Grade 8 Math Course Descriptions
CONCEPTS IN ALGEBRA
TEXT: enVisionmath2.0, Grade 8, Pearson
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This course is designed to provide students with the continued opportunity to develop an understanding of algebraic concepts, leading to taking Algebra I in high school. Emphasis is placed on operations with rational numbers, solving algebraic equations, and understanding linear, exponential, and quadratic relationships through tables, graphs, and equations. Within the designation of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards, the course will also address focal points in expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and statistics and probability, with the application of these skills and concepts in a problem-solving context. Students should expect about 25 minutes of homework per night.
TEXT: Algebra I, Holt/McDougal
This fast paced, rigorous course is an equivalent to a high school level introduction to Algebra. The topics covered include, but are not limited to: Linear Relationships, Graphs and Functions, Systems of Equations, Quadratics, Laws of Exponents, and Factoring Binomial and Polynomial Expressions. This is a standards based Algebra I course which follows the frameworks set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Students must exhibit self-motivated and previous high achievement in mathematics to be successful in this class. Students will be expected to spend 30 to 45 minutes on homework daily.
Criteria for Placement in Algebra I:
- Recommendation from Gr. 7 Math Teacher
- Term 1 and Term 2 grade of at least an 80% in current Gr. 7 Pre-Algebra course
- Advanced/Proficient on most recent MCAS test
- Exhibits independence and personal responsibility for learning beyond the classroom
Math Extensions courses are for students concurrently enrolled in grade level math who need additional mathematics instruction to be successful. The course is designed to reinforce concepts from the grade level curriculum as well as to strengthen students’ mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills, improve their ability to communicate mathematically, and make use of recognized test taking strategies. Math Extension meets 3 times per cycle and will therefore be graded by semester. This course is not an elective. Space is limited and enrollment is based on students’ prior efforts and achievements in math, MCAS scores, and teacher recommendations.
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