MAT2L Essentials Mathematics Grade 10

Course Code: MAT2L
Course Name: Essentials Mathematics
Level: Grade 10
Room Number:
Course Overview:
This course emphasizes the extension of mathematical knowledge and skills to prepare students for success in their
everyday lives, in the workplace, and in the Grade 11 and Grade 12 Mathematics Workplace Preparation courses.
The course is organized by three major strands related to money sense, measurement, and proportional reasoning.
In all strands, the focus is on strengthening and extending key foundational mathematical concepts and skills by
solving authentic, everyday problems.
Students have opportunities to extend their mathematical literacy and problem-solving skills and to continue
developing their skills in reading, writing, and oral language through relevant and practical math activities.
Connection to our Catholic Faith:
Students will apply Catholic values to pose and solve problems, to make logical decisions, and to become critical thinkers who
share their abilities for the benefit of all in their classroom and school community. A supportive mathematics classroom provides
a caring and sensitive environment where the dignity and value of all students is respected and affirmed as they grow in
confidence in their mathematical abilities. Mathematical investigations will promote a respect for God’s creation and an
understanding of the need to use resources wisely. A student will become self-directed, responsible and life-long learner in the
mathematics classroom.
Specific Strands of Study and Expectations include:
1. Understanding and Using Decimal Numbers in Solving Problems
2. Communicating Information about Money
1. Estimating and Measuring Using the Metric System
2. Estimating and Measuring Using the Imperial System
3. Solving Problems Involving Circumference, Perimeter, Area, and Volume
4. Communicating Information about Measurement
1. Applying Fractions, Percent, Ratio, and Rate in Solving Problems
2. Communicating Information
Efforts will be made to meet the individual learning needs of students in order to
ensure these expectations are being met.
Course Breakdown
Unit 1: Money and Percent
Unit 2: Spending Money (Estimating Skills)
Unit 3: Linear Measurement: Metric System
Unit 4: Linear Measurement: Imperial System
Unit 5: Properties of Circles and Angles
Unit 6: Ratio, Rate and Percent
Unit 7: Planning a Trip (time zones, temperature
Unit 8: Circles and Cylinders
Unit 9: Composite Shapes
The course will use a variety of resources including
SMARTBOARD technology, video, Internet Applications, math software,
and a variety of print sources. The student workbook, Math Essentials 10
will be distributed to students during the first week of the course. The
workbook assigned to students are the responsibility of the student. Any
damage incurred will result in payment for replacement. ($20.00)
Evaluation Structure:
30 %
20 %
20 %
The above is reflected both in the term work (worth 70% of the final mark)
and the summative work (worth 30% of the final mark).
Evaluation Policy: Students will be assessed & evaluated according to the work produced & skills displayed.
Methods of
providing feedback will include assessing work in process & evaluating completed assignments, tests, co-operative learning activities,
simulations and presentations. Peer & self-evaluations will also be utilized. Student marks will be determined by evaluating process &
product according to 4 categories & 4 levels. Please see the chart below for specific skills and key words used to determine student
competency in the different categories.
Knowledge of facts & terms
Understanding of concepts & relationships
Critical thinking skills
Creative thinking skills
Inquiry Skills
Level 1:
Level 2:
Level 3:
Level 4:
-Limited display
of knowledge,
skills and ability
to apply
-Some success
in displaying
skills and
application of
display of
knowledge skills
and ability to
apply concepts
of concepts and
ability to
think creatively
and apply
Communication of ideas and information
Use of symbols & visuals
Oral & written communication
Applications in familiar contexts
Transfer of concepts to new contexts
Making logical conclusions and predictions
Use of technology
Making connections
Feedback will also be provided for student learning skills. Skills such as responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self
regulation are assessed independently student achievement and will be conducted through the use of a rubric indicating specific criteria to be
achieved to receive each of the following letter grades:
E –Excellent
G – Good
S – Satisfactory
N - Needs Improvement
Other Evaluation Issues
LATE ASSIGNMENTS. Assignments submitted after the Primary Due Date established by the teacher will be accepted with a penalty
of 5% off for the first day late and 2% for subsequent days to a maximum of 10%. This four day Penalty Zone is the maximum time
allowed for submissions. The fourth day after the assignment is due is considered the Closure Date upon which no further
assignments will be accepted. If the teacher returns the marked assignments within the four day penalty zone, the date of return is
considered the closure date. Repeated lateness in submissions indicates poor organization skills and will result in parental contact
and will be reflected in the learning skills section of the report card.
INCOMPLETE ASSSIGNMENTS Assignments will be graded according to the extent with which they meet the criteria established in
the rubric or evaluation structure.
MISSED TESTS Test missed with a legitimate reason will be written within a few days of the student returning from the absence.
Student eligibility to write and the date of writing will be at the discretion of the teacher in consultation with the department head.
CULMINATING ACTIVITIES These activities will be due toward the end of the course. They are valued between 5 and 15 per cent of
the final mark and will reflect course material and competencies not otherwise reflected on the final exam.
Plagiarism in any form reflects academic dishonesty and will result in a mark of zero for the assignment in question