# Pre-Algebra

## Course Description

#### Semester A

Pre-Algebra A will help students move from the world of simple mathematics to the exciting world of Algebra and Geometry. They will develop skills that will be necessary throughout their life. Students will stretch their thinking by learning to solve real-world problems. Learning math and algebra concepts can be fun. Abstract ideas can be challenging for many students, but the challenge is one they can meet. Concepts are presented with a little humor, making the learning fun. Students will enjoy learning each new concept and develop a deeper understanding of the math skills they already have. Each concept is presented using examples of the skills, concepts, and strategies students will need. Scaffolding of ideas is provided to ensure student learning. The course is offered in a six-unit format containing five lessons each for a total of 30 lessons. Students will study text pages, watch videos, interact with flash presentations, and complete practice problems. The pace is controlled by the student and reviewing the material is encouraged.

#### Semester B

Pre-Algebra B will continue to move students into the exciting world of the unknown, Algebra. Building on what they have learned in mathematics and Pre-Algebra, students will expand their skills. They will be introduced to increasingly abstract concepts. Pre-Algebra B will provide the student with a concrete understanding of the basics for algebraic thinking. With numerous hands-on activities and demonstration videos, they will have multiple opportunities to enhance their process solving skills. Students will be given different assessment opportunities to demonstrate mastery of each skill. The course is offered in a six-unit format containing five lessons each for a total of 30 lessons. Students will study text pages, watch videos, interact with flash presentations, and complete practice problems. The pace is controlled by the student and reviewing the material is encouraged.

## Course Requirements

#### Grade Level

8 – 12

#### Materials

None

#### Duration

2 Semesters

#### Prerequisites

Math 7

#### Technology Skills

- Internet Navigation
- Word Processing
- Email Communication

## Semester A

#### Major Concepts

- Principles of Algebra
- Rational Number
- Graphs, Functions and Sequences
- Exponents and Roots
- Ratios, Proportions and Similarity
- Percents

## Semester B

#### Major Concepts

- Foundations of Geometry
- Perimeter, Area, and Volume
- Data and Statistics
- Experimental and Theoretical Probability
- Multi-step Equations and Inequalities
- Sequencing