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Grade 8 Curriculum

Grade 8 Curriculum SY 2017-2018
 
Courses for the 8th grade curriculum are as follows:
  1. English / Language Arts
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematics – Pre-Algebra or Algebra
  4. Science
  5. PE / Health
  6. Elective

Gifted and Talented (G/T)

The Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program at Kaimuki Middle School (KMS) is available for those who are interested in taking one or more  G/T courses and meet qualifications. The G/T process includes a nomination, assessment, & selection phase where those interested in G/T are asked to apply. There are about 28 spots at grades six, seven and eight for the following core classes: English, Math, Science and Social Studies. The Gifted and Talented Program is offered to students who excel in one or more of the core subject areas and can benefit from extension, depth, acceleration, and/or enrichment of the curriculum. You do not need to indicate on your registration form your intent to apply. However, please look for the G/T Nomination form and application procedures, which will be available via our website at at the beginning of the 2017 calendar year.
 
English / Language Arts Grade 8 – year
 
This course provides students a balanced, standards-based program emphasizing and integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening with language and with both informational and literary texts. Reading, writing, and oral communication processes are experienced as interrelated and interactive processes operating in meaning-rich contexts. The study of literature engages students in selections that span time and cultures and present universal themes that relate to their lives and the lives of others. Primary emphasis is on the personal, interpretive, and critical response of the reader in the construction of meaning.
 

ELL Language Arts - year

Differentiated Language Arts instruction for Active ELL students.  Students receive standards based instruction, in line with Common Core State Standards. Students acquire English while working on Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills.

Social Studies Grade 8 – year
 
This year long course examines the development of the US government as well as the key people and events of early US history.  The scope of study spans the Declaration of Independence through the end of Reconstruction.  Throughout the year, students will be tasked to think critically and analyze the development of the government as well as key events while incorporating multiple perspectives into their understanding.  The course will incorporate the Hawaii State Content & Performance (HCPS III) Standards as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  

 
Mathematics Grade 8 – year
 
This course is required of all students in grade 8 (except for those 8th graders identified to enroll in Algebra I). Emphasis is on developing proficiency with concepts and skills in The Number System; Expressions and Equations; Functions; Geometry; Statistics and Probability. Learning in these areas will support the development of student proficiency of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
 
Algebra I Grade 8 – year
 
Content includes data analysis, linear functions, linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations in two variables, and matrices. Content includes nonlinear functions, exponents, products and factors of polynomials, quadratic equations, the real number system, and radical expressions.
 
Science Grade 8 – year
 
This is the third course in a sequence of three yearlong courses inquiry and laboratory-based courses. Schools are to develop and/or use available resource modules or adaptation of modules to use scientific inquiry and the relationships between science-technology-society to understand continental drift and plate tectonics, rocks and the rock cycle, seismic waves, mechanical waves, physical characteristics of the ocean, ocean currents, weather patterns, the effects of the physical environment on organisms, movements of Earth and moon, movements of the planets, forces and motion of the universe, the electromagnetic spectrum, composition of the galaxy, and the major components of the universe.
 
Physical Education Grade 8 – semester
 
This standards-based course will focus on further developing fundamental and sport-specific skills in order for students to competently participate in a variety of adapted and modified physical fitness experiences, including invasion, field, net,and target games and activities. With the acquisition of more sport-specific skills, offensive and defensive strategies, as well as a more evolved sense of team goals and objectives will be emphasized. The student’s understanding of critical skills allows for personal and peer-to-peer assessment. As a result, students may begin to design their own personal practice drills and exercises to improve perceived or identified weaknesses.
 
Teen Health Grade 8 – semester
 
This standards-based course is recommended of all students in grades 7 or 8. Students in the course analyze choices individuals can make that promote and protect or harm their health. Content (topic) areas will include: Promote Safety and Prevent Unintentional Injury and Violence, Promote an Alcohol and Other Drug Free Life Style, Promote Sexual Health and Responsibility, Promote Mental and Emotional Health, Promote Personal Health and Wellness. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of skills that are required to make more informed healthy personal choices and to advocate for the health of others
 
Special Education
 
The Special Education Program is taught by special education teachers and is designed to meet the unique educational needs of exceptional students certified as having mental, physical, and/or emotional impairments according to state and federal mandates. The type and amount of special education programming needed by exceptional students will vary and depend upon the student’s current Individualized Education Program (IEP). Most special education students will be mainstreamed or integrated into courses designed for regular students with appropriate adaptations and/or accommodations, while a small percentage of students may remain totally in special education classes.
 
