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Course Overview

Welcome to WV Math 8.  This course covers the WV Next Generation Standards and the Common Core Standards for grade 8 and will prepare you for your adventure into high school mathematics, specifically Math I or Algebra 1. There are three BIG IDEAS focused on in eighth grade. So what are these big ideas? The first idea involves linear equations. You will create, model, and reason about linear equations and systems of linear equations so that you will be able to use them to solve a variety of real world problems.  The next big idea deals with functions. You will learn about functions and their properties and use functions to describe and compare functional situations in real world situations. The final major focus is geometry.  You will transform 2-dimensional figures and relate them using congruence and similarity. You will develop an understanding about relationships between angles, and about distance, and its relationship to the Pythagorean Theorem.  You will also be able to find volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres. 


Implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Objectives for Mathematics through engaging instruction coupled with rigorous learning activities and assessment is hard work. During the 2011-2012 school year, a dedicated group of WV classroom teachers worked collaboratively to study the Middle School Math standards, objectives and performance descriptors and designed quality units of instruction that encompass the content, skills and understandings reflected in this set of grade level standards. The units and lessons created by these teachers, model best practices in student engagement, provide rigorous learning activities and quality formative assessment opportunities that are the basis for this Media-rich course guide.


Digital Content Development Teachers
Cindy Burke   WV
Cathy Craddock WV
Danielle DiDomenico WV
Alisa Hannah WV
Janet Hanshaw WV
Myrtle Holland WV
Sandra Humphries  WV
Laura Pyzdrowski WV
Sheila Ruddle  WV
Patreca Swanson WV
Content Reviewers
John Ford WV State Department of Education
Tom Klein West Virginia University
WVU Academic Innovation
Dr. Sue Day Perroots Associate Vice President
Instructional Designers
Sukanya Dutta-White    
Celeste Glenn    
Media Design
Mark Bennett   Julie Black  
Web Development
Li Zheng Eric Merrill  
Director of K-12 Initiatives
Greg Strimel    






The Next Generation Mathematics Courses includes links to digital content and media-rich resources courteously provided free of charge from LearnZillion.com.

LearnZillion.com offers a free and growing set of Math and English Language resources for grades 2-12 that have been developed by expert teachers directly from the Common Core State Standards. LearnZillion’s premium participatory curriculum platform enables schools and districts to accelerate the successful implementation of the Common Core, augment the efficacy of their coaches, create class time capacity to address differentiation needs, and build teacher leaders.




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