• We first developed our mathematics curriculum in early 2020, during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Students were dismissed from school. And parents wanted their kids to keep learning! We worked with out tutors to develop a core mathematics curriculum for our students. We wanted the curriculum to cover every detail. It would spare nothing—preparing our students fully for the next years of school. We designed the curriculum to focus attention on key topics, while still covering the details of every lesson.

UNIT 1: NUMBERS

The first unit that we have for 8th grade math is “numbers.” This is an important first unit because it addresses scientific notation, which is an invaluable skill for students to have. Secondly, exponents and roots are discussed at length. Exponents and roots are used extensively in high school, so it makes sense that they are such an integral part and focus of this first unit.

• Introduction to Scientific Notation
• Square and Cube Roots
• Exponents and Negative Exponents
• Properties of Exponents
• Irrational Numbers

UNIT 2: SOLVING EQUATIONS

The second unit has an emphasis on solving equations. We focus first here on equations with only one unknown. We then spend a significant amount of time putting the word problems into action. We drill students on word problems, having them set up equations and solve for the unknown. We also begin solving multivariable problems.

• Solving Equations With One Unknown
• Word Problems
• Multivariable Problems

UNIT 3: LINEAR EQUATIONS

The importance of linear equations to the study of mathematics cannot be overemphasized. Linear equations are used extensively in every form of science. Knowledge of linear equations can be used to read and interpret graphs. Linear equations are useful for analyzing data, making predictions, and calculating rates of change. This section introduces students to linear equations and linear functions. Students learn about slope-intercept form and how to graph linear functions. They spend time learning how to interpret information derived from linear function graphs. A strong understanding of linear equations is a critical element to success in high school algebra courses.

• Solutions to Linear Equations
• Introduction to Functions
• Slope-Intercept Form

UNIT 4: GEOMETRY & TRANSFORMATIONS

This section is very important because all students will study geometry in high school. The fundamentals learned in this section will prepare students for high school geometry. Additionally, the core ideas learned in this lecture prepare students for success in their other science courses. It is important that students begin to understand transformations now, because this is often a challenging topic that haunts students in more advanced classes.

• Pythagorean Theorem
• Triangle Angles
• Volume
• Intro to Transformations
• Translations, Reflections, Rotations
• Congruence

UNIT 5: SYSTEMS OF EQUATIONS

Systems of equations allows students to solve problems with multiple unknown variables. The techniques in solving systems of equations are useful throughout a students math and science career. It has been known to resurface in chemistry and physics courses. They are also used extensively in high school mathematics. That’s why we have devoted a unit specifically to system of equations. Students learn about substitution and elimination while working through simple straightforward problems.

• Into to Systems of Equations
• Solving System of Equations
• Word Problems

UNIT 6: UNDERSTANDING DATA

Here students begin to appreciate the all powerful importance of data. They say that mathematics is the language of science. That is proven here. The analytical skills learned here in this unit will prepare students for all of their future science courses.

• Understanding Scatter Plots
• Introduction to Lines of Best Fit