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Grade 8


What your teen is learning

Grade 8 students

  • estimate square roots of numbers
  • solve problems involving percents greater than or equal to 0%
  • express percents as fractions and decimals
  • solve linear equationslinear equation: an equation that results in a straight line when it is graphed
  • use tables, graphs, equations and words to describe number patterns
  • represent 3-D objects as nets and in different views
  • determine the surface area of rectangular prisms, triangular prisms and cylinders
  • develop and apply formulas for the volume of rectangular prisms, triangular prisms and cylinders
  • understand congruency of polygons
  • interpret graphs critically

For more about Grade 8 Mathematics, refer to the program of studies.

Knowledge and Employability Mathematics

Grade 8 Knowledge and Employability students

  • connect number concepts and operations to career and workplace situations
  • describe quantities and represent numbers in multiple ways
  • represent, compare and describe proper fractions, mixed numbers and equivalent fractions
  • perform operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions with like denominators
  • understand the relationship between percents and decimals
  • solve equations with one unknown and with whole numbers
  • make predictions, using pattern rules
  • estimate and calculate perimeter
  • take measurements and convert between metric (SI) and imperial units
  • understand the relationships among units of time
  • identify and draw lines of symmetry on quadrilaterals and triangles
  • describe motion of shapes in terms of slides, turns or flips
  • plot whole number points on a grid, using ordered pairs
  • create, examine and manipulate 3-D objects and 2-D shapes
  • collect, interpret and display data

For more about Grade 8 Knowledge and Employability Mathematics, refer to the program of studies.

How your teen is assessed

Your teen’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your teen’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your teen’s teacher about your teen’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your teen is doing throughout the course. The teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your teen. At the end of the course, your teen is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.

Resources to help your teen

A variety of digital and print resources, developed by publishers, Alberta Education or Alberta teachers, are available to help students learn. Teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your teen. Visit to learn more about the resources your teen may encounter.

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