First graders build on what they learned in Kindergarten to develop phonemic awareness,Can you imagine how the American Revolution would have been led if Samuel Adams had social media? How many people would have shown up for the Boston Tea Party? Grade 8 students consider the implications of communications technology and learn about the persuasive power of speech.
Students explore the essential elements, themes, and branches of the geography of the Eastern and Western hemispheres. They delve into the founding principles and practices of U.S. government and explore to pics in economics. Students learn by completing projects such as dafting public policy on an issue they care about and taking steps to effect positive change in their community.
Grade 8 students use prerequisite knowledge of physical Science to deepen their understanding of topics such as the properties of matter, chemical bonding and reactions, motion, forces, energy, and the properties of sound and light waves. Virtual labs and digital simulations create an engaging experience for middle-school learners.
Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop a deep understanding of algebraic equations through data analysis and statistical applications and through an exploration of functions including graphing linear equations. Students will also
learn about exponential and scientific notation, the Pythagorean Theorem, and how to apply geometric transformations. Learners are challenged to use equations to compare fitness center membership options.
English Language Arts
Students increase ownership of their reading growth by forming opinions through research and tackling social
issues. Students research rites of passage in cultures throughout the world and compose an article in which
they use journalism techniques to illuminate various rites. After reading Elle Wiesel's Nobel-Peace- Prize-winning
book, Night, students will research a current global issue and write a speech modeled after Wiesel's Nobel
acceptance speech, calling the audience to action.
Middle school students can choose from a selection of electives. See page 14 for a complete list of elective courses and descriptions.