Highlight Math in Sports
Sports provide an engaging way of exploring a host of mathematical concepts. Any hard-core baseball fan knows that the game can’t truly be appreciated without an understanding of some essential statistics, like a player’s batting average and runs batted in. Football is also full of statistics, such as the percentage of passes a quarterback completed. If your child is passionate about a sport, encourage them to explore it through math.
Use Shopping to Practice Math
Make a habit of asking your 8th grader to help out with the shopping by calculating which items are better buys. For example, is it better to purchase 2 six-packs of 12 oz. cans or two 2-liter bottles that cost the same price? How much do you save per item when something is priced as buy two get one free? This will help develop their facility with these kinds of calculations as well as good long-term shopping habits.
Seek Out Help from Online Resources
If your 8th grader is struggling with math help them find resources online that may be useful. Sites such as Khan Academy or IXL offer extensive opportunities to review and practice math skills.
Highlight The Ways Math is Used in Different Careers
Encourage your tween to explore the specific ways in which math is used in different careers. Do doctors use math? Engineers? Bankers? What are they starting to think of as career goals. Help them explore, perhaps by researching online or talking to other adults, what role math plays in the fields they are starting to consider?
Seek Out Films Featuring Math
Help your child become aware of the many career paths and disciplines that incorporate math, such as engineering or economics or weather forecasting. One way to do this is by watching movies that highlight math and help them understand how math can be put to use in the real world, such as Apollo 13 or Jurassic Park.
8th Grade Math Skills
In 8th grade, students focus on connecting their understanding of math to solve a variety of problems.