Below, I have a detailed outline of the format we use to work through a typical chapter.  Most chapters will follow this process:


  • Chapter Pre-Test

  • Guided Notes

  • Practice/Homework

  • Challenge Packets/Challenge Worksheets

  • Assessment


Frequency and Purpose


Chapter Pre-test

Chapter pre-tests are given at the start of each chapter.  These pre-tests are broken into sections, according to the standards taught in that particular chapter. These pre-tests give the students the opportunity to show me what they know about the material we will be covering in that chapter.

Pre-tests will only count toward a student’s grade if they earn 100% on a section within the pre-test.  The student will then automatically earn 100% on the practice for that section.   

Guided Notes

These notes will guide the lessons.  At times, these will be completed as a class, in class and at other times, the students will be asked to complete these outside of class.  These can be completed by using the textbook (hard copy, online copy, or soft copy on their lap-top) or by watching videos from my website or the Holt website.  

This will be part of the “Practice” category in the grade book. The “Practice” category accounts for 10% of the quarter grade.  These will not always be graded, but when they are, they will be graded only on completeness and will be worth one point. There is no penalty for completing the guided notes after the due date.

Practice / Homework

If a student does not earn 100% on a particular section of the pre-test, they will be expected to do the  practice(homework). This practice is usually comprised of problems immediately following that section of guided notes and is built into their guided note packets.  At times, the practice may come from their text book.  

This will be part of the “Practice” category in the grade book. These are most often graded, but only on completeness. They are worth one point and there is no penalty completing these late.      

*Students who earned 100% on the pre-test section that covered this standard, do not need to do this practice and will earn full credit for this assignment in the grade book.  


Challenge Packets / Challenge Worksheets

Pre-Algebra Enriched: This is a packet of challenge worksheets that are given to each student at the beginning of the chapter and are due at the end of the chapter.  The material in the packet corresponds with the material being taught in class.  

Pre-Algebra Standard: For each chapter, there will be 15 to 20 points for the students to earn by completing challenge worksheets.  Most often, there will not be any class time given to complete the challenge worksheets.     

This will make up the “Challenge” category in the grade book and will account for 10% of the quarter grade.  


Pre-Algebra Enriched: These will be graded on accuracy and are not accepted after the due date.   


Pre-Algebra Standard: These will be graded on a 0-5 scale based on accuracy. The total challenge points in a quarter will vary depending on the number of chapters covered during that quarter.   

Assessments The pre-algebra assessments align with the Minnesota state standards.  Most often, there will be one test given at the end of each chapter.

Assessments make up 80% of the quarter grade.  They will be scored on a four point standards based rubric.

4 = Exceeds                   3 = Meets  

2 = Partially Meets         1= Does Not Meet

Assessment Retakes

All students will have the opportunity to retake any assessment, within the quarter.  More information about the retake process will come at a later date.

Retake scores will replace original scores only if they are greater in value.