
Room 2008th Grade Math/Math 1Please check your students interactive notebook daily for updates on work and homework assignments.Welcome! I am excited for the 20182019 school year.I grew up on the Outer Banks and attended NC State and Elizabeth City State University. I have my B.S. in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Mathematics and a specialization in Science. I am currently working on my Masters in STEM Education at Old Dominion University. This will be my fifth year teaching math and I am looking forward to the adventure ahead.Thank you for sharing your student(s) with me this year. I look forward to an exciting year full of success. Please feel free to contact me at any point throughout the year.Email: apotter@currituck.k12.nc.usCLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS8th Grade Math
I use a point system which is converted to a percentage for grades. I feel this provides more flexibility and more accurately reflects
Dear Parents & Guardians,
Welcome to the 201819 school year. Learning mathematics is a challenge. Meeting this challenge requires concentration, perseverance, and active participation inside, as well as outside, the classroom. It is also important to have a positive and respectful attitude towards oneself, classmates, and teachers. There will be times throughout the year you will need extra help outside of the regular class time. Let me know when this applies to you and we can make arrangements for extra assistance. If you have any questions concerning your child’s progress or anything at all, please give me a call at school or email me. Below, you will find information about the class and the classroom expectations.
Topics in 8th Grade Mathematics
The Number System
 Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers
 Reason quantitatively and use appropriate units to solve problems
Expressions and Equations
 Work with radical and integer exponents
 Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations
 Analyze and solve linear equations
 Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically
 Understand and apply scientific notation
Functions
 Define, evaluate, and compare functions
 Use functions to model relationships between quantities
 Interpret functions that arise in an application in terms of the context
Geometry
 Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software
 Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem
 Solve realworld and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres
 Experiment with rigid and nonrigid transformations in the plane
Statistics and Probability
 Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data
 Summarize categorical data in twoway frequency tables
GRADING
Latework/Zeros
Students have five days to complete missed assignments. Each day, after the initial due date, a student will receive a 10% deduction from the grade for each day the work is late. In cases of absences, students will be allotted the same amount of time that they were absent to complete the assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to check the labeled folder in the classroom for any missed papers on the day they were absent.
Example for a 10 point assignment:
Day 1 late assignment the overall grade cannot be higher than a 9
Day 2 late assignment overall grade cannot be higher than an 8
No late work will be accepted after the 5th day. On the 6th day a zero will be assigned. This does not pertain to students who are absent or who have special accommodations.
Weights:
Tests/Projects 50%
Assignments/Projects 30%
Quizzes 20%
Independent
“Major”
Homework
Classwork
Labs
Essays
Group work
Labs
Letter Grade Score Range
A 100  90
B 89  80
C 79  70
D 69  60
F Below 60
HOMEWORK
Homework will be assigned almost every class period. The student is expected to complete the homework before they enter the school on the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to complete his/her homework each night!
STUDENT CONDUCT
5 Classroom Rules
 Follow Directions Quickly.
 Raise Hand for Permission to Speak.
 Raise Hand for Permission to Leave Seat.
 Make Smart Choices.
 Keep Your Teacher Happy! (We are happy when our students are learning!)
SUPPLIES
All students must have 4 spiral or composition notebook. Parents should check the notebooks often to see the progress of the student’s work.
4 Composition/Spiral Notebooks
Pencils (LOTS)
Erasers
BLACK Dry Erase Markers
Optional supplies: tissues, hand sanitizer
Please no Clorox wipes, my goal is to create a toxin free environment this year : )
MATH 1 INFORMATIONTopics in Math 1
Numbers
 Extend the properties of exponents to rational exponents.
 Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems
Algebra
 Create equations that describe numbers or relationships.
 Write expressions in equivalent forms to solve problems
 Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials.
 Create equations that describe numbers or relationships.
 Understand solving equations as a process of reasoning and explain the reasoning
 Solve equations and inequalities in one variable
 Solve systems of equations
 Represent and solve equations and inequalities graphically
Functions
 Understand the concept of a function and use function notation.
 Interpret functions that arise in an application in terms of the context
 Analyze functions using different representations.
 Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities
 Build new functions from existing functions.
 Construct and compare linear, quadratic, and exponential models and solve problems.
 Interpret expressions for functions in terms of the situation they model.
Geometry
 Experiment with transformations in the plane
 Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically.
 Explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems
Statistics and Probability
 Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable.
 Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables.
 Interpret linear models
GRADING
Latework/Zeros
Students have five days to complete missed assignments. Each day, after the initial due date, a student will receive a 10% deduction from the grade for each day the work is late. In cases of absences, students will be allotted the same amount of time that they were absent to complete the assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to check the labeled folder in the classroom for any missed papers on the day they were absent.
Example for a 10 point assignment:
Day 1 late assignment the overall grade cannot be higher than a 9
Day 2 late assignment overall grade cannot be higher than an 8
No late work will be accepted after the 5th day. On the 6th day a zero will be assigned. This does not pertain to students who are absent or who have special accommodations.
Weights:
Tests/Projects 50%
Assignments/Projects 30%
Quizzes 20%
Independent
“Major”
Homework
Classwork
Labs
Essays
Group work
Labs
Letter Grade Score Range
A 100  90
B 89  80
C 79  70
D 69  60
F Below 60
HOMEWORK
Homework will be assigned almost every class period. The student is expected to complete the homework before they enter the school on the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to complete his/her homework each night!
STUDENT CONDUCT
5 Classroom Rules
 Follow Directions Quickly.
 Raise Hand for Permission to Speak.
 Raise Hand for Permission to Leave Seat.
 Make Smart Choices.
 Keep Your Teacher Happy! (We are happy when our students are learning!)
SUPPLIES
All students must have 4 spiral or composition notebooks. Parents should check the notebooks often to see the progress of the student’s work.
4 Composition/Spiral Notebooks
Pencils (LOTS)
BLACK Dry Erase Markers
Optional supplies: tissues, hand sanitizerPlease no Clorox wipes, my goal is to create a toxin free environment this year : )