COURSE OUTLINE 2017-18
COURSE: Mathematics 8 (Year 3)
TEACHER: Jennifer Henrichsen
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 1: Number Concepts
review of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
decimal and integer operations
Add, subtract multiply and divide fractions
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
area, surface area, and volume calculations for simple and composite shapes
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
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: http://goo.gl/aDVC5A
For a complete description of BC’s New Curriculum Core Competencies for