Grade 8 Class

13 years old

Monday - Friday (5 days / week)

8:45 : Greeting
9:00-9:45 : English
9:50-10:35 : Science
10:35-10:55 : Recess
10:55-11:40 : Math
11:45-12:30 : Art
12:30-13:00 : Lunch Time
13:00-13:40 : PE
13:40-14:20 : Japanese / Music
14:20-15:00 : Reader
15:00-16:00 : Computer Programming (2 days a week)

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Gregg International School G8

Math

Important work in Grade 8 math is the thorough understanding of linear equations. Through solving a variety of problems involving linear equations and systems of linear equations, students improve their understanding of proportions and constant rate of change. Fitting this model to real data gives students insight into the relationships of different data sets. Choosing the most efficient way to solve linear equations is also important practice.
Experience with functions is critical. Many real life situations can be modeled by a function in which one variable is determined directly by another. Consequently, mastery of solving functions and understanding their meaning is central to preparation for future studies.
Further experience with geometric studies is also important for high school preparation. Students learn to apply the Pythagorean Theorem to polygons in solving many practical situations. Further understanding of congruence and similarity allows more developed comparisons of figures, and experiences with the rules of triangles provide students with flexible skills for solving problems.
Investigating mathematical theory and problem solving topics through real world application, students broaden their working knowledge of math and their understanding of formulas. Flexibility in solving problems and confidence in applying and manipulating formulas prepares students well for meeting future academic goals.

Reading

Enveloped in a wide variety of literature and genres, students apply reading strategies and enhance comprehension of texts. Grasping literary language, author’s craft, main idea, and structure of the work allows thorough comprehension and deeper involvement with the text. This depth of understanding prepares one for deeper analytical study and development of higher level thinking skills.
Theme, point of view, and character analysis are also fundamental aspects literature. An expanded vocabulary and understanding of tone and figurative language are developed through careful text study. Skillful reading promotes further academic success and provides an avenue for personal development.
Informational text comprehension and analysis are also essential life skills. Delineating key arguments, identifying and analyzing supporting evidence, and evaluating the structure of a paragraph all lead to higher-level comprehension and improved critical thinking. These skills are central in development of an independent thinker.
With an increasing variety of communication channels available today, evaluation of the mode of expression used is also a component of literary analysis. Thoughtful consumers of all types of expression (literature, film, drama, video, and internet text) consider content, tone, expression and choice of style.

Writing

Each year student writers expand their expertise by writing for different audiences and purposes. With an eye on the practical writing skills needed for successful communication as adults, students develop a more precise framework for different genres. Developing concise arguments to support a claim is essential in effective persuasive writing and is a significant skill in many professions and academic pursuits.
Students continue to expand their skills in narrative writing, developing characters, story lines and narrative techniques. Wide reading across the genres and critical thinking about writing support students’ growth and development in craft and structure. Students choose words carefully and enhance details in their stories.
Precise language and appropriate style are also essential in effective informative writing. With attention to the organization of details and presentation of relevant ideas, students learn to effectively explain their thinking through written work. These skills are fundamental to future academic success and essential in many professions. Cultivating confidence in student writers supports their future academic endeavors.

Science

Experience in the science lab encourages students’ understanding that science is constant and particular experiments can be replicated with predicable results. Students continue to be encouraged to investigate their own curiosities, creating logical hypotheses and frameworks for testing them.
Investigating topics in the various streams of science, including matter, energy, Earth’s history, processes and systems, living organisms, ecosystems, molecular biology, and genetics provides continuing experience with real data. Capitalizing on experiences from the inter-disciplinary study of science and hands-on investigations leads to an authentic understanding of science and maintains students’ natural curiosity to explore the things around them.

Social Studies

A foundation in government and history allows students to now compare one structure of government with another. Students learn that governments have been formed and affected by historical events. Comparing and contrasting different structures of government in Asia and the west promotes thinking about government on a philosophical level.
Social Studies continues to be presented in a cross-disciplinary format, with awareness on the interdependence of geography, culture, history, government, and environment. Study of current events in the home country’s government and around the world connects learners and provides natural opportunities for relevant discussions n the international school setting.

Art/Drama/Music

Students continue to develop their unique talents by applying the established techniques of art, drama, and music to their own practices. By building expertise from the study of tone, dynamics, and notation, personal musical creations and interpretations are enriched. A growing art vocabulary allows more effective communication of personal critiques and enriches the experience of the viewer. Improved evaluation techniques for drama, art, and music are applied and support students’ creative work.
Understanding the historical importance and global connectedness of the Arts enriches students’ experiences with them and develops cultural awareness. Personal interpretation and appraisal of visual, dramatic, and musical works expands the critical thinking skills and provides important subjects about which to communicate. Natural curiosity combined with a familiarity with specific techniques fires a firm appreciation in all areas of art and enhances the critical thinking skills necessary in other academic areas.

Computer Lab

With a strong foundation in research methods and skills for gathering information from the internet, students move to evaluating and critiquing the quality of their sources. Reliability, credibility, point of view, and author’s purpose must now be considered for effective and meaningful research writing. With an understanding of the research process and responsible use of technology, students work independently and collaboratively to complete projects. Technological tools such as spreadsheets and multi-media presentations are routinely used to complete assignments and communicate information in response to assigned activities.

Physical Education

Physical health and wellness becomes an adolescent’s own choice and part of personal responsibility. Specialized motor skills and increased complexity of movement are learned and practiced through individual endeavors and team sports. Through physical challenges one also practices cooperation with others and works to accomplish group goals. Recognizing the social and emotional benefits of sport, students are encouraged to remain physically active.

Skill Building/ASDAN

Personal growth and development in socio-emotional areas is central to moving easily through adolescence. The individually selected goals and objectives of the program allow for a carefully tailored selection of assignments. Through this independent work, students practice self-assessment and reflection, as well as personal identification of appropriate goals for enhancing individual growth. With a focus on kindness, politeness, communication and personal development, the program supports growth of the whole child through these challenging years.