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Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade


Mrs. Jennifer Sykes

Gr. 7 English & Theology
Gr. 8 Literature

Mrs. Jennifer Jowett

Gr. 7 Literature & Theology
Gr. 8 English

Mrs. Maria Wolfe

Gr. 7 & Gr. 8 Science
Gr. 8 Algebra

 

Mrs. Tara Guysky

Gr. 8 History & Theology
Gr. 7 Social Studies

Mrs. Melissa Felts

Gr. 8 Algebra
Gr. 7 Math

 

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Mrs. Guysky’s Website

Mrs. Felts Website


Theology


Morality and Confirmation are the two texts used in eighth grade theology. In the textbook Morality, students come to understand what we believe as Catholics and how to best live out these beliefs. The text Confirmation brings students to the preparation of the sacrament with a spirit of zeal, energy, and idealism. 8th graders are guided to meet the other expectations of the Diocese of Lansing for this Sacramental year as well.

Language Arts


English – Review of the principle parts of speech and sentence development occurs throughout the school year in preparation for the development of the expository composition with thesis statement. Students are given the opportunity to explore several genres of writing as well as pursue outside publishing opportunities. The year concludes with the writing and delivery of a personal experience speech. The eighth grade English text is Elements of Language.

Lit – Eighth grade also studies various aspects of literature through a variety of sources. Literature and Integrated Studies is the text that will be used. Novels and short stories will supplement the text as well as Vocabulary Workshop Level C.

Mathematics


This is a basic algebra course. Initially, variables and simple equations are reviewed. Good computational skills are vital. Number theory, although introduced previously, is an area of primary focus and is integrated throughout the course. Units explore rational numbers, formulas, complex equations, graphing, squares and square roots, polynomials, and the quadratic equation. The textbook used is Algebra 1.

Science


This science is an integrated study of earth, life, and physical science. Students use scientific materials to develop and deepen their understanding of scientific concepts and processes. Both grades will also explore current scientific events.

Topics

Body systems, conservation, the nature of waves-light & sound, electricity and magnetism. Students demonstrate pitch and loudness with their own handmade instruments. Heart dissection and studying reproductive health systems help students make real connections to the miracle of life. –Text-Holt Sclera’ & Technology Integrated Science Level Blue 2008

History


History The textbook American Journey is co-authored by the National Geographic Society and offers a unique blend of scholarship and compelling imagery. The program helps the students see the relevance of history as they discover the context and connections between historical events ranging from Earliest Native Americans through Civil War and Reconstruction. They will gain an appreciation of the links between citizenship, economics, world history, and geography.

The end of the year trip to Washington, D.c. will bring the history they learn in the classroom to life.

Additional


  • Specials
    • Art
    • Computers
    • Library
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Spanish
  • Field Trips
    • Washington D.C.