8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum for Christian Families

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum - Scope & Sequence

8th Grade Math (PACEs 1085–1096)

   The student:

Reviews basic number theory and mathematical terms and operations including integers, fractions, decimals, and percents.

Gains mastery of exponents and learns to simplify radicals and estimate the value of numbers that are not perfect squares.

Solves one, two, and multistep equations and inequalities, including equations containing fractions and exponents.

Expands his knowledge of ratios and proportions and uses them to solve application and word problems in similarity, scaling, and unit costs.

Uses the Pythagorean Theorem.

Uses measures of central tendency to analyze and interpret data and graphs.

Expresses probability as ratios, decimals, and percents.

Finds the number of permutations and combinations using factorial notation and combinations using Pascal’s Triangle.

Reviews basic geometric concepts, symbols, shapes, and constructions, including translations, reflections, and rotations on a coordinate plane.

Converts between the English and metric systems of measurement and Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin temperature scales.

Expands his knowledge of business and consumer mathematics—sales, profit and loss, simple and compound interest, interest payments on loans, property tax, and life and auto insurance.

8th Grade English Curriculum (PACEs 1085–1096)

   The student:

Reviews verbs and verb tenses, progressive form, and the emphatic mood.

Concentrates on diagramming pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, compound subjects and verbs, and all four sentence patterns.

Expands noun functions in sentences—compound, collective, plural, possessive, and subject/verb agreement.

Develops five kinds of pronouns (demonstrative, relative, interrogative, reflexive, and indefinite), the three cases of personal pronouns (nominative, objective, and possessive), subject pronoun/verb agreement (number, person, and gender), and diagrams pronouns.

Reviews parts of speech.

Continues to develop writing skills which include topic sentences, outlining, and paragraph development.

Edits written paragraphs to ensure that correct grammar is used.

Recognizes sentence fragments and run-on sentences.

Writes several short biographical sketches.

Is encouraged in character development through examples given in each PACE.

Basic Literature  Grade 8

   The student reads:

God’s Adventurer by Phyllis Thompson, a story about the life and adventures of missionary Hudson Taylor.

Little One, Maid of Israel by Bill Harvey. This is an exciting story about the young maid whose life affected the Syrian captain Naaman.

When Science Fails by John Hudson Tiner. Documented cases of major scientific discoveries in the modern era present a powerful testimony to the validity of the Scriptures.

Abraham Lincoln by David R. Collins, the story of our 16th president, his rise to the White House, and his dependence on Jesus.

Ann of Ava by Ethel Daniels Hubbard, the life story of Ann Judson, wife of Adoniram Judson, missionary to Burma.

In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon. This selection is one of the great books for Christians today and will be a tremendous help to each student.

8th Grade Social Studies Curriculum (PACEs 1085–1096)

   The student:

Utilizes time lines and maps.

Explores the beginning and colonization of America—the birth of freedom, developing a nation, War between the States, Reconstruction and expansion, World War I to the Great Depression, building American societies and World War II, the Fair Deal to the Great Society to Reformation.

Learns about all the Presidents from Grover Cleveland to George W. Bush.

Is encouraged in character development through examples given in each PACE.

Science  Grade 8  (PACEs 1085–1096)

   The student:

Explores the wonders, resources, and cycles of God’s Creation.

Searches proofs of Creation and the Flood.

Studies astronomy—the stars, familiar and unusual, their purpose and message, and planets of the solar system.

Word Building  Grade 8 (PACEs 1085–1096)

   The student:

Expands his knowledge and use of phonics rules—vowel sounds and spelling; and special sound consonants s, c, j, g, and k.

Learns the semaphore alphabet code.

Increases his understanding of grammar—verb forms, tenses, nouns, and plurals.

Writes about the character traits taught through concept examples in each PACE.

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