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Magnolia Science Academy – Santa Ana 2840 West 1 Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703 California Glencoe Math – Course 1 © 2015

Instructor: Jordan Vargas Tutoring: Tues. 3pm - 4pm Cell Phone: 949.214.4724

Room #: 215

Email: javargas@magnoliapublicshools.org

MATH 6 - 6 th Grade Mathematics (2016 - 2017)

MSA – Santa Ana Mission

“Magnolia Science Academy – Santa Ana seeks to provide a college preparatory educational program emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in a safe environment that cultivates respect for self and others.”

Course Description

In alignment with the implemented 6 th Grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics, this course seeks to move students toward the 7 th Grade Mathematics Curriculum by focusing on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication/division while using these concepts to solve real-world problems; (2) gaining a better understanding of the division of fractions and extending this thinking to the rational number system, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and implementing expressions and equations; (4) develop a foundation for statistical reasoning.

Prerequisites. Completion of 5 th grade and its corresponding mathematical endeavors.

Learning Outcomes for the MSA – Santa Ana Mathematics Department.

1) Construct and develop rigorous, mathematical problem solving skills, while persevering in the problem-solving process; 2) Effectively communicate mathematical reasoning, through the use of reading, writing, speaking, collaborating, and appropriate visual aids; 3) Expand his/her own mathematical understanding through both guided instruction and self-directed learning; and 4) Promote an inclusive and safe learning community that celebrates individual and communal growth.

Course Objectives (Tentative). At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1) Solve problems using the understanding of ratio concepts. 2) Extend previous knowledge of multiplying and dividing fractions. 3) Compute fluently and be able to find common factors and multiples.

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4) Have familiarity with the system of rational numbers. 5) Understand algebraic expressions and reason with one-variable equations and inequalities. 6) Represent and assess the relationship between dependent and independent variables. 7) Solve real-world problems involving the dimensions of physical objects. 8) Explain and apply rudimentary statistics and probability.

Course Requirements

Course Textbook. California Glencoe Math, Course 1; McGraw Hill Education 2015.

*Additional Resources. Throughout the school year, we will also make use of campus chromebooks. A calculator should not be necessary for success in this course. A highly suggested alternative comes in the form of an intelligent search engine provided by Wolfram Alpha found at wolframalpha.com. If you would like, you can also purchase the Wolfram Alpha tool for your mobile device via the application store used by your device.

Course Components

Homework/Classwork/ALEKS (15%). Homework assignments will be tasked to CoolSIS, graded, and recorded as follows:

+ (demonstrates excellent knowledge and mastery of the material within the assignment), (demonstrates sufficient knowledge and mastery of the material within the assignment), x (demonstrates room for improvement in regards to the material within the assignment).

Homework that is submitted and graded at the “check plus” level will receive full credit. Homework that is submitted and graded at the “check” level will receive 85% credit. Homework that is submitted and graded at the “x” level will receive half-credit. Having said this, homework may always be resubmitted in effort of receiving full credit.

Late and/or incomplete homework will be accepted, but can only receive, at most, half-credit upon the first submission. A resubmission of homework will be necessary to receive full credit. Please refer to the “Homework Submission” handout for further details.

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ALEKS – ALEKS is an internet, computer program that tailors mathematical content/learning to the abilities and progress of the specific student. Students will be required to log 30 minutes of effective interaction per school night on the program. I will check students' minutes and progress at the end of each week and correspondingly award credit.

Quizzes (15%). Quizzes will typically be given as mid-chapter checks and may consist of anywhere from 5 to 15 questions. Quiz material may be cumulative and/or chapter-based, so personal review of covered information from the course is advised. Partial credit may be received on questions where student work demonstrates progress towards a correct solution.

Unit/Chapter Assessments (30%). At the completion of each chapter/unit, a formal assessment will be given. These assessments will only cover content from the corresponding chapter or unit (containing multiple chapters) of study. Partial credit may be received on questions where student work demonstrates progress towards a correct solution.

Projects/Portfolios (20%). Throughout each semester, students will be required to participate and complete various projects relating to common core standards and course content. Students will also be required to

maintain a “portfolio” (notebook) that keeps record of the various activities, notes, and worksheets that we utilize during the course. The portfolio not only serves as a reflective piece, it will also provide evidence of student progress/work throughout our year of study. A notebook will be provided to each student

Final Exam (20%). A final exam will be given at the end of each semester. Final exams will be cumulative; questions will pertain to what has been covered over the semester of study. Partial credit may or may not be received when student work demonstrates progress towards a solution.

(Note: Students are responsible for any missed homework/assignments/quizzes/tests when absent. If a student is to miss a quiz and/or test, please inform the instructor ASAP to schedule a make-up with the instructor. Having said this, it is highly advised that students attend all class periods.)

