What interests me? What am I good at and passionate about? Grade 8 students take six required subjects to learn more about themselves and the world: English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Exciting optional subjects are also available.
English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Analyze ends with –lyze, so paralyze, which sounds similar, likely ends the same way! Your teen will study and create their own texts, including oral, print and visual texts, as they develop listening and speaking, reading and writing, viewing and representing, and inquiry and research skills.
Mathematics (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
What are perfect square numbers and what are some of their special properties? Grade 8 students solve a range of mathematical problems involving elements like surface area, volume, the Pythagorean theorem, percents, ratios and rates. It is important that they continue to use their own strategies to multiply and divide fractions and integers. Students model and solve algebraic equations, and they connect numbers and shapes to their everyday lives.
Science (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
How do hydraulics work and why do we have an epiglottis? Students apply this Grade 8 Science vocabulary as they investigate machines and the human body. They experiment with liquids and gases to interpret their uses in everyday situations, and they learn how light travels through different materials and how vision works.
Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your teen will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.
Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
I have an idea of what I’d like to do in the future. It is just a few years away! More than ever, your teen will see who they are and what they believe. They will begin to understand what it means to keep good relationships and make choices that help them a long way into the future.
Career and Technology Studies (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Your career begins with the choices you make early in life. Students in CTS will explore career possibilities and develop life skills to prepare for life outside of school. They can choose courses from five clusters (each cluster represents occupations with broad industry commonalities). Students in junior high can take the introductory courses offered in each cluster.
Art (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
I’m connecting with my artistic side. Junior high students use a range of tools, materials and media to express how they feel, to think artistically and to value art. They draw and create art, and they examine the art that others have made.
Music (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Music makes a difference! Your teen may participate in instrumental music, choral music and general music. They may choose not to participate in each of these programs simultaneously but they have the option of doing so if they desire. In each of these programs, they will develop as a performer, listener, consumer and composer as they strive for musical excellence and explore various styles of music.
Drama (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Lights, curtain, action! Your teen will explore acting, improvisation, movement and speech. They’ll develop confidence and learn about themselves and others. Your teen will discover how much work it takes, behind the scenes and on the stage, to put on a successful production.
Languages (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Languages open the door to other cultures and other ways of seeing the world. A variety of languages are being taught throughout Alberta, including First Nations languages, French and other international languages. School authorities may choose provincial language programs or develop their own programs.
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Environmental and Outdoor Education (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
The world extends beyond the school walls. Your teen will experience the outdoors safely and comfortably while discovering how to treat the environment responsibly. Through one course or a sequence of courses, they will become aware of and appreciate all living things, including themselves.
Ethics (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
I know what the options are, so which is the best option for me? Your teen will think critically about issues and consider other people when making decisions. They will examine issues in their own life, explore the role of values in ethics and understand that others may have values that differ from their own.