The following is a listing of Eighth Grade's curriculum. The list is broken up into nineweeks, content and skills.
1st Nine Weeks
Math (PreAlgebra) The Tools of Algebra  Numerical Expressions
 Variable Expressions
 Order of Operations
 Properties
 Equations
Integers  Absolute Value
 Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing Integers
 The Coordinate System
Equations  The Distributive Property
 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
 Solving OneStep Equations
 Solving TwoStep Equations
 Writing TwoStep Equations
 Word Problems
 Using Formulas
Math (Algebra) The Language of Algebra  Variables and Expressions
 Order of Operations
 Open Sentences
 Identity and Equality Properties
 The Distributive Property
 Commutative and Associative Properties
Real Numbers  Rational Numbers on the Number Line
 Adding and Subtracting Rational Numbers
 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers
 Square Roots and Real Numbers
Solving Linear Equations  OneStep Equations
 TwoStep Equations
 MultiStep Equations
 Equations with Variables on Both Sides
 Word Problems
 Ratios and Proportions
 Percent of Change
 Solving Equations and Formulas
Science
Introduction to Physical Science
 What is Physical Science?
 Scientific Inquiry
Introduction to Matter
 Describing Matter
 Measuring Matter
 Changes in Matter
 Energy and Matter
**Lab  determine density of objects ***Project  density parfait in kitchen Solids, Liquids and Gasses
 States of Matter
 Changes of State
 Gas Behavior
 Graphing Gas Behavior
Elements and the Periodic Table
 Introduction to Atoms
 Organizing the Elements
 Metals
 Nonmetals and metalloids
 Radioactive Elements
Atoms and Bonding
 Atoms, Bonding, and the Periodic Table
 Ionic Bonds
 Covalent Bonds
 Bonding in Metals
***Project  rock candy at home Chemical Reactions
 Observing Chemical Change
 Describing Chemical Reactions
 Controlling Chemical Reactions
Acids, Bases and Solutions
 Understanding Solutions
 Concentration and Solubility
 Describing Acids and Bases
 Acids and Bases in Solutions
 Digestion and pH
**Lab  solutions that conduct current  light bulb Carbon Chemistry
 Properties of Carbon
 Carbon Compounds
 Polymers and Composites
 Life with Carbon
Religion
Church History
Ever Ancient and Ever New Signs of Maturity
Why History?
People and Places
Saints and Sinners
Centuries of Amazing Growth Growth of Christianity
The Spread of Christianity
Persecution of Christians
Gnosticism/The Church Responds
Faith of an Empire A Turning point in Christianity
Understanding Catholicism
Ecumenical Councils establishes Church's teachings about Jesus
Trails and New Beginnings Invasions of the Roman Empire
Evangelization of Europe
The split of the Eastern and Western Church
Louisiana History
Louisiana's Culture: Families and Festivals  What is culture?
 Louisiana's Festivals
 Louisiana's Cultural Regions
 Louisiana's People
Louisiana's Geography: Rivers and Regions  Louisiana's Location
 Louisiana's Waterways
 Louisiana's Natural Regions
 Louisiana's Climate
 People and the Environment
Louisiana's Economy: Resources and Rewards Louisiana'a Economic History
 Louisiana's Resources
 Providing Louisiana's Goods and Services
Louisiana's Government: Rights and Responsibilities  Democratic Government
 Structured State Government
 Local Government
 Citizens and government
Literature
 Summer Reading: Tom Sawyer
 Unit 1  Suspense
 Unit 2  Speeches (Challenges and Choices)
English  Unit 2: Writing Process
 Unit 3: Descriptive Writing
 Unit 8: Sentences
 Unit 9: Nouns
 Unit 11: Pronouns
 Unit 14: Complex Sentences
 Unit 26: Listening and Speaking
*Project  Suspense moment paper *Project  Give a 5 minute speech issuing a challenge to make better choices or talk about someone who made a choice. Vocabulary  Unit 1, 2, 3
 Spelling and Vocabulary Test
2nd Nine Weeks Math Factors and Fractions  Monomials
 Exponents
 Prime Factorization
 Greatest Common Factor
 Simplifying Algebraic Fractions
 Multiplying and Dividing Monomials
Rational Numbers  Writing Fractions as Decimals
 Rational Numbers
 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers
 Adding and Subtracting Like Fractions
 Least Common Multiple
 Adding and Subtracting Unlike Fractions
 Solving Equations with Rational Numbers
Algebra I
Graphing Relations and Functions
 The Coordinate Plane
 Transformations on the Coordinate Plane
 Equations as Relations
 Graphing Linear Equations
 Functions
Analyzing Linear Equations  Slope
 Slope and Direct Varations
 SlopeIntercept Form
 Writing Equations in SlopeIntercept Form
 Writing Equations in PointSlope Form
 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Linear Inequalities  Solving by Adding and Subtracting
 Solving by Multiplication and Division
 Solving MultiStep Inequalities
 Solving Compound Inequalities
 Solving Open Sentences Involving Absolute Value
 Graphing Inequalities in Two Variables
Science
Motion
 Describing and Measuring Motion
 Speed and Velocity
 Acceleration
Forces
 The Nature of Force
 Friction and Gravity
 Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws
 Newton's 3rd Law
*Project  drop/throw egg Forces in Fluids  Pressure
 Floating and Sinking
 Pascal's Principle
 Bernoulli's Principle
Work and Machines  What is Work?
