In this course, students build a solid foundation in core mathematics topics to support learning of more complex topics in Pre-Algebra 2. Course modules introduce the essential concepts and skills necessary for mastery of imperative mathematics and algebraic fundamentals and lead students through a series of leveling exercises and real world applications. Adaptive feedback and pathways are interwoven throughout the course to guide the learner toward greater mathematical understanding and competency.
Students begin with a review of the real number sets, properties of numbers, and rational number operations to prepare them for solving linear equations. After solving linear equations, students then solve and graph inequalities. Students are also introduced to geometry.
Alignment: Common Core Standards, NCTM Standards
Target Audience: Middle school students
Key strategies employed to support students in achieving learning outcomes include:
Students begin each unit with a readiness assessment for appraisal of prior knowledge and to be used as a personal benchmark. Students scoring 90% or above have the option to move to the next lesson allowing students to proceed at their own pace.
Lessons include visual, auditory and active experiences to enhance learner retention and transfer. Each lesson includes illustrated content, animations, and activities.
Interactive math tools and active simulations allow students to explore and practice newly learned skills, including a number line, a drag-and-drop algebra simulation, an expression builder, and a graphing tool.
Immediate and targeted feedback provide instant support and allow students to assess their own performance. Branching pathways are activated, if needed, based on student response and/or performance.
Quizzes are included at the end of each lesson to evaluate knowledge transfer.
The course is designed for one semester of classroom instruction.
The course contains an introduction followed by 3 units of instruction.
Each unit is segmented into lessons, for a course total of 12 lessons.
The time to complete a lesson depends on how well a student progresses through the activities. Instructors can customize the course to meet school scheduling needs.
The course structure is modular. Units and lessons can be rearranged or sequenced based on institutional need or preference.