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COURSE NO. MAT-632

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Math U See Zeta.  This year’s focal points are percents and decimals.  This is a good year to begin developing "math study cards" and strong scratch paper habits.

COURSE NOTES

Four and five days weekly, about 10-20 minutes of math instruction, then 40 to 50 minutes of independent math practice--50-60 minutes altogether.
 
This program is a practical, hands-on math program.  Program components are: DVD presentations, teacher manual, student text, and basic manipulative set.  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 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 less than 91% before corrections, then do the rest of the lesson page by page before doing the test again.  If the student makes 91% or more on the test, then move to the next lesson.  Indeed, the goal grade is always 91% or more, “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.  
 
To place a student correctly in the Math U See program, have the student watch-the-video-take-the-test, one lesson per day.  If the student makes more than 91% before corrections, then move to the next lesson; if the student makes 91% or less before corrections, then have him do a worksheet or two and try the test again.  When he is consistently having to work through worksheets to pass the test, then back up a lesson or two and start there in the teaching sequence in earnest.  Encourage deep review.
 
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 works through 40 to 45 minutes of new material, then checkmarks his own errors, and so on.  As you can see, math can take as little as 50 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.  (Note: Watching the DVD instruction counts as part of the 40 to 45 timer-minutes.)
 
For quarterly reporting, report by the Math U See level and the lesson numbers, i.e. MUS/Zeta, Lessons 7 to 22.  For a work sample, send a copy of the latest broad-based review worksheet with the errors clearly marked and a grade noted at the top.  (Remember, for work samples we need the questions or problems as well as the answers.)
 

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



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

 

Math U See Zeta : 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; 30 lessons, 4 unit reviews and 1 final test.

 

"Focus: Decimals and Percents.  PREREQUISITE: The student should have completed the ALPHA, BETA, GAMMA, DELTA and EPSILON curricula or mastered addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions." - www.mathusee.com.  The standard pace for MUS is one lesson or Unit Test per week.


 

Math U See Zeta : 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

 



 

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

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


WEEK 1

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 1: Exponents


WEEK 2

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 2: Place Value with Expanded and Exponential Notation


WEEK 3

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 3: Decimal Numbers with Expanded Notation


WEEK 4

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 4: Add Decimal Numbers


WEEK 5

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 5: Subtract Decimal Numbers


WEEK 6

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 6: Metric System: Origin, Meter, Liter, Gram and Greek Prefixes


WEEK 7

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 7: Metric System: Latin Prefixes


WEEK 8

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 8: Metric System Conversions


WEEK 9

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 9: Multiply Decimals by 1/10 or .1


WEEK 10

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 10: Multiply Decimals by 1/100 or .01


WEEK 11

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 11: Finding a Percent of a Number


WEEK 12

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 12: Finding a Percent Greater than 100%


WEEK 13

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 13: Reading Percents in a Pie Graph


WEEK 14

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 14: Multiply All Decimals


WEEK 15

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 15: Metric System Conversions


WEEK 16

Catch-up and review.


WEEK C

Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting.


WEEK D

Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


WEEK 17

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 16: Computing the Area and Circumference of a Circle with Pi = 3.14


WEEK 18

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 17: Dividing a Decimal by a Whole Number


WEEK 19

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 18: Dividing a Whole Number by a Decimal


WEEK 20

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 19: Solving for an Unknown


WEEK 21

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 20: Dividing a Decimal by a Decimal


WEEK 22

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 21: Decimal Remainders


WEEK 23

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 22: Transform any Fraction to a Decimal and Percent


WEEK 24

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 23: Decimals as Rational Numbers


WEEK 25

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 24: Mean, Median, and Mode


WEEK 26

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 25: Probability


WEEK 27

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 26: Point, Line, Ray, and Line Segment


WEEK 28

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 27: Plane


WEEK 29

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 28: Symbols: Similar, Equal and Congruent


WEEK 30

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 29: Angles: Definition and Symbols


WEEK 31

Math U See Zeta, Lesson 30: Types of Angles


WEEK 32

Catch-up and review.




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