8th Grade

  • For the 2022-2023 School Year

     

    Eighth Grade Math

    • The eighth-grade regular math curriculum is pre-Algebra and is based on materials provided by McDougal Littell. Concepts addressed include:

      • Variables/Expressions
      • Solving Equations
      • Multi-Step Equations
      • Factors/Fractions/Exponents
      • Rational Numbers
      • Ratio/Proportion/Probability
      • Percents
      • Linear Functions
      • Real Numbers/Right Triangles
      • Area/Volume
      • Transformations

     

    Eighth Grade Accelerated Math

    • The eighth-grade accelerated math curriculum is Algebra and is based on materials provided by Prentice Hall. Concepts addressed include:
      • Expressions/Equations
      • Real Numbers
      • Solving Linear Equations
      • Graphic Linear Equations/Functions
      • Writing Linear Equations
      • Solving/Graph Line Equations
      • Systems of Equations
      • Exponents
      • Factoring Polynomials
      • Quadratics
      • Radicals
      • Rational Equations

     

    Eighth Grade Extended Curriculum Math

    • This Geometry course is the same as Crystal Lake High School District 155's Honors Geometry class, traditionally a sophomore level course. The Beardsley, Bernotas, and Lundahl teachers of these courses are secondary certified and follow the same curriculum scope and sequence and use the same resources and assessments as the high school. This course addresses high school Geometry standards and only students who have completed a high school level Algebra course, and meet other assessment criteria, are eligible for EC Geometry. Concepts addressed include: 
      • A Beginning of Geometry
      • Introduction to Reasoning and Proofs
      • Triangles and Congruence
      • Special properties of Triangles
      • Quadrilaterals
      • Similarity
      • Transformations
      • Right Triangles and Trigonometry
      • Area
      • Surface Area and Volume
      • Circles and Other Conic Sections

     

     

    For the 2023-2024 School Year

     

    In keeping with District 47’s mission of Empowering All Students: Learners Today - Leaders Tomorrow, one of the main objectives of our math curriculum is to ensure all students have a solid foundation in mathematics so they can participate in higher level mathematics in the future. In addition, research shows that all students benefit from engaging in rigorous tasks related to critical thinking and learning in a collaborative, diverse environment.

     

    We also understand that a solid and deep understanding of High School Algebra standards, concepts and skills is central to students confidently moving forward in mathematics as they advance in their high school career. Additionally, we value each student as a unique individual with their own strengths and needs.  We understand that an individual student may be ready to move more quickly through some concepts or may need additional time to fully grasp them.  High school math is rigorous and we want to set students up for success by ensuring they're ready for the next challenge.

     

    During the 2023-2024 school year, 8th grade students will be enrolled in one of the following courses:

     

    • 8th Grade Algebra

      • This course develops an understanding of algebra concepts through a study of eighth grade standards and exposure to a few high school algebra concepts. Topics include, but are not limited to:
        • Solving Equations & Inequalities
        • Geometry
        • Functions
        • Linear Equations
        • Systems of Equations & Inequalities
        • Exponents

     

    • Algebra

      • This rigorously paced course develops an understanding of algebra through a combined study of eighth grade and high school algebra standards. Topics include, but are not limited to: 
        • Solving Equations & Inequalities
        • Geometry
        • Functions
        • Linear Equations
        • Systems of Equations & Inequalities
        • Exponents
        • Polynomials & Factoring
        • Quadratic Equations
        • Radical Expressions & Equations

     

    • Modified Curriculum with Individualized Supports

      • A modified math curriculum course that focuses on 8th Grade Math concepts and skills is also offered. This course includes specific supports for students with Individualized Education Plans and student placement in this course is determined by the student’s IEP team. 

     

    • Extended Curriculum Math

      • Some students, the majority of whom have participated in 7th grade Extended Curriculum math, may be identified for 8th Grade Extended Curriculum math by their 7th grade teachers. Student's placement in Extended Curriculum courses are reviewed annually.
      • The 8th grade EC course is the same as Crystal Lake High School District 155's Honors Geometry class, traditionally a sophomore level course. The Beardsley, Bernotas, and Lundahl teachers of these courses are secondary certified and follow the same curriculum scope and sequence and use the same resources and assessments as the high school. This course addresses high school Geometry standards and only students who have completed a high school level Algebra course, and meet other assessment criteria, are eligible for EC Geometry
      • Eighth grade Extended Curriculum/Geometry math concepts for 2023-24 include:
        • A Beginning of Geometry
        • Introduction to Reasoning and Proofs
        • Triangles and Congruence
        • Special properties of Triangles
        • Quadrilaterals
        • Similarity
        • Transformations
        • Right Triangles and Trigonometry
        • Area
        • Surface Area and Volume
        • Circles and Other Conic Sections 

     

    More information on the ‘23-24 math course offerings is available and students’ recommended placement notification can be found in the following videos:

     



    Questions about the District 47 math program can be directed to Dr. Carolyn Stadlman, Director of Math, Science and STEM, at ckstadlman@d47.org.