7th Grade Math Periods 4, 5 & 7

This course reviews the same topics as a general math course but moves at a much faster pace and develops some of the concepts at a much deeper level.  The content in this course is based upon the PA Core Standards and we will be working throughout the year to prepare for the State Test in April 2021.  In addition, we will incorporate pre-algebra concepts in preparation for Algebra during their 8th grade year. This course develops the use of ratio and proportion and applies it to more algebraic type situations.  Calculations involving perimeter, area, circumference and volume; the integration and use of scale drawings; understanding properties of 2 and 3 dimensional shapes; the comparison of similar versus congruent shapes; and the study of geometric terminology and properties rounds out the geometry topics.  Translating expressions and equations; simplifying algebraic expressions; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of integers; and solving multiple step equations and inequalities provides a more in depth study to algebraic concepts.

Numbers and Operations

• Apply addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of rational numbers
• Demonstrate an understanding of ratios, proportional relationships and their graphs
• Analyze, recognize and represent proportional relationships
• Solve multi-step ratio and percent problems

Algebraic Concepts

• Represent expressions in equivalent forms
• Solve problems using numerical and algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities
• Construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems

Geometry

• Demonstrate an understanding of geometric figures and their properties
• Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures
• Identify, use and describe properties of angles and their measures
• Determine circumference, area, surface area and volume

Data Analysis and Probability

• Interpret and analyze random samples
• Use of statistical measures to compare two numerical data distributions
• Predict or determine the likelihood of outcomes
• Use probability to predict outcomes

Not only must students be highly engaged during class, there must be a willingness and dedication to completing assignments outside of class as well.  Homework is assigned to provide practice and reinforcement of the concepts and skills that we are studying and will be applying to future lessons.  The new PA Core Standards involve less repetitive reviewing and overlapping from year to year and instead require mastery of the mathematical skills and concepts presented at each grade level as a prerequisite to upcoming skills and concepts studied in the next grade level or course.  Each year new concepts and skills are presented, so there is not much time to rehash and review what was studied in a previous course or grade level.  Students will need to practice and study outside of the classroom to ensure that they gain the best understanding possible so that they have a firm and strong foundation to build on throughout the course and in years to come.

Textbook: enVision Mathematics 7th Grade by Pearson (volumes 1 & 2)

Supplemental Materials:  Common Core Workbook

Worksheets/Packets

Websites for Assistance: PearsonRealize.com (goes with textbook)

www.math-play.com (free on-line math games)

Tests and/or quizzes will occur weekly and parents can view the weekly test schedule by accessing my webpage.  Parents can also receive emails updating quiz and test dates as well.  Student grades will be updated weekly and parents and students can access these grades through Infinite Campus.  Classwork and quiz/test grades will be updated weekly, but a homework grade for the entire marking period will not be posted until the end of each marking period.  Parents will be notified if their child receives 3 zeroes on homework, resulting in a drop of 5 points for their marking period grade. A notebook is not required for the course, but students can keep a notebook of class examples and classwork to use as a study guide.  Frequently reviewing previous homework assignments is also a good method to help prepare for upcoming quizzes and tests.