# Choosing Algebra Courses for Your Gifted Child

**Gifted children need materials that allow them to work at their own level and pace and to move through the material in unconventional ways.**

**Algebra is the culmination of most elementary & middle school math programs.** Typically, algebra is taught to strong math students in 8th grade and to mainstream math students in 9th grade. **In fact, some students are ready for algebra earlier.**

**Time4Learning’s integrated algebra** course allows students to start the sequence at two different entry points, to progress at their own pace, and to move ahead or back up at any time. We believe your child will benefit from the combination of student-paced instruction, interactive learning, and easy movement from level to level offered in our math courses.

### Algebra & Pre Algebra Curriculum Information

Time4Learning’s algebra course combines engaging lessons with a solid scope and sequence to ensure that a sound algebra foundation is laid. Inside the course, each unit starts with a multimedia lesson, is followed by interactive exercises, supported by printable worksheets, and followed up by an online assessment with the results available to the parents.

**Algebra Lessons Include:**

Simplify Algebraic Expressions : Students simplify algebraic expressions using algebra tiles.

Data Management : Organize data in frequency-tables, stem-and-leaf plots, bar graphs, and histograms.

Modeling Expressions : Students investigate representing and simplifying algebra expressions using algebra tiles.

### Integrated Algebra Course: Lesson Plans

Section |
Description |
---|---|

Algebra: Arithmetic with Letters |
To recognize numerical and algebraic ; to understand the use of variables in algebraic expressions; to understand positive and negative integers, opposites, and absolute value; to discover and use rules related to adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers; to simplify expressions with one or more variables; to read and write exponents; to use formulas with variables. |

Rules of Arithmetic |
To recognize the commutative property of addition and multiplication; to understand the associative property of addition and multiplication; to understand the distributive property and factoring; to recognize the properties of the numbers 0 and 1; to identify and use powers and roots of numbers; to discover and use the order of operations in making calculations. |

Linear Equations with One Variable |
To write and solve equations; to use formulas for perimeter and area to solve problems; to use the Pythagorean theorem to solve problems; to graph inequalities on the number line; to solve inequalities. |

Applications of Algebra |
To write an algebraic equation for a number sentence; to identify formulas to use in specific types of problems; to write problems using algebraic formulas; to solve problems by applying algebraic equations. |

Exponents of Polynomials |
To recognize and use exponents in computations; to identify the benefit of using scientific notation in some calculations; to define, name, and solve polynomials |

Factoring |
To completely factor integers; to find the greatest common factor of polynomials; to factor trinomials; to factor algebraic expressions; to identify zero as a factor; to use factoring as a means of solving equations. |

Midterm |
Midterm |

Data, Statistics and Probability |
To organize data into graphics; to read and interpret graphic representations; to determine range and measures of central tendency; to compute probabilities and complementary events involving statistics. |

Fractions and Algebra |
Fractions and Algebra |

Linear Equations and Inequalities in the Coordinate Plane |
Linear Equations and Inequalities in the Coordinate Plane |

Systems of Linear Equations |
Systems of Linear Equations |

Irrational Numbers and Radical Expressions |
Irrational Numbers and Radical Expressions |

Geometry |
Geometry |

Final Mastery Test |
Final Mastery Test |

Quadratic Equations |
Quadratic Equations |

The algebra course and curriculum are copyright Edgenuity®.

### Choosing Your Child’s Math Courses in Time4Learning

If your child isn’t quite ready for algebra, one of our other math courses can be selected instead.

When you sign up for Time4Learning, you can help us place your child at the appropriate math level. Once placed, you have access to the grade level materials for the year ahead so in areas where the student is ready for even more challenge, you can click ahead. This is especially important for gifted children, who are often asynchronous in skills development. It’s not unusual for a 7th grader to be stronger in algebra than in geometry, for instance. With Time4Learning, your child can pick and choose those lessons that are most meaningful to them (and to you!). If a parent wants to change a grade level up or down permanently, we can shift the student easily.