ACADEMICS

8th Grade

Welcome to Eighth Grade at Sacred Heart School.

Religion

Sixth grade religion studies the Old Testament and the story of God’s Chosen People. Students participate in “Living Stations of the Cross” on Good Friday.
Eighth grade religion studies the history of the Church from its origins with Jesus to modern times. Students receive Confirmation in the first half of the school year.
Scriptural reading of the Old and New Testament, the Basic Catechism, personal reflection and prayer are the means for faith development.

Math & Advanced Algebra

The students in math need to come to class prepared. They will need pencils, loose leaf, graph paper, compass, protractor, copybook and ruler. The grade will be based upon homework, which is given every night, quizzes, tests, copybooks and class participation.

Science

Eighth grade science focuses on Earth science. Topics include rocks and minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes, and astronomy. Critical thinking and problem solving are the methods used in class to gain a deeper understanding of the core material. Hands on experimentation and investigations are also an important part of the science program. Students are required to do a science fair project. The projects are displayed and judged during Catholic Schools Week in January. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) fair and the Lehigh Science and Engineering Fair.

Social Studies

The students in seventh grade social studies will take a tour of the world. They will learn about all of the wonderful cultures, customs and histories of other countries.

The students in eighth grade social studies will study about the beginning of the United States. We will begin learning about the first English settlements up to Reconstruction.

Grades for social studies will be based upon homework, quizzes, complete copybooks, tests and class participation.

Spelling/Vocabulary

The Sadlier-Oxford series focuses on words, their meanings and context and usages. There is a week long study of spelling followed by the same time slot for vocabulary.

Reading

Reading and literature classes emphasize active reading strategies to increase comprehension and vocabulary acquisition across all subjects, while literary analysis skills build higher level understanding of and appreciation for great writing and the many dimensions of human experience. Students will read,
write, and respond to a variety of print and non-print texts, including fiction, nonfiction, contemporary, and classic words. Writing portfolios will include expository, narrative, descriptive and persuasive writing samples and a variety of creative and poetic works.

Language Arts

Grammar is taught primarily within the context of writing, with an emphasis on the five domains of good writing: Focus, organization, conten , convention and style. Students apply knowledge of language structure, conventions, and techniques, to create, critique, and discuss a variety of written and oral communication.

Spanish

Students learn basic words and phrases, numbers, and verbs. History and culture of Spanish speaking countries is also covered.