( Grade 8 – Age 12-15 )
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 the Modern day. You’ll conduct experiments from the minds of some of the most outstanding scientists in history and learn how those scientists changed the world with their ideas. The science covered this year is Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics.
You will also get a crash course in World History, which includes a study of the history of the struggle for women’s rights from the ancient world through the present day using the amazing graphic novel Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall and A. D’Amico!
As always, you will be immersed in an amazing array of literature. With the focus being science, I’ve tried to keep much of the 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, as well as non-fiction like Longitude, The Disappearing Spoon, and Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry.
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 school year effortlessly. Your planning is done for you so that you can spend your time on the essential things, like teaching your children.
L8 – History of Science Sample Week
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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way (Spine) – Bookshop.org
The Story of Science: Newton at the Center (Spine) – Bookshop.org
The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension (Spine)
The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Astronomy for All Ages: Discovering The Universe Through Activities For Children And Adults (Spine) – Bookshop.org
The Cartoon Guide to Physics – Bookshop.org
Relativity and Quantum Physics For Beginners – Bookshop.org
The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science: 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists – Bookshop.org
Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – And the World – Bookshop.org
Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for Their Rights (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Julius Caesar: Dictator for Life (Wicked History) – Bookshop.org
The Middle Ages: A Graphic History – Bookshop.org
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science – Bookshop.org
Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon – Bookshop.org
In the Shadow of the Moon: America, Russia, and the Hidden History of the Space Race – Bookshop.org
Poems to See By: A Comic artist Interprets Great Poetry (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Call Us What We Carry: Poems (Spine) – Bookshop.org
The Golden Goblet – Bookshop.org
The Sand-Reckoner – Bookshop.org
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel – Bookshop.org
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Bookshop.org
A Parcel of Patterns – Bookshop.org
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time – Bookshop.org
Frankenstein – Bookshop.org
The True Adventures of Charley Darwin – Bookshop.org
To Kill a Mockingbird – Bookshop.org
Nation – Bookshop.org
The House of the Scorpion – Bookshop.org
We Have No Idea! A Guide to the Unkown Universe – Bookshop.org
Stargirl – Bookshop.org
Ink and Bone (The Great Library) – Bookshop.org
The Canterbury Tales – Bookshop.org
The Second Mrs. Gioconda – Bookshop.org
Along Came Galileo
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch – Bookshop.org
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Young Readers Edition) – Bookshop.org
Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter
Animal Farm – Bookshop.org
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout – Bookshop.org
Journey to the Center of the Earth – Bookshop.org
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two – Bookshop.org
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry – Bookshop.org
Art That Changed the World (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Can You Count in Greek?: Exploring Ancient Number Systems (Consumable) – Bookshop.org
The Math Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (Spine) – Bookshop.org
Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics (Spine)
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