Grade 8 Overview

  • Extensive work with linear equations (equations whose graph is a line) ties together much of what Grade 8 students learn this year. They'll understand them in the context of functions and represent them using tables, graphs, and equations. They'll take data that suggest a linear relationship, find an appropriate line, and make predictions based on the graph or the equation. Geometry will center around lines as well — shifting, stretching or reflecting 2- and 3-dimensional objects using specific lines as a reference. Linear functions will be one basis for understanding more complicated functions such as quadratic and trigonometric functions, and links to the extensive Grade 6 and Grade 7 work with proportional relationships. They will also be analyzing angles formed when lines intersect, and finding the distance between two points on a line using the Pythagorean Theorem.