Grade 8

Grade 8

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Middle School Pre-Algebra

Students who love playing interactive games will love this course. Students experience intrigue and fun when they log in to Pre-Algebra. This hands-on course is full of animations, applications, videos, games, and real-world scenarios. The satisfaction students gain from truly understanding higher-level concepts such as systems of equations and central tendencies encourage excitement and joy for learning they may have never experienced before.

The instruction in this course focuses on three critical areas: (1) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean theorem; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (3) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations.

 

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 2 Segments

Middle School Language Arts III

Maybe change would not be hard if we knew where it was all going. This course is not about telling fortunes, but it is about seeing how people and ideas have changed. It is also about discovering which ideas have lasting value for each student.

Books, poems, and songs are filled with stories about people discovering the world around them and the world inside them. Authors share their reflections about how people respond to changes and challenges. In this course, students encounter the many faces of change. They are also challenged to define and describe their own place in a changing world.

The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to understand and express who they are and where they want to go. By the end of the course, each student’s portfolio of writings will provide a descriptive self-portrait of a young adult growing up.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 2 Segments

Middle School Comprehensive Science III

Middle School Comprehensive Science 3 is the third in a series of three consecutive middle school science classes. It builds on concepts introduced in the first and second courses of the series, including the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Students learn about properties of matter, physical and chemical changes, atoms and the periodic table of elements, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, the universe, and the solar system. Hands-on and virtual laboratory investigations are included throughout the course to provide students opportunities for exploration through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, and experimental procedures. By the end of the course, students will be practicing, experimenting, thinking, and talking like a scientist!

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 2 Segments

Middle School World History I

Somebody discovered the wheel. Somebody discovered written communication. Somebody even figured out how to count to ten. From the ancient river civilizations to China and its ancient dynasties, different civilizations left their mark on history. They also left their mark on how we live today. In this course, students join travel agent Mr. Lightfoot to travel back in time digging out the past of these ancient civilizations. In ancient Egypt students visit the pyramids and find out the secrets of preserving mummies. They see how the Mayans developed astronomy to a precise science. They even investigate the difference between the Athenians and the Spartans. Students will journey through India discovering their contributions to medicine, moving on to Africa to follow the rise and fall of the ancient east African kingdoms of Kush and Axum. Throughout the centuries, and still today, our world is made up of dozens of different cultures. They all are different, and they all have made big contributions to what we know and who we are.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 2 Segments

Grade 8 Music

In Grade 6 music, students will explore the elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, form, expression & culture) through a variety of activities including singing, playing instruments, moving, creating, listening, and discussion. We will build a supportive community of musicians and have loads of fun! Students are assigned activities to be done at home and join weekly Music Meetings where they will sing, move, dance and play at a live music class.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Spanish I

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Spanish language and the richness of its diverse cultures. In the Spanish I course, you will learn basic grammar and vocabulary skills to help build your fluency and language proficiency. You will explore the culture of Spanish-speaking countries through engaging interactive games, videos, and audio recordings and apply what you learn through written practice, listening, and speaking exercises.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School French I

This course is a beginning level course that will introduce the student to a variety of areas of language learning. In this course students will learn listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and culture through innovative and interesting activities and with a variety of learning styles in mind. Culture focus is on French speaking countries and their traditions, people and locations and follow the National Standards.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School 2D Studio Art

Do you like to draw, paint, or take pictures? Whatever medium you prefer, this course will teach you the design elements and principles needed to create a work of art and explore your artistic inspirations. You’ll also travel back in time to look at art in different cultures and learn about the art of critiquing. Let’s turn your creative dreams into reality!

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Digital Art

What do you think of when you hear the words digital art? Did you think about the last photo you took? It was probably taken with a digital camera, or even your phone. How did you share the picture with your friends and family? Do you ever make changes to pictures you see or take, whether by hand or on the computer? Sometimes adding funny pictures, words, or drawings to your sibling’s or friend’s face is the best part! All of these are part of the growing field of digital art and design. Discover what it means to be a digital artist or designer — who knows, it could be your dream job!

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Photography

Photographs are all around us, and each helps to tell a story. Now it’s time for you to create your story through photos you learn how to take in this course. Learn the basics of using a camera, lighting, and how to choose great subjects to create magazine-worthy photos and amaze your friends and family with your skills.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Coding I

Do you find yourself wondering how your favorite apps, websites, and games were made? Maybe you want to try building your own. Well, now you can! In Middle School Coding 1a, you will get an introduction to the basics of computer science, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python. You’ll leave the course with a portfolio of work you can show off.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Game Design

We love to play video games, but have you ever wanted to build your own? If you are interested in a career in technology but also want a creative outlet, Game Design might be the field for you. Learn how to build a game from the ground up in this interactive and hands-on course that will teach you all the ins and outs of making your own game.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Exploring Business

Are you interested in business, leading people, or making decisions to help a business be successful? While there are many different career choices in the field of business, in this course, you’ll discover options such as management, human resources, business operations, information management, and accounting. Explore the skills you’ll need, common tasks, the technology used, and characteristics of various business careers.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Career Exploration I

How do you pick a career path when you’re not sure what’s even out there? This course allows you to begin exploring options in fields such as teaching, business, government, hospitality, health science, IT, and more! You’ll align your interests, wants, and needs to career possibilities, including the required education for each. Let’s find a pathway that works for you.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Exploring Health Science

Where do healthcare workers spend their days? What do they really do? From cruise ships to sports arenas, you can find healthcare workers in many places that you might not expect. Explore this field, including what it would be like to work in a medical lab. Learn what it takes to keep you and your patients safe, and begin to learn about the human body and basic first-aid.

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

Middle School Fitness

Are you physically fit? What does being fit mean to you? Physical fitness is a lot more than just a
number on a scale – and that’s exactly what you’ll learn in this course! This course will help you
understand the basics behind what it means to be physically fit; allow you to gain a deeper
understanding about how your body functions; learn the complex science behind exercise;
explore what it means to be mindful and what inspires you; and determine how you can test your
current level of fitness. Being and staying physically fit is a lifelong endeavor and, just like
human beings, there are many complexities involved! Learning about and improving your
physical fitness is a smart choice to make at any age – and by signing up for this course, you will
be doing exactly that! Consider this course to be the first step on your exciting journey to
understanding and improving your physical fitness!

Enrollment Type: Traditional
Length: 1 Segment

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