Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Welcome to Math 8! This is the standard math class for 8th grade students.
In Math 8, students will solve multi-step equations and inequalities in one variable, analyze and graph linear equations and bivariate data, solve systems of linear equations graphically, learn about functions, identify angle relationships in parallel lines cut by a transversal, use angle relationships in triangle, distinguish between rational and irrational numbers, use the Pythagorean Theorem, and calculate volumes of cylinders, spheres, and cones.
Dixon “I Can” Statements
1 I can state the number of solutions and solve multi step equations including absolute value. (Mod 7 and supplemental (8.EE.7, 8.EE.7b 8.EE.7a)
2 I can solve and graph multi-step inequalities including no solution and infinitely many solutions. (Supp. Materials)
3 I can graph proportional relationships, interpret slope, and compare proportional relationships represented in different ways. (8.EE.5)
4 I can interpret, represent, and compare nonproportional linear relationships including scatter plots. (Mod 3, 4, 5, 14) (8.F.3, 8.F.4 8.F.2 8.EE.5 8.SP.1 8.SP.3)
5 I can analyze and solve systems of linear equations graphically. (Mod 8) (8.EE.8a 8.EE.8b)
6 I can identify, interpret, and compare functions represented in a variety of ways. (Mod 6) (8.F.1 8.F.3 8.F2 8.F.5)
7 I can simplify problems with exponents/radicals and identify rational and irrational numbers. (Mod 1, 2, supplemental material for depth) (8.NS.1 8.NS.2 8.EE.1 8.EE.3 8.EE.4)
8 I can identify angle relationships made with parallel lines and a transversal and apply triangle angle properties. (Mod 11) (8.G.5)
9 I can apply the Pythagorean theorem to solve problems in 2D and 3D and to find distance. (Mod 12)(8.G.7 8.G.6 8.G.8)
10 I can solve problems involving volumes of cylinders, cones and spheres. (Mod 13) (8.G.9)
Good to Knows:
Good to know #1: I can describe the properties of translations, rotations, reflections and dilations on two-dimensional
figures and explain congruence and similarity using models (8.G.1 8.G.2 8.G.3 8.G.4)
Good to know #2: I can use two-way tables to solve problems (8.SP.4)
Good to know 3: I can convert problems from standard notation to scientific notation and solve problems with scientific
notation. (8.EE.3 8.EE.4 )
Assessment of Progress
There will be 10 I Can tests (see previous section for I Cans) which students are required to pass with a minimum score of 70%. During term four, we anticipate three additional tests as listed.
Term 1: I Can #1, #2, #3
Term 2: I Can #4, #5, #6
Term 3: I Can #7, #8, #9, #10
Term 4: Transformations, two-way tables, scientific notation
If students do not pass an I Can Test, they are required to submit test corrections and make an appointment to re-take the test. Students who are not satisfied with their score on a test may improve their grade by following the same procedure.
Students are expected to bring to class each day:
- Go Math book
- Their Dixon planner
- A pencil (for homework and notes), pen( for correcting)
- A notebook or binder section devoted to math
- A folder (it can be in a binder or notebook) to store papers
If you are able to donate supplies to our classroom, we appreciate donations of:
- A box of tissues
We have a classroom set of TI-30XS Multi-view scientific calculators. If students would like to be able to use the same calculator at home, you can usually find them at any office supply store, online, or big box stores like Walmart and Target for around $15-20.
Attendance : Students will be expected to be on time to class. Once the bell rings they should be in their seats completing the bell work for the day. It is important for students to attend all of class. When a student is absent they miss interactions and instructions that are beneficial for them. If a student misses class they are responsible to check the folder for their class period that will contain the assignments for the missed day. Missed test will need to be made up before or after school or during I-Time.
Behavior Expectations: Students are expected to be responsible contributing members to the classroom. If a student is disruptive they be allowed to reflect on the situation and help come up with a solution. If the disruptions continues parents will be contacted and the school’s behavior policy will be followed.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Grades will be updated weekly and recorded in powerschool.
We are going to standard based grading. Therefore the students must show a proficiency of 80% to get a 3.
Check the school calendar for the dates of parent teacher conferences. There will be two this year.
Connecting Home to School
Students may want to use Khan Academy, the online version of the Go Math book, after school classes in the library, after school I-can classes.
Check your students planners every Monday it will have their new grade slip in it. Also check powerschool.
If you need to contact me, my e-mail address is email@example.com
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Students who are not passing all their I Can tests may be invited to an after school class for instruction on the material to be mastered and another chance at passing the test. If your student is invited to an after school I Can class, please make your best effort to ensure your student attends as they may not have a similar opportunity for some time. If your student passes the I Can in the after school class, their grade will be updated with their new score.