Grading Criteria

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Homework/Classwork/ALEKS

15% of Final Grade

Quizzes

15% of Final Grade

Unit/Chapter Assessments

30% of Final Grade

Projects/Portfolio

20% of Final Grade

Final

20% of Final Grade

Grading Scale

Numerical

Letter Grade

Grade-Point

Grade-Point

Grade

Equivalent

Unweighted

Weighted

98 - 100

A+

4

5

93

- 97

A

4

5

90

– 92

A-

3.7

4.7

87

- 89

B+

3.3

4.3

83

- 86

B

3

4

80

- 82

B-

2.7

3.7

75

- 79

C+

2.3

3.3

70

- 74

C

2

3

Below 70

F

0

0

Course Schedule (Tentative)

 

Chapter

Content

~ Start

~ Finish

 

Date

Date

       

1

Ratios & Rates

09/08/16

09/30/16

2

Fractions, Decimals, Percents

10/03/16

10/26/16

3

Compute w/ Multi-Digit Numbers

10/27/16

11/11/16

4

Multiply and Divide Fractions

11/14/16

12/07/16

5

Integers & Coordinate Plane

12/08/16

01/13/17

6

Expressions

01/17/17

02/08/17

7

Equations

0/2/09/17

03/03/17

4

8

Functions & Inequalities

03/06/17

03/30/17

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Area

04/03/17

04/28/17

10

Volume & Surface Area

05/01/17

05/19/17

11

Statistical Measures

05/22/17

06/06/17

12

Statistical Displays

06/07/17

06/16/17

 

Finals Week

06/19/17

06/21/17

Campus Decorum

“Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible”

While present on school grounds, the student is expected to act with safety, maturity and respect at all times. The student will be encouraged to appreciate himself/herself and others, handle conflicts appropriate manners and learn within a setting that supports the growth of the entire school.

Bullying of any type will not be permitted and will result in immediate discipline/correction.

Please refer to the school handbook for further information about school-wide disciplinary policies, academic policies, attendance policies, tardy policies, dress code, extra-curricular activities, and a wealth of other information pertaining to the student's and parent's experience at MSA – Santa Ana.

Classroom Decorum

“Do To Others As You Would Have Them Do To You.”

Class Procedures

Students who do an exceptional job of following class and teacher instructions/norms may be rewarded with raffle tickets. New prizes will be raffled off on a regular basis.

Students that continually work in an efficient manner, appropriately assist and care for others, and/or demonstrate personal growth will receive

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corresponding recognition. This recognition may come in the form of in- class privileges, positive CoolSIS points, awards at assemblies, and/or positive communication with parents/guardians.

Below, you will find the structure of consequences when handling classroom misbehavior:

1 st Offense: Verbal/Visual Warning.

2 nd Offense: Think About It worksheet. Discussion with teacher outside of instructional time.

3 rd Offense: CoolSIS point deduction. Potential lunch reflection and parent is contacted.

Continued Offenses: Referral, student sent to the disciplinary office. Necessary measures are made to ensure that the student experiences behavioral growth and personal success within our classroom.

Electronic/Internet Usage Policy

Students are only to make use of electronic devices (cellphones & Chromebooks) when prompted by the teacher. Otherwise, electronics must be muted and stored away. While interacting with the internet and electronic devices within our learning environment (which may include home usage), students are advised to

T – is it True? H – is it Helpful? I – is it Inspiring? N – is it Necessary? K – is it Kind?

For more information on electronic and internet policy, please refer to the school handbook.

Restroom Usage Policy

Students will be allowed to use the restroom, but the timing of restroom usage must be appropriate (I.e., students are not allowed to use the restroom while the teacher is instructing; students are not permitted to use

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the restroom during the first and last 10 minutes of class). Students must sign-out and sign-in on the clipboard found by the classroom exit. If this system is being taken advantage of, we will use a stricter policy by allotting five restroom passes to each student per semester.

Eating/Drinking Policy

Unless special permission is given to eat/drink in class, students are to REFRAIN from eating and drinking inside the classroom; however, personal water bottles are acceptable. Students may be excused to the water faucets but must sign-out and sign-in on the clipboard found by the classroom exit.

Assistance From Others.

Students are encouraged to consult with other students when working on classwork and homework assignments. However, students are not allowed to copy another student's work. If two or more students are found to be submitting identical or otherwise plagiarized work, then appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken. In addition, cheating and/or gaining improper advantages on quizzes or assessments will not be tolerated.

Please refer to the Magnolia Science Academy Handbook 2016 – 2017, for the policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty.

Accommodations. In partnership with the school's resource specialist team, appropriate and necessary accommodations to the instruction/environment and modifications to the curriculum will be made for documented disabilities.

**Syllabus Modification. The instructor reserves the right to modify any part of this syllabus at any time and will make every effort to announce such modifications in class. Students will be held responsible for all changes in topics, assignments, and assessments, even if not present when such announcements are made.

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MATH 6 - 6 Grade Mathematics Syllabus Agreement Form Student - By signing below, you agree

MATH 6 - 6 th Grade Mathematics Syllabus Agreement Form

Student - By signing below, you agree to the following statements:

“I have received and reviewed the course syllabus. I am familiar with the course components, grading criteria, and course schedule. I understand the classroom procedures and agree to abide by both the school and the classroom policies. I will do my best to work as a team with both classmates and my instructor, in class and at home, to ensure that I am receiving the best possible learning experience.”

Print Name (Student) ___________________________________________

Signature ___________________________________________ Date ___________________

Parent - By signing below, you agree to the following statements:

“I have received and reviewed the course syllabus. I am familiar with the course components, grading criteria, and course schedule. I will encourage my student to understand the classroom procedures and abide by both the school and classroom policies. I will do my best to partner with the instructor, regarding in-class and home activity, to

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ensure that my student is receiving the best possible learning experience.”

Print Name (Parent) ___________________________________________

Signature ___________________________________________ Date ___________________

If you may have any questions, comments, and/or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the instructor using the information found at the beginning of the syllabus.

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