COURSE:           Mathematics 8 (Year 3)
TEACHER:         Jennifer Henrichsen

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 addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
                decimal and integer operations

                Add, subtract multiply and divide fractions


scientific notation

perfect squares and square roots

ratio, rate and proportions

Term 2:               Patterns and Relations

tables of values and graphs of linear relations

            algebraic expressions and equations
        one step and two step linear equations


Term 3:        Shape and Space

measurement conversions

area, surface area, and volume calculations for simple and composite shapes

Pythagorean theorem


                      Statistics and Probability
                presentation of statistical data

circle graphs, bar graphs, etc

data analysis- central tendency, outliers and range

ratios, fractions and percents to express probabilities

independent events


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 time to complete projects and review for tests.

Resources & Materials

In this course we will use the text MathPower 8 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 a notebook. They will need pencils, pens, lined paper, graph paper and erasers for this course. They should also have a math set with protractor, ruler and compass. They must have 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 3, you can download a PDF at the following URLs:

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