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Grade 6 all levels with be working on a standard 6^{th} grade text book. The curriculum covered follows the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 7 Regular will be working in a standard 7^{th} grade text book. The curriculum covered follows the US Common Core Standards in Mathematics.

Grade 7 Accelerated class will be working in an accelerated level text for that grade level. The curriculum covered follows the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 8 Regular class will be working in a traditional 8^{th} grade text book. The topics covered are part of the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

Grade 8 Accelerated class will be working in a 9^{th} grade level Algebra I book. The topics covered are standard for Algebra I students and follow the US Common Core Standards for Mathematics.

**Curriculum Outline for Math in grades 6, 7 & 8**

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There are high expectations for all regular and accelerated level classes to complete all the curriculum of that grade level to best prepare for the next one and be ready for high school.

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**8 ^{th} grade accelerated**

The 8^{th} grade accelerated math group will follow the curriculum outlined by Lyons Township high school for the 9^{th} grade Algebra Accel class. We will use the same Algebra I textbook, published by McDougal Littell, and follow the same time line for completion of topics throughout the year. The material covered is aligned with the Common Core Standards for Algebra I. It includes Balancing equations and inequalities, linear functions, solving systems of equations, identifying, operating with and factoring polynomials, graphing and solving quadratics, simplifying and operating with radicals, and data and statistics including frequencies, measures of central tendency and histograms. This course also aligns with other Algebra I curriculums in the local area at private schools.

**8 ^{th} grade regular**

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The 8^{th} grade regular math group will work with the Go Math series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It follows the Common Core Standards for 8^{th} grade and is rigorous in its treatment of Algebra for the 8^{th} grade. We will study rational and irrational numbers, exponents and scientific notation, proportional and non-proportional relationships, writing linear equations, functions, solving linear equations, angle relationships, Pythagorean Theorem, volume, transformations and some data and statistics. The students cover may of the same topics as the accelerated group, but pace and instruction is more suited to the learning needs at this level.

**7 ^{th} grade accelerated**

The 7^{th} grade accelerated class will work with the Go Math series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as well as the Simple Solutions series to keep basic skills up to date. Simple Solutions are worked on independently by students with 2 lessons per week covered. Every four lessons we take a quiz on those skills. The purpose of this curriculum is to keep current with basic skills for standardized tests and future work. The daily math work from the Go Math series is aligned with the Common Core standards for 7^{th} grade. This curriculum includes standards from both 7^{th} and 8^{th} grades to bridge the gap to the 9^{th} grade Algebra next year. Topics include operations with rational numbers, ratios and proportions, per cents, expressions, balancing equations and inequalities, modeling geometric figures, circumference, area and volume, probability, irrational numbers, scientific notation, proportional relationships, angle relationships, and transformations.

**7 ^{th} grade regular**

** **The 7^{th} grade regular math class will work with the Go Math series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simple Solutions series to keep basic skills up to date. As the other level class, this group will cover two simple solutions lessons per week worked on independently by students with a quiz taken every four lessons. The regular daily math work from the Go Math series is aligned with the Common Core Standards for 7^{th} grade. It includes topics such as: operations with integers and rational numbers, rates and proportionality, per cents, modeling geometric figures, circumference, area and volume, probability, and some data and statistics. The same common core standards are covered in both levels of 7^{th} grade with instruction and pace suited to student learning capacity.

**6 ^{th} grade accelerated **

** **The 6^{th} grade accelerated math class will work with the Go Math series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simple Solutions series to keep basic skills up to date. The class will cover two simple solutions lessons per week with students working independently on these and taking a quiz every four lessons. The regular daily math work from the Go Math series is aligned with the Common Core standards for 6^{th} grade. It includes topics such as: integers, factors and multiples, rational numbers, operations with fractions and decimals, representing ratios and rates, applying ratios and rates, per cents, generating equivalent numerical expressions, and algebraic expressions, area and polygons, coordinate plane and relationships in two variables, and writing equations.

**6 ^{th} grade regular**

** **The 6^{th} grade regular math class will work with the Go Math series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Simple Solutions series to keep basic skills up to date. The class will cover two simple solutions lessons each week and students work independently on these taking a quiz every four lessons. The regular daily math work from the Go Math series is aligned with the Common Core Standards for 6^{th} grade. It includes topics such as: integers, factors and multiples, rational numbers, operations with fractions and decimals, representing ratios and rates, applying ratios and rates, per cents, area and polygons, and the coordinate plane.

