8th Grade 2017-18 Course Descriptions

REQUIRED

ENGLISH

In eighth grade, students continue to refine the communication skills practiced in 7th grade. An emphasis on non-fiction reading and research skills helps them prepare for the 8th grade social studies CBA. They continue to work on improving spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills and write in a variety of genres including journals, expository, and persuasive. Eighth grade students read the novel Animal Farm. Independent, outside reading is required, along with other classroom readings to help develop literary analysis skills.

HONORS ENGLISH

The Honors English program has the same focus as the regular English program, but aims to challenge students at a higher level and encourages independent thinking. Students will read the class novels Our Town and Farewell to Manzanar along with outside, independent reading. Enrollment is based upon testing. Please see Honors form for placement information.

HIGHLY CAPABLE ENGLISH (8th)

The Highly Capable English program focuses on the same Common Core State Standards Frameworks and Grade Level Expectations as the regular and Honors English program but challenges students at a higher level and requires a higher level of independent thinking and student inquiry to generate curriculum focus. Requirement: identified by district standards as Highly Capable.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Eighth grade social studies curriculum focuses on U.S. history and civics beginning with the Revolutionary Period through the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Industrialization. Students will explore the ideas, issues, and events of these historical periods and develop a new, more abstract level of understanding of social studies concepts. Eighth grade students complete the State Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) demonstrating their knowledge, thinking, writing, and research skills around a civics related topic.

HONORS SOCIAL STUDIES

The Honors social studies program contains the same elements of study as the regular social studies program, but at a higher level, faster pace, and more in-depth level of study. Please see Honors form for placement information.

HIGHLY CAPABLE SOCIAL STUDIES (8th)

The Highly Capable program contains the same elements of study as the Honors Social Studies Common Core State Standards program but at a higher level, faster paced, more in-depth study of curriculum based on student inquiry and interests. Requirement: identified by district standards as Highly Capable.

All Students will be placed in math class according to testing and/or completion of previous math curriculum.

MATH 8

Concepts learned in the eighth grade include: formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling with equations, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; identifying and approximating irrational numbers; working with exponents in equations; grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; analyzing 2-and 3- dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity and congruence; and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem; and investigating patterns of association in bivariate data. Students will be required to communicate their mathematical knowledge through problem solving, reasoning, writing and class discussions.

ALGEBRA is available for students who have successfully completed the Math 7 Honors course or the Math 8 course. Algebra is a high school level course and if requested, the grade and credit will be posted on a student’s high school transcript. Topics include: generalizing the algorithms of arithmetic to learn how to develop equations that will model different situations which can be solved through mathematical manipulation; working extensively with linear, quadratic, and exponential equations and other functions, inequalities and systems of equations. Students will be required to communicate their mathematical knowledge through problem solving, reasoning, writing and class discussions.

GEOMETRY

is available for students who have successfully completed Algebra 1. Geometry is a high school level course and if requested, the grade and credit will be posted on a student’s high school transcript. Topics include: experiences that deepen the understanding of 2- and 3-dimensional objects and their properties through logic and modeling; deductive and inductive reasoning; working with probability; learning investigative strategies in order to enhance the development of problem solving skills; and includes work with probability.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

Physical Education and Health is a two-year program designed for 7th/8th grade students. This course promotes physical fitness and helps students gain skills necessary to maintain a healthy and active life. At BTMS, students participate in a variety of developmentally-appropriate physical activities. Students will gain the knowledge of rules and safety procedures while participating cooperatively in inpidual, dual/team, and lifetime activities. Students will receive Health Education as an integrated part of their P.E. program. This is a required course.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE 8

This lab-based science course provides opportunities for students to engage in inquiry-based units and lessons designed to prepare them to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that have been adopted by the state of Washington. The focus will be on applying studies of matter, energy, and forces and motion to Earth Systems and Astronomy.

HONORS SCIENCE 8

The Honors Science program contains the same scope and sequence as the regular Science program. The assignments, activities and projects in this class are set at a higher level of critical thinking, cover concepts in more depth, and are faster-paced than the regular Science classes at BTMS. Please see Honors form for placement information.

HIGHLY CAPABLE SCIENCE (8th)

The Highly Capable Science program contains inquiry-based units and lessons designed to prepare students to meet the (NGSS) adopted by the state of Washington as per Physical Science 8 and Honors Science 8. The assignments, activities and projects in this class require a higher level of critical thinking, cover concepts in great depth, and are faster-paced than the Honors Science classes at BTMS. Requirement: identified by district standards as Highly Capable.

LEARNING SUPPORT

SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTION

This is a class for students who are struggling to achieve school success. The class includes teacher tutoring and monitoring in qualifying subject areas, as well as strategies to improve organization and test taking skills. Enrollment is based upon a student’s IEP.

ELECTIVE COURSES

CRAFTS ***

Explore the colorful world of crafts and learn fun, new ways to express yourself. Open to 7th and 8th graders who enjoy hands-on learning. Sample the materials and practice the techniques that will help you create high quality work. Learn papercrafting, printmaking, fiber arts, and more! Whatever your skill level, you will enjoy seeing how your talent develops.

VISUAL ARTS ***

Experience new ways to express yourself in art. Open to seventh and eighth graders who are interested in hands-on learning and would like to create high quality, exhibition-worthy projects in drawing, painting, printmaking, and paper art. Whatever your skill level, you will enjoy how your talent develops.

SCI-MA-TECH ***

This nationally recognized program will provide you with the opportunity to apply math and science concepts as you design and build solutions to real engineering problems. In this class you will become certified to use the lab tooling, measure and create 3 view drawings as a resource while you build a solid fuel rocket and a tower that will hold over 100 pounds, weigh less than 25 grams and eject “bubba” the ping pong ball as it crashes to the ground. You will work with computer-controlled laser technology as you reverse engineer a hydraulic robotic arm. Other units include: electricity, family coin and solar hot dog cookers! If you enjoy learning through hands-on projects, you are going to love Sci-MaTech!

