Math 8 Syllabus

Department Philosophy

The middle school math program believes in providing an engaging, problem-centered curriculum that balances acquisition of concrete skills with abstract concepts. The program emphasizes mathematical communication, critical thinking, and connections between mathematical topics. The curriculum follows the Common Core State Standards used in the United States. More information can be found at http://www.corestandards.org/Math.

Course Overview

This course is an integrated math course which will focus heavily on algebraic concepts including linear, quadratic and exponential functions.  In addition, this course will cover topics from geometry, statistics, and probability.  Students use graphing calculators in this course.  A class set of TI-84+ graphing calculators is available for students’ use in class; however, students will need to purchase their own graphing TI-84+ or graphing calculator app for use at home.  This course is equivalent to the high school Integrated Math 1 course.

The units and our core resources, Connected Mathematics and Core-Plus Mathematics, are listed below. These will be supplemented to meet the AES curriculum.

Connected Mathematics

  • Linear and Inverse Variation
  • Exponential Relationships
  • The Pythagorean Theorem

Core-Plus Mathematics

  • Patterns in Data
  • Patterns in Shape
  • Quadratic Functions

Information regarding Connected Mathematics can be found at www.phschool.com/cmp2 and Core-Plus Mathematics can be found at www.wmich.edu/cpmp/parentresource2. In addition, each teacher provides course information and a homework calendar online. This can be accessed through the AES website, www.aes.ac.in.

Assessment & Grading

Academic Grade

Math Achievement (90% of the final grade)

Students’ mastery of the math standards will be assessed both during the learning process (formative) to provide feedback to inform learning as well as at the end of each unit (summative). Assessments are graded against the objectives set in the AES curriculum and reported using the scale below.

Mastery Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of the standard 100%
Mastery Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of the standard but makes unrelated errors 95%
Progress High Student demonstrates a partial understanding of the standard 80%
Progress Low Student demonstrates a beginning understanding of the standard 65%
No progress Student demonstrates no understanding of the standard 50%

Homework (10% of final grade)

Students’ timely and thorough completion of work in and out of the classroom.

Effort Grade

Students will be given a quarterly grade that reflects  their effort toward academic success (homework completion, active class participation, organization, etc.).

 Assignments

Assignments, including homework, provide an opportunity to practice the skills and ideas introduced in class. Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the next class, unless otherwise noted. Students are expected to make an honest effort to complete each assignment, making notes about those things  they don’t fully understand. Homework will be assessed on evidence of student thinking, not accuracy. Late assignments will not receive full credit. At the end of each unit, notebooks will be checked for organization and completion. Any missing or unfinished assignments are expected to be completed by this time.

Absences

Students who are absent are expected to complete assignments by the next class meeting or make alternative arrangements with their teacher. Given the sequential nature of mathematics, timely completion of assignments is essential. As per the Middle School Student/Parent Handbook, a student who is absent should make every effort to obtain missed assignments by checking the online calendar, contacting a friend, or e-mailing the teacher. A student who returns to school on a “non-math” day should take time to check in with the math teacher. Students who have been absent should also consider attending Period 9.

Materials and Supplies

  • Math Notebook (a three or four ring binder, can be shared with another subject)
  • Lined and Graph Paper
  • Pencils (work will only be accepted in pencil)
  • Erasers (changing your mind is part of learning)
  • Ruler
  • iPad (fully charged)
  • Stylus

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