Purchase: Grade 8 curriculum

20150703_100509It’s time for a whirlwind tour through world history, with a twist. This year, your child will be studying World History through the lens of science. Using Joy Hakim’s excellent Story of Science series, you will follow the trail of scientific thought and discovery from the ancient Sumerians through Modern day. You’ll conduct experiments from the minds of some of the greatest scientists in history and learn how those scientists changed the world with their ideas. The science covered this year is Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics.

As always, you will be immersed in an amazing array of literature. With the focus being science, I’ve tried to keep much of literature and readers “on theme.” So while you will read classics like Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, you’ll also read a sampling of some great science fiction like Fahrenheit 451: A NovelThe House of the Scorpion and Relativity, and non-fiction like LongitudeThe Disappearing Spoon, and A Brief History of Time.

You’ll be reading about the history of art with the beautiful text, Art That Changed the World, and much of your art projects will come through living math and science sketching. Some of the most significant discoveries in mathematics will be presented and your child will learn that math can be more than just arithmetic and sums.

My lesson plans guide you through the 8th grade school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the important things, like teaching your children.

The 389 page PDF lesson plans include:

  • a daily and weekly schedule for 36 weeks of study
  • reading list
  • a set of 10+ narration cards
  • vocabulary words, discussion questions and dictation passages tied to the literature readings
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • memory work projects
  • 35 activity pages (including map work)
  • research projects
  • art projects
  • 88 timeline figures

You can see a Sample Week here:

Download Grade 8 Sample Here

NOTE: The Thames & Kosmos Milestones in Science kit that I have scheduled into the instructor’s guide has unfortunately been discontinued. I recommend replacing it with Janice VanCleave’s Scientists Through the Ages. This book is not quite as comprehensive as the kit, but it is a solid resource and less expensive.

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Purchase Grade 8 – History of Science – $44.95

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3 Responses to Purchase: Grade 8 curriculum

  1. Courtney says:

    My science guy will love this! And so will his mom 🙂 I already have year 7 for the upcoming year but I am already excited to use this for grade 8!

  2. Rachel Quinlivan says:

    My son said, “I have learned so much with this curriculum!” He loved it. Money and time well spent! Thank you for creating this curriculum.

  3. Karen Roth says:

    We are six weeks into this program, and learning lots (all of us!). I’m using it for two girls, one in grade 8 and one in grade 7. We have decided to spread it out over two years so that they can move through it a bit more slowly and synthesize without feeling rushed. So far we have really enjoyed the reading selections (especially the Story of Science), and have found the interaction between world events and the development of science to be fascinating. This is an ambitious curriculum (did I count 47 books!??!) with so much meat to it, I look forward to digging in deeper over the next couple of years.

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