• Math 7 Syllabus

     Hello Students,

    • Welcome to Math 7!
    • Let’s have a wonderful school year!
    • Goals:
      • Put forth your Best Effort
      • Learn math to help you in the future
      • Pass the class
      • Pass the SOL test


    Course Description

    The seventh-grade standards continue to emphasize the foundations of Algebra. The standards address the concept of and operations with rational numbers by continuing their study from grade six. Students will build on the concept of ratios to solve problems involving proportional reasoning. Students will solve problems involving volume and surface area and focus on the relationships among the properties of quadrilaterals. Probability is investigated through comparing experimental results to theoretical expectations. Students continue to develop their understanding of solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable by applying the properties of real numbers.  Students discern between proportional and non-proportional relationships and begin to develop a concept of slope as rate of change. 

    Materials needed in class each day:

    • all classroom notes (on paper and/or on the iPad)
    • charged iPad
    • notebook paper
    • pencils
    • erasers
    • Virginia Desmos Scientific Calculator (on iPad)


    • completed homework
    • Textbook (on iPad)



     Grades may be obtained from the following:

    Type of Assignment

    Class work/Homework (specified assignments)


    (announced and unannounced)


    Effort Grade

    • Based on how much effort is put into completing certain assignments. 
    • Students will earn points based on how much work is completed. 
    • For example, if the assignment has 5 problems and is worth 5 points, but the student only completes 3 problems, the student will earn 3 out of 5 points.
    • A student’s class average is determined by the Total Points Method.
      • (Add all earned points; add all possible points; divide the earned points by the possible points and then multiply by 100).
    • Separate Extra Credit assignments are not given.  A student grade is a reflection of their ability to complete concepts being taught.

    Class Policies/Expectations:

    • Good attendance is strongly encouraged.  New skills will be taught daily.  
    • All homework assigned for the class should be completed in order to increase the student’s skills and proficiency.
    • Work turned in late may not earn full credit.  
    • Students need to complete make-up work in a timely manner to avoid a grading penalty. 
      • Students are responsible for asking the teacher for their make-up work.
      • If the absence is prolonged, the student will work out a make-up schedule with the teacher.
    • Students will take the Math 7 SOL test. 
    • All personal electronic devices (cell phones, iPods, games, etc.) need to be turned off, put away, and not visible.
    • Confiscation of electronic devices could affect your citizenship grade.


    Course Objectives based on the 2016 Standards of Learning

    Concepts taught each 9 weeks may vary slightly due to the needs of the students. Many concepts taught are reinforced and expanded throughout the school year in other topics.

    First Nine Weeks

    Rational Numbers

    (No Calculator)

    Compare and order rational numbers 




    Determine the theoretical and experimental probability of an event




    • Construct and interpret histograms (3 days)
    • Compare histograms with stem and leaf plots, line plots, circle graphs (2 days)

    7.9 a,b, c



    • Classify quadrilaterals based on properties (2 days)
    • Determine unknown side lengths or angle measurements (2 days)

    7.6a, b



    Solve single step and multi-step practical problems




    Similar Figures

    Determine corresponding side lengths and angle measurements



    Second Nine Weeks

    Practical Problems

    Solve practical problems with rational numbers


    Square Roots, Perfect Squares, Absolute Value

    • Identify perfect squares
    • Determine square root
    • Demonstrate absolute value on a number line
    • Determine absolute value


    Order of Operations

    • Apply properties of real numbers
    • Represent and evaluate expressions using order of operations
    • Evaluate expressions for given replacement values


    Equations and Expressions

    • Apply properties of real numbers
    • Model equations
    • Solve one-step equations (1 day)
    • Solve two-step equations (3 days)
    • Write algebraic expressions and sentences from verbal and vice versa (
    • Solve practical problems with two step equations




    Third Nine Weeks


    • Solve and graph one-step inequalities (2 days)
    • Solve and graph two-step inequalities (4 days)
    • Identify solutions to inequalities (3 days)
    • Write verbal expressions and sentences as algebraic inequality and vice versa (4 days)



    • Review coordinate graphing (1 day)
    • Determine slope
    • Graph a line representing a proportional relationship
    • Determine y-intercept
    • Graph a line representing an additive relationship
    • Make connections from verbal descriptions, tables, equations, and graphs



    Fourth Nine Weeks


    • Identify and sketch translations (2 days)
    • Identify and sketch reflections (2 days)
    • Identify and sketch translations AND reflections in one image (3 days)



    Volume and Surface Area

    Determine volume and surface area and solve practical problems



    Powers of Ten

    (No Calculator)

    • Recognize by examining patterns
    • Represent powers of 10 with a negative exponent in fraction and decimal form



    Scientific Notation

    (No Calculator)

    • Convert numbers into scientific notation and decimals
    • Compare and order numbers written in scientific notation