COURSE NO. MAT163
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COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE NOTES
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
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