Grade 8

Key Learnings

In this section:

Explore Origins of the Bible: Through the Trinity, Personal Relationship with Jesus and Practical Christianity

  • Explain the role of inspiration in the formation of the Bible as it was written and preserved over thousands of years
  • Describe the concept of the Trinity and identify the characteristic of each member
  • Understand the importance of faith, commitment and a dynamic relationship with Jesus
  • Know the fundamental Seventh-day Adventist beliefs
  • Explain the importance of developing relationships with others based on Christian values
  • Know how to apply Christian principles to your daily life



  • Select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
  • Employ organizational structures and analyze their effectiveness in the communication of ideas
  • Use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork
  • Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural context
  • Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art
  • Describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures
  • Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts


  • Identify irregular meter patterns (5/4, 7/4)
  • Learn all major key signatures
  • Sing a more complex two-part song
  • Recognize modulation
  • Recognize symphonic form
  • Describe how a computer can enhance music
  • Listen to music of the Renaissance period
  • Learn how to use the various indexes in the SDA hymnal



  • Locate and interpret examples of literary forms from visual media
  • Define aspects of media production and distribution
  • Determine the cause and effect of detailed answers to extend the understanding of visual media
  • Use figurative language from visual media and answer specific questions to demonstrate understanding


  • Analyze presentations by purpose
  • Analyze propaganda and argumentation


  • Develop study skills
  • Use specific strategies to understand confusing parts of text; e.g. predict, clarify, question, and summarize
  • Read for comprehension and application


  • Analyze the impact of media on consumers
  • Participate in group discussions; refine and use cooperative group processes

Visually Representing

  • Create visual media to support a presentation
  • Model visual media techniques to show the impact on a particular audience


  • Practice the writing process
  • Begin using characteristics of good writing
  • Continue enhancing the writing modes
  • Narrow the topic to achieve an appropriate focus
  • State main idea clearly in a cohesive one sentence thesis
  • Write documents related to career development


Numbers and Operations

  • Use appropriate significant digits in calculations
  • Extend understanding of number operations to irrational numbers
  • Know the definition of real numbers, set notation and set operations


  • Add and subtract matrices
  • Recognize slope and intercept relationships
  • Use information to determine whether situations are functions
  • Recognize minimum and maximum values
  • Understand the properties of arithmetic and geometric sequences
  • Develop an initial conceptual understanding of different uses of variables
  • Identify functions as linear or nonlinear and contrast their properties from tables, graphs or equations


  • Find the surface area of various geometric shapes, e.g. pyramids and cones
  • Find the volume of spheres using formula
  • Define objects by geometric properties
  • Recognize sine, cosine and tangent relationships with respect to the right triangle


  • Draw picture to assist in solving measurement problems
  • Find the size of interior and exterior angles of convex polygons using formula and protractor
  • Use appropriate significant digits in calculations
  • Convert temperature between Fahrenheit and Celsius

Data Analysis/ Probability

  • Determine the number of combinations from a given set
  • Make a box and whisker plot


Spiritual Emphasis

  • Recognize that God's ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle
  • Incorporate into one's lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports
  • Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well-being

Movement and Motor Skills

  • Demonstrate competence in modified versions of a variety of movement forms
  • Understand and apply more advanced movement and game strategies
  • Identify the techniques of intermediate and advanced sport specific skills
  • Identify the steps needed to achieve a high performance level in individual, dual and team sports
  • Learn, apply and share advanced sport skill knowledge

Lifestyle and Fitness

  • Establish personal physical activity goals
  • Participate regularly in health-enhancing physical activities in and out of the physical education class
  • Explore a variety of new physical activities for personal interest in and out of the physical education class
  • Describe the relationships between a healthy lifestyle and "feeling good"
  • Participate in a variety of health-related fitness activities in both school and non-school settings
  • Assess physiological indicators of exercise during and after physical activity
  • Learn and apply basic principles of training to improve physical fitness
  • Begin to develop personal fitness goals independently
  • Meet the health-related fitness standards as defined by available fitness tests, e.g. AAPHERD Physical Best, Fitnessgram, President's Challenge
  • Enjoy participation in physical activity
  • Recognize the social benefits of participation in physical activity
  • Try new and challenging activities
  • Recognize physical activity as a vehicle for self-expression

Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors

  • Apply God's help in resisting the influence of peer pressure
  • Solve problems by analyzing causes and potential solutions
  • Analyze potential consequences when confronted with true competition
  • Work cooperatively with a group to achieve group goals in competitive as well as cooperative settings
  • Recognize the role of sport, games and recreation
  • Identify behaviors that are supportive and inclusive as well as behaviors that are exclusionary in physical activity settings
  • Willingly join others of diverse cultures, religions, ethnicity, physical abilities and races during physical activity


Physical: Chemistry

  • Explain the structure of matter and how different forms can be combined to create new substances
  • Explain conservation of matter
  • Describe how elements are organized on the periodic table
  • Compare the properties of acids and bases
  • Identify and compare physical and chemical change
  • Identify methods used to separate mixtures into their component parts

Life: Ecology: Natural Resources; Plant Processes

  • Explain how use of natural resources affects quality of life and the health of ecosystems
  • Recognize that Earth's materials are limited and explore strategies for addressing this problem
  • Describe how water, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen are recycled through the environment
  • Describe the life processes of a plant including photosynthesis and reproduction 

Earth: Creation/Evolution

  • Distinguish between the basic ideas of and evidence for naturalistic evolution and special creation

Health: Health Risks, Community Health

  • Describe personal and community health care practices that result in prevention, detection and treatment of communicable diseases
  • Know how to locate and use community health resources that provide valid health information
  • Identify community health organizations and agencies such as The American Cancer Society and the advocacy services they provide

Scientific Inquiry

  • Make observations
  • Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations
  • Plan a simple investigation
  • Collect data from the investigation
  • Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results
  • Safely use and store tools and equipment 

Service/Career Options

  • Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health and/or Earth Science to serve the community
  • Identify careers in areas of Science


United States History: 1861 - Present (Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution, Social and Economic Reform, Global Conflicts, United States as World Power, Depression, Modern America, Current Events; United States Government - Constitution)

  • Understand God's ultimate control and protection over human affairs
  • Understand the basic precepts of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • Describe the relationships between key people/groups, events and cultures in United States history
  • Explain the causes and effects of major events in American history
  • Know causes and effects of key influences/events and be able to place them on a time line
  • Interpret events using time lines and narratives
  • Use primary and secondary documents and artifacts to interpret historical events
  • Understand the daily life and social history of people who lived in early United States history
  • Recognize how forces from different spheres of life can cause or shape events
  • Understand the role and work of the Adventist church in North America


  • Understand the roles of the Christian citizen in government
  • Understand the checks and balance function of the three branches of government
  • Trace the development of the American political system and government based on the United States constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • Identify citizen rights and how the constitution protects those rights
  • Understand the purposes of government as stated in the constitution
  • Explain the role of laws in the United States and the process through which they are made, applied and enforced
  • Identify how actions of the United States government affect its own citizens as well a citizens of other countries


  • Understand the nature, distribution and migration of human population on the earth's surface
  • Understand how human actions modify the environment
  • Understand the patterns of human settlement and their causes
  • Identify the geographic role of the United States in international relationships
  • Identify geographic regions and major places of the United States


  • Identify the principles of Christian stewardship
  • Understand the meaning of Gross National Product
  • Understand the role of the United States and free enterprise in a global economy
  • Understand the concept of prices and the interaction of supply and demand in a market economy
  • Identify how changes in technology affect the economy
  • Understand that every job opportunity is related to economics
  • Recognize how the influence of the development of technology, immigration of peoples and changes in the world market effect career opportunities


  • Integrate advanced word processing skills into daily assignments
  • Continue to advance in keyboarding skills
  • Troubleshoot basic malfunctions
  • Know proper technology terms
  • Understand the equipment to access, process, retrieve and communicate information
  • Incorporate database and spreadsheet components into presentations
  • Integrate advanced use of electronic resources into class assignments and presentations
  • Investigate technology-related occupations
  • Demonstrate a responsible, ethical use of technology
  • Understand the legal issues for using/accessing software, music, etc.

Our key learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).