Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Meet the teachers

Stephen Reif
8th Grade Homeroom
Kathy Bartholomew
8th Grade Homeroom
Alexander Woelkers
8th Grade Homeroom

What will my child learn?

  • Bible
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Computer
  • History
  • Science
  • Intro to Spanish
  • Fine Arts

Bible

  • Total Credits: 1
  • In addition to attending Bible classes three times a week, students are required to attend a chapel service every Monday and Friday. Parents are welcome to attend these services, which begin at 11:25 am.
  • Portraits of the Old Testament
  • Course Description: Old Testament
  • Heroes
  • Each lesson studies that life of an Old Testament character along with a memory verse for each lesson.

English

  • Total Credits: 1
  • Course Description: Spelling, vocabulary, and poetry - study several lists of words, two hundred forty vocabulary words, and various poems.
  • Grammar: Study all parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure; all grammar lessons are reinforced through various writing assignments.
  • Literature: Study of various stories by well-known authors.
  • Novels: Read Night, A Christmas Carol, and The Hound of the Baskervilles.
  • Composition: Various writing projects including creative writing, analysis of literature, writing prompts, research papers, an oral presentation of a persuasive paper, and poetry.
  • Spelling, Vocabulary, and Poetry: Study twenty-eight lists of words, two hundred forty vocabulary words, and various poems.
  • Field Trips: The Harrisburg State Capitol and Capitol Museum, the play A Christmas Carol at the Civic Theater in Allentown, and an end-of-the-year class trip.

Math

  • Algebra I
  • Credits: 1
  • Integers
  • Real Numbers
  • Variables
  • Solving Equations
  • Solving Inequalities
  • Relations, Functions and Graphs
  • Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • Polynomials
  • Factoring Polynomials
  • Radicals
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Rational Expressions

Computer

  • Microsoft Word
    • Create, edit, and format documents
    • Insert pictures, tables, and charts
    • Create resumes and research papers
  • Microsoft Excel
    • Create, edit, and format spreadsheets
    • Insert pictures, tables, and charts
    • Create formulas
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Create, edit, and format presentations
    • Insert pictures, videos, tables, and charts
  • Microsoft Access
    • Create, edit, and format databases

History I

  • Study of United States history from colonization up until 1850
  • Some Topics Covered:
    • Settling the Wilderness: Discovery of the New World, settling the colonies, colonies and the British Empire.
    • Establishing a Nation: Revolutionary war, Confederation and establishment of the new government.
    • Spanning the Continent: Growth of the Nation, Jacksonian Era, Westward Expansion.

Physical Science

  • Credits: 1
  • Inquiry and Steps to Solve a Physics Problem
  • How to Make a Graph
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Energy and Work
  • The Solar System, Anatomy of the Sun, Stars
  • Electric Currents, Magnets, Wave Interactions
  • How the Human Eye sees Light and Color
  • How Light is Affected by Matter
  • The Phases of Matter and Heat Transfer
  • Buoyancy, Mechanical Properties
  • The Atom
  • Physical vs. Chemical Properties of Matter
  • Compounds and Mixtures
  • Acids vs. Bases, Chemical Reactions
  • Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
  • Types of Chemical Reactions

Intro to Spanish

  • Words that are similar in English and Spanish; How to say “the” in Spanish
  • How to make things plural
  • Indefinite articles
  • How to express actions; How to ask questions and say no in Spanish
  • How to count in Spanish
  • Telling time in Spanish
  • ER , -AR, and –IR verbs
  • Adjectives – how to describe things in Spanish
  • Professions and trades; the verb ser
  • Expressions with estar; uses of ser and estar
  • Days and months
  • The verb tener; expressions with tener
  • Weather expressions; Seasons; the verb hacer
  • Possessive adjectives
  • What to say when you like something; the verb gustar

Fine Art

  • Band
  • Middle school choir
  • Hand bells
  • Private instrumental lessons available
  • Click here to learn more about our music program
  • Click here to learn more about our art program