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Eighth Grade

Our Eighth Grade Curriculum

With our smaller class size, our dedicated staff is able to provide not only an accelerated curriculum for our students, but also a more individualized instruction that benefits students who need additional help and support in an academic area.

At Carden Academy, we consider nothing more important than to help each child learn and grow at their best pace. We have constructed our eighth grade program with the aim of benefiting all of our students. Our small eighth grade classes allow each instructor to focus closely on meeting every student’s individual needs, while also offering more advanced curriculum, which will put every student at the head of the curve as they progress through school. 

When you choose Carden Academy of Whittier, you ensure that  your child will be exposed to a wide and varied curriculum, filled with all of the skill-sets necessary to help guide their development thoroughly. We offer instruction in physical education, music, foreign languages, art, and advanced academic programs such as STEM. We believe a child’s development is not just cognitive, but also social, creative, physical and more. 


Schedule a tour to learn more about our Eighth Grade program!

Eighth Grade Objectives

To give each child - 

Security in learning, the ability to think, self-reliance, understanding of what he/she is learning, and knowledge of the purpose of that learning; good study habits, love of reading and math, a pleasurable learning experience.

Reading: Reference work: note cards, outlines, bibliographies; book reports;
current events; literature classics; history.

Language Mechanics: Plain English. Building sentences: simple complex,
compound; pronouns: cases, uses, in compound parts, appositives, kinds, antecedents;
connectives: prepositions, conjunctions; sentence structure: clauses and phrases –
adjectival, adverbial, prepositional, noun; misplaced modifiers.

Spelling: skills based on the Carden Sounds Chart; sentence analysis, dictionary
marks, parts of speech, diagramming: parts of a sentence.

Geography: United States, continents and their interrelationships.

Speech/Enunciation: Oral reports, debates, and presentations.

Articulation: Vocabulary development.

Composition: Paragraph, formal outline, summary, letter-writing, oral or written
book reports (six: fiction, sports, student choice, biography, historical novel, classics from
the required Carden book list.); current events – biweekly; special reports – D.A.R. and
California history essay contests; biography, Science Fair reports, History Day reports.

Creative Expression: Write stories, fiction and nonfiction.

Poetry: Write, learn, recite selected poems; write original poetry.

Handwriting: Practice skills of legible cursive and apply.

Latin: classical roots and meanings; application of vocabulary.

Spanish: Oral reading and translating sentences; verbs and conjugation, nouns,
sounds, expressions, writing sentences, conversing.

Music: Sight singing, chorus, music appreciation.

Math: Pre-algebra; whole numbers: rounding adding, subtracting, multiplying,
dividing; common fractions and mixed numbers: adding, subtracting, multiplying,
dividing, lowest terms, changing improper to mixed, etc. decimal fractions: rounding,
comparing, changing to and from fractions, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing.

Percent: meaning, changing to and from decimals and fractions; Squares and Square

Roots; Units of measurement: length, area, volume, capacity, weight, time, metrics, rates,angles; Ratios and Graphs: bar graphs, line graphs, circle graphs; Geometry: coordinate
planes, graphing equations: lines and segments, ruler, scale, angles, geometric figures,
constructing angles, parallel lines, congruent/similar triangles, perimeters, area, volume,
formulas; numerical trigonometry, symbols, formulas, equations, story problems, integers,
inequalities, proportions, variation; Applications of Earner and Consumer: income, taxes,
buying food, kitchen problems, living expenses, simple and compound interest,
installment buying, car and house buying, insurance, banking: Roman Numerals.

History: American History from the Age of Discovery to the American Revolution.

Science: Life Science: cell structure, function, division, five kingdoms, virus, protists,
fungi, scientific method, genetics.

Art: Using a variety of mediums to create a pleasing result; art history and

Social Studies: Developing knowledge and skill in history, geography, culture,
economics, civics, and government. We also focus on people and their interaction with
others and the world in which they live. Our students gain a better understanding of their
country and its regions.

STEM: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics.

Attitude Development: While discussing Carden Standards of Living, the student is helped to develop the ability to function without self-consciousness in the presence of classmates and adults.  Accept responsibility for learning, make individual contributions to group discussions and bring from home resource information when pertinent to discussions.  Praise the work of others, accept constructive correction, have a calm demeanor, and have a sense of security in the learning experience.  Display kindness and respect to others, always.

Books for the pupils –



Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes



A Christmas Carol

Where the Red Fern Grows                                         

Treasure Island                                                                            



Pre Algebra

Holt McDougal                                         



Prentice Hall Life Science

Introduction to Biology



Composition Workbook 7 & 8            

Plain English I                                           

The Aeneid (Graduation Workbook)

Spelling Book                                            


American Heritage Day – April 21, 2023


Field Trips:

Catalina – September 26 – September 30

Nixon Library – January 12, 2023

Whale Watch – March 14, 2023


After School Activities:

Mondays: Choir, Musical Theater, Gardening

Tuesdays: Math Club,

*Cross Country (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)

Wednesdays: Coding II, Gymnastics, Chess Wizards

Thursdays: Spanish Club, Reading Club

Fridays: Dance, Lego Serious Play

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