8th Grade Mathematics Syllabus

8th Grade Mathematics Syllabus
Mrs. Evans


Course DescriptionAs defined in the Alabama Course of Study, the 8th Grade mathematics course focuses on three critical areas: These areas are (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling as association in bi-variate data with a linear equation and solving liner equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (3) analyzing two and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angel, similarity, and congruence and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. 

Materials Needed:

  • An organized math notebook for notes, assignments, and graded work
  • Pencils and highlighters
  • Calculator (Any scientific calculator is sufficient, but the TI-30XIIS is recommended)
  • Graph paper

Classroom Policies:

  • Be on time and prepared to learn. Your timeliness affects you and your classmates. You are expected to be in class and ready to learn when the bell rings. You should have a sharpened pencil, an organized notebook, and your text book every day.
  • Seek help when needed. If you are having trouble with material, please seek help. Ask your classmates, set up an appointment before or after school with me and/or utilize resources on the internet. Khan academy is a great resource and it’s free (https://www.khanacademy.org/) and don’t forgot to look at You-Tube videos.   
  • Always show your work. The process of working through a problem is just as important as the final result. All work must be shown to receive full credit.
  • Make-up and turn in missed assignments.  You are responsible for all notes and assignments missed when absent. Assignments are posted daily on the calendar in my room. For each day missed, you have 3 days to make-up and turn in the work.  Any work missed due to an unexcused absence will result in a grade of 0.
  • Late work. Late work is accepted, but only for half-credit, and as long as it is turned while working on the same unit. Once we've moved on to the next unit, late work will not be accepted. 
  • Cell phone use. Cell phone use is prohibited in class unless its use is relevant to the curriculum and content. Until given permission, you are to keep devices put away out of my sight and yours. Cell phones brought into the classroom must be silenced and placed in the cell phone holder hanging on the classroom wall until the end of period. If you are caught using a cell phone without permission, the following disciplinary actions will be taken. First Offense: The cell phone will be taken up and kept until the end of the period. Second Offense: The cell phone will be taken up and kept until the end of the day. Third Offense: The cell phone will be taken up and turned in to an administrator.  
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the classroom, with the exception of water.
  • We do not have free days.   Our class time is valuable and we have a lot to learn.  So please don’t ask if we are doing something, the answer will always be yes.
  • Respect yourself, others, and classroom property.

Grading Procedures:

A student’s grade in the course is determined by four individual nine weeks grades and the final exam. 

Course Average = (1st Nine weeks + 2nd Nine weeks +3rd Nine weeks+ 4th Nine weeks) X .90 + (final exam) X .10 

The course average for a student exempt from the final exam will be determined by averaging the four Nine week grades. 

Each Nine week grade will be a combination of the following:
Warm ups/Class work activities/Pop quizzes (10-25 points, randomly collected 
Chapter Quizzes (50 points)
Chapter Tests (100 point)
Assignment/Notebook Test (100 points per Notebook check)

e Topics to be studied:
he Number System
Expressions and Equations
Statistics and Probability

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