It’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 Novel, The House of the Scorpion and Relativity, and non-fiction like Longitude, The 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:
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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