Updated! Want to assess the prerequisite skills your students have when they set foot in your classroom? This packet is important to complete either in the summer right before the start of school or during the first week of school. This unit also includes two activities to encourage parental involvement as well as a certificate to motivate and encourage students to put effort into their math class. I’ve discovered throughout the years that so many students tune out mathematics once they take Pre-Algebra or especially Algebra 1 because it’s the first time they need to think about mathematics abstractly. That’s why as a teacher I always push them to try their best and encourage them through positive reinforcements (verbal praise, stickers on A papers, etc.) to be successful in mathematics. I tell my students they don’t necessarily have to like math, but they certainly need to be able to do math!
Included in this unit:
1. Forty (40) math problems on combining like terms, solving linear equations, finding slope, midpoint, distance, plotting points on a coordinate plane, perimeter, circumference, area, volume and reviewing the names of polygons given the number of sides (Check out the preview file)
2. Answer Key
3. Math in the Real World: Interview Activity
4. Family Math Tree
5. I’m Off to a GREAT Start Certificate
6. NEW! 10 question quiz to assess your students and make sure they actually did their own work!
Common Core Standards/Objectives: After completing this lesson, students will be able to:
• Interpret the structure of expressions
• Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning
• Solve linear equations in one variable
• Reason about relationships among shapes to determine perimeter, area, circumference and volume
• Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
• Attend to precision
Suggested Lesson Implementation:
1. You can use this as a summer packet for your students to complete by the first day of school. You can collect the packets or simply have the students switch papers and check their answers.
2. My preference is to give these students this packet on the first day (or within the first week) of school and make it due in five days. That way, students can review the prerequisite skills needed for Geometry. Some schools undergo a lot of schedule changes during the first week of school so reviewing these skills is not a waste of the student’s time or yours. The Interview assignment and Family Math Tree are interesting ways to get the students to talk about mathematics within their home. You can also log it down as two ways you promote parental involvement in your math class. If you have an empty bulletin board, you can display the students’ family trees in time for Back to School Night (Open House).
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Algebra 1 Readiness Summer or Back to School Packet
Algebra 2 Readiness Summer or Back to School Packet
Geometry Readiness Summer or Back to School Packet
Pre-Calculus Readiness Summer or Back to School Packet
IB Math Studies Readiness Summer or Back to School Packet
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