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8th Grade Math

  • Course Requirements: 

    Course Description:
    The coursework for this class is aligned to the 8th grade Common Core Mathematics Standards.  Instruction and learning in the 8th-grade focus on the following three ideas:

    • Formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations;
    • Grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships;
    • Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

    Essentially, 8th-grade math aims to solidify a student’s foundational understanding of algebra while also tackling a few concepts in geometry.  The good news?  If you understand the material you’ll learn this year, which everyone can with a little hard work and persistence, the rest of your math life will be a whole lot easier.  For real, comprehending the math concepts you will learn throughout high school will come much more naturally if you are able to truly understand the information we cover on equations and functions this year!

    Textbook/Curriculum Resources
    Resources include the Eureka Mathematics Program, which is also known as Engage New York, as well as supplementary materials from other quality programs. 

    Learning Goals/Objectives

    • Students will demonstrate their understanding and mastery of 8th-grade common core mathematics standards.
    • Students will use digital tools and online resources to learn and demonstrate their understanding of math concepts.
    • Students will work towards becoming college and career ready by building upon their skills/understanding of mathematics and technology.

    Learning Module Outline/Schedule
    Exact timing for each module will vary based upon instructional time and student need.  The modules and a general schedule are provided below. 

    • Module 1: Integer Exponents and Scientific Notation (20 days)
    • Module 2: The Concept of Congruence (25 days)
    • Module 3: Similarity (25 days)
    • Module 4: Linear Equations (40 days)
    • Module 5: Examples of Functions from Geometry (15 days)
    • Module 6: Linear Functions (20 days)
    • Module 7: Introduction to Irrational Numbers Using Geometry (35 days)

    Grading Policies:

     

    How Much is it Worth?

    How Often?

    Homework/Classwork

    5 – 10 points

    4 -5 nights per week

    Quizzes/Projects

    15 – 20 points

    Biweekly

    Tests

    20 - 30 points

    1 -2 times per month

    There will be a test for each unit.  Each sub-unit will include a quiz and performance task/project. 

    Late Work:

    • Late work is accepted up to 1 week after the due date; however, each day will see a reduction in points.
    • If an emergency comes up and you could not complete your homework, please see me BEFORE homeroom and explain why. You will be given an extra day.  This cannot be done more than twice a marking period. 

    Make-up Work and Tests

    • If you are absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to gather all of your make-up work as soon as you return to class.
      • Ask a friend what you missed.
      • Check the classwork/homework log to see what was assigned when you were absent.
      • Pick up your missed work from your class bin.
    • Time to complete the assignments is allotted according to district policy (1 day for every day a student is absent).
    • Make-up tests and quizzes can be scheduled before school, during SSR, or at lunch.

    Rules & Procedures:

    YE OLD VIKING CODE

    RESPECT YOUR CLASSMATES

    • Keep your hands to yourself
    • Do not make fun of others
    • Use appropriate language
    • Do not interrupt others

    RESPECT YOUR TEACHERS

    • Raise your hand to be called on
    • Do not talk while we are talking
    • Ask permission to leave your seat

    RESPECT OUR CLASSROOMS

    • No gum, food, or candy
    • Do not ever throw anything
    • Sit in your desk properly
    • Do not take out your cell phone

    These rules are not up for discussion or negotiation. Do not argue, for it will only get you in more trouble. You have been warned!

    Let’s do our best to make the right decisions in and out of the classroom so this year can be productive and enjoyable for everyone.