COURSE OUTLINE        2017-18

COURSE:           Grade 9 Math
TEACHER:         Jennifer Henrichsen
CONTACT:        jhenrichsen@go.islandpacific.org

Course Description

There are three central goals within our middle school math program. These goals are complementary and dependent on each other. Although attention to these goals is interwoven throughout most programs, there seems to be a logical progression that leads from one to the other. A student must first and foremost be proficient in the skills of the different areas of the math program. It is only through practice, familiarity and success that a student then develops the attitude to confidently and willingly attempt mathematical problems. When both the skills and attitude have developed, the student is prepared to open the door and appreciate the role math can play to better understand the world.

There is an established set of skills that students need to be proficient in at each level in a math program. These skills can be grouped as Number Concepts, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability.  A historical perspective is discussed at relative points to put the learning in context. It is my hope that these students will develop a strong skill set that will let them confidently approach the questions and investigations that the world of math has to offer.

The aims of MYP mathematics courses are to encourage and enable students to:

Term Overview

Term 1:       Number Concepts
                review of  adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing rational and fraction


roots and square roots

laws of exponents

rational and irrational numbers

number sequences

              Patterns and Relations


operations with polynomials

Term 2:        graphing linear relations


            algebraic expressions and equations
 step linear equations with fractions and decimals

        Shape and Space

measurement conversions

similarity and scale factors

Term 3:          circle properties

surface area of composite 3D objects

                     Statistics and Probability
                data collection

population and sample data

project plans for collection, display and analysis of data

probability in society


At Island Pacific School we encourage students to make good use of their Homeroom Study blocks and time allotted in class to complete various assignments. In this particular course, I encourage students to practice their math skills as often as possible. Extra work will be given based on individual needs, and the unit of study. They will need more time to complete projects and review for tests.

Resources & Materials

In this course we will use the text Math Focus 9 and Theory and Problems for Grade 9 Math as a base. This will be augmented by reference works in the IPS library, web resources, and laboratory equipment.  

Students should keep their work in a 3 hole binder or notebook. They will need pencils, pens, lined paper, graph paper, erasers for this course. They should also have a math set with protractor, ruler and compass and a scientific calculator.


Island Pacific School uses the International Baccalaureate rubrics to evaluate students in reference to six distinct criteria. In this course, those criteria are as follows:

Criterion A:  Knowledge and Understanding

Criterion B: Investigating Patterns

Criterion C: Communication in Mathematics

Criterion D: Mathematics in Real Life Context

For a complete list of the Mathematics criteria and their relevant level descriptors for Year 4, you can download a PDF at the following URLs:


For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for