Horizons Pre-Algebra Student Book

Horizons Pre-Algebra Student Book

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Item #: 049185
ISBN: 9780740322440
Grades: 7-8

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Prepare your middle school student to excel at upper-level math with the new Horizons Pre-Algebra course! Along with exciting real life applications, this year long math course takes students from basic operations in whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, roots, and exponents and introduces them to math-building concepts in algebra, trigonometry and geometry. Divided in to 160 lessons, this course comes complete with one consumable student book, a student test and resources book and an easy-to-use teacher's guide. Every block of ten lessons begins with a challenging set of problems that prepares students for standardized math testing and features personal interviews showing how individuals make use of math in everyday life.

Horizons Pre-Algebra includes several areas of new content, including:

  • Absolute Value
  • Volume and Surface Area of Solids
  • Transformations and Nets
  • Compound Interest
  • Representations of Data
  • Permutations, Combinations, and Odds and Events
  • Two Variable Equations
  • Four Operations with Monomials and Polynomials
  • Trigonometric Ratios

Similar in format to other Horizons K-6 courses, the consumable, full-color Horizons Pre-Algebra Student Book includes 160 daily lessons. Each lesson begins with a teaching box that details the new concept. A class work section has been added to this area of the lesson for guided practice of the new concept. Typical of other Horizons math courses, the activities section of each lesson includes a set of practice problems for the new concept and review problems for previously covered concepts. Another new feature of the Student Book is a set of college test prep questions that follows each block of 10 lessons. These problems are designed to help students prepare for standardized math testing. This book also includes a new collection of interviews with everyday people who use math in their daily vocations. Setting the stage for each group of lessons, these interviews bring the lessons to life by adding a human interest touch to word problems. (Perfect-bound, full-color, 8.5 x 11, 360 pages)

Publisher Description:

Take your child into the world of upper-level math with the Horizons Pre-Algebra Student Book! Making advanced math easier with eye-catching illustrations and an easy-to-follow lesson format, this colorful Alpha Omega curriculum reviews basic math skills before introducing algebra, geometry, and trigonometry concepts like absolute value, transformations and nets, compound interest, permutations, combinations, and two variable equations. Each 45-60 minute, teacher-directed Horizons math lesson includes a teaching box that details the new concept being taught, a classwork section that reinforces the information with guided practice, and an activities section with problems for reviewing both the current lesson topic and previously taught concepts.

The Horizons Pre-Algebra Student Book also prepares your child for the future rigors of standardized tests with a set of college test prep questions that follows each block of ten lessons. In addition, a new collection of Horizons math-minute interviews brings concepts to life. Adding a human interest to word problems, the insightful interviews in this Alpha Omega curriculum help your child understand how ordinary people use pre-algebra concepts in their daily vocations.

Category Description for Horizons Pre-Algebra:

Everyone asks where they should go when they finish Horizons through grade 6, and the answer is now much easier. If you are a fan of the Horizons format and content, Horizons Pre-Algebra is the place to go.

The Student Book is colorful and consumable, unlike many pre-algebra courses. 160 lessons are numbered at the top of the page, and are usually only one page (front and back) in length. Lessons are designed to be done in 45 to 60 minutes each day, and consist of a major concept and practice of previous concepts. A teaching box at the beginning of each lesson presents the concept, and the adjacent 'classwork' section is to be done by the teacher and student together. The 'activities' section that follows is for reinforcement of the new concept and practice of older ones. Scattered throughout the book are interviews called "A Math Minute with..." These interviews are with regular people who use math in their careers or jobs. These real-life examples (electrician, plant manager, race car driver, etc.) are intended to answer the question, "Why do I need math?" Every ten lessons you'll find a page entitled “It’s College Prep Time!” This is a page of multiple choice questions that are similar to standardized tests.

The Teacher Guide is an important part of this course and includes lesson plans, answers and solutions for the student book, tests, exams, and worksheets imprinted into small-format student pages, readiness evaluation, and instructions for using the course.

Tests are taken every 10 lessons and are found in the Tests and Resources book. There are 16 tests along with 4 exams which are to be taken every 40 lessons. 80 worksheets for reinforcement and drill practice, and resources needed for the lessons, are found in this book.

In the brief comparison I did with Saxon Algebra ½, Horizons Pre-Algebra covers the same topics but sequencing is a bit different. Order of Operations and Probability is introduced earlier in Horizons, but I think that is due to the review found at the beginning of Saxon. Exponents and the Pythagorean Theorem are taught at about the same point, and both books have geometry lessons.

