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Secondary Math

Updated Curriculum Documents

New curriculum documents have been posted on our website and in the Digital Binder for the following courses:


  • Math 6
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Compacted Math 7-8
  • Algebra 1 (recently updated)
  • Algebra 1 - Part 1 (recently updated)
  • Algebra 2
  • Precalculus: new
  • Integrated Math II: updated to include ODE's Model Curriculum with Supports
  • Financial Literacy Math
  • Quantitative Reasoning (ODE pilot): new


You can find these documents in the Digital Binder and also on our Secondary Mathematics Website. The direct link is: Curriculum Page

Courses Offered

We have updated our website to include a new course progression chart. You will also find course descriptions on this page. To view, click the link below:


Course Description Page

Online Access to ConnectED

To access your textbooks online, log into Clever and click on the McGraw-Hill link.

Note: this is also how students will sign into their accounts.


Once in your account, you should see Reveal Math products(s). You may need to click the link shown in the picture at right. Some of you may see last year's books until September 15.


The new products you see will correspond to what you are assigned to teach in Infinite Campus. If your schedule is not correctly entered into IC, your M-H materials will not be correct.


Having access to Grading Period 4 materials as well as materials for Grading Period 1 from this year is causing some errors with how IC communicates with M-H. Kingswood is working on this every day. Little by little accounts are being corrected as errors are addressed. You should start noticing courses appearing in your account. Some appear multiple times - we are working on correcting this.


If you see no Reveal products, you can manually add a course and book by following the directions at the link below:


Manually adding content

ALEKS Information

ALEKS courses are being updated to Ohio's Learning Standards and to align to our own curriculum.


This process will continue into the first week of school. We plan to create new classes/accounts on Sept 1, 2, or 3 - depending on when the data is available (schedules finished in IC).


If you are new to ALEKS, here are some quick things to know:


  • At the beginning of each school year, we create new classes for you and enroll students.
  • After this initial "bulk upload", teachers can move students from one class to another or add new students.
  • Teachers with admin access in each building can move students from teacher to teacher.
  • To move students from one school to another, please contact Steve Hiner.
  • Middle school students start in RTI 6, RTI 7, or RTI 8. These are intervention courses.
  • Middle school accelerated students will be enrolled in Prealgebra.
  • Teachers can move students into regular Math 6, 7, or 8 courses as they feel wish.
  • High School auto-enrollment varies from class to class.


NOTE: We no longer have unlimited ALEKS licenses


For the last 5 years, we have enjoyed having unlimited student accounts. That has changed for the next three years with our new contract. We can only allow each student to have one account. Please make sure when a new student begins in your class that you ask if he/she was already working in ALEKS for another CCS teacher/school. If so, we need to move that student into your class.


We have a CCS-specific guide to help you. It is being updated regularly. Please visit the link below:


http://tinyurl.com/ccs-aleks-guide

Textbooks

Student and teacher editions of books are being sent to each middle and high school. Each K-6 building will receive Math 6 materials. Number Worlds kits, which range from grades 6 - 8, are being sent to schools accordingly.


Middle schools: Students in grades 6-8 will have consumable books available. Students are permitted to write in these books.


High schools: The books being sent to high schools are intended to be used as class sets of books. However, should a student/parent request a book at home during this pandemic, schools can certainly allow a parent to sign one out.

PD Recordings

Recordings of the summer PD series are now available!


Click on the document link below with links to each recording. This document can also be found in the Digital Binder. Note that each session requires a password which you will find in the document.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/12K0u0uxt1ssed9sTJroDszABE_Dxk2Oc/view

The Order that Material is Covered

Wherever possible, we wrote Clear Learning Targets to follow book order. We did this for several reasons:


  1. Students changing buildings and/or teachers will be in approximately the same place.
  2. MS and most HS textbooks consist of 2 volumes. Jumping back and forth would be difficult.
  3. Content is written in the recommended order. For example, students start middle school with ratios and proportions drawing on the number system information they have already learned.
  4. ALEKS can be used for remediation as necessary so teachers can begin right away with new curriculum standards.

MS Accelerated Math

We are still working on a solution regarding the testing of students interested in participating in the Middle School Accelerated Math Program but did not meet changed requirements. This issue is being addressed by the Office of Accountability. We hope to have more information soon.


We will also be re-examining how we identify students for next year. We used to rely on MAP as one indicator. Students will not be taking MAP this year. We also looked at student scores on the Math 5 AIR test, which these students did not get the chance to take. Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.


Students who are participating in the MS Accelerated Pathway this year will either take Math 7 and Math 8, or the Compacted Math 7-8 course (available in certain schools).

Algebra 1

We are switching back to the Traditional Pathway this school year. Algebra 1 will be replacing Integrated Math I.


We are also allowing students to choose to learn Algebra 1 over two years. Instead of calling the courses Algebra 1A and 1B, we chose to go with Algebra 1 - Part 1 and Algebra 1 - Part 2. We felt having (X) and (Y) in the name made it too confusing to also put in "A" and "B".


Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 - Part 1 will use the same textbook. However, Algebra 1 - Part 1 will only need volume 1. Algebra 1 - Part 2 will be written this year and will use volume 2.


How do you decide which Algebra class is right for each student? We created a document to help. Click the link below:


Choosing Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 - Part 1


Algebra 1


Ohio recently moved the following standards to Algebra 2:


  • Piecewise and Step functions
  • Absolute Value graphs and their transformations
  • Correlation and Causation
  • Radical Expressions


Though these standards exist in the textbook, they will not be tested and therefore can be skipped (this is stated in the Clear Learning Target). However, teachers finishing all content early can revisit these topics if wished.


Algebra 1 - Part 1


This course will cover the first 6 chapters in the textbook as well as a small portion of chapter 8 on Exponents. In our curriculum document, we tried to make it clear that this course does not discuss quadratics much. Instead, that is covered in Algebra 1 - Part 2. Note that the standards themselves may refer to linear, exponential, and quadratic equations, etc. Just remember that quadratics will be covered in year two.


Students taking Algebra 1 over two years will receive two math credits. Note that only one of those credits will count towards NCAA requirements. However, both credits count as required math credits towards Ohio's graduation requirements.


We also want teachers to take advantage of this increased time spent on Algebra 1. We have included many activities from the Math Vision Project to supplement the course. Also, we encourage regular use of ALEKS to help strengthen students' skills.

Int Math II / Geometry

Students who took Integrated Math I last year will take Integrated Math II this year. This will be the last year for Integrated Math II, as it will be replaced by Geometry next year. The current textbook will continue to be used for Math II.


This year, some schools are offering a block of Algebra 1 first semester. Geometry will be available as a blocked course for second semester for those schools.

Int Math III / Algebra 2

No schools should have students scheduled in Integrated Math III. That course has been replaced by Algebra 2.


Since the state moved some standards from Algebra 1 to Algebra 2, those standards do not appear in the Algebra 2 textbook. We created supplemental activities for those standards. These can be found in the Clear Learning Target for Algebra 2. Many come from the Algebra 1 book since that is where McGraw-Hill has placed them.


Chapter 2 covers solving a system of equations with two unknowns. This was already covered in Algebra 1 (and Integrated Math I). The last section of the chapter covers solving 3 equations with 3 unknowns algebraically. Our Precalculus course covers 3 equations with 3 unknowns much more completely. Therefore, Chapter 2 has been eliminated from the Algebra 2 curriculum. Teachers who finish the curriculum early may wish to revisit this chapter.


Chapter 8 covers logarithms. Again, Precalculus goes into much more detail. ODE only recommends covering basic logs in Algebra 2. This chapter was omitted since students going on to Precalculus will learn it there. Again, if teachers wish to cover these topics (time permitting), they may do so.


Other topics such as Trigonometric Graphs and Functions have been moved into Precalculus (or already were covered there).


There is a new ODE standard: G.C.6. This standard covers converting radians to degrees and vice versa. Supplemental activities have been cited in the Resource section of the Clear Learning Target.


Please download the Clear Learning Target for complete information on this course.

Precalculus

We are excited about the new Precalculus book and Clear Learning Target. If you teach Precalculus, you will see the student copy of the book in your ConnectED account. To access the teacher edition and many more resources, you will need to go to the Digitial Binder.


M-H also provides two PowerPoint presentations for each lesson: one for students and one with the solutions worked out. Those are in the Digital Binder as well.


To access all of these online materials, follow the directions in the Clear Learning Target for Precalculus. You can also go directly to the Digital Binder at the link below. You will need to be logged into your CCS Google account. There you will find all of the Clear Learning Targets. Under that will be folders for supplemental materials for each class (a work in progress). Click on the Precalculus folder to start exploring.


Digital Binder Math Website


Chapters 8, 10, 11, and 12 have been omitted from this course. Teachers who finish the curriculum can revisit these chapters if desired.


Note that each building will receive one hardback copy of the teacher edition.

Financial Literacy

Be sure to view the Clear Learning Target for this course. We have a textbook that covers business math as well as financial literacy. We are mainly looking into the financial literacy aspect of the course.


Supplemental activities are embedded in the Scope and Sequence (found in the Clear Learning Target). This document will be updated as more activities are found and/or suggested by teachers.


To view the Scope and Sequence, click here: Financial Literacy Math

Quantitative Reasoning

This is not the old AQR course. We had intended to go with a different name, but ODE recommended the name Quantitative Reasoning to avoid issues with NCAA.


This course was created by ODE and piloted last year throughout Ohio. This year, we have four schools joining the ODE pilot: Columbus Alternative HS, Independence (ESL), Linden-McKinley, and Whetstone. We may have additional schools interested in piloting next year.


Teachers received three days of professional development over the summer. The course is intended to be a hands-on cooperative learning type of course. Starting remotely first semester is challenging, so we may supplement it with additional activities. We are excited to see how students feel about this new type of course.

HAVE A GREAT OPENING TO THE NEW YEAR!

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