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Common Core Math Syllabus

In California as well as the rest of the United States, math is experiencing a change in teaching and learning known as Common Core.  This means that every math teacher and student in our district will be given a new curriculum (learning materials) from which to teach and learn.  In the past year, the math teachers at Smythe, Bradley-Quinlan-Tilton, have attended numerous hours of training to make this transition as easy and understandable as possible for ALL students.   If you would like more information on Common Core, please follow this link provided by the Twin Rivers Unified School District:  http://www.twinriversusd.org/misc/common_core/


Common Core math courses offered at Smythe with a brief content description:


Math 7 (Bradley & Quinlan) Standards will focus on:  proportional relationships, operations with rational numbers, linear equations, geometrical constructions, two & three dimensional shapes, and inferences based on population samples


Math 8 (Quinlan & Tilton) Standards will focus on:  expressions and equations, systems of linear equations, functions, two & three dimensional shapes, and the Pythagorean Theorem


Accelerated Math 7 (Quinlan) Standards will focus on: proportional relationships, operations with rational numbers, linear equations, geometrical constructions, two & three dimensional shapes, inferences based on population samples, expressions/equations, systems of linear equations, functions, and the Pythagorean Theorem  Note: Both Math 7 & 8 concepts


Algebra 1 (Tilton) Standards will focus on: linear exponential equations, quadratic functions, laws of exponents, square & cube roots, and linear trends


Geometry (Tilton) Standards will focus on:congruence of triangles, triangle similarity, circumference-area-volume, the Pythagorean Theorem, and probability  Note: This year only!


Standards for Mathematical Practices-“SMPs”

In every grade (K-12) math instruction will focus on the Standards in Mathematical Practices known as the “8 SMPs”.  Here they are…


SMP #1-Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

SMP#2-Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

SMP #3-Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

SMP #4-Model with mathematics.

SMP #5-Use appropriate tools strategically.

SMP #6-Attend to precision.

SMP #7-Look for and make use of structure.

SMP #8-Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Grading Categories:


Tests/Quizzes (60%)-All quarter and semester tests along with weekly and mini-quizzes will make up over half of your grade.  Work must be shown on every problem or no credit will be earned.  Show work exactly as the problems are done in class and on homework.   You will be required to EXPLAIN your answers! There will be fewer multiple choice questions.

            *All tests and quizzes will be kept in a binder and used for weekly reviews.

            *All students will take a FINAL at the end of each semester.


Classwork/Participation (20%)-Participation makes up a portion of your grade.  This category includes taking notes in your Tool Kit, filling out and getting your planner signed every week, answering questions in class, positive behavior, being ready and on time every day. 

Tool Kits (math notebook)

To receive all 5 points, each lesson/review/cut-n-pasted handout must start at the top of a new page, show the lesson number and title, have the standard, list all vocabulary discussed and have all the practice problems done according to lecture.  Taking detailed notes and trying the practice problems every day is key to completing homework and doing well on tests/quizzes. 

*Tool kits will be collected and graded periodically.


Homework (10%)-Homework is a part of your grade. To earn all 5 points you must follow the “5 for 5” homework requirements on the handout in your Tool Kit.


Projects (10%)  In addition to learning new math skills, students will be required to apply these skills and create projects.  Projects will be done in class (most of the time!) and will usually involve a “real life application” component.  Projects may be assigned as individual, partner or group.  Types of projects may include: posters, power point presentations, reteaching/reciprocal teaching, video presentations, oral presentations and models.

Mathematics teachers

Hatfield, Brett
Quinlan, Tisha
Tilton, Mark

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