Eighth Grade

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an understanding of aesthetics and art criticism
  • Review and uses elements of art and the principles of design to produce works of art and demonstrates an understanding of composition
  • Experiences techniques in a variety of art media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture
  • Solve visual problems
  • Communicate artistic intent
  • View art of different times and cultures
  • Create a portfolio to record their critiques of art works and to develop, revise, and evaluate their works
  • Be involved in creative endeavors which support the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts

Automation and Robotics


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build, and program a solution to solve an existing problem

     

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Produce clear and coherent writing through the process of drafting, revising, and editing
  • Produce writing pieces for multiple purposes and audiences
  • Produce clear and coherent writing using the writing process in which the development, organization, and style are relevant to task, purpose, and audience
  • Identify and analyze credible sources
  • Read literature and/or informational text to determine the author's purpose and analyze the central idea or theme over the course of the text
  • Determine what the text says explicitly and make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text
  • Analyze how figurative language and literary devices contribute to the meaning of a text
  • Actively participate in collaborative discussions and/or presentations

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Mental Health Illnesses: Identifies sign and symptoms of the following, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders
  • Identify warning signs of depression and prevention of suicide
  • Describe treatment options for mental illnesses and community resources for help and support
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: understands the consequences of drugs and develops refusal skills in order to make healthy decisions, demonstrates comprehension of vocabulary, identifies the stages and types of addiction, describes consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on the body systems, identifies the categories of drugs and the effect on the Central Nervous System, analyzes the influences of peer pressure and media, identifies community resources for help with substance abuse
  • Human Growth and Development: Develop strategies to effectively communicate about sexuality, demonstrates understanding of the dimensions of sexuality including gender differences, stereotypes, and sexual orientation, identifies developmental changes during adolescence, identifies anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive systems, develops personal boundaries for healthy dating relationships, understands and identifies reasons that abstinence is a healthy choice for teens, demonstrate comprehension of teen pregnancy prevention, understands the influence of society(family, peers and media) on sexuality and consequences of sexual activity, develops awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted infections ( including HIV/AIDS)

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Understand basic structure of the human body system( muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory
  • Develop a fitness plan and incorporates goal setting into a lifetime fitness program
  • Follow safety procedures and rules during physical education
  • Understand and appreciate various abilities by showing respect for self and others as a spectator and/or participant

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Write and solve equations and inequalities
  • Understand slope and its applications to linear equations
  • Represent linear relationships in multiple formats (e.g. verbal descriptions, tables, graphs, equations, written forms, etc.)
  • Understand systems of equations and apply them in various contexts

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Identify various musical styles
  • Experience, evaluate, and assess music through the process of listening
  • Recognize and demonstrate specific musical performances by sight, sound and definition
  • Experience musical theatre
  • Experience performance through band, orchestra, or chorus

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Use maps and imagery to interpret earth and space concepts.
  • When measuring, identify and apply scale and units
  • Apply a systematic and logical approach to problem solving.
  • Use models to interpret and evaluate earth and space phenomena
  • Organize, analyze, arrange, and interpret data into an appropriate visual representations
  • Apply mathematical concepts to scientific principles
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Use evidence to support how human activities impacted earth systems over time

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Define and identify effects of globalization
  • Demonstrate comprehensive map reading skills using physical, political, and thematic maps
  • Describe and explain how physical and environmental features affect human populations and cultural characteristics
  • Demonstrate effective research skills through writing or a social studies focused topic for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Identify characteristics of different government systems and analyze relationships between individuals, government, and society
  • Analyze the causes and effects of conflicts

Library Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systematic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

21st Century Tech. and Careers


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Creates an electronic portfolio using the following tools: Google, digital multimedia, computer ethics, career planning
  • Achieve higher standard speed and accuracy levels in touch typing
  • Plan career interests and opportunities: MCIS website activities and portfolio
  • Learn internet safety tips and the ethical use of computers, social networking

World Language


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about people, customs, and countries of the language
  • Demonstrate comprehension of written and oral material using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements and commands
  • Communicate orally and in writing using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements, and commands
  • Use acquired vocabulary and grammar to write a multi-sentence composition