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                         Orange Preparatory Academy Algebra 1 Syllabus

    ESL CLASSES 2021-2022


    Algebra 1 in 9th grade is a five credits course. The course is organized around the concepts as real numbers, patterns and relationships, algebraic expressions, functions, exploring data, equations, inequalities, graphs, statistics, probability, geometry connections, and problem-solving.


    The program which we are using is Carnegie Algebra 1. The Carnegie Algebra 1 curriculum combines software-based, individualized computer lessons with collaborative, real-word problem-solving activities. Classroom activities address both mathematical content and process standards. Students engage in problem solving, communication and reasoning while making connections using multiple representation.


    During this year your child will be expected to know and demonstrate mastery in the following areas:

    • To evaluate algebraic expressions and equations with variables and exponents
    • To translate verbal phrases into algebraic expressions
    • Use the order of operations to solve equations and inequalities
    • To identify functions and their graphs
    • Graph and compare real numbers using a number line
    • Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide real numbers
    • Use the distributive property to simplify expressions and equations
    • Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities on a Cartesian plane
    • Write equations of lines in various forms
    • Determine and interpret statistical data in different forms

           In addition to the material your child will be expected to complete 2 class projects which will be part of their portfolios.



    Grading Policy

    The following grading policy as approved by the Orange Board of Education:


    30% Tests and quizzes

    15% Class participation

    20% Class work

    15% Authentic Assessments

    10% Homework

    10% Final Exam.





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    Students will lose credit in this course, regardless of current grade, by exceeding 18 absences in a full year.  Parent/Guardian will be notified after 5, 10 and 15 absences.


    Supplies needed for this course:

    Textbooks, workbooks, pen, pencil, eraser, calculator.



    Behavior Expectation:

    Full attention to subject.  Full class participation. Full class attendance.

    Turning in expected work on time


    Prohibited Item Policy:

    No electronic devices in class.

    No food or drinks in class. 



    Sensory, graphic, or interactive support is present through

    language proficiency at all levels.


    To expand English language where learners can process or produce the

    language associated with the stated math procedures.



    To promote math vocabulary usage, and language control

    as students move from one English

    language proficiency level to the next.


    ACTION PLAN: LEP Students


    1. Encourage a child to figure on their own out problem solving.
    2. Encourage students to use technology (computers) to practice math
    3. Tutorial before and after school to help students stay on task
    4. Use collaborative model providing strategies targeting LEP students.


    Class Modifications for LEP students: Students will be doing regular work with some of the following accommodations if needed:


    Pacing: Adjust time for completion of assignments, allowing additional time.

    Presentation of Subject: give cooperative learning assignments, or group assignments, individual / small group instruction, repeat directions (written and/or verbal)

    Grading: Credit for participation, credit for class-work effort, as well as for homework

    Assignments: Adjust length of assignments



    Other Programs available at OPA:


    Open-Up Illustrative Math

    Open-Up signature mathematical language routines (MLRs) offer detailed guidance for developing students into mathematical thinkers. The program facilitates and assesses students’ ability to communicate mathematical thinking verbally, visually, and in writing.  Every lesson plan contains topic-specific professional learning resources. Open-Up materials speak intelligently and professionally to educators, meeting teachers where they are in their practice and advancing them.  From below-benchmark to accelerated learners, the program provides content-specific resources within lessons, from warm up to cool down.  The program materials encourage student communication and the development of problem-solving and reasoning skills.  Authored by noted mathematician and standards author Bill McCallum of Illustrative Mathematics, Open-Up uses state standards as a foundation.  All curricula receive quality reviews against acclaimed alignment rubrics (IMET, EQuIP), conducted by leading experts.  For more information visit http://openupresources.org/math-curriculum/


    i-Ready Program

    i-Ready is an interactive online learning program designed to provide individualized instruction based on each child’s unique needs.  i-Ready starts with a test that determines every student’s academic skills in math.  This test is adaptive, which means that the level of difficulty will change as your child answers each question.  The results of the test will identify exactly where your child needs to develop, as well as where his or her strengths are.  i-Ready then provides students digital instruction that meets them where they are and it allows them to work independently on their own personalized online instruction plan. The lessons that are assigned are based on the results from the i-Ready Diagnostic test and teacher recommendation.  For more information visit http://i-readycentral.com/familycenter/


    DreamBox Program

    DreamBox is PreK-8 math solution driven by a technology that's as unique as the students and educators who need it, love it, and use it to go to the next level. It continuously assesses students to present them with targeted lessons. Our Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology tracks each student interaction and evaluates the strategies used to solve problems. For more information visit https://play.dreambox.com/login/s39x/7h2z


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