“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” 

Oscar Wilde

8th Grade Social Studies is a conceptual look at the history of the United States of America. The class begins by picking up where Mr. Martz finished in seventh grade - after the American Revolution - what do we do next?

We create a government - a democracy - like no other ever created.

Specific Areas of Study:

·Formation of our Democracy

Constitution – Bill of Rights

·Expanding Boundaries - Louisiana Purchase - Lewis and Clark - Southwest

</>·Impact of Technology - Transportation - Growth of Cities – Factories

·Road to Civil War - Sectional Divisions – North vs South

·Nation Divided - Reasons why our country split - The Agony of War

·Reconstruction - Rebuilding the country

·The Wild West – Myth vs. Reality

·Gilded Age – Industry - Robber Barons – Immigration

·Imperialism: Becoming a World Power


Integrated Geography is an exciting course that reveals the geography, history, culture and economics of our community, our state, our continent, and the world.

This is a general science course developed to explore energy's impact on all forms of science.  We will continue to build our scientific knowledge of physical science thru the realm of the atmosphere into life science.

Units are:

Structure of Matter

Changes in Matter

Energy Transfer

Forces and Motion

Energy in the Atmosphere

Structure of Life

Function of Life

Genetics

Energy in the Ecosystem

Changes in Populations