Pacing Guide for 8th Grade Math

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.

Lessons Flex Days + Assessment Total

Unit 1: Exponents and Scientific Notation

Topic A: Review of Exponents

Topic B: Properties of Exponents

Topic C: Scientific Notation

15 4 19

Unit 2: Solving One-Variable Equations

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

Unit 3: Transformations and Angle Relationships

Topic A: Congruence and Rigid Transformations

Topic B: Similarity and Dilations

Topic C: Angle Relationships

22 4 26

Unit 4: Functions

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

Unit 5: Linear Relationships

Topic A: Comparing Proportional Relationships

Topic B: Slope and Graphing Linear Equations

Topic C: Writing Linear Equations

15 4 19

Unit 6: Systems of Linear Equations

Topic A: Analyze & Solve Systems of Equations Graphically

Topic B: Analyze & Solve Systems of Equations Algebraically

11 4 15

Unit 7: Pythagorean Theorem and Volume

Topic A: Irrational Numbers and Square Roots

Topic B: Understanding and Applying the Pythagorean Theorem

Topic C: Volume and Cube Roots

16 4 20

Unit 8: Bivariate Data

Topic A: Associations in Bivariate Numerical Data

Topic B: Associations in Bivariate Categorical Data

9 3 12