
MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT:
Please visit the FUSD Mathematics webpage for parent and student resources.
Full implementation of Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards (aka Common Core) began in FUSD during the 20132014 school year. Staff continues to refine course delivery to meet the expectations of a rigorous and viable curriculum that encourages students to develop both conceptual and procedural understanding of their grade level math standard by engaging in the eight mathematical practices.
Math Courses offered at Mount Elden Middle School:
Students performing on grade level:
 6^{th} grade year: Math 6
 7^{th} grade year: Math 7
 8^{th} grade year: Math 8
Students performing above grade level:
 6^{th} grade year: Accelerated Math 6/7 (6^{th} graders only)
 7^{th} grade year: Accelerated Math 7/8 (7^{th} graders only)
 8^{th} grade year: Algebra I (8^{th} graders only)
The mathematical practices include (but are not limited to) tasks that:
· encourage students to develop their communication skills in mathematics; to be able to read and interpret problem situations and explain solutions to problems both orally and in wellwritten sentences.
· require students to determine the reasonableness of their solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement.
· help students to develop an appreciation of mathematics as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
Arizona's College and Career Ready Math Standards:
For complete descriptions of grade level math content, please refer to the Arizona Department of Education website.
Course description summary:
Math 6 (6^{th} graders only):
In 6th Grade Math there is a strong focus on ratio and proportional relationships which is the foundation for algebra. Equations and inequalities are used to model problems and applied to measurement principles of geometry. The use of the rational number system is extended to include negatives numbers. There is an expectation of fluency in the use of the four major operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions by the end of the 6th grade year.
Math 6 is open to students in grade 6 only.
Accelerated Math 6/7 (6^{th} graders only):
Accelerated 6/7 Math is the first course in the accelerated middle school mathematics pathway. Students should be prepared to move through and apply concepts at a rapid pace. This course incorporates all of the AZ College and Career Ready StandardsMathematics (AZCCRS) for grade 6 and half of grade 7. These standards include a deep understanding of the number system, rational number operations, extensive study of rates, ratios and proportional relationships, and equations and inequalities. Appropriate technology and modeling will be used to enhance mathematical understanding, application of concepts and problem solving.
Accelerated Math 6/7 is open to students in grade 6 only.
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation
Math 7 (7^{th} graders only):
In 7th Grade Math students extend their work with proportional relationships to include constant of proportionality and more complex applications. Understanding, solving and applying linear equations and inequalities is a focus in 7th grade in preparation for the algebra concepts of 8th grade mathematics. Solving problems involving angle measure, area, surface area and volume are used to support fluency with rational numbers.
Math 7 is open to students in grade 7 only.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 6.
Accelerated Math 7/8 (7^{th} graders only):
Accelerated 7/8 is the second course in the accelerated middle school mathematics pathway. This course incorporates the remaining 7th grade AZCCRS (not part of the 6/7 course) and all of the 8th grade standards. These standards include a deep understanding of probability and statistics, application of exponents, the geometry concepts of transformations, congruence and similarity, and the study and application of linear functions and systems. Appropriate technology will be used to enhance mathematical understanding and problem solving skills. Accelerated 7/8 incorporates many of the concepts and skills previously learned in first semester of Algebra 1 and Geometry. The course will move at a rapid pace while still meeting all the standards necessary prior to beginning the redesigned and more rigorous Algebra 1 course in grade 8.
Accelerated Math 7/8 is open to students in grade 7 only.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accelerated 6/7 Math or teacher recommendation.
Math 8 (formerly known as PreAlgebra) (8^{th} graders only):
The 8th grade standards address the foundation of Algebra by including content previously part of the Algebra 1 course, such as a more indepth study of linear relationships and equations, a more formal treatment of functions and the exploration of irrational numbers. Also, geometry standards which connect algebra and proportional relationships to similarity and congruence are included. Linear modeling is applied through statistical work with scatter plots and bivariate measurement.
Math 8 is open to students in grade 8 only.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 7.
Algebra 1 (8^{th} graders only):
Algebra 1 focuses on the formal definition of functions with particular emphasis on the understanding and application of linear, quadratic and exponential functions. The AZCCRS standards for Algebra 1 also include statistics and modeling as part of this redesigned and more rigorous Algebra 1 course. Appropriate technology will be used to enhance mathematical understanding and problem solving skills. The course will move at a rapid pace.
Prerequisite: Completion of Accelerated Math 7/8 or Math 8.
Algebra 1 is open to students in grades 8, 9, and 10.