COURSE NO. MAT163
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COURSE OVERVIEW
Math U See PreAlgebra.
COURSE NOTES
MATHEMATICS: General math, transition math/prealgebra, algebra, geometry, and various advanced math programs are available to the homeschooler. Math is required of all STAA students each year. High school students should aim for four or more hours of math each week (36 – 45 hours per quarter).
Recommended junior high and high school math sequence is Math U See Zeta, Math U See PreAlgebra, Math U See Algebra 1, Jacobs Algebra 1, Jacobs Geometry, Math U See Algebra 2, Math U See PreCalculus, taught to deep mastery levels (rather than simply performance levels). Higher level math is recommended for those students with a gift or a tutor (!) for it, or consider a community college class, even.
To place a student in a math text correctly, begin the year by assigning one unit test or review per day. When the student begins making less than 91%, before corrections, because he does not understand the steps or concepts, back up to the beginning lesson for that test unit and begin the student there in the text. If a text is wrapped around to the following school year, this testing sequence should be repeated from the beginning of the text to find the student’s most comfortable starting point for the new year, encouraging deep review.
Math should be taught 4 to 5 days per week, with 1520 minutes of supervised instruction and 30 to 50 minutes of independent practice, adding up to about 50 to 65 minutes daily. Be sure to work through every error with your student until you are satisfied that he can reach the correct answer independently. Homeschoolers should earn no less than 91% BEFORE corrections before moving forward in the lessons.
Credit Information for Students in Grades 9  12: Credits awarded according to hours reported; 37.5 hours = 2.5cr; 75 hours = 5.0cr; max. 2.5cr per quarter; max. 2.5cr per work sample.
Scheduling Suggestions: 5x/wk for 50 to 75 minutes
BOOKS AND MATERIALS
Math U See PreAlgebra : Student Kit
Math U See Publ.; Student kit includes student text and test booklet; See www.mathusee.com for placement tests, complete tables of contents, and scope and sequence lists.
Focus: "Negative numbers, order of operations, solving for the unknown, and other topics. PREREQUISITE: Complete The ALPHA through ZETA curricula, or master basic operations, fractions, and decimals." www.mathusee.com
Four and five days weekly, about 10 to 20 minutes of math instruction, then 40 to 50 minutes of independent math practice, adding up to about 50 to 65 minutes per day.
This program is a practical, handson math program. Program components are: DVD presentations, teacher manual, student text, and basic manipulative set. Each lesson starts with a five to seven minute DVD presentation, supposedly for teacher training, but the kids learn as much from it as Mom. So, at the beginning of each new lesson, watch the DVD together. Then work a few minutes together through the teacher manual presentation, then assign the student a worksheet of the new lesson. If they look to have the new concept already, give them the test the next day. If they make less than 90% before corrections, then do the rest of the lesson page by page before doing the test again. If the student makes 90% or more, then move to the next lesson. Indeed, the goal grade is always 90% or more, “mastery” level rather than “performance” level. Be patient, supportive and thorough.
Use the manipulatives as much as possible, and always have them open on the table whenever you are doing math, for easy access. Whenever a student refuses to use the manipulatives and really needs to, gently use them yourself, Mom: stand behind him and, reaching around his shoulders, work the manipulatives in front of him.
To place a student correctly in the Math U See program, have the student watchthevideotakethetest, one lesson per day. If the student makes more than 90% before corrections, then move to the next lesson; if the student makes 90% or less before corrections, then have him do a worksheet or two and try the test again. When he is consistently having to work through worksheets to pass the test, then back up a lesson or two and start there in the teaching sequence in earnest. Encourage deep review.
A very flexible math regimen that has proven effective for many of our families is to have the student work through 40 to 45 minutes of new material, on a timer, then have him checkmark his own errors using the answer key. The next day he does all of his corrections first, working any problems that he can’t correct on his own with you on a goodsized white/chalk board, then works through 40 to 45 minutes of new material, then checkmarks his own errors, and so on. As you can see, math can take as little as fifty minutes per day, or as long as an hour or more, depending on your student’s carefulness and effort—the student controls the length of time he spends daily on math and is discouraged from doing rushed, shabby work. (Note: Watching the DVD instruction counts as part of the 40 to 45 timer minutes.)
For quarterly reporting, report by the Math U See level and the lesson numbers, i.e. MUS/PreAlgebra, Lessons 7 to 22. For a work sample, send a copy of the latest broadbased review worksheet with the errors clearly marked and a grade noted at the top. (Remember, for work samples we need the questions or problems as well as the answers.)

Math U See PreAlgebra : Instruction Pack
Math U See Publ.; Contains the Teacher Manual, and the video in either DVD or VHS format

Math U See Publ.; “The initial Starter Set is an 80piece set of colorful, base 10, stacking blocks used to teach all aspects of arithmetic. These are also used with the Inserts to illustrate beginning algebra and decimals.”  www.mathusee.com
One set per family. This manipulative set is necessary to the Math U See program and is used from the first level through the Algebra 1 level of Math U See.

Algebra/Decimal Inserts (Manipulatives)
Math U See Publ.; Smooth pieces which snap into the backs of the ten and hundred pieces to illustrate principals in algebra and in decimals

LESSON PLANNER
WEEK A
WEEK B
WEEK 1
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 1: Negative Numbers, Addition. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 2
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 2: Negative Numbers, Subtraction. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 3
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 3: Negative Numbers, Multiplication. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 4
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 4: Negative Numbers, Division. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 5
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 5: Exponents. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade
WEEK 6
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 6: Place Value. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade
WEEK 7
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 7: Negative Numbers with Exponents. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 8
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete UNIT TEST I.
WEEK 9
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 8: Roots and Radicals. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 10
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 9: Solve for an Unknown. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 11
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 10: Pythagorean Theorem. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 12
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 11: Associative and Commutative Property. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 13
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 12: Distributive Property. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 14
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 13: Solve for an Unknown. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 15
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 14: Solve for an Unknown. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 16
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete UNIT TEST II.
WEEK C
WEEK D
WEEK 17
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 15: Surface Area of Solids. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the
WEEK 18
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 16: Transform Celsius to Fahrenheit. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 19
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 17: Transform Fahrenheit to Celsius. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 20
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 18: Absolute Value. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for
WEEK 21
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 19: Ratio and Proportion. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade
WEEK 22
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 20: Similar Polygons. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for
WEEK 23
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 21: Least Common Multiple. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 24
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 22: Greatest Common Factor. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete UNIT TEST III.
WEEK 25
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 23: Polynomials, Addition. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the
WEEK 26
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 24: Volume of a Cylinder. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade
WEEK 27
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 25: Polynomials, Multiplication. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 28
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 26: Adding and Subtracting Time. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 29
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 27: Volume of a Pyramid and a Cone. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 30
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 28: Military Time, Addition and Subtraction. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 31
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 29: Measurement, Addition and Subtraction. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for this lesson.
WEEK 32
❏ Math U See PreAlgebra: Complete LESSON 30: Irrational Numbers. Be sure to make math study cards and always show your work. Work the lesson pages and systematic review pages until earning scores of 91% or above before corrections. Repeat this lesson until you earn a closedbook test score of 85% or above. Record the test score as the grade for the lesson.