Eighth Grade Curriculum


Religion

A student will be able to:

  • identify his/her place in the Church as a moral person
  • learn what unites us to Christians and other churches
  • learn the distinctive traits of Catholicism
  • increase his/her appreciation for Catholic beliefs and practices
  • respond to and share the Good News of Jesus
  • become involved in the Church’s mission through service
  • learn that celebration of the sacraments, reading Scripture, and participation in liturgies are means to deepening our spiritual lives
  • participate in the Diocesan/Parish Catechesis Program

ILA

A student will be able to:

  • construct meaning as he/she engages with the text
  • use critical and creative thinking processes
  • synthesize information, draft conclusions, and make interpretations
  • write about a variety of topics in more than one form (expository, informational, descriptive, persuasive, poetic)
  • use conventional and electronic sources to research, gather, and organize data
  • paraphrase notes
  • discover the meaning of words through research, the study of content clues and usage
  • use figurative language and analogies to expand meaning
  • develop strategies to ensure conformity to standard English conventions of writing

 

Social Studies

The students will integrate skills in relationship to history, geography, citizenship, economics, and humanities by:

  • identifying major turning points in American history from the Civil War to the 21st century
  • exploring what it means to be a citizen of the United States with concentration on the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
  • celebrating the diversity of our nation and the contributions which different groups made to the development of our country
  • examining American participation in global affairs throughout our nation’s history
  • continuing to develop skills in map, graph, and chart interpretation
  • developing an understanding of the interrelatedness of economics and political systems
  • learning how to participate actively in the role of leaders as stewards of our world

 

Math

A student will be able to:

  • choose and apply strategies for solving problems
  • use all operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers
  • understand the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents
  • explain how changes in data affect statistics in a given situation
  • identify, describe, compare, classify, and construct geometric figures
  • use and apply formulas to find missing elements
  • solve equations
  • relate math topics to practical real-life issues

 

 

Science
The students in Science classes will explore the Standards set for Science and develop an appreciation for life as sacred and God-given. Curriculum over a two year period
 Student will be able to:
    Physical Science

  • Explain Atoms – Structure
  • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • Chemical and Physical Changes
  • Motion and Forces
  • Energy and its Interaction with Matter

    Life Science
     Identify and explain:

  • The Cell
  • Reproduction and Heredity/Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Interdependence of Organisms
  • Matter and Energy
  • New Organization of Life Systems
  • Behavior of Organisms

    Earth Science
    Understand:

  • Composition of Earth and the Dynamics that Shape it
  • Origin and Evolution of the Universe
  • Space Exploration
  • Introduction to the History, Nature of Science, and Social Perspectives
  • To do experiments in all areas of the curriculum

Assessment
Students will experience:

  • continual assessment of achievement in understanding concepts, not just periodic tests of factual information
  • assessments that match core content topics that are articulated in the Curriculum Guidelines
  • Multiple type s of assessment which include cooperative assignments, class participation, research projects, portfolios, open-ended questions, and problem-solving opportunities

Our Eighth Grade Program also features:

  • a Senior Citizen Luncheon for Christmas
  • Participation in the Confirmation program
  • Participation in Leadership Team, Yearbook, Safety Patrol and Announcement Team
  • Opportunities for social interaction throughout the year – eg: dances, prayer partners, organized sports
  • Class trip in June
  • Graduation Exercises

Art
A student will be able to:

  • build critical thinking skills through discovery, exploration, creative problem solving and collaboration
  • apply elements and principles of art to communicate a personal idea and experience
  • continue to develop an appreciation for art history and the great Masters

Computer
A student will be able to:

  • continue to access the school network with a user name and password
  • perfect typing skills
  • research on the internet
  • work more on developing skills for Microsoft Excel, Power Point, and Word
  • use a variety of computer programs to enhance classroom curriculum

Library
 A student will be able to:

  • visit on an alternating week schedule to check out a library book for enjoyment   reading and a book to supplement classroom assignments.
  • use the Dewey Decimal System

Music
A student will be able to:

  • perform on instruments, alone and with others
  • improvise melodies and variations
  • read and notate music
  • listen and analyze all types of music
  • have fun and move to music
  • sing and praise God with Church songs

Health

A student will be able to:

  • explain safety equipment and rules for common sports
  • perform common First-Aid procedures
  • identify emergencies and how to get help

Physical Education
A student will be able to:

  • evaluate and increase individual physical fitness
  • know the rules and be able to play with competence in a variety of individual and team sports
  • explore teamwork and cooperation through physical activity

Spanish
A student will be able to:

  • identify grammar including verbs (ar, er, ir), irregular verbs, present tense verbs, demonstrative adjectives
  • identify vocabulary including numbers one to one million, community, animals, clothes, subjects in school
  • learn about and understand different Spanish speaking cultures
  • learn Spanish through conversation, reading and writing

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