8th Grade & Algebra  Connected Mathematics® 4
Connected Mathematics® 4 (Phillips et al., 2025) is a coherent, problembased curriculum that promotes an inquirybased teachinglearning classroom environment. Important mathematical ideas are identified, and the essential understandings of these ideas are embedded in a carefully sequenced set of contextual problems. This means that students and teachers start with a problem and together they work to solve it. An important part of the problemsolving process is a discussion on
 the strategies students used to solve the problem,
 the embedded or encoded mathematical understandings in the problem situation, and
 how these understandings build on prior knowledge.
The curriculum helps students grow in their ability to reason effectively with information represented in verbal, numeric, graphic, and symbolic forms and to move flexibly among these representations to produce fluency in both conceptual and procedural knowledge.
Grade 8 Mathematical Focus: Students focus on formalizing patterns of change, relationships, and transformations.
Details at a Glance
 138 periods
 32 Investigations
 Includes digital resources
 Developed in partnership with Michigan State University
 Includes assessment
 Problembased
 Includes support for multilingual learners
 Embedded differentiation
 Fosters student collaboration
 Student selfassessment and reflection
 Integrated Algebra I/High School Course I standards
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Scope & Sequence
Content in 8th Grade & Algebra  Connected Mathematics® 4 is organized into 8 units, as follows:
Unit 1  Thinking with Mathematical Models
Linear Functions and Bivariate Data
In this unit, students explore linear and nonlinear relationships or functions and how they are used to model reallife phenomena and solve problems. At the end of this investigation, students ask themselves: What are the characteristics of linear functions? How might we use what we know about linear functions to model a situation? What other kinds of models have we explored?
20 Days  4 Investigations
Unit 2  Looking for Pythagoras
The Pythagorean Theorum and Real Numbers
In this unit, students explore the Pythagorean Theorem and how it can be used to solve problems and motivate the need for numbers that are not rational. At the end of this investigation, students ask themselves: What do we know about the Pythagorean Theorem? What do we know
about real numbers?
21 Days  4 Investigations
Unit 3  Growing, Growing, Growing
Linear Versus Exponential Patterns of Change
In this unit, students explore an important type of nonlinear function, exponential functions. At the end of this investigation, students ask themselves: What do we know about exponential functions and exponential expressions? How do exponential functions compare to linear functions?
19 Days  4 Investigations
Unit 4  Mars, Gravity, and Painted Cubes
Linear Versus Quadratic Patterns of Change
In this unit, students explore quadratic functions and equivalent expressions and how they can be used to solve problems and make predictions. At the end of this investigation, students ask themselves: What do we know about quadratic functions and equivalent expressions?
18 Days  4 Investigations
Unit 5  Flip, Spin, Slide, and Stretch
Exploring Transformations
In this unit, students use transformations to move one figure on to its image. At the end of this investigation, students ask themselves: What do we know about transformations? How do they affect the shape of the figure?
21 Days  4 Investigations
Unit 6  Say It with Symbols
Reasoning with Equivalent Expressions and Equations
In this unit, students explore equivalent expressions to represent a quantity in a relationship. At the end of this investigation, students ask themselves: What do we know about equivalent expressions or equivalent equations? How is this information useful in solving problems?
19 Days  4 Investigations
Unit 7  It's in the System
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
In this unit, students look at solutions to linear equations and inequalities and systems of linear equations and inequalities. At the end of this investigation, students ask themselves: What do we know about finding solutions to equations and inequalities and pairs of linear equations and inequalities?
9 Days  4 Investigations
Unit 8  Function Junction
A Deeper Look at Algebra and Functions
The major focus of the unit is to deepen students’ understanding of functions. Investigation 1 deepens understanding of the domain and range of functions and the symbolic f(x) notation for expressing relationships among the variables in special families of functions.
11 Days  4 Investigations
Program Components
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What are the options for teacher access?
In Print
A print set of eight Teacher Editions and A Guide to Connected Mathematics 4 (Teacher Resources). Fullcolor pages are set in an organized and tabbed, threering binder making it easy to navigate and personalize with highlighting, annotations, rearrangements, and insertions.
Online Teacher Portal Access
Online Teacher Portal access for one teacher for 6 years and includes: all gradelevel Teacher Editions, the Guide (Teacher Resources), and all gradelevel Student Editions. Teachers can create groups; assign ACE, reflection questions and assessments; enable accommodations; and communicate with students. Numerous tools include Desmos graphing calculator, MathType, highlighter, and line reader.
What are the options for student access?
In Print
A print set of eight Student Editions. Fullcolor pages include easy navigation throughout the content and include holepunched softcover binding for easy integration into a math binder. Nonconsummable.
Online Student Portal Access
Access to Online Student Portal for 6 years and includes the digital Student Edition. Numerous embedded tools include: ReadSpeaker, Desmos graphing calculator, MathType, line reader, highlighter, and notepad. Complete problems and assessments online.
Additional Curriculum Materials
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