Are they perfect? Definitely not!!! I wrote goals for all three of my preps over the course of about a day and a half. Let's just say I kinda decided at the last minute to do SBG. But, I know that I benefited by looking at other people's learning goals online. So, I hope that this helps someone out.

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**Algebra 1 Learning Goals****2014-2015**

**Unit 1 - Relations and Functions**

I can label the parts of the coordinate plane.

I can correctly graph ordered pairs.

I can represent a relation four different ways.

I can classify a relation as a function/not a function and justify my answer.

I can classify variables as independent and dependent.

I can evaluate a function using tables, equations, or graphs.

I can graph a function on the coordinate plane.

**Unit 2 - Linear Functions**

I can identify the four types of slope.

I can find the rate of change given a graph, a table, or a set of points and interpret its meaning.

I can classify a set of data as linear/non-linear and justify my answer.

I can identify the slope, x-intercept, and y-intercept from a graph, table, equation, or set of points.

I can graph horizontal and vertical lines and recognize their equations.

I can develop the equation of a line given slope and y-intercept, slope and one point on the line, two points on the line, x-intercept and y-intercept, or a set of data points.

I can rewrite a linear function in a given form.

I can construct lines that are parallel, perpendicular, or neither parallel nor perpendicular to a given line.

**Unit 3 - Inequalities and Systems of Equations**

I can solve a system of linear equations by graphing.

I can solve a system of linear equations by elimination.

I can solve and graph simple inequalities in one variable.

I can solve and graph compound inequalities in one variable.

I can graph and interpret the solution of inequalities in two variables.

**Unit 4 - Polynomials and Expressions**

I can name polynomials according to their degrees and numbers of terms.

I can use exponent rules to simplify expressions.

I can add, subtract, and multiply polynomials.

I can factor the GCF out of a polynomial.

I can factor quadratic trinomials.

I can simplify rational expressions.

**Unit 5 - Absolute Value Functions**

I can define absolute value and identify the absolute value of a number.

I can evaluate expressions involving absolute value.

I can graph absolute value functions.

I can predict the effects of transformations on the absolute value parent graph.

**Unit 6 - Radical Expressions**

I can simplify radicals.

I can add and subtract radicals.

I can multiply radicals.

I can rationalize the denominator of a fraction.

**Unit 7 - Algebraic Problem Solving**

I can translate between written expressions and algebraic expressions.

I can solve linear equations for x.

I can solve literal equations for a given variable.

I can use algebra to solve problems.

I remember that when I was teaching algebra 1, algebraic problem solving was the first unit we covered (though most of the students had done some solving for x in prealgebra). Did you find doing it last worked better? Was it difficult to teach the other topics without students having this knowledge?

ReplyDeleteI'm not sure if it worked better or not. I wanted to jump into something at the beginning of the year that didn't seem as much like review. I was hoping that the algebraic problem solving skills were things they had learned in 8th grade and we just needed to quickly review before our end-of-instruction exam.

DeleteI think I will probably put these back at the beginning of the course for next year, though.