Eighth Grade Curriculum
Christian Light Bearers
The goal of this class is for students to develop their knowledge of the Bible and to apply biblical knowledge to one’s life experiences. Students also study all that is contained in a worldview, such as philosophy and ethics, and study God’s effects on the Christian worldview.
Why is the sky blue? How does sound and light travel? How are ecosystems created? Have you ever thought about why things happen? Our God is an awesome God, He created the Earth and the universe to run perfectly. In Science 8, students will study the atmosphere, energy waves, chemical interactions and ecosystems. As scientists in training, students will engage in many investigations and experiments to help answer their questions. Eighth Exploration, a culmination project, will complement this course second semester.
This course is designed to aid students to become proficient in pre-algebra skills. Topics will include operations on rational numbers, solving multi-step algebraic equations, graphing on the coordinate plane, analyzing and interpreting statistics and graphs, and problem solving using geometric principles.
This course is 9th grade algebra open to advanced 8th graders. Algebra 1 content involves understanding, writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations—including systems of two linear equations and inequalities with two unknowns. Quadratic equations are solved by factoring, by completing the square, by using graphs, or by applying the quadratic formula. Students will become proficient with operations on monomial and polynomial expressions. Students are introduced to rational expressions and use their factoring skills to simplify and compute expressions.
World Studies II
In World Studies II, students will study key political, economic, military, religious, and geographical forces that shaped our world’s history. They will also learn about western civilization and culture, and learn about them from different perspectives, and understand the relationship between the various cultures of western civilization.
The eighth grade Language Arts program provides opportunities for students to interpret and to analyze literature including short stories, poetry, novels, and drama. This course encourages students to think independently, solve problems, master oral and written communication skills, and utilize correct grammar and punctuation on all written products. Students will utilize the writing process to produce multi-paragraph products and master skills required for description, narration, and persuasion. Demonstrating proficiency of concepts at a self-motivated and accelerated pace provides the framework for classroom activity. Mastery and cumulative learning within a variety of activities ranging from concrete/specific to random/abstract offers a challenge for students within this course.
Spanish at FRCS is a K-12 program. The emphasis in 8th grade Spanish is to improve speaking and listening skills learned in grades 1-7. The students ask and answer questions, give short presentations and develop listening skills that allow them to understand native speakers. Writing and reading are also included in the course.
Digital High School Preparation
Being a high school student in today’s digital era presents many challenges. Expanding upon Digital Exploration, students will perfect the digital skills of collaboration and publishing. Not only will emphasis be placed on High School readiness, but professional readiness. Standardized office publication formatting will be solidified. Cross-curricular emphasis and application will take place. Students will also have the opportunity to explore a digital field of their choosing from the topics in Digital Exploration: application development, hardware development, graphic design, cinematography, advertising, engineering, web design, computer help desk, and computer repair.
Eighth Grade Exploration is a semester-long project where each student selects a topic. Each year is focused on a different area of study: Space, Systems, or Earth Science. Students must have multiple sources including interviews and community resources. They must compile their work into a project by creating a model, story, or any project approved by the teacher. They then present their speech to an audience with a visual aid and to a panel of teachers to be graded.