This is the 2014 version of this unit. For the 2015 version, go here.

Whether you're teaching or studying a unit for the first time, one of the first questions that always pops up is "What are we going to learn?". It is usually followed very closely by "Why should I learn that?" In this post, I hope to answer both those questions within the context of the Ontario grade 8 curriculum. As a teacher, this chapter will be most useful to other teachers, since the lesson plans are written from that perspective. However, the lessons could be just as useful as review for students who have already covered the material with a teacher, tutor or some other mentor.

Year at a Glance. In the context of the overall year, this is chapter 1, "Number Relationships". Links will become active as chapters come online. All links should be up by the end of 2014. Here is the post I wrote on my year-long lesson plans. And here's the list of chapters:

• Chapter 1: Number Relationships
• Chapter 2: Proportional Relationships
• Chapter 3: Collecting, Organizing and Displaying Data
• Chapter 4: Patterns and Relationships
• Chapter 5: Measurement of Circles
• Chapter 6: Integer Operations
• Chapter 7: Transformations
• Chapter 8: Equations and Relationships
• Chapter 9: Fraction Operations
• Chapter 10: Angles and Triangles
• Chapter 11: Geometry and Measurement Relationships
• Chapter 12: Probability

Vocabulary. For the final test, students should be comfortable with the following vocabulary:

Support Questions. At the end of the chapter, students should be able to answer the following questions from Nelson Mathematics 8. If you are using a different textbook, the questions will of course be different.

• Nelson Mathematics 8, p. 43, Practice Questions # 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 10
• Workbook, p. 13, # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

• NS8-1 Factors and Multiples
• NS8-2 LCMs and GCFs
• NS8-3 Prime Numbers
• NS8-4 Prime Factorization
• NS8-5 Prime Factorizations and GCFs
• NS8-6 Prime Factorizations and LCMs
• NS8-7 Order of Operations
• NS8-58 Perfect Squares
• NS8-59 Factors of Perfect Squares
• NS8-60 Square Roots of Perfects Squares
• NS8-61 Prime Factorizations of Perfect Squares
• NS8-62 Square Roots of Non-Perfect Squares
• NS8-63 Estimating Square Roots
• NS8-104 Introduction to Powers
• NS8-105 Investigating Powers
• NS8-106 Powers and Expanded Form

Test Questions. Lessons 1.1 - 1.8.

• Match vocabulary with definitions
• True-or-false, based on the vocabulary
• Variants on the Support Questions listed above
• Selected questions from Jump Math (these can be accessed by creating a free teacher account here)
• Part 1, Unit 1, Quiz 1 - 7
• Part 1, Unit 3, Test 58 - 63
• Part 2, Unit 5, Test 104 - 110