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COURSE NO. ALG-002

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Introduction to Algebra using Math U See Algebra 1 instructional materials.  Topics covered include graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.

COURSE NOTES

MATHEMATICS:  General math, transition math/pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, and various advanced math programs are available to the homeschooler.  Math is required of all students each year.  High school students should aim for four or more hours of math each week (36 – 45 hours per quarter).
 
Recommended junior high and high school math sequence is Math U See Zeta, then Math U See Pre-algebra (or Saxon Algebra 1/2 or UCSMP Transition Math).  Then Jacobs Elementary Algebra for 2 or 3 semesters, then Jacobs Geometry for 2 or 3 semesters, all taught to deep mastery levels (rather than simply performance levels).  Higher level math is recommended for those students with a gift or a tutor (!) for it, or consider a community college class.  Most effective over the years have been Paul Foerster’s Algebra II & Trigonometry, Math U See Algebra II and Math U See Pre-Calculus, Keyboard Enterprises Math, Teaching Textbook Math and Scott Foresman UCSMP Math.
 
To place a student in a math text correctly, begin the year by assigning one unit test or review per day.  When the student begins earning less than 91% before corrections, back up to the beginning lesson for that test unit and begin the student there in the text.  If a text is wrapped around to the following school year, this testing sequence should be repeated from the beginning of the text to find the student’s most comfortable starting point for the new year, encouraging deep review.  
 
Math should be taught 4 to 5 days per week, with 10-15 minutes of supervised instruction and 30 to 50 minutes of independent practice.  Be sure to work through every error with your student until you are satisfied that he can reach the correct answer independently.  Homeschoolers should earn no less than 91% BEFORE corrections before moving forward in the lessons.
 

Credit Information for Students in Grades 9 - 12: Credits awarded according to hours reported; 37.5 hours = 2.5cr; 75 hours = 5.0cr; max. 2.5cr per quarter; max. 2.5cr per work sample.

Scheduling Suggestions: 5x/wk for 50 to 75 minutes



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Math U See Algebra 1 : Student Kit

  • Author: Math U See
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; Student kit includes student text and test booklet; See www.mathusee.com for placement tests, complete tables of contents, and scope and sequence lists.

 

PREREQUISITE: The student should have completed the PRE-ALGEBRA curriculum, or a comparable pre-algebra course.
 
Four and five days weekly, about 10-15 minutes of math instruction, then 40 to 50 minutes of independent math practice.  General pace is one lesson per week.
 
This program is a practical, hands-on math program.  Program components are: video/DVD presentations, teacher manual, student text, basic manipulative set and algebra inserts.  Each lesson starts with a five to seven minute video presentation, supposedly for teacher training, but the kids learn as much from it as Mom.  So, at the beginning of each new lesson, watch the video/DVD together.  Then work a few minutes together through the teacher manual presentation, then assign them a worksheet of the new lesson.  If they look to have the new concept already, give them the test the next day.  If they make 90% or less before corrections, then do the rest of the lesson page by page before doing the test again.  If the student makes 91% or more, then move to the next lesson.  Indeed, the goal grade is always 91% or more, before corrections, “mastery” level rather than “performance” level.  Be patient, supportive and thorough.
 
Use the manipulatives as much as possible, and always have them open on the table whenever you are doing math, for easy access.  Whenever a student refuses to use the manipulatives and really needs to, gently use them yourself, Mom: stand behind him and, reaching around his shoulders, work the manipulatives in front of him.  
 
A very flexible math regimen that has proven effective for many of our families is to have the student work through 40 to 45 minutes of new material, on a timer, then have him checkmark his own errors using the answer key.  The next day he does all of his corrections first, working any problems that he can’t correct on his own with you on a good-sized white/chalk board, then he sets his timer for 40 to 45 minutes to work new material, then checkmarks his own errors, and so on.  As you can see, math can take as little as fifty minutes per day, or as long as an hour or more, depending on your student’s carefulness and effort—the student controls the length of time he spends daily on math and is discouraged from doing rushed, shabby work.  (Watching the DVD instruction counts as part of the 40 to 45 timer minutes.)
 


 

Math U See Algebra 1 : Instruction Pack

  • Author: Math U See
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; Contains the Teacher Manual, and the video in either DVD or VHS format

 

When purchasing an older, used version of Math U See Algebra 1 be sure to also pick up a copy of the Math U See Algebra 1 Honors workbook.  Newer editions of the text include the honors work


 

Starter Set 1 (Manipulatives)

  • Author: Math U See
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; “The initial Starter Set is an 80-piece set of colorful, base 10, stacking blocks used to teach all aspects of arithmetic. These are also used with the Inserts to illustrate beginning algebra and decimals.” - www.mathusee.com

 

 
One set per family.  This manipulative set is necessary to the Math U See program and is used from the first level through the Algebra 1 level of Math U See.
 


 

Algebra/Decimal Inserts (Manipulatives)

  • Author: Math U See
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Math U See

Math U See Publ.; Smooth pieces which snap into the backs of the ten and hundred pieces to illustrate principals in algebra and in decimals

 

 
This is a second manipulative set, necessary to the Zeta, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra 1 level of Math U See.  It is used in addition to the starter manipulative set used in Levels Primer through Algebra 1.
 


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Math U See Algebra 1: Lessons 1 and 2


WEEK B

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 3


WEEK 1

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 4


WEEK 2

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 5


WEEK 3

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 6


WEEK 4

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 7


WEEK 5

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 8


WEEK 6

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 9


WEEK 7

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 10


WEEK 8

Take Unit Test I


WEEK 9

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 11


WEEK 10

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 12


WEEK 11

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 13


WEEK 12

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 14


WEEK 13

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 15


WEEK 14

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 16


WEEK 15

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 17


WEEK 16

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 18


WEEK C

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 19


WEEK D

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 20


WEEK 17

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 21


WEEK 18

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 22


WEEK 19

Take Unit Test II


WEEK 20

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 23


WEEK 21

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 24


WEEK 22

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 25


WEEK 23

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 26


WEEK 24

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 27


WEEK 25

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 28


WEEK 26

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 29


WEEK 27

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 30


WEEK 28

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 31


WEEK 29

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 32


WEEK 30

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 33


WEEK 31

Math U See Algebra 1: Lesson 34


WEEK 32

Take Unit Test III. Review and correct. Take the Final Exam. Your goal is to spend 3-4 hours on math catch-up, review, study, and testing this week.




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