8th Grade Course Offerings
ALGEBRA I.....1 credit......Full year (This is a class that carries high school credit and counts on a student’s high school grade point average.) - Block
Algebra I is a branch of mathematics that includes the use of variables to express general rules about numbers, number relationships, and operations. This is the first course in the traditional college preparatory sequence. This course will also be beneficial for anyone interested in a career in technical education.
CAREER EDUCATION......... Full Year (Every other day/1 period)
Students will explore various career options and learn how to prepare for the job hunt. They will learn about themselves concerning their interests, abilities, and aptitudes. They will research jobs and careers, write a personal resume, a letter of application, and complete job applications. Students will also complete a four-year high school plan. Several guest speakers from various careers are also included. Students will also explore personal financial planning through the High School Financial Planning Program. They will look at spending, saving, investing, and how to use credit wisely.
COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION………Semester - Block
Students will learn and apply technology skills. They will use technology tools to communication and collaborate, to access and evaluate information, and to create and present relevant products. Students will also learn and demonstrate ethical behaviors and responsible use of technology tools.
EARTH SCIENCE..........Full year - Block
Earth Science consists of one semester of geology, and one quarter each of astronomy and weather. The course discusses all forms of earth’s processes.
ENGLISH 8..........Full year - Block
This course covers grammar, the eight parts of speech and their usage, and composition including sentence and paragraph writing as the areas of main concern the first semester, along with drama and the short story. The second semester will include study of the novel, poetry, and the short story, and composition activities with these units. Vocabulary and spelling are an important part of both semesters’ work.
MATH 8..........Full year - Block
Math 8 introduces the student to working with integers, solving two operations equations, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing rational numbers. It teaches them to solve problems algebraically, multiplying and factoring monomial and polynomials, and graphing.
NORTH DAKOTA STUDIES………Semester - Block
North Dakota Studies reviews various aspects of the state of North Dakota beginning with early history and includes government, economics, people, and special topics.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 8......... Full Year (Every other day/1 period)
Physical fitness testing occurs each year. The following units are completed throughout the semester: soccer, flag football, jogging, physical fitness, badminton, volleyball, archery, square dancing, and basketball.
UNITED STATES HISTORY..........Full year - Block
This course covers the growth of the United States from the time of the Revolutionary War to the Reconstruction period. It includes a study of the United States Constitution and places special emphasis on the 19th Century.
APPLYING TECHNOLOGY.......... Semester – 1 Period per Day
This course will introduce the students to a wide variety of technologies. Subjects include robotics, flight, solar cooking hot dogs, digital design, video production and wood working just to name a few. Between working in the module lab and in the wood shop, students will get many opportunities to design and build projects. Students can look forward to working with their hands and having lots of fun in Tech Ed this year!!! Class fee $30.
ART 8..........Semester – 1 Period per Day
This elective class expands on the seventh grade standards-based art curriculum with additional opportunities in art theory and practice. The students broaden their art experiences through a variety of activities in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, print making, and art history. Class fee of $20.
AVID 8……... Full Year – 1 Period per Day
The AVID course (Advancement via Individual Determination) is only open to those students that were in the AVID 7 course.
BAND 8..........Full year – 1 Period per Day
Emphasis is placed on music fundamentals. The students perform at concerts, and may participate in the music festival as a soloist or in an ensemble. They have a unit on marching band in the spring. The Jazz Band is an extra-curricular activity and auditions are held in the fall for this group.
CHOIR 8..........Full year – 1 Period per Day
8th Grade Choir is a non-auditioned choral ensemble. Students may choose to take a semester or full year of choir. 8th grade choir students will learn more advanced concepts of proper singing techniques and music knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to develop new skills and build upon their vocal abilities individually and as an ensemble. Through vocal music literature, carefully selected by instructors, students will explore different styles, music history and music theory. Members will perform in required concerts (two per semester) with opportunities to further their abilities in optional events such as: State, Regional and National Honor Choirs and Middle School Music Festival.
SHOW CHOIR is an extracurricular activity made up of members of choir selected by audition. Popular, choreographed music is performed at concerts and other functions. Students must be a member of 6th, 7th or 8th grade choir in order to audition.
EXPLORING AGRICULTURE 8……Semester – 1 Period per Day
This project based course is an expansion of Exploring Ag 7. Didn’t take that one? No big deal. We will review the foundational material and expand upon our activities in animal production, agricultural mechanics, and natural resources. We will introduce the concepts of business management and finance through a semester-long class project. Our goal is to provide learning experiences involving agricultural activities such as experimenting, identifying, and constructing different labs. FFA and Leadership is an integral component of this class.
EXPLORING WEIGHT TRAINING 8.........Semester – 1 Period per Day
Students will begin to learn proper weight training techniques and safety rules. Programs will be provided to teach students how proper weight training can be a beneficial lifetime activity. Some aerobic activities will be included with the lifting programs. This class will also begin to explore basic human anatomy and muscle functions.
FACS 8 (Family and Consumer Science)..........Semester – 1 Period per Day
This course is designed to teach hands-on skills. Application of academic concepts, such as math skills, that are related to measuring in sewing and cooking. Following directions is emphasized in the sewing and cooking units. Food preparation and nutrition provide real life experiences from the present to the future. Class fee $20.
