Pre-Algebra Period 8 8th grade

Syllabus – 8th Grade


Pre-Algebra Period 8


This course is the study of the language, concepts, and techniques of Algebra that will prepare students to approach and solve problems following a logical succession of steps.  Skills taught in the course lay groundwork for upper level math courses and have practical uses.  The content in this course is based upon the PA Core Standards and we will be working throughout the year to prepare for the State Test in April 2019.



Numbers and Operations

  • Demonstrate an understanding of rational and irrational numbers


    Algebraic Concepts

  • Represent and use expressions and equations to solve problems involving radicals and integer exponents
  • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, linear equations and slope
  • Write, solve, graph and interpret linear equations in one or two variables and systems of linear equations
  • Define, evaluate and compare functions displayed algebraically, graphically or numerically in tables or by verbal descriptions
  • Represent or interpret functional relationships between quantities using tables, graphs and descriptions



  • Apply properties of geometric transformations to verify congruence or similarity
  • Solve problems involving right triangles by applying the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Apply volume formulas of cones, cylinders and spheres


Data Analysis and Probability

  • Analyze and interpret bivariate data displayed in multiple representations
  • Analyze and interpret relative frequencies in two-way tables



Not only must students be highly engaged during class, there must be a willingness and dedication to completing assignments outside of class as well.  Homework is assigned to provide practice and reinforcement of the concepts and skills that we are studying and will be applying to future lessons.  The new PA Core Standards involve less repetitive reviewing and overlapping from year to year and instead require mastery of the mathematical skills and concepts presented at each grade level as a prerequisite to upcoming skills and concepts studied in the next grade level or course.  Each year new concepts and skills are presented, so there is not much time to rehash and review what was studied in a previous course or grade level.  Students will need to practice and study outside of the classroom to ensure that they gain the best understanding possible so that they have a firm and strong foundation to build on throughout the course and in years to come.


Textbook:  Common Core Workbook

Supplemental Materials:  Algebra 1 Concepts and Skills by Holt McDougal


Websites for Assistance: (goes with textbook)



                                          (free on-line math games)


Tests and/or quizzes will occur weekly and parents can view the weekly test schedule by accessing my webpage.  Parents can also receive emails updating quiz and test dates as well.  Student grades will be updated weekly and parents and students can access these grades through Infinite Campus.  Classwork and quiz/test grades will be updated weekly, but a homework grade for the entire marking period will not be posted until the end of each marking period.  Parents will be notified if their child receives 3 zeroes on homework, resulting in a drop of 5 points for their marking period grade.  A notebook is not required for the course, but students can keep a notebook of class examples and classwork to use as a study guide.  Frequently reviewing previous homework assignments is also a good method to help prepare for upcoming quizzes and tests.