Grade 8

Grade 8  Homeroom and Middle School ELA Teacher Mrs. Beth Adams
Grade 8 Homeroom and Grades 7&8 ELA Teacher Mrs. Beth Adams

In 8th Grade, students at the “top” of the school are called to act as leaders of the entire student community. These students demonstrate their leadership through a variety of opportunities throughout the year:  8th Graders become Mass buddies to their youngest classmates, accompanying K1 & K2 to Mass each week. Students step up to leadership roles in Student Council; they rise to the occasion on the annual Fall hike up Mt. Monadnock; they star in the annual school Christmas Pageant, and in the Spring, the 8th grade takes their week-long capstone trip to Washington D.C. 

Grade 8 dressed for the Christmas Pageant
The class of 2018 ready for the annual Christmas Pageant

Goals

  • To develop into independent and responsible learners
  • To develop critical thinking skills
  • To develop the ability to express ideas/concepts verbally and in writing
  • To become self-confident by their best effort
  • To prepare students for entry into high school

Expectations

  • Be prepared to learn
  • Do the work
  • Actively participate in all class activities and discussions
  • Show respect
  • Give 100% effort
8th Grade with K1 and K2 Buddies
8th Grade with K1 and K2 Buddies

Curriculum overview

Language arts

The Language Arts curriculum is Voyages in English from Loyola Press. Voyages in English fully prepares students to become literate masters of the written and spoken word. The components of this program are the result of decades of research and practice by experts in the fields of grammar, writing, and communication. The result is better writers, readers, listeners, and speakers; as well as happy teachers, principals, and parents. Learn more here

  • Spelling & Vocabulary Development
  • Grammar, Usage, & Mechanics
  • Writing
    1. Personal Narrative
    2. Descriptive
    3. Expository
    4. Persuasive
  • Literature
    • Short stories
    • Poetry
    • Novels

Social Studies

Grades 5-8 use TCI’s History Alive! Curriculum. TCI’s online History Alive! programs transform middle school social studies class into a multi-faceted learning experience. TCI lessons start with a big idea — Essential Question — and incorporate graphic notetaking, groupwork, and step-by-step discovery. Students are the center of instruction that taps a variety of learning styles, allowing students of all abilities to learn and succeed. Learn more here.

Grade 8 Social Studies topics

  • Manifest Destiny
  • Slavery and the Preservation of the Union
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction and the South
  • The Final Frontier and the Last Indian Wars
  • Robber Barons and the Industrial Age
  • The Progressive Movement
  • Imperialism and the Spanish American War
  • Woodrow Wilson and WWI
  • The Great Depression

Science

Science classes in grades 6-8 use Pearson Interactive Science curriculum. Interactive Science is a comprehensive middle school science curriculum that supports project-based inquiry and hands-on learning. Lessons incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Science and Engineering Practices (SEP). Interdisciplinary STEM activities and projects are included in every chapter. Interactive Science provides new digital lessons and teaching tools for blended learning experiences that engage students and drive inquiry. Learn more here.

Eighth-grade science is a very exciting year that revolves around physical science.  Students will study and experiment with force, energy, waves, the Periodic Table of Elements, and chemical reactions. 8th Grade Science meets four days a week in 45-minute blocks, and one of those four blocks is a designated lab block.

Highlights of the year include the annual egg drop, creating 3D paper roller coasters, and making ice cream.

Annual 8th Grade Egg Drop

At the end of the year, students use their knowledge of the scientific method to conduct and present a science experiment.

In science class students are encouraged to think abstractly, problem solve with peers, analyze information, and inquire about the world around them.

Mathematics

At St. Peter School, we use the Saxon Math Program for all grades. This program uses an effective technique called “incremental development”. It introduces topics to students in spaced steps. The time between steps allows students to gain confidence at one level of a topic before moving on to the next. Throughout the year, in every lesson, previously learned information is continually reviewed and practiced. Topics are not dropped but grow in complexity, so learning is systematic and sequential. Grade 7 & 8 Math classes are taught by Mr. Robert Gray, 7th Grade HR Teacher. Students in grades 7&8 are grouped by ability to be in either the “on level” or “above level” section. Both sections are taught in the same classroom.