What to bring:

  • Several pencils
  • Notebook or paper
  • A two-pocket folder
  • Water bottle
  • Face mask
  • Sunscreen

Students should not bring a calculator.

Algebra basics, student writing on the board, showing his solution

Algebra Basics

One three-week session 
9:30–11:30 a.m. 
Rising 6th through rising 8th graders
Arrival/dismissal zone: Red  

PREREQUSITE: Successful completion of first year Pre-Algebra. This class is intended for students entering Algebra I in the fall. For MCPS students, this course is best matched to those who have not yet completed Math 8.

Are you looking to solve equations beyond two steps? Do you need to learn or reinforce basic equation graphing skills? Would you like to understand the concept of slope better? If you answered yes to these questions, then this is the class for you. Topics covered include learning how to solve multi-step equations, exploring the concept of slope, graphing equations and inequalities, basics of interpreting and solving word problems, basic exponent rules, and more. In this class, we make math fun using a mix of skills and games, which will enhance student engagement while also deepening their understanding of the material. Assessments will be given periodically throughout the class where feedback, not a grade, will be given. Optional homework assignments will be given for students seeking additional practice with specific topics. 

A textbook will be provided, but must be returned to Landon Summer at the conclusion of the class. A deposit equal to the value of the book will be held in your Landon Summer account and removed when the book is received by August 13 in acceptable condition (students may not write in book). You may also choose to purchase the book at the beginning of the class, in which case the deposit will become a charge. Please contact the Landon Summer office if you would like to purchase the textbook.