8th Grade Learning

8th Grade Literacy 


Amber Stevenson - Literacy    970-665-7671  astevenson@garfieldre2.net
Megan Liggett - Literacy     970-665-7909  mliggett@garfieldre2.net

Course Description: This course is designed to help 8th grade students develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will read novels, drama, poetry, short stories, articles, and essays. Students will engage in various activities, including individual and group work, research, grammar practice, oral presentations, and use of technology. There will be an emphasis on informative, argumentative, and narrative writing. This course prepares students for academic writing habits at the high school level. 

Units and finals:

Unit 1: Narrative writing : Final: Suspense story

Unit 2: Compare and Contrast; Final: Compare and Contrast essay

Unit 3: Research and formal writing; Final: Informative essay

Unit 4: Persuasive Writing; Final: Persuasive Presentation (Ted Talk)

8th Grade Math

Jake Hansen - Math    970-665-7923    jhansen@garfieldre2.net
Alice Brazeau - Math    970-665-7926   abrazeau@garfieldre2.net

Course Description: Math 8 is taught from the CPM Core Connections 3 resources, and the lessons are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards for 8th Grade Mathematics. We focus on reasoning about expressions and equations, using functions to describe quantitative relationships, analyzing 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional space and figures, and writing numbers using exponents and scientific notation. Connections between graphs, tables, situations, and rules (equations) are discovered, and algebra tiles are used to facilitate solving complex equations. This course lays the foundation for all future math classes.

8th Grade Social Studies

Stephan Hilbert - Social Studies  970-665-6758   shilbert@garfieldre2.net
David Foster- Social Studies    970-665-7909  dfoster@garfieldre2.net


U.S. History I & Government/Civic

Course Description: This course is a survey of American History beginning with the colonial time period and ending with the Civil War (roughly 1750-1865). This course is designed to help students not only understand the past events, patterns, and decisions, but to also see how they have led to the structure of our present day society and government. Our main topics are the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, Slavery & Disunion, and the Civil War. During the 2nd quarter, we pause in the American History timeline, and focus solely on American Government and Civics. Through the enlightenment of this course, students will comprehend the geographical, political, social, and economic concepts that affect current events.

 

8th Grade Science: 

Lucas Hill - Science    970-665-7904    lhill@garfieldre2.net

Gregory Locker - Science    970-665-7928  glocker@garfieldre2.net

Course Description: In 8th grade science students will be exposed to a variety of scientific disciplines. We begin the year with a short unit on the “Nature of Science,” which focuses on the critical thinking and inquiry approach that scientists use to develop knowledge of the natural world. The Nature of Science Unit provides students with a conceptual framework and set of first hand experiences that will guide their understanding for the entire year. Next we progress to our second unit “Our Place in Space” that explores a variety of topics in astronomy and relating earth science. These topics include models of the solar system and theories of its formation, moon phases, tides, and seasons. Next, we transition to a Unit on “Genetics” where students explore patterns and theories of inheritance as well as the cellular structures that underlay heredity. Our fourth unit “Matter and Motion,” includes two separate strands. The first strand is a brief introduction to chemical and physical changes and the principle of conservation of mass. The second strand develops an understanding of kinematics (describing motion mathematically) and dynamics (explaining motion using concepts such as forces). Our fifth and final Unit, “Energy Transformations,” gives students the opportunity to apply the Principle of Conservation of Energy to understand the motion of objects such as rockets and the energy transformations that power our modern world. 

During the course students learn through a variety of means. Students conduct experiments, make subtle observations of the natural world and read challenging scientific texts. Students work collaboratively with peers, just as real scientists work collaboratively with other scientists. Throughout the year, students will engage in hands on experiences relating to model building and engineering. Students use a variety of technological tools that support their learning of the 8th grade science content and prepare them for high school and beyond.