The curriculum applies and delves more deeply
into the mathematical material presented in previous grades, and provides the
foundation necessary for success in Algebra. Emphasis is given to pre-algebra topics which focus heavily on
simplifying and evaluating expressions, writing equations, and solving word
problems that require proportional reasoning. Students continue to practice computation skills with whole
numbers, decimals, and fractions.
Geometry topics include identifying, classifying, and constructing
angles, line segments, polygons, and circles. Data Analysis is explored through the creation of circle
graphs, line graphs, and bar graphs.
Great importance is placed on organization and self-help skills,
including learning to use books and notes as resources for homework help. Projects and hands-on activities are
used to reinforce concepts taught through direct teaching and group activities,
all of which continue the development of mathematical skills at an optimum
This year is primarily pre-algebra where
evaluating expressions with integers is mastered. Writing expressions is practiced and simplifying expressions
using the distributive property is emphasized. The students learn to solve two-step, one variable
equations. The linear equation is
introduced, and the concept of slope is explored. Problem solving is a significant component of the curricula,
with emphasis placed on writing algebraic equations, such as area and volume
formulas, and proportions to solve word problems. Material is presented through direct teaching, projects, and
hands-on laboratory explorations.
The Eighth Grade algebra curriculum is a first-year
algebra course. Students learn the
fundamental algebraic concepts of variables and functions. In particular, linear and quadratic
functions are addressed. Examples
of situations that these functions model are presented. Students learn to translate these
real-world applications to algebraic problems and then solve the problems using
the methods and techniques of algebra.
Emphasis is placed on justifying steps in the solution process, writing
proper equations, drawing graphs, and applying computational skills and
reasoning to evaluate numerical quantities.