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

Unit 3 – Geometric Concepts

Unit 2 – Linear Equations and Inequalities

Unit 4 – Quadratics

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 problemsolving
 develop powers of generalization and abstraction
 apply and transfer skills to a wide range of reallife 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 problemsolving 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 reallife contexts

i. identify relevant elements of authentic reallife situations
ii. select appropriate mathematical strategies when solving authentic reallife 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 reallife 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.