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My Pre-Algebra Interactive Notebook
My Pre-Algebra interactive notebook has foldables and over 140 pages of material! Your students will be organized and engaged. My Pre-Algebra notebook also includes a notebook starter. It has everything you need to start a notebook. This includes:
Classroom Rules (Expectations) – It is important that students have your classroom expectations in their interactive notebooks so that they can always look back at them. We have students sign our classroom expectations page so that they know that they will be held accountable if they disobey our expectations.
Notebook Expectations – I want my students to know my expectations on how they will construct their interactive notebooks. This is important for students’ to know that their notebooks will be used in my classroom daily and that it is their responsibility to take care of their notebook.
Grading Rubric – It is important that students are informed on how their interactive notebooks will be graded. A grading rubric will break down categories and let students know how many points each category is worth.
Setting Goals – You can have students set goals many times throughout the year. I normally have students set goals every quarter.
Looking Back at Goals – Students need a way to look back at goals that they set and determine if they achieved those goals. If not, they need to question how they could have achieved those goals, and what they need to do differently next time to make sure they can obtain their goals.
Reflections Page – Students should be making reflections every lesson. Students need to be able to reflect by written response, drawing a visual picture, or giving an example.
Table of Contents – This allows students to easily locate information in their notebook. The interactive notebooks can get very big with lots of important information. The table of contents will help the student’s access information that they need by looking up the concept and page number.
Unit Overview – This allows students to know standards, essential questions, vocabulary, and important test dates that are in the upcoming unit. It is great for students to have all of this information in the same spot and be able to know exactly what they will be learning in the next few weeks or so. I also love having students write in the dates of their pre-test and post-test so that students can not come to class and complain that they didn’t know that there was a test.
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Content of my Pre-Algebra Interactive Notebook:
There are 8 units included:
1.) Intro to Pre-Algebra
2.) Factors and Multiples
3.) Operations of Rational Numbers
4.) Rates, Ratios, & Proportions
5.) Algebraic Equations
A breakdown of each unit includes:
Unit 1 – Intro to Pre-Algebra
• Arithmetic Properties
• Order of Operations
• Distributive Property
• Rational and Irrational Numbers
Unit 2 – Factors and Multiples
• Prime Factorization
• Greatest Common Factor (GCF)
• Least Common Multiple (LCM)
Unit 3 – Operations of Rational Numbers
• Adding/Subtracting Integers on a Number Line
• Adding/Subtracting Integers with Rules
• Multiplying/Dividing Integers
• Adding/Subtracting Decimals
• Multiplying/Dividing Decimals
• Adding/Subtracting Fractions
• Multiplying/Dividing Fractions
Unit 4 – Rates, Ratios, and Proportions
• Intro to Ratios
• Intro to Rates
• Writing Proportions
• Solving Proportions
• Proportional Relationships
• Converting between Decimals, Fractions, and Percents
• Percent of a Number – Finding an Amount
• Finding the Perfect
• Finding the Base
• Percent Increase/Decrease
• Simple Interest
Unit 5 – Algebraic Equations
• Combining Like Terms
• Distributive Property
• Simplifying Expressions
• Solving One-Step Equations
• Intro to Solving Two-Step Equations
• Solving Inequalities
Unit 6 – Exponents
• Writing and Evaluating Exponents
• Exponent Properties
• Scientific Notation
• Square Roots and Cube Roots
Unit 7 – Geometry
• Intro to Angle Relationships
• Identifying Angle Relationships
• Solving with Angle Relationships
• Rectangles (Area and Perimeter)
• Triangles (Area and Perimeter)
• Circles (Area and Circumference)
• Similar Figures
Unit 8 – Statistics
• Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
• Stem & Leaf Plot
• Box & Whisker Plot