8th Grade Course Descriptions

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Core Classes

ADVISORY 8: 1 year required class–pass/fail

Advisory is a twenty-minute, daily meeting time for students and their assigned advisor. This time serves as a home base and provides an opportunity to develop personal, social, and study skills through a sequenced, instructional program.

ADVANCED MATH 8: 1 year optional math class–graded

Advanced Math is a course of fundamental algebraic concepts dealing with open sentences, axioms, equations, problem solving, negative numbers, special products factoring graphs, and sentences in two variables.

INTERDISCIPLINARY UNIT: 1 year required class–graded

This class period integrates and combines subject matter ordinarily taught separately into a single organizational structure. This course is project-oriented and performance based. It may include Young Author’s projects.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE: 1 year required class–graded

This laboratory course seeks to give students a beginning knowledge of physical chemistry, force and motion, electricity and magnetism, and light in a hands-on environment that will give them insight into the means by which scientific knowledge is acquired.

LANGUAGE!: 1 year–graded

Provides practice to mastery of the most basic aspects of the code of written English. Utilizes a structured language approach that directly teaches all aspects of language arts. Course will enable students to gain automatic word recognition.

LANGUAGE ARTS 8: 1 year required class–graded

Students will interpret spoken, visual and written information adapting their communication skills for a variety of forms, purposes and audiences. Current technology will be used to gather, manage and communicate ideas. The conventions of standard spoken and written language will be emphasized.

PRE-ALGEBRA 8: 1 year required class–graded

Students will understand, represent, and use numbers in a variety of forms including: Integers, fractions, exponential, decimal, percent, and scientific notation. Students will describe, extend, analyze, and create patterns along with understanding of Algebra terms such as variables, expression, and equation. Students will further their knowledge in identifying, describing, comparing and classifying geometric figures and extend their understanding of measurement in standard and metric form.

SOCIAL STUDIES 8: 1 year required class–graded

Students study American history, which includes early exploration through Civil War reconstruction. Throughout the year U.S. government and geography are addressed. A unit on Idaho will emphasizing history, geography, and government.


CAREERS: 1 quarter required class–graded

Curriculum will explore educational and career options for students. They will complete: several interest assessments; a personal portfolio of career information that follows them through high school and uses the Idaho Career Information System computer program as a basis; an in-depth exploration of several careers of interest to them; a 4-year plan for high school studies; they will complete a job application, learn how to write a resume and will job shadow.

HEALTH 8: 1 quarter required class–graded

Health and First Aid — Students learn about their growth and development and analyze and compare body systems. They will identify good health practices as they relate to these systems. Curriculum will include disease prevention and the role nutrition plays in health. They will explore safety issues and demonstrate some basic Red Cross First Aid procedures.

RESEARCH & WRITING 8: 1 semester required class–graded

Students learn how to research a topic from several different sources and write research papers following the MLA format. The computer, Internet, and traditional research resources are used to assist in the research process. Students learn how to type a research paper with a works cited page. They also work on paragraph and essay writing as well as punctuation and proper sentence structure.


BAND 8/9: 1 year class–graded

Eighth grade concert band is a non-audition large ensemble open to all 8th grade students who played an instrument in elementary school and in 7th grade or with the consent of the band teacher. Band members will take part in community events and various festivals.

CHORUS:  1 year class–graded

Open to all 7th, 8th and 9th grade students.  Primary focus will be classical music.  Performance at three (3) concerts plus district large-group festivals is required.  Class offering will be contingent on student numbers.

COMPUTER TECH 8: 1 semester class–graded

This class will explore the following areas of technology: Communication, Transportation, Construction, Production, and Multi-Media. Students will learn the basics computer technology as well as complete projects in each area. Students may take this class only once during 7th or 8th grade.

INTRO TO ART 8: 1 semester class–graded

A beginning visual arts course designed to provide an overview of the visual arts while studying a broad variety of art tools and materials. There will be an emphasis on studio production.

JAZZ BAND 7/8/9: 1 year class–graded (Audition required)

Zero Hour (before school) Meets from 7:15 to 8:10 am.

Students will learn a number of jazz styles through playing and listening. In addition to reading music, students are taught and participate in improvisation.

KEYBOARDING  8: 1 semester class–graded

Students will learn a skill that they can use as soon as tomorrow and continue to use throughout your life. Students will learn proper computer keyboarding techniques and other computer skills. Students will then use their keyboarding skills to use different application tools and improve speed while word processing.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 8: 1 semester class–graded

Emphasis put on individual, dual and team sports.

YOUNG LIVING 8: 1 semester class–graded

This isn’t your Mamma’s Home Ec. Class!!  This course fits the needs of today’s young student wanting to learn about and practice healthy relationships, and get hands on experience with independent living skills.  Topics’ include child care and safety, CPR training, communication and relationships, design, job skills, environmental concerns, cooking skills and nutrition.  Welcome to Family and Consumer Science!

LIFE SKILLS: 1 semester or 1 year class–graded

This is an individualized study group. Students that will focus on skills that they will need to function in today’s society. Subjects range from money, time, social skills, safety and community.

STUDY SKILLS: 1 semester or 1 year class–graded

Students will learn study strategies, homework skills and have tutoring available. Emphasis will be on individual needs in areas of course work that are offered in our curriculum.


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