The following materials are included with the eighth grade with pre-algebra package:
- Civics 8
- English 8
- Physical Science 8
- Pre-Algebra: A Teaching Textbook 2.0 Version (Teaching Textbooks 2011)
- Pre-Algebra Answer Key and Test Blank 2.0 (Teaching Textbooks 2011)
- Teaching Textbook CD not included (see bottom of page)
- Please note the Eighth Grade Teacher Manual is included in this Package.
- Writing for 100 Days
- The Giver
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Hobbit
- Lord of the Flies
- The Call of the Wild
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- The Elements of Style
Please note the eighth grade math kit is NOT included in this package.
Teaching Textbooks offers accompanying CDs that include video lectures, interactive problems, and step-by-step solutions, which can be purchased separately at teachingtextbooks.com. The CDs are not required to complete this course but can provide extra support to students needing it.
In English, students read a variety of classic novels while studying vocabulary drawn from the reading. Lesson work concentrates on grammar and composition skills. Weekly assignments in writing, grammar, and usage provide ample practice for the student preparing to enter high school.
The eighth grade social studies curriculum introduces students to the concepts of civics through a study of the champions of freedom, government systems, and economics. Students witness their local government in action, explore issues affecting their state, and become aware of national issues. This experiential approach to understanding social issues includes practical activities such as community service projects and interviewing local community leaders. Students are encouraged to learn how to make a difference on a local level by learning more about the people and businesses in their area.
In physical science, students learn about mass and matter, force, energy, sound, light, color, electricity, magnetism, and mechanics. Emphasis is placed on preparing the student for more advanced science by including assignments that require the student to conduct experiments, perform mathematical calculations, and report on their findings.
The eighth grade math curriculum provides a choice of Pre-Algebra or Algebra I, using Teaching Textbooks which is designed specifically to guide homeschoolers and independent learners. The pre-algebra course provides a solid foundation for learning to use algebra effectively. It also provides a developmentally-supportive transition between middle-school math courses and high school math courses. Skills include decimals and percentages, equations with multiple variables, exponents and radicals, measuring area and volume of geometric figures, functions and graphing, and statistics and probability.
Projects, crafts, and activities include:
- Evaluate a Supreme Court ruling
- Participate in a community service project
- Interview a member of the fire department
- Write a short story
- Create a biographical timeline
- Research hybrid vehicles