Welcome to Advanced Pre-Algebra / Algebra 1 LITE
Who can benefit from this curriculum?
- Advanced 5th, 6th, or 7th graders who have mastered all arithmetic topics and will be preparing to take Algebra 1.
- High school math students who tend to struggle in math and needs an overview of the main concepts prior to taking Algebra 1.
- High school students who are getting ready to take Algebra 2 but need a firm foundation and review of Algebra 1 concepts to keep them successful in Algebra 2.
- Adult students who haven't reviewed Algebra for a long time who need it as a pre-requisite for a college math class.
- Students with learning struggles or learning disabilities who would not be successful in an Algebra 1 class but still want to gain a strong exposure to Algebra concepts.
Philosophy of Curriculum
The philosphy of this curriculum is based on breaking down complex mathematical procedures into smaller to understand pieces and to link these procedures to the related concepts. The course is designed to cover the full range of concepts covered in Algebra but instead of getting to complex problems, this program focuses on building a strong understanding of the core concepts. The idea is that once students have a strong grasp of the core ideas presented in Algebra 1, they will more easily be able to do the more complex problems later and be very successful in a full Algebra 1 class or be well prepared for Algebra 2 and beyond.
Can a student learn from this curriculum with no outside teacher interaction?
This depends on the student's situation. Self-learners, adults, and high school students taking this as a review course will be able to do the class as a stand-alone class with no outside help from another source.
Younger students, students with learning struggles or learning disabilities, and students with Attention Deficit Disorder will need some teacher interaction but the teacher could be a parent who should be able to help the student just from reading the examples and text themselves.
How do you take this course?
Reading "math" is not something kids like to do, so this curriculumn tries to keep the "reading" to a minimum and build concepts through examples. It is very important that the student follows each example and understands how each step is derived. It is also vital that students do each student practice. I suggest that students write down the problems on a sheet of paper (do not just do the problems in their head), work them out and then check their answers by rolling the mouse of the answer tab.
How are the units set up?
Units have general definitions and then show examples of problems worked out with an explanation of every step. It is important the student follows and understands each step before moving to the next example. After some examples, student practice is given. Students need to write out these problems and solve before checking their answers! Each student practice builds up with more complicated concepts and then a mixed student homework is given. I would suggest that you print out a copy of the unit at the beginning so that students can work through the homework problems without being tempted to just look at the answer. Many of the solutions will give an intermediate step before it gives the answer. Any problems from the homework that are incorrect, should be corrected by the student.
Finally, the unit ends with a chapter test. Solutions to the test are accessible through a separate file. CLICK HERE FOR TEST SOLUTIONS.
How do I know if the student is adequately prepared for this course?
A pre-assessment is available at this PRE-ASSESSENT LINK.