Dupont Park Adventist School

The School with the Eternal Advantage

Grade 8


BIBLE 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

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 one’s daily life 


FINE ARTS Art -Consult the NAD Fine Arts Curriculum Guide for suggested activities to meet these objectives.

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 part



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


Number 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 pol

Use appropriate significant digits in calculations

Convert temperature between Fahrenheit and Celsius


Data Analysis and Probability

Determine the number of combinations from a given set

Make a box and whisker plot



ygons using formula and protractor

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 well­being


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



Explain the structure of matter and how different forms can be combined to create new

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 and Career Options

Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health and/or Earth Science to serve the community

Identify careers in areas of science



OVERRIDING STATEMENTS: Civics, geography and economics should be studied within the context of the history for each grade.

INTEGRATION OF FAITH & LEARNING: Although individual religious concepts are not explicitly stated, the idea of God’s leading in the affairs of history and human relationships should be embedded in all of the social studies lessons.

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 role of laws in the United States and the process through which they are made, applied and enforced

Know the 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

Know the importance of Christian citizenship and cultural diversity



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.



Dupont Park Adventist School
3942 Alabama Ave S.E. | Washington, DC 20020