Tecumseh Grade 8



What does it mean to be part of Team Tecumseh...

Team Motto: “Don’t Stop Until You Reach the Stars”

Team Color: Orange

Team Vision/Mission: Team Tecumseh believes everyone has the ability to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Tecumsehs shine the brightest among their fellow students as they glow with pride while REACHing their destinations.

Team Values:

Respect Excellence Accountability Collaboration Honor


Courses Descriptions:

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Science Course Outline

Our year in 8th grade science is dedicated to the study of Earth Science. The course is broken down into three major areas. These include geology, meteorology and astronomy. As we weave our way through the study of these areas, students will participate in numerous hands on and group activities. Students will be challenged to read, write, and most importantly, think!

Mr. Ron Hysick
RHYSICK@UPSD.ORG

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Math Course Outline

Math 8: This course addresses all of the eighth grade PA State Standards through a blend of direct instruction, discovery learning and cooperative learning. Students enrolled in Math 8 must have successfully completed Math 6 & Math 7. Students in Math 8 will take Algebra I in 9th grade. Topics covered in Math 8 include:

Rational and Irrational Numbers
Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
Functions
Writing and Graphing Linear Equations
Systems of Equations
Exponent Rules and Scientific Notation
Transformations
Pythagorean Theorem
Volume of Spheres, Cylinders and Cones
Scatter Plots & Two Way Tables

Algebra I: Students enrolled in Algebra I must have successfully completed Enhanced Math 6 and Enhanced Math 7. This course addresses all of the PA Keystone Algebra I State Standards through a blend of direct instruction, discovery learning and cooperative learning. Students in this course must master all of the eighth grade PA State Standards prior to taking this course. Students are expected to be more independent learners who have the ability to master concepts with minimal practice and repetition. Students taking this course will take Algebra II in 9th grade. Topics covered in Algebra I include:

Functions
Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
Writing and Graphing Equations in Multiple Forms
Systems of Equations
Exponent Rules
Polynomials
Radicals
Rational Expressions
Data Analysis

Information about CPM in general:
The course is structured around problems and investigations that build the conceptual understanding of these algebraic topics and an awareness of connections between the different ideas. Students are encouraged to investigate, communicate their thinking, and generalize. Lessons are structured for students to collaborate actively by working in study teams. During class time, students work in study teams on challenging problems that introduce new material. The homework in the “Review & Preview” section of each lesson reinforces previously learned skills and concepts and prepares students for new ones. The homework problems also allow students to apply previously-learned concepts and skills in new contexts and deepen their understanding by solving the same type of problem in different ways.

-excerpted from cpm.org

Mrs. Pam Fehnel
PFEHNEL@UPSD.ORG

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Social Studies Course Outline

The eighth grade social studies program of study is designed to broaden the students’ understanding of early American history from 10,000 B.C. through 1865. The course begins with an overview of three worlds colliding and continues through colonial development with a focus on the forces that led to the American Revolution. This course also highlights the foundations of the United States government including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. American History Part I will conclude with the study of Antebellum America and the causes of the bloodiest conflict in American military history, the American Civil War.

In addition, students will also spend time analyzing and discussing current event issues in the United States and throughout the world. Teachers will stress a hands-on approach, as students will be introduced to a wide-range of activities, ranging from discussions to projects. Most importantly, writing and critical thinking skills will be stressed with students urged to think about and express their opinions in relation to early American history.

Mr. Phil Detwiler
PDETWILER@UPSD.ORG



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Language Arts (ELA) Course Outline

The eighth grade Language Arts curriculum encourages and requires students to engage in thought provoking discussion, demonstrate creativity, and most importantly, better themselves as readers, writers, and speakers. Students will improve the aforementioned abilities by responding to a variety of prompts, generally relating to the material being read, and analyzing numerous novels and short stories using the reading strategies taught throughout the year. Such literary analysis allows students to react to a variety of themes found in several short stories and novels including, but not limited to, "The Scarlet Ibis," “Flowers for Algernon,” The Diary of Anne Frank, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

The eighth grade Language Arts Curriculum is always evolving and the 90 minute block allows Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Wambold to provide more individual support to students and offer a variety of reading and writing workshops. Both teachers will implement a variety of supplemental texts with an emphasis on non-fiction pieces, current events, and literature that requires critical thinking. With each student having access to a Chromebook every period, Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Wambold will offer students a variety of choice in regards to technology and encourage students to create unique and exciting projects.

As the year progresses, all students will face challenging literature, writing prompts which require careful thought, planning and research, and the opportunity to better themselves as public speakers through a number of presentations.

Mr. Casey Lewis
CLEWIS@UPSD.ORG

and

Mrs. Laura Wambold
LWAMBOLD@UPSD.ORG

STUDENTS: Click HERE to access Accelerated Reader. Remember, AR tests must be taken in your ELA class!


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Special Education Services
Mrs. Nickole Hart
NHART@UPSD.ORG



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