This course is an accelerated program that challenges a select group of seventh- grade students to expand on the knowledge gained in Pre-Algebra. Relevant topics include linear equations, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing linear equations, radicals, quadratics, and an introduction to trigonometry. A cornerstone of this class is that students continue to be strategic in their thinking through analyzing problems at the conceptual level. The content continuously applies and connects algebra principles with other areas of mathematics, other disciplines, and real-world applications, giving students a better understanding of how algebra is relevant to their future lives and careers. Multiple approaches to creative problem solving are valued and reinforced through communication and collaboration. iPads, graphing calculators, project-based learning, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment.
This course enables students to make connections between concrete experiences and abstract ideas within areas of mathematics. This pre-algebra program exposes students to expressions, equations, inequalities, integers, geometry, probability, and statistics as a foundation for Algebra I. Problem-solving is strongly emphasized as students learn to value mathematics in the world around them. Students learn to establish sequences of actions they can recall and apply to understanding concepts. Critical thinking and creative thinking are reinforced. The critical aspect of thinking is the focus in teaching students to analyze problems and to break problems down into specific components. iPads, graphing calculators, project-based learning, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment.