Class Syllabus

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7th Grade Mathematics Syllabus

Course Information

Teacher Information

7th Grade Math

Name(s): Jennifer Breyta

Full Year

Phone:  609-698-5880 ext. 4148

Class Location: Room #W206

Email: jbreyta@barnegatschools.com



Course Description:

Effective Mathematics education provides students with a balanced instructional program.  In such a program, students become proficient in basic computational skills and procedures, develop conceptual understanding, and become skilled at problem solving.  Standards-based mathematics instruction starts with basic material and increases in scope and content as the years progress. It is like an inverted pyramid, with the entire weight of the developing subject, including readiness for algebra, resting on the foundation built in the early grades.


In Grade  7, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two-and three dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and drawing inferences about population based on samples.





Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete name of course will be competent in the following areas:

  • Students will be able to analyze proportional relationships

  • Students will be able to perform rational number operations

  • Students will be able to generate equivalent expressions; solve problems using linear equations and inequalities

  • Students will be able to understand geometric relationships; solve problems involving angles, surface area and volume

  • Students will be able to analyze and compare populations, find probabilities of events


Course Texts / Online Resources

Big Ideas Math

khanacademy.org



Required Materials

Binder, notebook, pencils, erasers, loose leaf paper for binder, graph paper


Attendance Policy

Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.  The Barnegat Township School District expects students to be responsible and exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences.  Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that they complete any/all work missed due to absences.


Course Topic Outline  

Please find a list of the units for this course:


Content Area: Mathematics

Course Title: 7th Grade Math

Grade Level: 7

The Number System

30 days

Expressions and Equations

50 days

Ratios & Proportions

30 days

Geometry

45 days


Student Grades

The grading system for this course is based on the category weights listed in each department’s policy.  For this course, those weights are listed below. Each marking period, students will have a minimum of three (3) Major Assessments and five (5) Minor Assessments (explained below).  Homework is graded for completion, and Class Participation is assessed using the district rubric.


Major Assessments

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50% of marking period grade

Minor Assessments

-

30% of marking period grade

Class Participation

-

10% of marking period grade

Homework

-

10% of marking period grade


Class Participation Rubric

Meets or Exceeds

Expectations

100 - 93

The student:

  • ensures that the class is a community of respect;  

  • consistently arrives prepared for class;

  • voluntarily participates on a consistent basis;

  • consistently remains focused and on task;

  • initiates and sustains discussion;

  • evaluates and responds to peer points;

  • consistently demonstrates leadership in collaborative activities.


Approaches Expectations

92 - 85

The student:

  • recognizes the class as a community of respect;

  • usually arrives prepared for class;

  • willingly participates on a regular basis;  

  • remains focused and on-task on a regular basis;  

  • contributes to discussion on a regular basis;

  • listens to and responds to peer points;

  • contributes to collaborative activities on a consistent basis.


Does Not Meet Expectations

84 - 70


The student:

  • fails to recognize the class as a community of respect;

  • frequently arrives unprepared for class;

  • rarely participates, even when called upon;

  • lacks focus and rarely remains on task;

  • rarely engages in discussion;

  • reacts to peer points rather than responds;

  • rarely engages in collaborative activities.



  • Examples of Major Assessments include items that are summative in nature, such as: tests, projects, formal presentations, reports, or any other type of assessment used to capture evidence of learning at the culmination of a unit of study.   

  • Examples of Minor Assessments include items that are formative in nature, such as: quizzes, exit tickets, , collaborative learning, in class worksheets, or any other type of assessment that is diagnostic in nature and used to guide instruction and provide ongoing feedback to students.  

  • Note: grades for individual assignments are entered into Genesis for the marking period in which the assignment is assigned and collected, and not a subsequent marking period.   

  • Extra Credit will only be available for assignments that have been approved ahead of time by the teacher and department supervisor.  

  • In this course, it is expected that students will submit only their best work, and teachers reserve the right not to accept work that is substantially below what a student is capable of producing.  


Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

The Barnegat Township School District places a strong emphasis on students’ integrity, and the district will not tolerate instances of academic dishonesty.  Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort.  Both are considered serious offenses and are subject to consequences described in the Student Handbook and Board Policy #5701.


Classroom Expectations

  1. All school rules and policies apply to this class.  

  2. The teacher and students will work together for a respectful, safe classroom.

  3. Students will come to class on time, prepared, and ready to learn.

  4. Students will complete all assignments, including homework, by all deadlines.  Make-up work is only accepted after an excused absence. It is your responsibility to see me for your work before or after school.

  5. Students will actively participation in class discussions and other activities in order to enhance their learning experiences.

  6. Cell phones, iPods, or any other personal electronic devices are prohibited in class at any time.


Extra Help and Support

Occasionally, students will require additional help to master the content and skills in this course.  If you need additional help, there are a variety of options for you, including:

  • Before/after school help sessions with your teacher

  • Peer tutoring from NHS / NJHS students

  • Free online tutoring with Brainfuse (available from the Barnegat Library website)

As your teacher, I am committed to your success.   If you need help, please ask!

I have read and understand the syllabus for 7th Grade Math.  



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