Gateway Regional High School

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Pr-Ap Algebra 1


Michael D’Alesandro, Mary Gehring (4th Period), Cheryl Scully (6th Period)


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Google Classroom Algebra I

Course Description

Algebra I

Course Description

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 8, teacher recommendation and scores on the Algebra Readiness Test and PARCC.

This course is a well-paced course that allows students opportunities to take responsibility for learning.

The Algebra I curriculum is comprised of the following major concepts or ‘Big Ideas’: (1) tools of algebra; (2) equations and inequalities; (3) rational and irrational numbers; (4) polynomials; (5) functional and relations; and (6) linear systems. While knowledge of content is being developed students are engaged in hands-on and cooperative activities that encourage mathematical reasoning, problem solving, communicating and making connections. Through these activities students utilize technology such as graphing calculators, computers, and calculator-based lab equipment. In addition they are encouraged to think more critically through activities that involve investigations, explorations, and discovery. Finally, evaluation appears in several formats: tests, performance tasks, and long- and short-term projects.

Course Expectations and Assessments

We will usually have in class practice assignments that go along with each lesson.  Assignments may be individual, class, or small group practice.   We will have about two to three secondary assessments before we take our primary assessments.  We will try to have two to three primary assessments per marking period.

Course Policies 

        There will be frequent class assignments/practice.  This may have to be finished outside of the class if it is not completed in the classroom.  If a student wishes to retake a primary assessment he/she must have the preceding assignments completed and handed in.

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