Policies and Expectations for Junior High Math

Grading:

- Tests and quizzes will be worth 70% of the grades earned
- Homework will be worth 30% of the grades earned
- Homework must be completed when assigned as students will have not more than 3 days to complete an assignment if not done. (extended absence will be given extra time as needed)
- Homework that is not submitted within that 3 day period will become a zero and counted toward the students’ average.
- Retakes on a test will be considered based on the overall comprehension of the class, or the needs of any individual student. Grading of the retake will be determined by the classroom teacher on that particular retake, but individual students retaking a test may not receive a score higher than the C maintained by the class in the first test.

Classroom policies:

- All work must be done in pencil
- All work must be shown to receive credit on any assignment unless instructed otherwise
- Calculators may not be used unless directed by the classroom teacher for a designated assignment.
- All students should have a TI-30 or TI-34 scientific calculator for Junior High.
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^{th}grade accelerated students should have a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator. - Simple Solutions are used in 6
^{th}& 7^{th}grade with one lesson due on Tuesday and one lesson due on Friday each week. Summer homework is assigned from these books also.

Math groups:

- Every grade will be separated into one accelerated group and one regular group. Both groups will cover all the curriculum necessary at that grade level, but the accelerated group will work at a faster pace allowing them to be ready for Accelerated Algebra in 8
^{th}The regular 8^{th}grade will also be on an Algebra track by that time. - Movement from group to group is always an option to meet the needs of our students. This option can apply anytime throughout the school year. If a student is moving up, they may need to spend additional time with some extra instruction to meet the needs of the accelerated class.
- The purpose of grouping at this level is to offer our students maximum success in the math program. It is important as the math work gets more challenging for students to work at an appropriate pace for their maximum growth. This way the regular class will get the time and detailed instruction they need, while the accelerated class will be mastering concepts at a faster rate to accommodate their skills.
- All math levels will complete the common core standards required at their particular grade level.

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I wish everyone a very Blessed and Merry Christmas! May the New Year bring peace and happiness to you and yours…Mrs. Kensek

6A News: **December 10 – December 21**

We have been very busy working on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. Real world problems involving decimals have been very involved and challenging. We are finishing up our study of decimal operations and will have a quiz on Tuesday, December 18^{th}. We will finish off with a unit review involving fractions and decimals. After the holidays we will begin our new unit on proportionality, which includes ratios and rates. In Simple Solutions, # 31 is due 12/11, # 32 is due 12/13 and the quiz on # 29-32 is 12/14. The following week # 33 is due 12/18 and #34 is due 12/21.

6B News: **December 10 – December 21**

We continue working with fractions and mixed numbers. At this time we are dividing fractions and mixed numbers. We will finish off our fraction unit by solving multistep problems involving fractions. We will be culminating our study of fractions after a review on Thursday, December 20. After the holidays we will begin working with decimal operations. In Simple Solutions, # 31 is due 12/11, # 32 is due 12/13 and the quiz on # 29-32 is 12/14. The following week # 33 is due 12/18 and #34 is due 12/21.

7B News: **December 10 – December 21**

We are coming to the end our study of rational numbers, working in all operations with positive and negative fractions and decimals. We are finishing our study by solving real world problems using fractions and decimals. After a review, we will be having our quiz Thursday, December 13. We will finish off with a review of our unit on rational numbers. After the holidays we will begin the new unit on ratios and proportions. In Simple Solutions, # 31 is due 12/11, # 32 is due 12/13 and the quiz on # 29-32 is 12/14. The following week # 33 is due 12/18 and #34 is due 12/21.

6A News: **November 26- December 7**

We are beginning to review and learn operations using decimals. We are reviewing and practicing long division, first with remainders and then with decimal remainders. We then will practice adding, subtracting and multiplying decimals. We will end our study by using decimal operations to solve real world problems. In Simple Solutions, # 26-7 are due 11/27, # 28 is due 11/30 and the quiz on # 25-8 is 11/30. The following week # 29 is due 12/4 and #30 is due 12/7.

6B News: November 26- December 7

We finished learning about the number system and are now moving on to working with fractions. We will first work with multiplying fractions using GCFs and then move on to division of fractions. We will work with fractions and mixed numbers. We will finish off with solving multistep problems involving fractions. In Simple Solutions, # 26-7 are due 11/27, # 28 is due 11/30 and the quiz on # 25-8 is 11/30. The following week # 29 is due 12/4 and #30 is due 12/7.

