The focus on learning the basic steps to algebraic thinking. This is a year where we start to move from learning concrete math to learning abstract math. One main component that will help these students work with algebra is exploring numbers on the positive and negative side of the number line. Along with the challenge of algebra, we will also step into ratios, statistics, and some geometry.
In seventh grade, we start discussing ways we can take that abstract thinking in algebra to the next step. In algebra, we will start solving problems that involve rational numbers and real-life scenarios. Along with broadening our algebraic thinking, we will spend a lot of time learning how to think statistically. When in statistics, we will talk about different ways to take a sample and how that can affect our data. Besides these two main components to seventh grade, we will also touch into more ratios and geometry.
8th grade is a very rigorous year. In 8th grade, the students start working with rational and irrational numbers. Students will take these types of numbers and learn how to solve very abstract problems. Along with abstract algebra, students will learn what a function is and how to represent it with graphs. Functions are a brand new concept to students; therefore, it is a large goal for the 8th graders. Along with functions and linear relationships, students will touch on geometry and statistics.