The Community-Based Instructional Program (CBI) provides student participants with an opportunity to reinforce the practical application of academic and social skills needed to function within their community. When teaching takes place in the environment where the skills naturally occur, the difficulties in generalizing skills from simulated situations vs. natural environments are minimized. CBI activities are instructional lessons that have been carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of a student according to his/her IEP.
 
 
Grade 8 Electives  (Note: Beginning/Introductory music classes are not offered to 8th graders)
 

Exploratory Wheel Grade 8 – 2 (Two) semester courses

•1 (One) semester of Hawaiiana This course provides students with opportunities to explore Hawaiian culture to gain knowledge and skills with a focus on language, music, and dance. It builds on knowledge and skills gained in the 7th grade Hawaiiana course.

 

•1 (One) semester of Classical Visual Art focusing on elements of art and principles of design . Students will acquire skills necessary to create contemporary art pieces. Projects may include animation (cave art, flip coins, cartooning), book cover art, movie posters, sports logos, and super hero costumes.

 

Exploratory Wheel Grade 8 – year

•Advanced Art History, Production, and Techniques: This is an advanced course to drawing and painting in secondary school. Experiences include experimentation in different types of media, which may include pencils, charcoal, watercolors, acrylics, etc.. Drawing and painting skills are refined to support personal interpretations and development of artistic style. Drawings and paintings of various cultures are introduced, aesthetically scanned, and further explored as investigative research. Emphasis will be placed on understanding architecture, sculpture, painting, artists, art periods, and other art forms within a historical and cultural context. Students will learn to look at works of art critically, and to articulate what they see in writing and through the production of art pieces.

•Hawaiian Music and Dance: This year long course provides students with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills of the Hawaiian culture through song and dance. Students will learn the Hawaiian language used in Hawaiian chants and songs as well as basic steps, hand gestures, body stance, and positioning of hula kahiko and ‘auana dances. Students will also have opportunities to play various instruments associated with Hawaiian music. Students will participate in singing and dancing performances.

 

Intermediate Band Grade 8 – year

Concert Band is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Introduction to Band (FMB0100) with a year grade of C or higher or with instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop their instrumental music skills through the study of advanced rhythms, wider note ranges, extended instrumental technique, and more difficult and varied musical repertoire. Students will be divided into three ensembles based on instrumental ability and rehearsal availability for culminating performances. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.

                  

Intermediate Orchestra Grade 8 – year

Intermediate Orchestra is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Introduction to Orchestra (FMV0100) with a year grade of C or higher or with instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop their instrumental music skills through the study of advanced rhythms, wider note ranges (shifting, extended positions), extended instrumental technique (tremolo, vibrato, etc.), and more difficult and varied musical repertoire. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.

           

Intermediate Chorus Grade 8 – year

Intermediate Chorus is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Beginning Chorus with a year grade of C or higher or with instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop skills learned in Beginning Chorus such as sight-singing, pitch memory, part-singing, extended/foreign diction, and advanced repertoire. Students will be divided into three ensembles based on ability and rehearsal availability for culminating performances. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.

           

Intermediate Ukulele Grade 8 – year

Intermediate Ukulele is for students in 7th and 8th grade who have successfully completed Beginning Ukulele with a year grade of C or higher or with instructor’s permission. Students will continue to develop skills such as extended harmonies, finger picking, part-singing, note- and tablature-reading, and advanced repertoire. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year. Prerequisite, grade of C or higher or instructor’s permission.

           

Media Production Grade 8 – year

Media Production is for students in the 8th grade and involves learning about advanced filming/video editing techniques and concepts in a small group atmosphere. Detail in pre-production, production, and post-production is emphasized which include preparing for actual audience viewing, PSA production aimed for the school's Guidance program, and for viewing on PBS Hawai'i's "Hiki No" programming. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in 7th grade media course, and instructor’s permission required.