Mrs. Teresa Gallagher

Rm. 211 CLASS: 6th-8th Grade Mathematics

SCHOOL PHONE: 651-768-3057

EMAIL: Teresa.gallagher@saintambroseofwoodbury.org


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Current Families: For your child’s grades, go to Sycamore Education. https://app.sycamoreeducation.com/index.php

Math Texts: Holt McDougal (Course 1, Course 2, Course 3) Website: http://my.hrw.com

In 6th grade we live the mission of Saint Ambrose through

Faith – Students have many opportunities to put their faith in action by praying daily as a community and through weekly Mass. Special activities include worship with the entire Archdiocese at the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the CHS Field in downtown Saint Paul.

Academics – Students are able to take the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom and apply them to real life situations during a business simulation at Biztown. Students learn about Financial Literacy, and use this knowledge to help them track deposits and expenditures on their Biztown accounts.

Service – In conjunction with our SAINTS program, students complete service projects through the year including Feed My Starving Children and assembling Blessing Bags for those experiencing homelessness.

Saint Ambrose Math Philosophy Statement

The Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School math curriculum provides a strong foundation of mathematical computation, analytical skills, and logical reasoning which are necessary to perform real world problem solving. We are committed to maintaining high standards and challenging students so that they are prepared for higher-level mathematics, beyond Saint Ambrose.

Course Information:

Course 1 Mathematics

Course 1 emphasizes:
- developing and understanding of and fluency in operations with rational numbers (fractions and decimals)
- understanding rates, ratios and proportional relationships; connecting rates/ratios to multiplication and division;
- writing, interpreting, and using mathematical expressions and equations
- using properties (commutative, associative, and distributive)
- recognizing more complex number patterns and sequences
- understanding geometric relationships and building geometry skills; applying geometry skills to measurement; using formulas
- interpreting and displaying data
- working on operations with integers; applying operation skills in integer equations and inequalities
- using probability to make predictions

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Course 2 Mathematics
Course 2 emphasizes:
- extending understanding of operations and their properties to all rational numbers, including negative integers
- using algebraic reasoning to simplify and solve multi-step equations and inequalities
- connecting work on proportionality to percent problems and geometric measurement
- developing and understanding of and applying proportionality, including similarity
- using formulas to determine surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes;
- introducing functions, especially linear functions; understanding slope and solving linear equations
- analyzing data; making decisions and predictions within the framework of probability

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Pre-algebra/Course 3
Pre-algebra focuses on:
- furthering development of working with equations and inequalities
- using operations in equations/inequalities with rational numbers
- exploring number sets and squares/square roots
- interpreting data (measures of central tendency; variability)
- applying integer operations, exponential properties, scientific notation
- solving geometric measurement of composite figures (plane and solid figures)
- making transformations in the coordinate plane and changing dimensions
- solving problems with percents and applying these skills in real-world situations
- understanding experimental and theoretical probability; using formulas to find permutations and combinations
- exploring methods of solving systems of equations
- graphing linear equations (slope-intercept, point-slope, slope formula, direct variation)
- introducing sequences and other functions
- introducing polynomials and operations with polynomials

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All students will receive a syllabus for each chapter in their course, as we get to that particular chapter (see front page of each Chapter Note-packet). The calendars will allow for flexibility, but students will know when to expect quizzes and tests. An online Spiral Review program, IXL, will also be a part of their math class as well, where students will work throughout the year to master objectives that review essential math concepts and skills from previous years and/or align with current lessons. It will be expected that students master a specified number of objectives each trimester (there will be a delay in getting this started, so first quarter objectives will be adjusted as necessary).