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Full Course
Middle School
CT State Department of Education
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CSDE - Public
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Education Standards

Connecticut Model Math for Grade 8

Equitable and Inclusive Curriculum  

The CSDE believes in providing a set of conditions where learners are repositioned at the center of curricula planning and design. Curricula, from a culturally responsive perspective, require intentional planning for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the development of units and implementation of lessons. It is critical to develop a learning environment that is relevant to and reflective of students’ social, cultural, and linguistic experiences to effectively connect their culturally and community-based knowledge to the class. Begin by connecting what is known about students’ cognitive and interdisciplinary diversity to the learning of the unit. Opposed to starting instructional planning with gaps in students’ knowledge, plan from an asset-based perspective by starting from students’ strengths. In doing so, curricula’s implementation will be grounded in instruction that engages, motivates, and supports the intellectual capacity of all students.

Course Description:  

In Grade 8, insructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and resoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3)  analyzing two-and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Upon completion of this course students will have the ability to:

  • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers;
  • Work with radicals and integer exponents in expressions and equations;
  • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations;
  • Define, evaluate, and compare functions;
  • Use functions to model relationships between quantities;
  • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software;
  • Undestand and apply the Phthagorean Theorem;
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres;