AMOS & CELIA HEILICHER MINNEAPOLIS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

Middle School

Math Curriculum by Grade Level


Sixth Grade

In sixth grade, advanced students begin Transition Mathematics to enable them to begin algebra in seventh grade. At the end of sixth grade, students at all levels will be prepared to begin or continue their studies in higher-level mathematics. Students looking for extra challenge participate in Math Masters or even begin competition in the Junior High Math League.

Units of study include:

  • Numbers and Numeration
  • Operations and Computation
  • Measurement and Reference Frames
  • Graphing and Data Collection
  • Probability and Chance
  • Algebra, Patterns, and Functions
  • Geometry

Seventh Grade

The seventh-grade year marks a stronger differentiation in the curriculum with students taking separate courses in pre-algebra and algebra. The algebra curriculum is found in the Eighth Grade section below. Students continue to compete in the Junior High Math League. The seventh Grade Transition Math Curriculum consists of the following areas of study:

  • Using Variables
  • Representing Numbers
  • Sets of Numbers and Shapes
  • Geometry Ideas
  • Multiplication in Geometry
  • Multiplication in Algebra
  • Patterns Leading to Division
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Statistics and Variability
  • Projects

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade-Algebra
The curriculum features elementary algebra, using real-life applications and manipulative materials to make abstract ideas concrete. Emphasis is placed on understanding underlying concepts rather than memorizing procedures. Students who follow the regular public school curriculum refine skills and begin a study of algebra concepts. Students who complete algebra in seventh grade take geometry. Students compete in the Junior High Math League and exceptional students participate in the national mathematics competition, MathCounts.

Units of study include in the algebra curriculum are:

  • Variable/Properties/Formulas/Expressions
  • Linear Systems
  • Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Slopes and Lines
  • Powers and Roots
  • Quadratics
  • Quadratic Equations and Functions
  • Polynomials

Grade 8-Geometry
The course represents a high school-level course and students are expected to achieve high levels of competency and understanding. In addition, the text includes a review of algebraic principles and allows students to solve problems from a variety of mathematical disciplines to show the connections between geometry and other branches of mathematics.

Units of study include:

  • Geometric Art
  • Introduction to Geometry
  • Reasoning in Geometry including formal proofs
  • Tools of Geometry
  • Proving Triangle Properties
  • Polygon Properties
  • Circle Properties
  • Transformations & Tessellations
  • Area and Volume formulas and problems
  • Right triangles, the Pythagorean Theorem, and basic Trigonometry