The goal of Horizons Pre-Algebra is to prepare students for Algebra 1. This course is well done and should meet the need of the many that prefer the Horizons products. ~ Donna

Category Description for Horizons Math:

Admittedly, no math program will work for everyone - but I find few flaws in this motivating and well-laid out program. Although it may be more advanced for grade level than the "average" program, I don't consider that a negative. Because of the developmental approach to learning in this program, even a non-math type can easily succeed, while the "math whiz" will be challenged by the advanced topics introduced early. Concepts are introduced incrementally, then practiced, developed, and continually reviewed as other concepts are introduced. Horizons lays a solid foundation for numerical literacy with an early emphasis on hands-on, concept learning via manipulatives and one-on-one lessons. The program relies on few separately purchased manipulatives by utilizing common household items and including charts and number lines found in the teacher's handbooks. A useful table in the handbook shows the integration of manipulatives in lessons so you can tell at a glance just what you'll need. Analytical reasoning and mental acumen are stressed throughout the series, and memorization and drill are not neglected. The teacher handbook is the heart of the program, containing daily lesson plans that are easy to implement. Reduced student pages are a tremendous aid in planning and supply answers to the worktext exercises. Besides plans, the handbook contains an overview, materials list, activities, and supplemental worksheets (approx. one for each 4 lessons). Designed for homeschoolers, the activities, language, and lessons require no alteration. There are 160 lessons per level, each requiring approximately 20-30 minutes per day. Tests are given after every 10 lessons to assess retention of cumulative skills. While a good part of each lesson is oral (especially at the K level), the enticing, colorful student worksheets lay foundations for lessons and review concepts previously taught. There are two workbooks per grade level. Please note that the actual lesson is to be taught by you - there are only brief instructions on each page of the workbooks, which are not intended to be self- instructional. Boxed set contains the teacher book and 2 student workbooks. Additional Student Worksheet Packets contain one photocopy of each reproducible master in the teacher book.

Category Description for Alpha Omega Mathematics:

Homeschoolers appreciate the Alpha Omega curricula for their ease of use and quality instruction. There are 4 different teaching options available to help you meet your math education needs: Lifepacs, Horizons, Switched on Schoolhouse (flash drive for Windows only) and Monarch (online). Please see each option for the full course description. Christian content is included in the Lifepac, Switched on Schoolhouse and Monarch curricula.


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2nd student to use this text - just needed the student book
Santino S on Aug 2, 2021
I have used Horizon math since kindergarten age! Love the program!
Leigh G on Aug 2, 2020
2nd student to use this text - just needed the student book
Santino S on Aug 2, 2021
Excellent pre-algebra curriculum.
Ben Z on Apr 27, 2021
I have used Horizon math since kindergarten age! Love the program!
Leigh G on Aug 2, 2020
We used it years ago with our oldest daughter and loved it.
Heather W on Aug 17, 2019
Love Horizons math!
Jana B on May 7, 2019
Horizons Math 6 worked very well for my student so we plan to continue by using Horizons Pre-Algebra for 7th grade.
Kimberly H on Apr 26, 2019
I am familiar with Horizons Math products and thought this would be a good fit for my son.
Tequitia A on Mar 4, 2019
I liked the format. From what I gathered from the sample, it seems to have an explanation at the beginning of every lesson, and is divided up visually- with colors and boxes. I feel like this kind of visual segmented organization helps them with the tediousness of math work by breaking up the work load, being able to refer back to the information easily later if needed, and helps them remember the information better through a subtle visual stimulant. I also love the Christian references!
jennifer h on Feb 23, 2019
Horizons Math is the best I have seen lately for the subject. I am hoping that their Pre-Algebra meets my expectations.
Vicky M on Jun 26, 2018
I have used this with 2 other students and have been very pleased. Students currently completing Algebra 2 has repeatedly indicated how well this course prepared him for his higher level math.
LaNette L on Apr 2, 2018
We have enjoyed using Horizons K-6, and we look forward to pre-algebra next year!
Rebecca M on Mar 13, 2018
We love Horizons math.
Judy W on Nov 28, 2017
Having both my boys do this together so I needed a second student book.
Michelle M on Nov 10, 2017
Have been using the Horizons Mathematics Books since Kindergarten.
Angie S on Oct 22, 2017
"We've been using Horizon's math for years. I've used it with all 3 of my children, and we all love it! I only order the consumable books each year, as I have the teacher's manuals already."
Kaylee I on Aug 22, 2017
My 2nd son is entering 7th grade in the fall and will be progressing from the Grade 6 math to Pre-Algebra. I am very happy with the lessons, although I have had to be tutored by Kahn Academy to understand the lessons I am helping my children to learn.
Brianne S on Apr 5, 2017
We have used the Horizons math program all through elementary school and now middle school. The Horizons approach is effective for all my children's different learning styles. Easy to grade, easy to teach.
Lauren H on Aug 12, 2016
We have used Horizon's Math for three of our children and we love it. This curriculum is very thorough but maintains a user-friendly element for the student.
Jody C on Jul 7, 2016
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Laurel C on Jan 13, 2016
Love Horizon Math easy to follow and builds with review through out. Kids work right in book so easy to take along and my kids have always loved them.
Toni C on Jan 5, 2016
Excellent pre-algebra curriculum.
Ben Z on Apr 27, 2021
We used it years ago with our oldest daughter and loved it.
Heather W on Aug 17, 2019
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