Level 8

( Grade 8 – Age 12-15 )

Build Your Library: Level 8 - History of ScienceIt’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.

history of artYou’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 Level 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.

Purchase Level 8 – History of Science – $49.95

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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way (Spine)
The Story of Science: Newton at the Center (Spine)
The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension (Spine)
The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (Spine)
Astronomy for All Ages: Discovering The Universe Through Activities For Children And Adults (Spine)
The Cartoon Guide to Physics
Relativity and Quantum Physics For Beginners
Thames & Kosmos Classic Science Milestones in Science Kit (Spine – this kit is currently out-of-print and difficult to find, but it is still scheduled in the lesson plans. I recommend substituting the book Janice VanCleave’s Scientists Through the Ages)


History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day (Spine)
Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World (Wicked History)
Archers, Alchemists, and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed 
Shakespeare: His Work and His World
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science
Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon


Favorite Poems Old and New: Selected For Boys and Girls (Spine)


The Golden Goblet 
The Sand-Reckoner
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Parcel of Patterns 
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
The True Adventures of Charley Darwin
To Kill a Mockingbird
The House of the Scorpion


The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True
Archimedes and the Door of Science 
The High Crusade
The Canterbury Tales
The Second Mrs. Gioconda
Along Came Galileo
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter
Animal Farm
Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two
A Brief History of Time


Art That Changed the World (Spine)

Living Math:

Can You Count in Greek?: Exploring Ancient Number Systems (Consumable)
The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics (Spine)
Five Equations that Changed the World (Spine)

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