Be Respectful of Yourself, Your Classmates and Your Teacher

Be Respectful of Yourself, Your Classmates and Your Teacher

Math classroom expectations:

Be respectful of yourself, your classmates and your teacher

Be in your seat when class starts and copy homework assignment in your assignment pad. Place prior nights homework in the corner of your desk while working on the Do Now.

Do your work! Homework will be assigned on a regular basis and is due to following day unless otherwise instructed.

Follow directions and listen carefully. Ask questions!

Math classroom supplies:

A three ring binder with 5 tabs will be used in class. (tabs: 1. Notes, 2. HW, 3. Graded assignments 4. Quizzes and tests, 5. Handouts)

Casio Calculator

Pencils and erasers (preferably mechanical)


Types of Work:

Individual assignments—homework, class work, group work, problem of the week, journal entries, free writing exercises, lesson quizzes and classroom participation. All of these assignments let me know you know what you are doing.

Projects—at least one project per marking period will be assigned and a rubric will be given to you so that you know exactly what is expected. You will be given class time to work on projects and ask for help.

Quizzes—quizzes will be announced and given randomly as we review material.

Tests—There will be a test at the end of each unit. The unit test will require you to use several different learning skills, from lower-level basic skills to higher-level problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Math class grade

Your grade will be calculated based on the total number of points available from homework, individual assignments, projects, quizzes, tests. You should be able to calculate your grade like this
Total points earned (divided by) Total possible points (times) 100 = % Grade

Math Class Tips:

In MOST classes, better organization and class work = better grades

Save everything that’s important (if you don’t know, ask)- worksheets, quizzes, notes, homework, etc.

Make sure you take good notes in class

  • Copy down all problems done on the board (without being told)
  • Date homework and notes
  • Write the assignment and page on the top of your work
  • Don’t just write answers, copy the problem and the answers

Math Test Tips-A few days BEFORE the exam

Identify the chapter/sections for the topics test to study

  • Look at each section: List the topics you need to know

Using your guide, for each section:

  • Recopy important notes from your notebook and/or key words from the book onto index cards or separate paper.
  • Practice example problems as you read each section
  • Redohomework problems, class work problems, worksheets, packets, or book problems (*the odds).
  • HINT: Make sure the problems you practice you actually KNOW the answer to so you can check your work
  • Review all prior quizzes and graded class work. Know your mistakes BUT also make sure you look over and redo each problem

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, practice!! Problems ranging from easy to hard

It is extremely important that you be able to do the problems without knowing what section they came out of!! Be sure to mix the problems up when you are practicing!

Make a list of concepts or questions you need help with and see your teacher. Don’t take a test without knowing EVERYTHING on it.

Do practice problems and have your teacher check if they are right

You will do great in Math (or anything) if you give 100% effort. So I expect you to always do your best and you will be on your way to success!!!

Problem of the Week

Problem of the week will be worth 8 points, assigned on Monday and collected and graded on Friday. They will be posted on the website.

Sample POW: Bill and Jasmine together have 94 marbles. Bill has 4 more than twice as many marbles as Jasmine. Find how many glass marbles each has.

Ask yourself these questions and discuss them with your partner:

Use the questions above to guide you in a thorough explanation of the process used to solve the problem.


Try a POW on your own. Remember that you can make a plan and solve the problem with your partner but the explanations are on your own.

Jack’s overtime wage is $3 per hour more than his regular hourly wage. He worked for 5 hours at his regular wage and 4 hours at the overtime wage. He earned $66. Find his hourly wage.


Trade with your partner. Have your partner grade your POW using the rubric below.

0 / 1 / 2 / total
Approach and computation / Unable to generate strategy-no computations / Begins but fails to complete problem- errors in computation / Clearly organized method with no errors in computation
Explanation / Explanation is confusing or nonexistent / Explanation of the process is unclear or basic / Demonstrated thinking with a clear, sequential explanation that can stand alone.
Understanding / Attempts but demonstrates no understanding of the problem. / Minimal understanding of the problem. / Excellent understanding of the problem. Shows and explains more than the problem asks.
Organization of Thought / Lacks organization of thought / Work demonstrates some organization / Work is clearly organized and includes a diagram or step by step process

Total points earned: ______Discuss grade with your partner.

Homework Guidelines for Mathematics

Mathematics is a language, and as such it has standards of writing that should be observed. In a writing class, one must respect the rules of grammar and punctuation, one must write in organized paragraphs built with complete sentences, and the final draft must be a neat paper with a title. Similarly, there are certain standards for mathematics assignments.

Write your name and class number clearly at the top of at least the first page, along with the assignment number, the section number(s), or the page number(s). If you are not stapling or paper-clipping the pages together, then put your name or initials on all the pages.

Use standard-sized paper (8.5" x 11"), with no "fringe" running down the side as a result of the paper’s having been torn out of a spiral notebook, and do not use sticky-notes, scented stationery, or other nonstandard types of paper.

Use standard-weight paper, not onion skin, construction paper, or otherwise abnormally thin or heavy paper.

Attach your pages with a paper clip or staple. Do not fold, tear, spit on, or otherwise "dog-ear" the pages. It is better that the pages be handed in loose (with your name on each sheet) than that the corners be folded or shredded.

Clearly indicate the number of the exercise you are doing. If you accidentally do a problem out of order, or separate part of the problem from the rest, then include a note to the grader, referring the grader to the missed problem or work.

Write out the problems (except in the case of word problems, which are too long).

Do your work in pencil, with mistakes cleanly erased, not crossed or scratched out.

