  If the student fails to stay again, the detention supervisor will write an office referral for that student to be disciplined by an administrator.

Reward Policy

At the end of the first and second nine week grading periods, students passing all subjects, with no suspensions or holds, are eligible to participate in a planned activity.  Student participation will be at the discretion of teachers and parents.

 Supplies required for Seventh Grade

See individual teachers for the supply list.  The required supplies vary by teacher.  At a minimum, students should come to class prepared with a pencil, paper, and the assigned textbook daily.

Field Trips

Students in the seventh grade have an opportunity to participate in several field trips.  Some trips are taken within the cluster, but as a seventh grade we take two to three trips a year.  We are planning to visit the Atlanta zoo, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, and Six Flags over Georgia.  Letters will be sent home regarding the specific details of each trip

 Grade level testing

In the seventh grade students will participate in the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).  This test will be administered in April.  In addition to this state required test, students will be given periodic assessments in the classroom in order for the teacher to determine mastery of the content and to plan instruction.

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Eighth Grade Math Syllabus
The Georgia performance standards for mathematics have been designed to achieve a balance among concepts, skills, and problem solving. The curriculum stresses rigorous concept development, presents realistic and relevant tasks, and keeps a strong emphasis on computational skills. At all grades, the curriculum encourages students to reason mathematically, to evaluate mathematical arguments both formally and informally, to use the language of mathematics to communicate ideas and information precisely, and to make connections among mathematical topics and to other disciplines.

 By the end of grade eight, students will understand various numerical representations, including square roots, exponents and scientific notation; use and apply geometric properties of plane figures, including congruence and the Pythagorean theorem; use symbolic algebra to represent situations and solve problems, especially those that involve linear relationships; solve linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities; use equations, tables and graphs to analyze and interpret linear functions; use and understand set theory and simple counting techniques; determine the theoretical probability of simple events; and make inferences from statistical data, particularly data that can be modeled by linear functions.

Instruction and assessment will include the appropriate use of manipulatives and technology. Topics will be represented in multiple ways, such as concrete/pictorial, verbal/written, numeric/data-based, graphical, and symbolic. Concepts will be introduced and used, where appropriate, in the context of realistic phenomena.

 Listed below are skills students learned in seventh grade and will use in their investigations in eighth grade.

 Concepts/Skills to Maintain

o                 Operations with rational numbers

o                 Properties of equalities

o                 Direct & inverse proportions

o                 Solving multi-step equations

o                 Properties of real numbers Statistics

By the end of grade eight, students will

    o              understand various numerical representations, including square roots, exponents and scientific notation;

    o               use and apply geometric properties of plane figures, including congruence and the Pythagorean theorem;

    o              use symbolic algebra to represent situations and solve problems, especially those that involve linear relationships;

    o              solve linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities;

    o              use equations, tables and graphs to analyze and interpret linear functions;

o               use and understand set theory and simple counting techniques;

o               determine the theoretical probability of simple events;

o               and make inferences from statistical data, particularly data that can be modeled by linear functions

o               Students are expected to read at least one million words from fiction and non-fiction texts that relate to all subject areas

The units we will complete for eighth grade are:

Each unit has a parent letter that explains in detail the concepts involved and how you can do things at home to help your child. 

 School Wide Initiatives that affect math performance:

Read a Million Words

Math-a-Thon

Math Super Stars (if we choose to do this year)

Math Night (First and Second Semester dates TBA)

Quality Work

Students are expected to complete work as assigned.  All assignments must be kept in the appropriate binder.  All assignments should be written with  #2 pencil unless otherwise noted.  Each assignment must have the school heading on the top right hand corner (name – first and last, subject, block, date, assignment title, and standard)

Locker Time

Student lockers will be located in their fifth block class.  Students will be allowed to go to lockers three times during the day.  The may visit their lockers up until 8:15 A.M., right before lunch and at 3:10 before leaving for the day.

Promotion Criteria for Eighth Grade

For promotion to ninth grade, students must pass all four academic subjects:  Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.  Failure of any 2 exploratory classes will count as a failure of one academic class.  Students must also pass the CRCT in Reading and Math to be promoted.

 Class Schedule

Block 1             8:15 – 9:30

Block 2             9:33 – 10:48

Block 3             10:51 – 12:06

Lunch               12:09 – 12:39

Block 4             12:42 – 1:57 (Exploratory)

Block 5             2:00 – 3:15

 Homework Policy

The current homework policy in the agenda is: 

Incompletes will not be given.  If a student has missed an assignment due to an absence, a grade of zero will be averaged in the place of that grade until the student makes up the work within a prescribed length of time.  All pre-assigned work will be due on the day of a student’s return from an absence. 

 Missing Work Policy and Late Work Policy

Parents should be kept apprised of student grades as often as possible, particularly if the student’s grades are poor and parental help might serve to encourage the student.  No student should receive a failing grade in a course unless parent contact has been made by phone or in person when the failure occurs and prior to the student’s receiving the grade.  The teacher must maintain documentation of this contact.  Students who are absent from class for any reason (this includes absences for school sponsored activities are responsible for arranging make-up work.  All graded assignments during a student’s absence must be completed within 5 days of the absence.  If a student needs to stay after school, they are responsible for scheduling time with individual teachers.  Any student staying after school to make up work must be picked up by 4:15 P.M. or they will not be allowed to stay to make up additional work without a parent conference.

Missed work will not be made up during regularly scheduled class time.


Grade Weights

The current grading policy places the following weight on each category of grades that compose a student’s average:

 

Classwork                             30%

           Tests/ Projects                      30%

           Quizzes/Notebooks                20%

           Homework                            10%

           Final Exam                           10%

 Extra Help Opportunities

Each teacher will offer at least one extra help session each week.  Please see the specific teacher’s information packet for the morning or afternoon this is offered and the procedures to follow to participate.

 Behavior Management Plan

The following steps will be taken for general class disruption that prevents all students from having the opportunity to learn, not for behaviors listed in the handbook for immediate office referrals.

  1. Warning
  2. Silent Lunch
  3. Behavior Letter
  4. Call Home
  5. Conference
  6. Privilege Revoked/Further Consequence
  7. Office Referral

After School Detention

Students may be assigned after school detention by teachers.  The student will be given a written detention slip with a minimum of one day’s notice for parents to arrange transportation.  If the student fails to stay for detention he/she will be given a second notice for two days of detention.  If the student fails to stay again, the detention supervisor will write an office referral for that student to be disciplined by an administrator.

 Reward Policy

At the end of the first and second nine week grading periods, students passing all subjects, with no suspensions or holds, are eligible to participate in a planned activity.  Student participation will be at the discretion of teachers and parents.

 Supplies required for Eighth Grade

#2 pencils

Ball point pens (blue and black only)

Box of Kleenex

Safety compass

Ruler

Colored pencils

Notebook paper

Merriam Webster Dictionary for home and school

2 bookcovers (1 extra large and 1 standard)

Yellow highlighter

Graph paper

Protractor

Pack of dividers

Hand-held pencil sharpener with box

Inexpensive calculator (make sure keys are large enough to use easily)