Rosewood Middle School
Course Syllabus
8^{th} Grade Math / Math 1
20162017
I. Lorrie Kester
Email: lorriekester@wcps.org
RMS phone number: 9197365050
Parent conferences are welcomed Monday  Friday, between 1:302:30 pm or after school on Monday or Thursday 3:003:30 pm. Please call and schedule an appointment.
II. Course Description
Teaching and learning of mathematics that are aligned with the NC standards will be included in both the eighth grade math class and the Algebra 1 class. Appropriate technology, manipulatives, calculators and web sites will be used regularly for instruction and assessment. Those students who do not have internet access at home will be provided time before school, after school and/or during homeroom in order to complete assignments.
In eighth grade students will be expected to describe and translate among graphic, algebraic, numeric, tabular, and verbal representations of relations and use those representations to solve problems. In addition, the concept of slope and scatter plots become a major focal point.
Math 1 students continue the study of algebraic concepts. This includes factoring polynomials, creation and application of linear functions and relations, algebraic representations of geometric relationships, and an introduction to nonlinear functions.
III. Course Objectives
Major Work of Grade 8 Math
Major Clusters

Supporting/Additional Clusters

Expressions & Equations
 Work with radical & integer exponents
 Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations.
 Analyze and solve linear equations
Functions
 Define, evaluate and compare functions.
 Use functions to model relationships between quantities.
Geometry
 Understand congruence and similarity
 Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
 Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones & spheres.

The Number System
 Know that there are numbers that are not rational and approximate them by rational numbers.
Statistics and Probability
 Investigate patterns of association in data.

Major Work of Math 1 (Algebra)
Major Clusters

Supporting/Additional Clusters

The Real Number System
 Extend the properties of exponents to rational numbers.
Quantities
 Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.
Seeing Structure in Expressions
 Interpret the structure of expressions
 Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems.
Creating Equations
 Create equations that describe numbers or relationships
Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
 Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning.
 Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically.
Interpreting Functions
 Understand the concept of a function and use function notation.
 Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context.
 Analyze functions using different representations.
Building Functions
Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities.

Arithmetic and Polynomials and Rational Expressions
 Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials.
Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
 Solve equations and inequalities in one variable.
 Solve system of equations.
Building Functions
 Build new functions from existing functions
Congruence
 Experiment with transformations in the plane.
Geometric Measurement and Dimension
 Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems.
Interpreting Categorical & Quantitative Data

IV. Materials Needed (All Year)
Pencils (2) Thin Expo Markers Graph Paper (2) Dividers
Cap Erasers (1) 3 Subject Spiral Notebook (4) AAA Batteries Highlighters
V. Classroom Rules
1. Remain on task.
2. Respect all faculty and peers (note that his includes all custodians, cafeteria staff, office staff, etc.) Disruption, disrespect and safety offenses will not be tolerated.
3. Come to class prepared (work done and supplies on hand).
4. Follow directions / class procedures.
VI. Grading Scale
Ms. Kester’s expectation of everyone is no grade lower than a C.

A = 90100
B = 8089
C = 7079
D = 6069
F = Below 60
VII. Final Grade Percentages
The grades for both math classes are weighted as follows:
Quizzes = 35% Test & Projects/Activities = 35%
Homework/Classwork 30%
VIII. Student Fees
Student fees are $20 which covers the cost of a DGP book, Math workbook and locker rental.
IX. Wish List (used all year long by everyone)
AAA Batteries Paper Towels Cleaning Wipes Tissues Thin Expo Markers
Air Heads or Starburst (yes, 8^{th} graders still love candy!)
XI. Remind
Remind is a wonderful way for me to communicate with students, parents and guardians. This is a free service that I will use to “push” information to you while maintaining cell phone number security. To enroll, simply send a text message to 81010 and in the body of the message type the code for your class as shown below and send. This will automatically assign your number to the message group and you are ready. If you reply to a message, it will send your message to me as an email. This is a great service! More information will be in your open house folder.
Math1: @KestMath1
8th Grade Math: @Kest8th
XII: Student Envelopes
All report cards will be sent home in the same envelopes from open house. You will notice on the envelope that there is a signature block for every nine weeks. Please sign the envelope within 5 days of report card being sent home and return to school. If your student is AIG, please sign those forms and RETURN those forms to school every nine weeks.