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Hitting the Highlights: 8Th Grade Math Course!

Lisa M Holland, Certified Math Teacher, MA, BS
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This is a 12-week class where students can start building their algebraic foundation, then complete a variety of activities to practice the skills. (Third in the series of Hitting the Highlights classes)

Class Experience

US Grade 8
12 lessons//12 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Learning the Number System (Rational and Irrational Numbers)
Students will learn about the different types of numbers in our number system.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Exponents and Scientific Notation
Students will investigate large and small numbers using exponents and scientific notation.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Proportional and Non-Proportional Relationships
Students will examine different situations that are proportional and non-proportional.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Writing Equations for Real-World Situations
Students will identify key terms in order to write equations for situations.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Relations and Functions
Students will be able to define and identify relations and functions.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides of the Equal Sign
Students will use inverse operations in order to solve multi-step equations.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Solving Linear Systems (Equations using Rational Numbers)
Students will use inverse operations to solve equations involving fractions and decimals.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Solving Systems of Equations using the Addition Method
Students will identify and combine like terms in this method for solving systems of equations.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Solving Systems of Equations using the Multiplication and Elimination Method
Students will multiply to eliminate terms in this method for solving systems of equations.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Angle Relationships
Students will examine the angles formed when two parallel lines are crossed by a transversal (Geometry-related lesson).
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Pythagorean Theorem
Students will use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of missing sides of right triangles.
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Volume of Cylinders, Cones and Spheres
Students will use simple formulas to find the volume of different geometric figures.
  • In this course, students will: -develop problem solving skills in order to solve real-world problems -develop number sense with rational numbers -add, subtract, multiply and divide integers -use inverse operations to solve one-step equations and inequalities -rewrite large and small numbers using Scientific Notation -solve linear systems using the addition method -learn about perfect squares and square roots -use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing measurements of the side of a right triangle -calculate volume of a variety of figures using simple formulas
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics as well as a Master's Degree in Education.  With 20 years of experience teaching in the classroom coupled with 5 years of experience teaching online to students with varying abilities and needs, I feel extremely qualified to deliver this instruction to learners via Outschool.  My love and dedication for math stems from the knowledge that this is such a critical time for students to make the connections of elementary-level mathematics to higher-level thinking that will be key for success in courses such as Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry or Pre-Calculus (just to name a few).  
Homework Offered
Students will be provided with an assignment each week to complete, focusing on the topic that was covered. They will complete this assignment independently so that the feedback provided is reflective of the individual's work. The time spent to complete homework could range from 10 minutes - 30 minutes, depending on the assignment.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
An assessment will be provided with each lesson. Students that submit the assessment will receive a grade for the assignment, as well as feedback on the work, and opportunities to make corrections if needed.
Grades Offered
Students should have a three-ring binder in order to keep track of assignments and notes each week.  I will provide a PDF via Outschool messages that will explain to students what needs to be for the week (objective, discussion question, video, practice and assessment).  A calculator and graph paper would be nice items to have, however, when possible, I will suggest websites that may have the tools that a learner may need (example: online calculators).
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I will use Quizizz activities to reinforce skills reviewed. The problems will be provided in PDF form and attached to the lesson.
Joined April, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in Education
Hello!  I have been an educator for over 25 years!  My teaching career began when I worked with a math and science program for several summers at Morgan State University, with the goal of helping middle school students pass the statewide Maryland... 
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12 pre-recorded lessons
12 weeks of teacher support
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Ages: 8-13

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