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8th Grade Math: The 8th grade math course, Core Connections Course 3 (CC3), is the third of a three-year sequence of courses designed to prepare students for future rigorous algebra courses. This particular course helps students develop multiple strategies to solve problems and find connections. The curriculum is based off of the Common Core Math Standards and Math Practices found here.
Major concepts of study include: finding connections between tables, graphs, patterns, and equations, solving equations, solving systems of equations, coordinate grid transformations, collecting and analyzing data trends, calculating slope, Pythagorean Theorem, linear and non-linear functions, rational and irrational numbers, exponent and scientific notation rules, angles created by transversals and parallel lines, and volume of various solids.
Homework: The home is designed to be used as a “review & preview,” as labeled, to develop and maintain mathematical understanding and skills for the concepts learned in the CPM math books. The concepts will continue to come up throughout the book to keep ideas fresh and aid in comprehension.
***Students are expected to attempt all assigned homework problems. The Honor Level Code issues a three-point infraction for incomplete homework assignments.
Tests and Quizzes: Because of the importance for students to receive spaced practice with course concepts, tests, and quizzes will cover a variety of topics, many of those that were covered in a previous chapter and review in homework problems.
GRADING: All grades earned in math will be posted on our online grading system weekly, including homework, mid-chapter quizzes, Puzzle Investigator problems, and assessments (tests, exit slips, writing prompts (etc). Families are encouraged to access the 8th grade google site https://sites.google.com/a/hartlake.org/nsms8thgrade/ for the homework, quizzes, and assessment calendar and weekly updates, as well as our online grading system via the school website.
7th Grade STEM
STEM 7 is a trimester encore class that introduces students to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students will learn about the importance of STEM and how it influences the world we live in. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. Students will learn sketching techniques and use of descriptive geometry as a component of design, measurement, and computer modeling. Solid modeling software will be used to introduce students to the design process. Using the design process, students brainstorm, research, develop ideas, create models, test and evaluate design ideas, and communicate their solution to solve problems.
Please see the site https://sites.google.com/a/hartlake.org/nsms-grade-7/ for STEM info, homework, and links to student work.
6th Grade STEM
STEM 6 is a trimester encore class that introduces students to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students will learn about the importance of STEM and how it influences the world we live in. Through problem solving challenges, students are introduced to and immersed in the design process used by engineers in the real-world to solve everyday situations. Students will also be introduced to the basics of robotics through the use of simple and motorized mechanisms.
**Design and Modeling is covered in more depth in 7th grade STEM, while programming, building, and electrical robotics is tackled in 8th grade STEM!
Please see the site https://sites.google.com/a/hartlake.org/nsms-6th-grade/ for STEM info, homework, and links to student work.