Grade 8 Math Syllabus


Grade 8 Math Syllabus

Course Description

The student will learn how to identify and compute with rational and real numbers, as well as learn how to solve a variety of equations.  The student will also learn how to plot and analyze various graphs, as well as learn about the basic concepts of geometry.  Throughout the year, the student will also solve relevant and authentic problems using a combination of the appropriate strategies and technology.


Math Objectives

  • 1st nine weeks: The student will review scientific notation, integers, exponents, and two-step equations. The student will also begin identifying, comparing, and computing with rational and real numbers, as well as solve multi-step equations.


  • 2nd nine weeks: The student will cover various concepts involving geometry.  The geometry concepts covered will include plane and similar figures, the Pythagorean Theorem, how to find the area and volume of various shapes, transformations, and dilations.  The student will also learn how to apply various formulas in order to solve geometry-based problems.


  • 3rd nine weeks: A large portion of this nine weeks will be dedicated to slope.  The student will learn how to determine the slope using slope formula, equation of a line, and graphs.  The student will also continue to solve more complex equations including system of equations and solving for a variable.  Lastly, the student will learn how to identify, compare, and graph various functions.


  • 4th nine weeks: The student will learn how to organize, collect, and analyze data using various graphs including scatter plots.  The student will learn how to determine the line of best fit from a scatter plot.  The students will spend the remainder of this nine weeks reviewing all of the concepts from the year.


Class Expectations

  • Be in your assigned seat or area, ready to work when class begins.
  • Have papers, pencils, books and all needed supplies every day.
  • Keep hands, feet, books, and objects to yourself.
  • No profanity, rude gestures, bullying, teasing, or put downs.
  • Follow directions of school personnel.


Grading Scale                                                       Supplies You Will Need

  • Homework & Warm-Ups: 10%                     **  Pencils    
  • Tests & Projects: 50%                                    **  Loose Leaf Notebook Paper
  • Quizzes & Class work: 40%                           **  3 Subject spiral composition 

                                                                                **  Graph Paper

                                                                                **  Expo Markers for personal use 


Mrs. Bailey’s Class Expectations 

How to Enter the Classroom

Whenever you enter the classroom, do so in an orderly manner.  Do not arrive late!  When you arrive in the classroom:

Homeroom – You will take everything you need for the day and place it on or beneath your desk.  Once you are in the room, you will stay in the room…no going back out.  In Homeroom we will have COBRA reading, so make sure you have your AR book EVERYDAY! 

1st and 2nd Block - You will enter quietly, find your seat and remain there.  There is to be no walking around the classroom once you arrive! You must take out your previous nights’ homework and lay it on your desk.  As I go around and check your homework, a Daily Warmup will be on the board.  You will have 5-10 minutes in which to finish the Warmup as I walk around the room checking homework.  All students are to remain on-task until we begin going over the homework and the Warmup Problems.  You WILL have a Warmup every day!

How to Act in the Classroom 

 I ask that you raise your hand before you speak and not to talk when someone else is talking.  If there is an open discussion in class, feel free to speak up with your opinions, but in a respectful manner.  Being you are young adults, I expect you to act in that manner.  The COBRA Code of Excellence will be used to reinforce positive behaviors and mediate behaviors interfering with the teaching and learning process.  I also ask that you participate in class.  I know that Algebra can be difficult at times and I am here to help; however, I cannot help unless you ask for it.

Procedures in the Classroom

To allow class to run smoothly, I do have a list of procedures that should be carried out on a day-to-day basis.  I ask that you come to class prepared.  Make sure you have the previous nights’ homework and ALL your materials.

If you need to throw some paper away, please wait to do so as you are leaving to go to your next class. If you are finished with an assignment early, check over it.  Careless mistakes can and will happen…always double check to be safe!

Make sure your name is on all of your papers

If you have questions, raise your hand.  I enjoy open discussions; however, if everyone is talking at once, then important facts or questions may not be answered.

Always keep your math notebook up to date and organized.  I will do notebook checks at any given time.  Keep your notebook up to date!

How to Leave the Classroom

When leaving the class, make sure there is no paper around your work station or your desk.  Failure to do this will result in consequences agreed upon by the teacher and the student.

We will leave the Classroom in a QUIET line.  No one is to be talking while in line. Please leave the classroom in an orderly manner and make yourself and your team a model for the other teams to follow!

*Note:  When there is a Fire, Tornado, or Lockdown Drill, students are to remain quiet in lines and in classroom.  It is very important that I am able to hear announcements during these times and they are to be taken seriously.  No talking…NO EXCEPTIONS!

How to Act Out of the Classroom

Out of my classroom, always do your best.  I believe in you.  Your teachers believe in you.  The administration believes in you.  You are the future and by maintaining character in and out of the classroom, you will all be successful.

 Homework Policy

 Homework will be given at least four nights a week, Monday through Thursday.  On average, 15 - 20 problems will be given each night; however, more problems may be given on review days.  At the beginning of each nine weeks, every student will begin with a homework grade of 100.  Each assignment will be graded based on work shown and completion of the assignment.  If a homework assignment is not completed or work is not shown when needed, then 5 points will be deducted for each missing or incomplete assignment.  On occasion, particular homework assignments will be collected and graded based on the student’s effort.


Tests will be given after each chapter or unit.  Tests should consist of multiple choices, short answer, fill in the blanks, and/or matching.  There will be a zero tolerance policy for cheating.  If a student is caught cheating, the parent will be notified immediately and the student will receive an automatic office referral. 


Quizzes will be given once or twice each week.  Each quiz could consist of a combination of computation and/or word problems.  A cumulative quiz will be given on most Fridays, in order to review the concepts that have been taught throughout the week.  Pop quizzes may also be given occasionally throughout the year.

Daily Warm-Ups

 At the beginning of each class, students will complete 4 warm up questions.  The warm ups are graded based on accuracy, and points are received as follows: each question is worth 5 points, for a daily total of 20 points, and a weekly total/grade of 100.

 Extra Credit

On occasion, extra credit will be offered on unit tests.  The number or type of extra credit questions may vary from test to test.  No other options for extra credit will be offered throughout the year.  It is important to complete all assignments on time and to the best of your ability.

Missed Work

Missing assignments and work will be placed within a folder located at my desk labeled make-up work.  All missed work due to an absence must be made up within five days of your return date, as stated by the school-wide policy.  In order for assignments to be graded, completed work must be placed in your classroom folder labeled make-up work.

 Late Work

It is YOUR responsibility to be sure that all assignments are turned in on time; however, you may turn in work up to 2 days late.  A total of 10 points will be deducted each day that the work is late.  Homework will not be accepted late since it is discussed and gone over daily.

 Parent Contact

I will do my best to keep in contact with each parent as needed. However, if you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  My email address is  If you need to contact me during school hours, my planning period is from 12:00-1:00 and the school phone number is (919) 242-3414.  You can also obtain important information from the school website at



Lisa Bailey