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By Office Staff
September 17, 2008
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The following is a listing of Eighth Grade's curriculum. The list is broken up into nine-weeks, content and skills.

 

1st Nine Weeks

 

Math (Pre-Algebra)

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 One-Step Equations
  • Solving Two-Step Equations
  • Writing Two-Step 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

  • One-Step Equations
  • Two-Step Equations
  • Multi-Step 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
  • Non-metals 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
  • Slope-Intercept Form
  • Writing Equations in Slope-Intercept Form
  • Writing Equations in Point-Slope Form
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

Linear Inequalities

  • Solving by Adding and Subtracting
  • Solving by Multiplication and Division
  • Solving Multi-Step 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 - Subject-Verb 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

Pre-Algebra

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

  • Sci-Fi/Futuristic Literature
  • Short Stories
  • Non-Fiction 

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 Slope-Intercepts 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

  • Segregation

Louisiana's Contemporary Era: Problems and Prosperity

  • 21st Century Lifestyle

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.

 



 

 

 

 


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