8th Grade

8th Grade Algebra – Fourth Quarter

Students will:

  • Identify and use inverse variations.
  • Graph inverse variations.
  • Identify excluded values.
  • Identify and use asymptotes to graph rational functions.
  • Identify values excluded from the domain of a rational expression.
  • Simplify rational expressions.
  • Multiply and divide rational expressions.
  • Divide a polynomial by a monomial.
  • Divide a polynomial by a binomial.
  • Add and subtract rational expressions with like denominators.
  • Add and subtract rational expressions with unlike denominators.
  • Simplify mixed expressions.
  • Simplify complex fractions.
  • Solve rational equations.
  • Use rational equations to solve problems.
  • Classify and analyze samples and studies.
  • Identify sample statistics and population parameters.
  • Analyze data sets using statistics.
  • Describe the shape of a distribution.
  • Use the shape of distributions to select appropriate statistics.
  • Determine the effect that transformations of data have on measures of central tendency and variation.
  • Compare data using measures of central tendency and variation.
  • Calculate experimental probabilities.
  • Design simulations and summarize data from simulations.
  • Use permutations and combinations.
  • Find probabilities of independent and dependent events.
  • Find probabilities of mutually exclusive events.
  • Find probabilities by using random variables.
  • Find the expected value of a probability distribution.

Students will be able to answer the following Essential Questions

  • How can simplifying mathematical expressions be useful?
  • How are statistics and probability used in the real world?


8th History

8th Grade will be traveling back to the "Wild West" and learning about how the United States expanded over the western frontier. During the unit on Western Expansion, we will discuss farmers and ranchers as well as Native American conflicts.

After Western Expansion, we will move into the more modern age of the Industrial Revolution and the major inventions that led us to where we are today. We will also discuss unions, labor laws and child labor laws during this time.

8th Grade ELA

Vocabulary--Units are completed independently over a 2-week span, with the last day of the second week being a test day. Parts of units are assigned in chunks, and students should be writing due dates for each section in their planners.

English--We are learning about simple, compound, and complex sentences and incorporating these into writing. We will be studying verbs and verb tenses.

Literature--Elements of plot, characterization, and conflict are areas we will be focusing on during the first quarter. We will be reading a few stories in our literature book before reading a novel.

8 Religion

The content we will look at the quarter focuses on the preparation for Confirmation. We will look at a variety of topics covered in the Catholic Christian Doctrine through powerpoint slides, assignments, and quizzes. We will also incorporate the program by Mathew KelleyDecision Point. We will engage in a lot of conversations about using their faith in their young lives and they will also reflect on a number of different questions from Mathew Kelley.

The students have a binder that has a calendar with due dates of assignments and other important events. They also have assignments available to them to begin working on when it is convenient for them. We will have class time for some of them.