The eighth-grade math curriculum was designed to be implemented over the course of a single school year. It includes eight units of study over 143 instructional days (including days for lessons, flex days, and unit assessments). We intentionally did not account for all 180 instructional days in order for teachers to fit in additional review or extension, teacher-created assessments, and school-based events.

Each unit includes a specific number of lessons, a day for assessment, and a recommended number of flex days (see the table below). These flex days can be used at the teacher’s discretion, however, for units that include both major and supporting/additional work, it is strongly recommended that the flex days be spent on content that aligns with the major work of the grade.

Each lesson was designed to be implemented within, approximately, a 60-minute class period. A suggested break down of a typical class period is shown below; however, this time allotment will vary depending on the lesson and lesson structure chosen by the teacher.

- 5–10 minutes: Warm up
- 25–30 minutes: Anchor Problems
- 15–20 minutes: Problem Set
- 5–10 minutes: Target Task

Lessons | Flex Days + Assessment | Total | |
---|---|---|---|

Topic A: Review of Exponents Topic B: Properties of Exponents Topic C: Scientific Notation |
15 | 4 | 19 |

Topic A: Simplifying Expressions and Verifying Solutions Topic B: Analyzing and Solving Equations in One Variable Topic C: Analyzing and Solving Inequalities in One Variable |
12 | 4 | 16 |

Topic A: Congruence and Rigid Transformations Topic B: Similarity and Dilations Topic C: Angle Relationships |
22 | 4 | 26 |

Topic A: Defining Functions Topic B: Representing and Interpreting Functions Topic C: Comparing Functions Topic D: Describing and Drawing Graphs of Functions |
12 | 4 | 16 |

Topic A: Comparing Proportional Relationships Topic B: Slope and Graphing Linear Equations Topic C: Writing Linear Equations |
15 | 4 | 19 |

Topic A: Analyze & Solve Systems of Equations Graphically Topic B: Analyze & Solve Systems of Equations Algebraically |
11 | 4 | 15 |

Topic A: Irrational Numbers and Square Roots Topic B: Understanding and Applying the Pythagorean Theorem Topic C: Volume and Cube Roots |
16 | 4 | 20 |

Topic A: Associations in Bivariate Numerical Data Topic B: Associations in Bivariate Categorical Data |
9 | 3 | 12 |

Total |