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Mathematics 8

Mathematics 8 Course Overview

Big Ideas

Numbers represent quantities that can
be decomposed into smaller parts.

One-to-one correspondence and a sense of 5 and 10
are essential for fluency with numbers.

Repeating elements in patterns can be identified.

Objects have
attributes that can be described, measured, and compared.

Familiar events
can be described
as likely or unlikely
and compared.



You will continue to develop your math competencies in Reasoning & Analyzing, Understanding & Solving, Communicating & Representing and Connecting & Reflecting while extending and broadening knowledge of topics that you have learned during your elementary years.

You will extend your knowledge to other types of numbers such as square roots and fractions, apply what you know about ratios to deal with the concept of rate and proportions, solve more complex equations, deal with graphs that involve larger numbers and find surface area and volume of 3-D objects.

Where does this course fit?

  • Pre-requisite: Math 7
  • Required to continue to Math 9
  • Contact your VLN counsellor to receive a registration form

Course Materials

  • Course materials provided online
  • Scientific calculator allowed on all course tasks
  • Some graphing paper needed
  • Need access to a program to create one video
  • Math Makes Sense 8 textbook available to borrow

Brief Outline




You will learn how to deal with percentages less than 1 and greater than 100

Squares, Cubes and Pythagoras

You will learn how to calculate the square or cube root of a number and how to use the Pythagorean theorem to solve problems

Rates and Proportions

You will extend your knowledge of ratios to solve problems involving numerical proportional reasoning


You will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide different types of fractions

Linear Equations

You will learn how to solve multi-step linear equations

Geometry & Nets

You will learn how to visualize different views of 3D objects

Surface Area & Volume

You will learn how to use areas of 2D figures to calculate surface area and volume of 3D objects


You will learn about different ways to look at a set of data and solve theoretical probability for different situations

Financial Literacy

You will apply what you know about rates and percentages to find the best deal

Assessment Percentage Breakdown

Assessment Type

Percentage of the Course







Midterm + Final Exam

20% + 30%

Your final assessment will be represented on this Proficiency Scale.


You have up to a year to complete your course.

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