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Middle School Mathematics

The Washington County Public Schools mathematics curriculum follows the Maryland Common Core State Curriculum. The Common Core concentrates on a clear set of math skills and concepts. Students will learn concepts in a more organized way both during the school year and across grade levels. The standards encourage students to solve real-world problems and define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of mathematics.

The development of the standards began with research-based learning progressions detailing what is known today about how students’ mathematical knowledge, skill and understanding develop over time. The knowledge and skills students need to be prepared for mathematics in college, career and life are woven throughout the mathematics standards. Teachers connect the mathematical practices to the mathematical content in daily instruction.

Grade 6

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.

The Number System

  • Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
  • Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
  • Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.

Geometry

  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

Statistics and Probability

  • Develop understanding of statistical variability.
  • Summarize and describe distributions.

Grade 7

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

The Number System

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

  • Use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.
  • Solve real-life mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

Geometry

  • Draw, construct, and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.
  • Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

Statistics and Probability

  • Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population.
  • Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.
  • Investigate chance processes and develop, use and evaluate probability models.

Grade 8

The Number System

  • Know that there are numbers that are not rational, and approximate them by rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

  • Work with radicals and integer exponents.
  • Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines and linear equations.
  • Analyze and solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations.

Functions

  • Define, evaluate and compare functions.
  • Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

Geometry

  • Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies or geometry software.
  • Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones and spheres.

Statistics and Probability

  • Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data.