Write legibly (suitably large and suitably dark); if the grader can't read your answer, it's wrong.

Write neatly across the page, with each succeeding problem below the preceding one, not off to the right. Please do not work in multiple columns down the page (like a newspaper); your page should contain only one column.

Keep work within the margins. If you run out of room at the end of a problem, please continue onto the next page; do not try to squeeze lines together at the bottom of the sheet. Do not lap over the margins on the left or right; do not wrap writing around the notebook holes.

Do not squeeze the problems together, with one problem running into the next. Use sufficient space for each problem, with at least one blank line between one problem and the next.

Do "scratch work," but do it on scratch paper; hand in only the "final draft." Show your steps, but any work that is scribbled in the margins belongs on scratch paper, not on your homework.

Show your work. This means showing your steps, not just copying the question from the assignment, and then the answer from the back of the book. Show everything in between the question and the answer. Use complete English sentences if the meaning of the mathematical sentences is not otherwise clear. For your work to be complete, you need to explain your reasoning and make your computations clear.

For tables and graphs, use a ruler to draw the straight lines, and clearly label the axes, the scale, and the points of interest. Use a consistent scale on the axes, and do a T-chart, unless instructed otherwise. Also, make your table or graph large enough to be clear. If you can fit more than three or four graphs on one side of a sheet of paper, then you're drawing them too small.

Do not invent your own notation and abbreviations, and then expect the grader to figure out what you meant. For instance, do not use "#" in your sentence if you mean "pounds" or "numbers".Do not use the "equals" sign ("=") to mean "indicates", "is", "leads to", "is related to", or anything else in a sentence; use actual words. The equals sign should be used only in equations, and only to mean "is equal to".

Do not do magic. Plus/minus signs, "= 0", radicals, and denominators should not disappear in the middle of your calculations, only to mysteriously reappear at the end. Each step should be complete.

If the problem is of the "Explain" or "Write in your own words" type, then copying the answer from the back of the book, or the definition from the chapter, is unacceptable. Write the answer in your words, not the text's.

Remember to put your final answer at the end of your work, and mark it clearly by, for example, underlining it. Label your answer appropriately; if the question asks for measured units, make sure to put appropriate units on the answer.. If the question is a word problem, the answer should be in words.

In general, write your homework as though you're trying to convince someone that you know what you're talking about.

Based on "Homework Guidelines",
Copyright © 1990-2010 Elizabeth Stapel, Used By Permission

So, what do you know…

1. Find the percent of change of $27,000 to $26,400. Round to the nearest tenth of a percent. State whether the change is an increase or a decrease.

2. Estimate 6 • 1.

3. 43 ft = yd

4. Find the area of a trapezoid with bases of 18 cm and 24 cm, and a height of 13 cm.

5. Which fraction is equivalent to ?

6. Write a variable expression to describe the rule for the sequence –5, 0, 5, 10, 15, …. Then find the 100th term.

7. Use π ≈ 3.14 to estimate the circumference of the circle.

8. Find the values of x, y, and z.

9. Use the points in the diagram to name the figure shown. Then identify the type of figure.

10. From a barrel of colored marbles, you randomly select 7 blue, 5 yellow, 8 red, 4 green, and 6 purple marbles. Find the experimental probability of randomly selecting a marble that is NOT yellow.

11. Solve = .

12. What number is missing in this sequence?
1, 2, 6, 24, _____, 720

13. Find the area of the figure.

14. Solve the equation 3x = 18. Check your answer.

15. Solve the equation 29.1 = 3.6x + 7.5.

16. Find the value of x.

17. Classify the figure in as many ways as possible.

18. Find .

19. Find the simple interest earned on an account with $4,716 at 5.4% for 4 months.

20. Is the ordered pair (9, 10) a solution to the linear equation, y = x + 1?

21. The cost, C, of joining the Neighborhood Athletic gym includes an initial membership fee of $59, plus a $39 monthly fee.
a. The cost of using the gym is a function of the number of months of membership, m. Find a rule for the function.
b. Find the cost of using the gym for 12 months.
c. What would the graph of the function look like?

22. Write a word phrase for ?

23. Solve and graph the solution of the inequality y + 4 ≤ 3.

24. Find the area of a parallelogram with a base of 75 cm and a height of 3.5 cm.

25. Find the area of the triangle.

26. Which rule represents the function in the table?

27. Solve and check the equation 10x + 6 = 36.

28. Solve the inequality y + 4 ≤ –4.

29. Use π ≈ 3.14 to estimate the circumference of the circle.

30. There are 2 bread options, 5 meat options and 3 cheeses options for a sandwich. How many different sandwiches can you make if you use a meat and a cheese?

31. Write as a whole or mixed number in simplest form.

32. Write a variable expression to describe the rule for the sequence –3, 3, 9, 15, 24, …. Then find the 100th term.

33. Solve the equation –2 = + 1.

34. Which angle or angles are complementary to ∠BOC?

35. Find the total cost, given a cost of $45.60, a tax rate of 8%, and tip rate of 15%.

36. Write a variable expression to describe the rule for the sequence –4, 0, 4, 8, 12, …. Then find the 100th term.

37. Describe the trend in the scatter plot.

38. Lupe is applying for a summer job. Six employees doing the same work earn $8.00, $8.50, $9.00, $9.50, $10.00, and $21.00 per hour. In the interview, the boss tells Lupe that the average hourly wage is $11.00. Is the boss's statement misleading? Why or why not?

39. Find the area of the parallelogram.

40. Write 4.5 • 108 in standard form.