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Syllabus for Math 7 

Teacher: Mr. Jose Velazquez, Email address:


All students are required to bring the following materials to class every day:
2 Pencils
1 Pen
Journal (Composition Book where students keep all their work)
Math Textbook
Glasses (if prescribed)

This course implements the Common Core State Standards.

Class Textbook:

Prentice-Hall Mathematics—CaliforniaPre-Algebra (2001) ISBN-10:0-13-050486-6 / 0130504866
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-050486-9
/ 9780130504869



Contents of the Class Textbook:

Chapter 1: Algebraic Expressions and Integers

Chapter 2: Solving One-Step Equations and Inequalities

Chapter 3: Decimals and Equations

Chapter 4: Factors, Fractions, and Exponents

Chapter 5: Operations with Fractions

Chapter 6: Ratios, Proportions, and Percent

Chapter 7:Solving Equations and Inequalities

Chapter 8: Linear Functions and Graphing

Chapter 9: Spatial Thinking

Chapter10: Area and Volume

Chapter11: Right Triangles in Algebra

Chapter12: Data Analysis and Probability

Chapter13: Non-Linear Functions and Polynomials

Homework Policy:
At the start of each week, the students receive a homework packet.
The homework is due by Friday at the latest.
Students are encouraged to turn-in their homework early.

Grade Distribution:

Homework: 33%
Quizzes: 33%
Exams: 33 %
Extra Credit: 11%


Grading Scale:

90%to 100% = A

80%to 89.9% = B

70%to 79.9% = C

60%to 69.9% = D


The Error Analysis is a vital part of understanding the lesson content.

The error analysis requires that each error on the Quiz have a detailed correct solution, showing all the math steps, with written explanations to each step (show your work). This is a way to make sure that the student understands how to solve this type of problem. Because, this type of problem will come-up again as part of future math questions. This is called scaffolding(students need to learn the fundamental skills before they can understand the higher level math).


Note: All quizzes require an Error Analysis.

Students are given plenty of time in class to complete the error analysis of the Quizzes, and the students are shown in class a complete solution to all of the questions on each quiz.

For the questions where the student got the right answer, the student writes "My answer is correct."

For the questions where the student made a mistake, the student needs to write in the math journal:

1. The original question

2. A sentence explaining what kind of error the student made.

3. A detailed solution to the question, explaining each step.

For example did the student add, subtract, multiply, or divide?
Some students write PEMDAS, and circle the operation they used on that particular step.
For example: if the student multiplied, the student circles the M in PEMDAS.


Quarterly Journal Project:

At the end of each quarter the students turn-in their math journals. The items graded include:

1. Quizzes + the corresponding Error Analysis

2. Homework (showing the original question and the steps to reach the solution)
3. Class Notes

Last Modified on August 20, 2014