The 8th grade curriculum at St. Charles includes both academic and religious study, including: English/language arts, math, science, social studies, and religion.

Meet our 8th grade teachers.

8th Grade Academic Study

English/Language Arts

English/Language Arts

  • Analyzing, Summarizing, and Inferring
  • Recognizing Details
  • Literary Elements, including Figures of Speech, Alliteration, Hyperbole, etc.
  • Theme, Tone, Setting, Characterization, Genre
  • Point of View
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Structure/Types
  • Mechanics, including Parts of Speech, Capitalization, Punctuation
  • Quotations and Dialogue
  • Writing a Good Paragraph, Story, Paper
  • Vocabulary and Spelling, including Definitions, Antonyms and Synonyms, Roots
  • Speeches
  • Keeping a Journal
  • Novels: The Giver (Lois Lowry), The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
Math

Math

  • Classify rational and irrational numbers
  • Determine square roots
  • Positive and negative exponents
  • Weighted averages and mixture problems
  • Distinguish between relationships, linear and non-linear functions
  • Scientific notation
  • Represent functions with tables, verbal descriptions, symbols and graphs
  • Arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • Calculate the slope, x- and y- intercepts of a line
  • Write equation of a line in standard and slope-intercept form
  • Graph equations and inequalities
  • Represent situations using equations and inequalities involving linear expressions
  • Solve equations and inequalities symbolically and graphically
  • Solve systems of equations
  • Parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Add and subtract monomials and polynomials
  • Multiply and divide monomials and polynomials (FOIL)
  • Quadratic formula
  • Simplify radical expressions
  • Trigonometric ratios
  • Scatter plots and lines of best fit
  • Permutations and combinations
Social Studies

Social Studies

  • Examine the Roots of U.S. Culture and Society
  • Foundation of America, from Colonization to Nation
  • English Influence on Institutions, Social Ideas, Governmental Notions
  • Colonial Period
  • Revolutionary Period
  • Constitutional Period
  • Activities and Simulations Allow Students to Experience History, including:
    • Edmund Campion Trial
    • Spanish Armada Game
    • Game of Empire Trade Simulation
Science

Physical Science

  • Science skills

Chemistry topics:

  • Properties of Matter
  • Atomic Structure
  • Periodic Table Organization
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Acid-Base Chemistry

Physics topics:

  • Forces and Motion (including motion math)
  • Simple Machines
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Waves
  • Energy

STEM topics (integrated through four years of middle school):

  • Design, build, and program Lego Robots
  • Engineering Design Cycle
  • Uses of Robotics
  • Natural Disasters and Disaster Recovery Cycle
  • Rube-Goldberg Machines
  • Various Engineering-Based Projects

Science skills (integrated through four years of middle school):

  • Scientific Method
  • Lab Measurement, Tools, Safety, and Reports
  • Precision and Accuracy
  • Inference and Observation
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Nature of Science
  • Graphing
  • Density
Religion

Religious Study

  • Examine Christian Life through Study of the Sacraments
  • How Christ Meets Us and Gives Us Grace through the Church
  • Trinity as Model for Christian Moral Life
  • Virtues, Commandments, and Beatitudes
  • Fulfillment through Prayer, the Sacraments, and Our Relationships with God and Others
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Lectio Divina
  • Vocations
  • Serra Club Vocations Field Trip

Confirmation
8th grade students participate in the sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of their school year. As part of their religion class, students will learn more about what it means to be a confirmed Catholic and the responsibilities of living the Christian life. They will also participate in retreats and activities to prepare for reception of the sacrament.


St. Charles school is supported by St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Anthony Village, MN.  At St. Charles we provide a solid foundation of Faith & Knowledge for Life.  To schedule a tour, request more information, or enroll a student, please contact us by email stchbschool@gmail.com or phone (612) 781-2643Spanish option: Si prefiere una respuesta de alguien que habla espanol, por favor indiquelo en su mensaje.