Course Expectations for Algebra 1:
At the BEGINNING of the school year, students should be able to:
- Perform basic operations efficiently and accurately with whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals
- Solve basic algebraic equations with one or two steps
- Follow the order of operations to evaluate an expression
- Substitute a value for a variable and evaluate the expression
- Translate words into mathematical symbols
- Use the distributive property to simplify an expression
- Combine like terms to simplify an expression
- Convert improper fractions to mixed numbers (and conversely, mixed numbers to improper fractions)
- Graph a line in the coordinate plane
- Find the slope of a line given two points or a graph
- Take notes in class, complete homework neatly and as completely as possible and be prepared to ask for help after school if they have questions
As the school year progresses, students will cover the following units in the Pearson Realize Algebra 1 textbook:
- Solving equations and Inequalities
- Linear equations (graphing and writing equations in different forms)
- Linear functions (and function notation)
- Systems of linear equations and inequalities
- Exponents and Exponential functions
- Polynomials and Factoring
- Quadratic functions
- Solving Quadratic equations (using multiple methods)
- Piecewise and Absolute Value functions
We will also focus on practice and accuracy by utilizing technology such as:
TI-84 PLUS graphing calculator by Texas Instruments
PearsonRealize (online component to our textbook)
Desmos.com (graphing utility)
Course Expectations for Financial Literacy:
- Students will engage in lessons regarding various financial aspects of adult life.
- Students will take pertinent notes on the vocabulary of financial topics and perform basic calculations to practice finding tax, tips, salary, income tax, car payments, car insurance, credit card payments and interest, account balances for checking and saving, mortgage interest and payments, health insurance costs, life insurance costs and the costs associated with making investments.
- Students will complete simple projects that are relevant to the current topic.
- At the conclusion of second semester of Financial Literacy, students will participate in our "Reality Fair" that is sponsored by the credit union we work with throughout the school year (more information to come-we need parent/guardian volunteers for this event!)
- Students will be exposed to realistic scenarios involving financial decisions and apply what they have learned to respond to these scenarios.