Middle School Mathematics: Course 2
Teacher: Mr. Vanden Bogerd
Phone: (269) 267-5923
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to prepare middle school students for success in both
Algebra and Geometry. The major topics covered within this course include: fractions, decimals, percents, ratios,
proportions, statistics, probability, integers, algebra, geometry, measurement, linear equations and functions. During
this course students will be engaged in problem solving, justifying algorithms, analyzing data, explaining
mathematical relationships, and making applications to real-world situations.
REQUIRED TEXT: Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 2
COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course students should be able to:
1. Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.
2. Understand the meaning of operations and how they relate to each other.
3. Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.
4. Understand algebraic patterns, relations, and functions.
5. Represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols.
6. Use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships.
7. Analyze change in various contexts.
8. Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and thee-dimensional geometric shapes and develop
mathematical arguments about geometric relationships.
9. Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational systems.
10. Apply transformations and use symmetry to analyze mathematical situations.
11. Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
12. Understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement.
13. Apply appropriate techniques, tools and formulas to determine measurements.
14. Formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize, and display relevant data to
15. Select and use appropriate statistical models to analyze data.
16. Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data.
17. Understand and apply basic concepts of probability.
*Course objectives are based on the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
COURSE LAYOUT: This course is divided into five units which are subdivided into a total of twelve
chapters. Three chapters will be covered each quarter of the school year.
Unit 1 Decimals, Algebra, and Statistics
Chapter 1 Decimal Patterns and Algebra
Chapter 2 Statistics: Analyzing Data
Unit 2 Integers and Algebra
Chapter 3 Algebra: Integers
Chapter 4 Algebra: Linear Equations and Functions
Unit 3 Fractions
Chapter 5 Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
Chapter 6 Applying Fractions
Unit 4 Proportional Reasoning
Chapter 7 Ratios and Proportions
Chapter 8 Applying Percent
Chapter 9 Probability
Unit 5 Geometry and Measurement
Chapter 10 Geometry
Chapter 11 Geometry: Measuring Two-Dimensional Figures
Chapter 12 Geometry: Measuring Three-Dimensional Figures
EVALUATION AND GRADING OF ASSIGNMENTS PER QUARTER:
Approximate Points per Category Description
Tests: 300 points There will be an average of three tests per quarter. One
[about 40% of final grade] after each chapter.
(100 points per test)
Homework: 400 points There will be an average of five graded homework
[about 50% of final grade] assignments per week. These will be graded for accuracy
(10 points per assignment) and/or completeness. Online assignments will count towards
your homework grade.
Start Assignments: 80-90 points The “start assignments” packet will be collected at the
[about 10% of final grade] end of the quarter. Points will be deducted for wrong
(2 points per problem) answers to any problem that we went over in class.
Assignment Books/Journals Assignment books and/or math journals may be graded
[grade will be factored into randomly to verify that they are being used.
the homework grade]
Extra Credit: (30 points) There will be several opportunities for earning extra
(10 points per assignment) credit. The most important of these is the standardized
tests that may be completed at the end of each chapter.
These are a great way to earn extra points and to prepare
for the semester exams.
PERCENT LETTER G.P.A.
96-100 A 4.00
93-95 A- 3.67
90-92 B+ 3.33
87-89 B 3.00
84-86 B- 2.67
81-83 C+ 2.33
78-80 C 2.00
75-77 C- 1.67
72-74 D+ 1.33
69-71 D 1.00
66-68 D- 0.67
0-65 F 0.00
Note that the grade for each of your cumulative semester exams will be factored into the final grade for the
semesters. These exams will be worth 20% of each of your semester grades. The final exam for this course will
include material from both semesters.
ON-LINE MATH RESOURCES: There will be occasional online assignments including chapter readiness
assignments and chapter practice tests. These may be accessed by visiting my website at http://zion.redemptivehistory.org.
You will find the assignments on the Middle School Course 2 math page. Each assignment must be completed within 24
hours from when it is assigned. An online assignment may be done over multiple times before you email your score to me
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Extensions of due dates will be granted for online assignments in the event that you
encounter technical difficulties that are beyond your control. Students without internet access are welcome to request a
printed copy of the online assignments.
GENERAL COURSE GUIDELINES: The following guidelines are stated to the end that all things might
be done decently and in order within the middle school mathematics (Course 2) classroom. These guidelines do not
intend to detract from or to replace any of the school’s policies as they are stated within the Family Handbook.
1. Assignments specified as homework are to be completed by the beginning of the class period for which
they are due. Assignments that are turned in after the beginning of the class period will be deducted 10%
for being one day late. At the discretion of the instructor, and/or if students have no legitimate excuse for
submitting the assignment late, assignments will be graded as zeros if they are not turned in by the
beginning of the next class period. Contact with the student’s parents will generally result after a student
receives a zero for a missing assignment.
2. The student is expected to complete written homework without help from others or the use of a calculator,
unless this is specified by the teacher. Calculators will be necessary for most second semester material.
Using a calculator on first semester material without permission will be treated as a violation of academic
3. All math assignments are to be completed in pencil. Infringement of this guideline may result in the student
receiving a tardy on account of being inadequately prepared for class.
4. Unless specified, answers to math problems must include the student’s work. Failure to show work may result
in the deduction of points for the specific assignment. Please do not erase your work.
5. The student will be required to correct and return any homework assignment that reveals a specific pattern
of error, or when the assignment receives a score below 70% accuracy. Credit will be given for each
6. When students are permitted or required to work in groups, each student is responsible for submitting
his/her own work.
7. Appropriate cooperation and diligence is mandatory for all group work settings.
8. Students are expected to use a math journal on a daily basis for recording strategies and methods for problem
solving as well as examples of problems provided by the teacher.
9. Students are to come prepared to class with all of the following items:
a. Mathematics: Applications and Concepts, Course 2 textbook
b. Math Journal (a spiral notebook designated for taking notes in math)
c. An inexpensive scientific calculator (Required every day for 2nd Semester)
d. Several previously sharpened pencils and an eraser
e. Assignment book
f. Any notes or assignments that are necessary for participation in class
Failure to bring to class the above mentioned items will result in a tardy.
FASTT MATH: Students are required to complete at least one session of FASTT MATH each week.*
Students must request permission before using classroom computers.
Classroom computers may only be used during the individual work time. (All group work must be
completed before students may do FASTT MATH.)
Unless permitted, classroom computers may only be used for FASTT MATH during the math class. Improper
use of classroom computers during math class may result in a grade reduction in the FASTT MATH category.
* This requirement is contingent upon the availability of computers and the functionality of the software.
QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, and/or concerns; if you would like additional
help; or if you would like to discuss anything with me, please come and let me know during the noon hour break or
right before or after class. You are also welcome to contact me at any time by phone at 269-267-5923 or by email at