Eighth Grade at SJCS
Give your child the gift of an exceptional eighth-grade education at San Jose Catholic School. Our dedicated faculty provides a specialized curriculum that challenges and inspires students to reach their potential, while fostering spiritual and moral growth.
Throughout the year, eighth-grade students will explore the main genres of literature, including short stories, essays, drama, mystery, poetry, and novels. There will be a range of language activities that students can engage in to interact with the literature. Each quarter, students will choose books to read from the Accelerated Reader Program, which provides feedback on their reading comprehension through computer-based quizzes. Additionally, there will be various reading and writing assignments that students will complete throughout the year.
Language Arts - English
Eighth grade students will review capitalization and punctuation skills, the eight parts of speech, and usage in the first semester. A comprehensive study of phrases, clauses, and verbals will be covered during the second semester. Eighth grade students will study speech-making skills and will be required to write and deliver an original speech. Students will examine various writing styles and techniques using the Six Traits of Writing.
Vocabulary proficiency is enhanced through the study of word parts (prefixes, suffixes, roots) using the workbook The Word Within the Word.
In eighth grade math, students will learn about a variety of topics including operations with equivalent numbers, rational and irrational numbers, square and cube roots, scientific notation, proportional relationships, slope and y-intercept, solving linear equations and functions (both linear and nonlinear), two-dimensional figures, the Pythagorean theorem, volume, scatter plots, and categorical data.
The Algebra curriculum includes topics such as dimensional analysis, equations and inequalities, rational and irrational numbers, functions, exponential growth and decay, sequences, quadratic functions, polynomials, box plots, 2-way frequency tables, and absolute value.
The eighth grade religion curriculum focuses on preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation and the study of the history of the Catholic Church from Jerusalem to Vatican II. Students are taught that they are called by God through the Church to live a moral life with God, themselves, and their neighbors. Eighth graders learn through service to their community that they are called to imitate Jesus by the way they live, love, and serve others.
Weekly Mass, prayers, rosaries, devotionals, and May Crowning, each promote the strong foundation of the student’s faith.
In eighth grade, students will delve into Physical Science. Throughout the course, they will cover a variety of topics, including but not limited to matter, energy, particles, chemistry, lasers, motion, forces, fluids, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and gravity. Students will participate in hands-on experiments, build models, and complete engineering design tasks to enhance their understanding of the topics covered.
The first semester will focus on chemistry and matter. Students will learn how to define and describe matter, as well as the different states of matter. Additionally, they will classify different arrangements of matter as elements, compounds, or mixtures. Students will study atoms and their structures, and learn how to classify and organize elements based on their properties and atomic structures. They will also explore the interactions of matter through bonding, formulas, and balancing equations.
During the second semester, students will study the relationship between force and motion. They will investigate Newton’s Laws of motion and important scientific discoveries and inventions throughout history. Additionally, each eighth-grade student will be responsible for completing an individual science fair project. All projects will be entered into a school competition, and selected projects may be entered into the Diocesan and Northeast Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair competitions.
Civil Air Patrol lessons are incorporated into the school’s curriculum covering topics on aerospace and math. The school receives support from the local AFA Falcon #399 Chapter. This organization provides the school with The Visions of Exploration Program which is sponsored through the U.S.A. Today Newspaper is used to challenge, engage, and provide additional critical thinking activities for all students.
Eighth grade U.S. History curriculum covers early American History from the formation of the colonies, through the founding of democracy, the impact of westward expansion, to the division that led to the Civil War, and the subsequent Reconstruction. The class will focus on population growth and migration, cultural diffusion throughout the country, the impact of government policies, and the constitutional provisions for establishing citizenship
Students will have an understanding of the events that created the United States, and the importance of being informed and involved members of society.