8th Grade

Academic Growth Chart

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8th Grade Academic




What You Can Do To Help Your Student

  • Math:

    Math Tips

    Highlight Math in Sports

    Sports provide an engaging way of exploring a host of mathematical concepts. Any hard-core baseball fan knows that the game can’t truly be appreciated without an understanding of some essential statistics, like a player’s batting average and runs batted in. Football is also full of statistics, such as the percentage of passes a quarterback completed. If your child is passionate about a sport, encourage him to explore it through math.

    Use Shopping to Practice Math

    Make a habit of asking your child to help out with the shopping by calculating which items are better buys. For example, is it better to purchase 2 six-packs of 12 oz. cans or two 2-liter bottles that cost the same price? How much do you save per item when something is priced as buy two get one free? This will help develop his facility with these kinds of calculations as well as good long-term shopping habits.

    Seek Out Help from Online Resources

    If your child is struggling with math help him find resources online that may be useful. Sites such as Khan Academy or IXL offer extensive opportunities to review and practice math skills.

    Highlight The Ways Math is Used in Different Careers

    Encourage your child to explore the specific ways in which math is used in different careers. Do doctors use math? Engineers? Bankers? What is he starting to think of as career goals. Help him explore, perhaps by researching online or talking to other adults, what role math plays in the fields he is starting to consider?

    Seek Out Films Featuring Math

    Help your child become aware of the many career paths and disciplines that incorporate math, such as engineering or economics or weather forecasting. One way to do this is by watching movies that highlight math and help your child understand how math can be put to use in the real world, such as Apollo 13 or Jurassic Park.

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  • English Language Arts:

    English Language Arts Tips

    Ask Your Teen's Opinion

    Encourage discussion as much as possible in your house. Ask your child for his opinion about political and social issues, or about books, movies, and TV shows. Listen carefully and prompt him to express his ideas thoughtfully, backing up his claims with evidence. Having dinner together as a family may be harder to do as your child gets older and there are more demands on his time, but this is one of the best ways to stimulate these kinds of conversations.

    Encourage Keeping a Diary

    Give your child a journal or diary and encourage him to update it regularly. Assure him that his privacy will be respected and that you will not read his journal.

    Suggest Writing Projects

    Suggest some writing projects for your child that would be of interest to the entire family. Perhaps he could research and write about some aspect of your family’s history, using personal interviews, books, and online information. He could share what he writes with other family members.

    Encourage Reading Aloud

    Encourage your adolescent to read aloud to and tell stories to younger siblings.

    Encourage Note-Taking

    There is strong evidence that, despite the popularity of highlighters, highlighting or underlining text as we read is not an effective way of learning information. Instead, encourage your child to take notes of key ideas, perhaps on Post-its or colored index cards, as he reads. When he has finished a reading assignment he can compile all the notes and he’ll have a ready-made study guide.

    Discuss The News

    Encourage your child to become a more discerning consumer of news and information. Have an ongoing discussion with him about how you get your news and how you decide which sources to trust. Point out examples of misleading information you see, such as in ads, so that your child learns to be skeptical of some sources. Bookmark some Internet sites that you consider to be reliable and that he can use as reference or information sources.

    Help Develop a Homework Routine

    Help your child develop a consistent homework routine. Make sure that he not only reviews what was covered in school that day, but also help him learn how to keep track of long-term assignments and plan ahead. By this age he should have a system for managing his workload, but continue to help him by asking what he’s working on, how he’s progressing with long-term assignments, and whether he needs any help.

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