GERMAN EXPLORATORY 8.........Semester – 1 Period per Day
This course is designed for students with little or no exposure to the German language. The focus will be on basic phrases that will enable students to communicate in everyday situations. Cultural points will also be woven into the class.
ORCHESTRA 8..........Full year – 1 Period per Day
Playing skills and music theory activities are utilized to develop a well-rounded orchestral player. Required performances include school concerts and tour opportunities.
SPANISH EXPLORATORY 8.........Semester – 1 Period per Day
This course is designed for students with little or no exposure to the Spanish language. The focus will be on basic phrases that will enable students to communicate in everyday situations. Cultural points will also be woven into the class.
STEM 8.......... Semester – 1 Period per Day
This course will empower students to become innovators in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will follow the Engineering Design Process to create projects related to energy, robotics, computer science and more. Sample projects will use Lego Robotics, digital science sensors, and online coding platforms. Students will also explore STEM careers.
REQUIRED INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO MEET QUALIFICATIONS
APPLIED TOPICS IN DAILY LIVING…………Full Year – 1 Period per Day
A course designed to teach life skills impacting daily living and personal-social skills. Students will receive education in caring for personal needs; getting around the community; understanding self-awareness and socially responsible behavior; and developing appropriate interpersonal skills. This course may also include instruction in content areas (math, English, etc.).
APPLIED TOPICS IN ENGLISH…………Full Year – 1 Period per Day
A course designed to introduce concepts, expand English/Language Arts knowledge, allow application of skills, demonstrate proficiency in specific concepts, and maintain life skills impacting personal-social skills (maintaining good interpersonal skills and communicating with others). Students will receive instruction in listening and responding skills; communicating with understanding; knowing the subtleties of communication; and learning effective written/verbal language skills as they pertain to communication with others in a variety of personal, social, and occupational situations.
APPLIED TOPICS IN MATH……………Full Year – 1 Period per Day
A course designed to introduce concepts, expand Mathematics knowledge, allow application of skills, demonstrate proficiency in specific concepts, and maintain life skills in the math domain impacting vocational, domestic living, leisure and recreation curricular areas. Students will receive instruction in counting money, making change, estimating the value of objects, budgeting skills, and making purchases.
CORE MATH STRATEGIES 8………..Full Year – 1 Period per Day
Core Math Strategies provides small group instruction that reinforces classroom learning. Lessons are designed to pre-teach upcoming units, as well as reinforce previously learned material. Students that are performing consistently between the 10th and 20th%ile on assessment measures (i.e. Aimsweb, MAP) can be assigned to this course. In addition, teacher recommendations and standard scores are taken into consideration. Abilities will be assessed throughout the year using district assessments. This class is an encore class and is in addition to their core Math course.
LANGUAGE! 8……….Full Year - Block
Students’ enrolled in this class have been classified by the SAT committee as students that are in need of additional support in the area of ELA skills- reading, writing and listening; this course will help students in the further development of these skills. Student’s reading lexile scores are used for placement into the class. This class used as a replacement English class or in addition (intervention) to their core English Language Arts class.
READING/MATH STRATEGIES COMBO 8……….Semester – 1 Period per Day
This class is a full year class that is meant to support students with needs in both reading and math. Students may move into and out of this class as improvements are made in the intervention. Students about one year below grade level would be considered for this class. Class size will remain small to ensure direct, explicit instruction is adequate in both areas of need. Reading instruction will include direct instruction on reading comprehension strategies and fluency development. Math instruction will include pre-teaching and re-teaching of grade level concepts that are being worked on in the core Math class. Remediation of math skills will take place as needed to support student growth and access to general education curriculum. This class is an encore class and is in addition to their core English Language Arts and Math classes
READING STRATEGIES 8.........Full Year – 1 Period per Day
Reading Strategies is a full year reading intervention course designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is well below the proficient level. The course addresses individual needs through direct teacher instruction, high-interest reading material, and adaptive instructional software. Depending on their proficiency level, some students might be in the course for two years. Students that are considered for placement would be two or more years behind grade level and/or struggle in comprehension and general literacy achievement.
TRANSITION MATH 8………Full Year - Block
This course utilizes the TransMath program. This course has three levels beginning with Level I (4th and 5th grade standards) for 6th grade students, Level II (5th and 6th grade standards) for 7th grade students and Level III (6th, 7th and 8th grade standards) for 8th grade students. Students that are performing consistently between the 3rd and 10th%ile on assessment measures (i.e. Aimsweb, MAP) can be assigned to this course. In addition, teacher recommendations and standard scores are taken into consideration. The course is designed to meet individual needs and help the student become proficient in mathematical concepts, computation, and problem solving. This course is a replacement for their core Math class. The goal is for students to be Algebra ready by mastering each unit by high school, students that are not Algebra ready will take alternative placement math classes.
TRANSITION MATH STRATEGIES……….Full Year – 1 Period per Day
Transition Math Strategies provides small group instruction that reinforces learning from their Transition Math course. Lessons are designed to pre-teach upcoming units, as well as reinforce previously learned material. Only students enrolled in Transition Math can take this course. This class is an elective class.