Getting Ready for Grade 8

Welcome to 8th grade!

Your new math teachers are very excited to meet you this September!

To help you stay strong with your grade 7 math skills, we’ve put together a list of optional summer practice work. Anything from 5 minutes per day to 30 minutes per week is helpful in keeping you current with the math you learned in school this year.

This skills practice is a mix of worksheets that you can print at home or online skills practice using iXL using your current iXL account username and password.  Work completed in your current iXL account will be visible to your teacher this fall.

Before you get started, here are some helpful hints to keep you organized for your optional summer work:

  1. It’s always a great idea to keep your work in one location. So get a binder or a spiral bound notebook where you can write your work. Looking back on your problem solving later might be helpful to you. Even if you use iXL, sometimes you write things down to solve problems. If you have a lot of trouble in any specific area, your teacher can look at your work later to see where you might have made mistakes.  
  2. Do your work in pencil so that you can erase if necessary.
  3. Try doing the work without a calculator if you can. Practicing your math facts while you are problem solving will help you to build your skills.
  4. Don’t get frustrated. If you are stuck, just move on to the next problem. Maybe if you take a break, you’ll have a brainstorm :) And if you don’t, it’s ok. Your teacher will be happy to help you in the fall. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them later!
  5. Have fun! This work is not intended to be stressful for you. It’s just summer exercise for your math-brain.

The important things we want you to focus on are:

Expression: simplifying, combining like terms

Expanding expressions: the distributive property

Factoring Expressions

Solving Equations

Graphing Practice

You can access the practice materials by clicking the links (or copying them to your browser). You will NOT need to submit work to your teacher, but you should definitely put it into your binder (or do it in your spiral bound notebook).  Each playlist focuses on a different set of practice skills. You may skip around, mix and match, combine printed work with iXL skills or Khan Academy. Have fun with the work!

 If you have any questions please contact Ms. Richard at krichard@aps1.net

Thank you!

Getting ready for Grade 8 Playlist

Focus Area

Here are the links you need:

iXL links to online skills practice

Reference material / Notes

Combining Like Terms

Combining Like terms notes, worksheets, and activities

 

Answer Key

R.13

Add and Subtract Like Terms

Here are some helpful links:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/like-terms.html

 

The Distributive Property

The Distributive Property Skills Practice

 

Answer Key

Y.10

Multiply using the Distributive Property

If you need a reminder, Recall the Distributive Property

 

And here’s more info for the Distributive Property with Negative numbers

Evaluating Variable Expressions

Evaluating Expressions with solutions

 

Answer Key

V.3

Evaluating variable expressions

 

Expanding Expressions

extra practice in expanding expressions

 

 

Answer Key

 

R.10

Expanding expressions

 

V.12

More expanding with the Distributive Property and Negative numbers

 

Factoring Expressions

Factoring Expressions

 

Answer Key

R.15

Factors of linear expression

If you need a reminder, Recall Factoring

Solving Equations

Solving Equations

 

Answer Key

Z.9

Solving two-step equations

 

Z.10

Solving equations involving like terms

 

Graphing on the Coordinate Plane

Graphing

 

Answer Key

X.2

Graphing points on the coordinate plane

 

N.1

Coordinate plane review

 Pages from the Math in Focus book to as Coordinate Plane reminder

 

Re-teaching reminder if you want more practice with graphing

 

Answer Key to Re-teaching

Equations Challenge

 

 

 

Multi-step equations with variables on both sides

 

Answer key

W.8

Solve multistep equations

Don’t worry if you can’t get #3 or #14.

We will learn about these types of equations in 8th grade.