Oak Meadow’s Eighth Grade curriculum introduces students to the concepts of civics through a study of the champions of freedom, federal, state, and local governments, and the economic system.
Students witness their local government in action, explore issues affecting their state, and also become aware of national issues. Our experiential approach to understanding social issues includes practical activities such as community service projects and interviewing local community leaders. Students are encouraged to learn how to make a difference on a local level by learning more about the people and businesses in their area.
In English, students read seven classic novels while studying vocabulary drawn from the reading and concentrating on grammar and composition skills. Weekly assignments in writing, grammar, and usage provide ample practice for the student preparing to enter high school.
The Science curriculum focuses on the principles of physical science, including mass and matter, force, energy, sound, light, color, electricity, magnetism, and mechanics. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student for more advanced science by including assignments that require the student to conduct experiments, perform mathematical calculations, and report on their findings.
The Math 8 curriculum explores the advanced uses of fractions, decimals, and percents and then introduces beginning concepts of algebra in preparation for high school. Lessons include squares and exponents, the order of operations, coefficients, geometry, formulas, scientific notation, and graphing. Students enrolled in the eighth grade may elect to take Pre-Algebra or Algebra with teacher approval.
Projects, Crafts, & Activities
- Evaluate a Supreme Court ruling
- Participate in a community service project
- Interview a member of the fire department
- Write a science fiction story
- Create your own radio or television advertisement
- Research hybrid vehicles
Eighth Grade Curriculum Materials
- Civics 8
- English 8 includes Writing for 100 Days
- Physical Science 8
- Math 8
- Teacher Manual 8
- The Giver
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Hobbit
- Lord of the Flies
- The Call of the Wild
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- The Elements of Style