Algebra I

Algebra: Unit 1 – Foundations for Algebra

Course Overview:

The primary goal of Algebra 1 is to develop fluency in working with linear equations. In our first unit, students will review the foundations of Algebra: variables and expressions, the order of operations, evaluating expressions, properties of real numbers, the distributive property, and an introduction to the relationship between patterns, equations and graphs. Students will combine hands on exploration of Algebra with more traditional problem solving. All topics covered in Algebra 1 are aligned with curriculum frameworks and the MCAS.

Week One:
Variables and Expressions
Week Two:
Order of Operations and Evaluating Expressions
Week Three:
Real Numbers and the Number Line
Week Four:
The Distributive Property
Week Five:
An Introduction to Equations
Week Six:
Patterns, Equations, and Graphs
Week Seven:
Portfolio Work Week


Active Learning:

Students’ roles as mathematical students will be to experiment, to investigate, to ask questions, to make and test conjectures, and to reflect, and then to communicate their ideas both orally and in writing. Students will often work in teams and sometimes work on their own.

Expectations – Class expectations are based on the 4 Ps:
  • Be Prepared
    Students are expected to be in class and on time.
    Students are expected to keep a math binder with work organized into appropriate categories.
  • Be Polite
    Students are expected to respect their fellow classmates.
    Maintain appropriate classroom behavior (language, feet on floor, cleanliness, etc.).
  • Be Positive
    Students are expected to MAKE MATH MISTAKES AND HAVE FUN!
    Students are expected to participate and do their best.
  • Be Productive
    Students are expected to complete all class work and homework.
    Students are expected to make up any class work and/or homework that they miss due to absences. You (students) are responsible for asking for and getting the work that you miss!
Portfolio Project:

The portfolio project for this unit will have three parts:

  1. A cover letter that describes the central ideas of the unit
  2. Select papers from the unit (homework, classwork, etc.) that reflect the essence of the unit as well as demonstrates your progress in problem solving and writing about math problems
  3. A personal growth statement that addresses how you feel you progressed in the unit and what you feel you might need to work on as well as other thoughts about your experiences this quarter
Classwork and Participation:30%
Portfolio Project and Assessments:30%
Problem of the Week:20%