◊ This is a tentative schedule, based on my best estimate of how long things take. Topics may move or vanish.

◊ Because of the cumulative nature of the work, it is important to attend everything.

◊ We will start and end on time every day,.

◊ We will have a break in the morning, and one in the afternoon.

Day 1


The basics: meet the blocks, make a rectangle

The area model: the distributive law, "the box", division

Perimeter, surface area

Combining like terms


More with the area model: factoring

Make a square

Simplifying fractions

Substitution: what's in the bag?

Day 2


Minus: meaning and representations

Simplifying, reasoning: which is greater?

Solving equations and systems

Signed number arithmetic


Minus in the area model

Complete the square

Graphing connection