MYP Mathematics - Grade 8

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Course description
 
Math 8 course is designed to develop and improve logical reasoning and analytical thinking skills through the study of various topics. These skills will give students a solid foundation for their future academic life showing them how to “translate” everyday problems into the abstract language of mathematics. Students will extend their current learning into several new subject areas focused around algebraic and geometric concepts while attaining higher levels of rigor. Students will be expected to apply concepts through project based learning in familiar and unfamiliar situations. 
 
Standard and Extended Mathematics
 
Units and topics:
Unit 1 – Solve Equations and Inequalities
  • Algebraic operations
  • Solve multi-step equations
  • Solve inequalities
  • Problem solving
  • Applications of equations
Unit 3 – Geometric Concepts
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Calculate area and volume of      two-dimensional shapes
  • Calculate surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes
Unit 2 – Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Calculate Slope
  • Graph Linear Equations
  • Create Linear Equations
  • Graph Linear Inequalities
  • Applications of linear equations and inequalities
Unit 4 – Quadratics 
  • Multiply polynomials
  • Graph quadratic equations
  • Solve quadratic equations by graphing, factoring, and quadratic formula
  • Applications of quadratic equations
Aims: As stated in the MYP Mathematics guide the aims of MYP mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:
  • enjoy mathematics, develop curiosity and begin to appreciate its elegance and power
  • develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
  • communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts
  • develop logical, critical and creative thinking
  • develop confidence, perseverance, and independence in mathematical thinking and problem-solving
  • develop powers of generalization and abstraction
  • apply and transfer skills to a wide range of real-life situations, other areas of knowledge and future developments
  • appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics have influenced each other
  • appreciate the moral, social and ethical implications arising from the work of
  •  mathematicians and the applications of mathematics
  • appreciate the international dimension in mathematics through an awareness of the universality of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives
  • appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other areas of knowledge
  • develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to pursue further studies in mathematics
  • develop the ability to reflect critically upon their own work and the work of others.
Assessment Criteria:  Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria
 
 
Assessment Criteria
At the end of Year 3 students should be able to 
A
Knowing and understanding
i. select appropriate mathematics when solving problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
ii. apply the selected mathematics successfully when solving problems
iii. solve problems correctly in a variety of contexts.
B
Investigating patterns
i. select and apply mathematical problem-solving techniques to discover complex patterns
ii. describe patterns as relationships and/or general rules consistent with correct findings
iii. verify and justify relationships and/or general rules.
C
Communicating
i. use appropriate mathematical language (notation, symbols and terminology) in both oral and written explanations            ii. use different forms of mathematical representation to present information
iii. move between different forms of mathematical representation
iv. communicate complete and coherent mathematical lines of
reasoning
v. organize information using a logical structure.
D
Applying mathematics in real-life contexts
i. identify relevant elements of authentic real-life situations
ii. select appropriate mathematical strategies when solving authentic real-life situations
iii. apply the selected mathematical strategies successfully to reach a solution
iv. explain the degree of accuracy of a solution
v. explain whether a solution makes sense in the context of the authentic real-life situation.
Required materials:
Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Charged laptop
  • Notebook
  • Folder or Binder for class papers
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Basic or Scientific Calculator
  • Agenda
We look forward to being your teacher this year for math.  We know we will all work hard for your success in the class.  Please contact us for any questions you may have throughout the year.

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