In this course, students build a solid foundation in core mathematics topics to support learning of more complex topics in Algebra. Course modules introduce the essential concepts and skills necessary for mastery of imperative mathematics and algebraic fundamentals. Students learn graphing using linear equations, inequalities and absolute value, moving to roots, radicals, rational expressions and factoring polynomials. Students are also introduced to charts and graphs, probability, ratios and proportions.
Alignment: Common Core and NCTM Standards
Target Audience: Middle School Students
Key strategies employed to support students in achieving learning outcomes include:
Listing lesson objectives in precise and measurable terms at the start of each lesson.
Students begin each unit with a readiness assessment for appraisal of prior knowledge and to be used as a personal benchmark. Students scoring 90% or above have the option to move to the next lesson.
Lessons include active experiences to enhance learner retention and transfer.
Active simulations and exercises allow students to practice newly learned skills. Immediate targeted feedback allows them to assess their performance. Branching pathways are activated, if needed, based on student response and/or performance.
The course is designed for one semester of classroom instruction.
The time to complete the course depends on how well a student progresses through the activities. Instructors can customize the course to meet school scheduling needs.