Algebra I Model Course. Background. Education Reform Act signed into law by Governor Rell May 26, 2010. Includes many recommendations of the ad hoc committee for secondary school reform Graduation requirements are supposed to take effect for the class of 2018.
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1. The fundamental structure of algebra provides a systematic method for identifying, describing, extending, analyzing and generalizing patterns.
2. Algebra provides a way to use numbers, symbolic notation and arithmetic operations to model, transform, simplify and solve problems efficiently.
3. Information may be represented by physical models, diagrams, data tables, graphs and symbolic expressions. Algebra facilitates correlation among these different representations, which may give different insights into the solution of a problem.
4. Algebra provides ways to describe and classify relationships and functions and use the classifications to derive models that have practical real-world applications.
5. Algebra provides a way to explore and understand the effects of parameter changes on any function and its various representations.
6. Algebra is a process of conjecturing about the relationships among quantities and measures. It provides a way to describe correlations, summarize data sets, estimate and make predictions, including extrapolation and interpolation of data.
7. Algebra provides the underlying structure to make connections among all branches of mathematics, including measurement, geometry, calculus and statistics.
8. Innovations in technology allow users to explore and deepen their understanding of new and long-standing mathematical concepts and applications of algebra.
The Algebra One Curriculum must make full use of technologies that increase the productivity of instruction and enrich students’ experiences. The use of calculators, computers, data-gathering tools and probes, interactive software and student response systems should be pervasive throughout instruction and assessment.
Unit 1: Patterns (3 weeks)
Unit 2: Linear Equations and Inequalities (5 weeks)
Unit 3: Functions (3 weeks)
Unit 4: Linear Functions (6 weeks)
Unit 5: Scatter Plots and Trend Lines (4 weeks)*
Unit 6: Systems of Linear Equations (5 weeks)
Unit 7: Introduction to Exponential Functions (5 weeks)
Culminating Experience: Model Projects (3 weeks)
Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia to developing a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) released their final report in May 2010.