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

If you are interested in learning how to create digital art, edit photos, and create stick figure animations, then this is the class for you. Working in our computer lab, you will learn how to create and edit music and sound while creating quality movies. You will also learn how to design your own video game using Game Maker 8. This is a fun-filled hands-on class where you will learn many essential technology skills that will help you create awesome projects that can be used to impress your friends, family, and teachers in other classes!

STEM FOUNDATIONS 8 ***

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.

This year long class is designed for 8th grade students who are excited about Engineering and Technology and interested in earning a full high school credit (.5 elective & .5 CTE). Designed for 8th graders only, students will have the opportunity to reach and apply STEM concepts at a high school level as they design and build the slowest motorized Lego car, strongest balsa beam structure, fastest CO2 car, most powerful wind turbine and an accurate laser cut wooden gear clock. This course has a strong emphasis on Math 8 and Algebra 1 applications and high school and career planning. Only STEM Foundation students are eligible to compete in regional and state engineering competitions through the Washington Technology Student Association (WTSA).

FACS – FOOD AND CULINARY ARTS ***

The FACSE program promotes practical learning and life-long skills in areas of nutrition, basic cooking skills, meal planning, and preparation. Students will design a cookbook and prepare a meal for their families as their final projects. Working in teams, students will prepare a variety of foods. This class will bring out the chef in anyone.

SPANISH/FULL-YEAR

This class is for students interested in earning high school credit and getting an early start on college entrance requirements. Students passing the class with an ‘A’ or a ‘B’ will be ready for 2nd year Spanish in high school and therefore will have an easier time meeting the 3 to 4 years suggested language requirement for enrolling in major 4 year colleges. In this yearlong elective students will develop the ability to listen, speak, read, and write in Spanish. They will gain an understanding and appreciation of Spanish-speaking cultures. A 7th grade GPA of 3.00 or higher is recommended.

SPANISH /SEMESTER

This class is designed to help students make informed choices about foreign language study in high school. Lessons will include the basic methodology of foreign language acquisition as well as the vocabulary, history, culture, and cuisine of Spanish speaking countries.

DRAMA

Drama is an active class that focuses on acting skills and theater performance. Students will explore pantomime, effective use of the voice, performance technique, group scenes, skits, and improvisation. The student will have the opportunity to explore their stage presence and production skills performing a play as a finale to the semester.

CHOIR

This class is open to ALL students-no previous musical experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome! Students in choir sing music in different styles, learn proper vocal technique for each style, and develop their ability to read music. Choir provides the opportunity for students to make music with friends in a comfortable environment. This class has field trips to sing at festivals, performs for the school community and has evening performances during the year.

BEGINNING BAND

Beginning Band is a one-semester length class for students who are interested in learning how to play a band instrument. Playing an instrument is a highly rewarding activity that is good for your brain and is fun, too. It is recommended that you use an instrument you have access to (you can borrow one from a friend/sibling/neighbor or rent one from a local music store) but BTMS does have a limited selection of instruments we can provide for you. If you are interested, you can also join the Concert Band (and possibly the Symphonic Band) when finished with this course. Questions about this class can be direct to Ms. Zumbo at zumboa@edmonds.wednet.edu

PEER MENTORING

Students learn how to provide assistance as one-to-one mentors for students with disabilities. The course will provide students with sufficient knowledge and skill to enable them to serve as peer support for students with disabilities in the special education and general education classrooms. Specific focus on: inpidual student learning, disability awareness, knowledge of accommodations and modifications, intervention techniques, behavioral management strategies, and social skill development. Prerequisites: 8th grade and completed application.

MUSIC OPTIONS

SYMPHONIC BAND

This is an advanced class for 8th grade band students and for highly recommended 7th grade students. Students will have the opportunity to perform exciting music, get better at playing their instruments and at reading music. This class includes field trips to festivals, a retreat, performances for our school community and evening performances throughout the year. Students will develop skills that allow their continued growth as instrumental musicians. The better you get, the more fun it is! They will also have the opportunity to develop strong relationships and friendships through music. Students get to meet, perform with, and spend time with other band students from grades 6 – 12.

JAZZ BAND (Audition Required)

The Jazz Band is an opportunity for music students who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to learning music and seek additional challenges in the Jazz tradition. We play in the styles of jazz, swing, rock, funk, and Latin. Students learn basics of music theory with an emphasis on Jazz. This allows them better understanding of how to improvise their own solos. Instrumentation is limited to saxophones, trombones, trumpets, drum set, upright bass, piano, and guitar; however, interested students who play other instruments are encouraged to contact Ms. Zumbo about possible options for participation. All students who are in the Jazz Band must also be in Symphonic Band. The Jazz Band performs for many events throughout the year including: concerts, festivals, school events/assemblies, and community events. Auditions will take place in spring of 2015. Please contact Ms. Zumbo (zumboa@edmonds.wednet.edu) for audition information.

SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

This is an advanced class for 8th grade orchestra students and for highly recommended 7th grade students. Students will have the opportunity to perform exciting music, get better at playing their instruments and at reading music. This class will include field trips to festivals, performances for our school community and evening performances throughout the year. Students will be developing skills that will allow them to prepare and excel in future musical opportunities – including high school music groups of all kinds! They will also have the opportunity to develop strong relationships and friendships through music. Students get to meet, perform with, and spend time with other orchestra students from grades 6 – 12.

8th gr Course Descriptions 2015-2016 (2/02/2015)

Last Modified on September 16, 2016

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