## Math Resources

Websites for additional mental practice include:

**8th Grade
Algebra**

There are four sections of algebra this year. This is a
faster-paced math where students will relate and apply algebraic
concepts to geometry, statistics, data analysis, probability, and
discrete mathematics. The curriculum follows the textbook
*Discovering Algebra (2*^{nd} edition) and aligns
with the high school algebra curriculum*.* Students who
successfully complete 8^{th} grade algebra may study
geometry their freshman year.

To help your child, we encourage parents to utilize the
companion website at http://math.kendallhunt.com/x4540.html.
You'll find practice problems, enrichment resources, study guides,
and other tools to help your child succeed. There are even parent
guides for each chapter, helping you "refresh" your algebra skills
and assist your child with their homework.

Please understand that *Discovering Algebra* relies on
student investigations to understand algebraic
problem-solving. Rather than just learning the "steps",
students begin each lesson with an investigation that requires
independent thinking and student inquiry.

**8th Grade
Pre-Algebra**

There are two sections of "traditional" pre-algebra. This
course provides a standards-aligned curriculum that meets and
exceeds the Illinois 8^{th} grade math state goals.
This is a continuation of the 7^{th} grade math class and
will be taught in a similar way, but the content is more
challenging and complex than in 7^{th} grade. The
curriculum loosely follows the Glencoe *Pre-Algebra*
textbook (2001 edition), but teachers supplement with many
activities and lessons that extend beyond the textbook.
**Students who successfully complete pre-algebra may take
algebra their freshman year.**

To help your child, we encourage parents to utilize the
companion website at http://www.glencoe.com/sec/math/prealg/mathnet/pr01/.
There are parent/student study guides and enrichment activities for
families, along with practice tests and quizzes that be taken
on-line.

There are two sections of a "pilot" pre-algebra curriculum
called *Essentials for Algebra*. This is a curriculum
we are trying for the first time at Manteno Middle School. It
was piloted successfully at Manteno High School last year.

The authors explain that "*Essentials for Algebra* offers
a unique progression for introducing and expanding problem types.
When a new skill or operation is introduced, it is presented in a
highly structured, step-by-step manner. Work on new skills and
problem types develop in small increments from lesson to lesson.
Students are never overwhelmed and receive the practice needed to
become skilled at solving complex problems independently."
**Students who successfully complete pre-algebra may study
algebra their freshman year.**

You can view the learning objectives at the publisher's website
at
https://www.mheonline.com/assets/sra_download/EssentialsForAlgebra/MoreInfo/Essentials_Objectives.pdf.