 How Machines do Work
 Simple Machines
Louisiana History
Louisiana 's Economy: Resources and Rewards  Basic Economic Concepts
 Louisiana Resources
 Providing Louisiana's Goods and Services
Louisiana's Government: Rights and Responsibilities  Structure of State Government
 Local Government
 Citizens and Government
Louisiana's French Colonial Era: Struggle and Survival  Prehistoric Cultures
 Louisiana as a Proprietorship
 A Royal Colony Again
Literature
 Unit 3  Biographies/True Stories
 Unit 4  Humor
English
 Unit 4  Narrative Writing
 Unit 10  Verbs
 Unit 15  Verbals
 Unit 16  SubjectVerb Agreement
 Unit 20  Comma Usage
 Unit 21  Sentence Combining
 Unit 27  Visuals
*Project  Write a narrative about someone's life (biographic writing) Vocabulary Units 4, 5, and 6
3rd Nine Weeks
Math
PreAlgebra Ratio, Proportion, and Percent  Solve Proportions
 Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
 Percent Equations
 Percent of Change
Equations and Inequalities  Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides
 Solving Equations with Grouping Symbols
 Solving Equations with Fractions
 Solving Inequalities
Algebra
Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities  Solve by Graphing
 Solve by Substitution
 Solve by Elimination
Polynomials  Multiplying and Dividing Monomials
 Adding and Subtracting Polynomials
 Multiplying Polynomials
Factoring  GCF
 Difference of Squares
 Grouping
 Trial and Error
 Combination Problems
 Solving by Factoring
Science  Introduce Forces
 Newtons 3 Laws
 Explore the Law of Gravity
 Bernoulli's Principle
 How rockets are able to fall around the earth
Religion
Begin Morality
 Getting it right  What is morality, moral life, and our friendship with God.
 The Key to Happiness  study of the Beatitudes and the Commandments.
 A Life of Discipleship Our Baptism and the community  the Church
 Sin and Forgiveness  Original and personal sin. The effects of sin and Jesus' forgiveness.
 The study of the 10 Commandments.
* Prayer Journals
Louisiana History
Louisiana's Spanish Colonial Era: Stability and Success
 Louisiana Becomes a Spanish Colony
 Spanish Control
 Louisiana in the American Revolution
 Spanish Louisiana After the American Revolution
Louisiana's Early American Era: Purchase and Pioneers
 Louisiana Becomes American
 Louisiana Becomes a State
 War of 1812
 Growth and Progress
Louisiana's Antebellum Era: Riches and Repression People of Antebellum Louisiana
Literature  SciFi/Futuristic Literature
 Short Stories
 NonFiction
English
 Unit 5  Expository writing
 Unit 6  Persuasive Writing
 Unit 13  Preposition, conjunctions, interjections
 Unit 28  Electronic resources
*Project  Expository/Persuasive research paper Vocabulary Units 7,8,9,and 10.
4th Nine Weeks
Math Algebra Functions and Graphing  Linear Equations in Two Variables
 Graphing Linear Equations using Intercepts
 Slope of a Line
 Graphing Linear Equations using SlopeIntercepts Form
 Writing Linear Equations
 Systems of Equations
 Graphing Linear Inequalities
 Transformations
Geometry  Area of Parallelogram, Triangles, and Trapezoids
 Area and Circumference of Circles
 Volume of Prisms, Cylinders, Pyramids, and Cones
 Surface Area of Prisms, Cylinders, Pyramids, and Cones
Algebra
Rational Expressions  Simplifying Rational Expressions
 Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
 Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Radicals  Simplifying Radicals
 Multiplying and Dividing Radicals
 Adding and Subtracting Radicals
 Distributing and Foiling with Radicals
 Quadratic Formula
Science  Understand what a machine is.
 How machines make work easier.
 Simple and compound machines
 Explore types of waves (sound, electromagnetic, light)
*Project  Music or simple machines Louisiana History Louisiana Civil War Era: Crisis and Conflict  Road to War
 War in Louisiana
Louisiana Transition Era: Population and Power  Segregation, Discrimination, and Conflict
 Progressive Movement
Louisiana's Huey Long Era: Poverty and Progress  Huey Long
 The Great Depression in Louisiana
Louisiana's World War II Era: Patriotism and Prosperity  Louisiana In World War II
Louisiana's Civil Rights Era: Challenge and Change Louisiana's Contemporary Era: Problems and Prosperity Literature
Drama  Romeo and Juliet Poetry Epics
English Units 23  Vocab/Spelling 5.11  Comparing two poems 24  Study Skills 25  Taking Test Project: Poetry comparison, original poetry.
Vocabulary Review and testing of Units 11,12,13, 14 and 15.
