Grade Eight

What Your Child Will Learn in Oak Meadow's Eighth Grade Course

 

Reading 

Reading literary classics; studying literary devices 

 

Spelling & Vocabulary 

Completing spelling lessons drawn from other subject areas 

 

Composition 

Writing in various styles-descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and explanatory; building research skills; taking notes; outlining; proofreading; editing; writing letters 

 

Geography 

Reviewing geographic themes in the historical context of the United States; chronological evaluation of the spatial growth of the United States between 1500 and the present includes land acquisitions, wars, economic expansion, immigration, and settlement patterns; historical demographic patterns, climatic issues, and landform constraints as the United States developed into a leader of the 21st century. 

 

Grammar 

Reviewing and using parts of speech; diagramming noun, adverb, and adjective clauses; studying gerunds, infinitives, and participles; grammar and usage; building paragraphs and varied sentences 

 

Mathematics 

Featuring Calvert Math. Pre-algebra; reviewing problem-solving skills, geometry; scientific notation; 2-step algebraic equations, inequalities; constructions; vertical/adjacent angles; tangent; sine; cosine; absolute value; rational/irrational numbers; inequalities; compound and open number sentences; geometry; surface area; volume; coordinate graphing functions; fractions, exponents, ratios and proportions; polygons and transformations; data and statistics; algebraic relationships, linear functions 

 

Science 

Exploring Earth’s surface; topographic maps; weathering and soil formations; erosion and deposition; astronomy; Moon; Sun; phases, eclipses, and tides; solar system; comets; asteroids; meteors; star systems; galaxies; the universe; cells and heredity; structure of plant and animal cells, genetics; environmental science; conducting scientific investigations; thinking critically; completing chapter projects 

 

Technology 

Application lessons, activities, and online interactive learning tool integrated with curriculum: continuing application of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software; basics of HTML; desktop publishing. Internet activities integrated with Grammar and Science text. 

 

Poetry 

Understanding elements of poetry; narrative poetry; imagery; blank verse; reading, interpreting, and memorizing selections 

 

History 

Studying U.S. history from discovery to modern America; building the nation;U.S. role in world events; charts, maps, and illustrations   

 

Thai & Chinese, Music, PE, etc   

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