7B News: November 26- December 7

We continue working with rational numbers. Those positive and negatives signs continue to be of importance. We will be continuing to practice addition and subtraction using fractions. But, we are moving on to multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. We will end our study of rational numbers by solving real world problems using fractions and decimals. In Simple Solutions, # 26-7 are due 11/27, # 28 is due 11/30 and the quiz on # 25-8 is 11/30. The following week # 29 is due 12/4 and #30 is due 12/7.

8A

We will be working on Chapter seven which is solving linear systems. This week we will cover graphing and substitution as methods to solving a system of equations. Monday we will have a quiz on solving using these two methods. The remainder of the week next week we will complete sections 7-3-7-4 on using elimination to solve systems and how to predict what the solutions will be. If time permits toward the end of next week we will graph linear inequalities in two variables (section 6-7 and 7-6)

8R

This week we began writing the equation of a line in module 5. There are 3 sections to this module so we will complete 5-1 and 5-2 this week. Next week we will finish with section 5-3 and a test during the latter half of next week probably Thursday, December 6^{th} for module 5 test. This section is directly related to module 4 and the students are doing a good job of connecting the material.

7A

We started module 5 on per cents today and worked on finding the per cent of increase or decrease. The rest of module 5 will concentrate on applications of per cents such as markups, discounts, commission, tax, tip, interest and per cent of increase or decrease. This week we will complete sections 5-1 and 5-2 then next week work on 5-3 some interest problems. Module 5 test will take place probably Thursday, December 6^{th}. I am allowing calculator use on this section as I am more interested in testing their ability to solve per cents than their ability to compute correctly. We commonly use any variety of TI-30 calculator which cost from $12 to $20 depending on the model. Graphing calculators will be needed next year and the preferred model is a TI-84. We can also use TI-83 and these run about $100 and will be used throughout high school. Invest in one of those whenever you can.

Two weeks: 10/29/18-11/9/18

8^{th} Accel Alg

We will be completing work on writing the equation of a line in 3 different forms. Quiz set for Tuesday, Oct. 30 on sections 5-1 to 5-3 on writing the equation of a line in slope-intercept and point slope form. The rest of that week will be devoted to sections 5-4-5-5 including arithmetic sequences after section 5-3. I will review the beginning of November and test Chapter 5 sections 5-1 to 5-5 on Tuesday, Nov. 6^{th}. We will then begin to work on data and statistics which is not in the book, but I will be providing handouts.

8^{th} Algebra

We are working currently on proportional functions and slope. This is a very algebraic concept and requires the student’s full attention and scope. This is also very cumulative where each concept builds on the next. This class as a whole wants to be done, more than correct so achievement could be better, especially since this material will be revisited in high school Algebra. So we are working in module 3 on proportional relationships which are equations in form y = kx. The week of October 29^{th} we will complete module 3 and test that week. Then the week of November 5^{th} we will be working in module 4 on linear functions doing section 4-1-4-2 that week and the rest of the chapter the following week.

7^{th} Accel Pre-Algebra

We are finishing the 3^{rd} module on all operations with rational numbers. We will take a module 3 test on Thursday, November 1^{st}. Simple solutions #19 & 20 are due Tuesday, October 30^{th}. There will be a simple solution open book quiz on lessons 17-20 on Wednesday, October 31^{st}. We will not have class on Friday, Nov. 2^{nd} as it is only a half day and only the afternoon classes will be meeting. The week of Nov. 5^{th}, lessons #21 & 22 in simple solutions will be due Tuesday, November 6^{th} and lesson #23 is due Friday, November 9^{th}. That week we will work on module 4 including unit rates, constant rates of change, and proportional relationships. This is a preparation for module 5 on per cents.

7B:

We continue to work on subtracting and multiplying rational numbers. There will be a quiz scheduled next week. Reminder: Simple Solutions # 21 is due Tuesday and #22 is due Friday.

6A:

We are finishing Module 4, Operations with Fractions. Our quiz will be on Wednesday. Reminder: Simple Solutions # 21 is due Tuesday and #22 is due Friday.

6B:

We will be done working on Classification of Rational Numbers this week. Expect a quiz on Module 3 Thursday.

Also, remember Simple Solutions # 21 is due Tuesday and #22 is due Friday.

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