Pre-Algebra (Middle School)

Course Description

This full-year course is designed for students who have completed a middle school mathematics sequence but are not yet Algebra-ready.This course reviews key algebra readiness skills from the middle grades and introduces basic Algebra I work with appropriate support. Students revisit concepts in number and operations, expressions and equations, ratio and proportion, and basic functions. By the end of the course, students are ready to begin a more formal high school Algebra I study.

Topics of Study

Semester 1:

  • Integers, Decimals, and Fractions
  • Expressions
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • Percents
  • Exponents and Scientific Notation
  • Linear Functions

Semester 2

  • Angle Relationships and Transformations
  • Counting and Probability
  • Analyzing Data Representations and Scatterplots
  • Pythagorean Theorem and Irrational Numbers
  • Two-Dimensional Geometry
  • Solid Figures

Course Features

  • Each lesson begins with a warm-up activity that provokes student thinking and orients students toward the central concepts at the heart of the lesson.
  • Lesson questions help students focus on big ideas.
  • On-screen teachers use clear graphic organizers to present lesson goals and lesson organization in a student-friendly manner.
  • Common misconceptions are highlighted throughout the course, called out with a Misconceptions icon on the slide.
  • Tools, interactives, and simulations bring math concepts to life.
  • Academic and domain-specific vocabulary is emphasized and studied in every lesson

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