Eighth Grade Curriculum Resources

Almost all of the following resources are free.

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Math
Title of the website:  Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching – Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP)
Tons of entire workbooks to download (PDFs) for grades 1-10
http://www.cimt.org.uk/projects/mepres/book8/book8.htm#unit1  

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Math
Title of the website:   Aurora Lipper – Supercharged Science
Help with Multiplication Tables
www.superchargedscience.com/opt/multiplication-tables-pc4-con2/  

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Math
Title of the website:  CK-12
More school at home than homeschool – learn K-12 STEM concepts: Math, Science & English
https://www.ck12.org/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Math
Title of the website:  Llevada’s Algebra 1
Straightforward videos and text book materials
https://www.algebrafree.com/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Math
Title of the website: She Loves Math
Online math lessons geared for girls, from counting through calculus
https://www.shelovesmath.com/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Math
Title of the website:  Exeter
Adobe PDF files for the instructor with problems for algebra and more https://www.exeter.edu/mathproblems/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Science experiments at home
Title of the website:   Aurora Lipper – Supercharged Science
If you get on the mailing list there are live period classes where she does on-line experiments for free – the kids really love her classes.
https://www.superchargedscience.com/freestuff.htm/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Science
Title of the website:   How to Smile
Search by age, material costs, and learning time to find science topics.  It is like a search engine for educational resources.
https://www.howtosmile.org/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Science
Title of the website: California Academy of Sciences
Videos and lesson plans – lots of neat topics for exploration
https://www.calacademy.org/educators/highlights-6th-8th-grades 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Science
Title of the website:  PhET Interactive Simulations
University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations – very cool website!
https://phet.colorado.edu/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Science 
Title of the website:  BioInteractive
Neat interactive website has an extensive search engine for biological research – you won’t need college anymore!
https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Science
Title of the website:   Learn. Genetics
A genetic science learning center – amazing multimedia resources for biology- every possible topic!
https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Language Arts:
Title of the website:  Daily Grammar
Grammar lessons with answers on bottom of page with quizzes that follow.  Nicely arranged by subject.
http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Language Arts:
Title of the website:  Great Websites For Kids
American Library Association’s – Association For Library Service To Children – compiled a plethora of websites for literature and languages
http://gws.ala.org/category/literature-languages 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Language Arts:
Title of the website:  Hippocampus.org
English – The Nature of Writing Collection has great whiteboard videos that give detailed information on writing and grammar
https://hippocampus.org/HippoCampus/English;jsessionid=D2106FB38C209E53ADAB378C6AD5FDF2 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Language Arts:
Title of the website:  Quick and Dirty Tips
Not your conventional academic website but some neat videos on grammar and etymology
https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Language Arts:
Title of the website:  CommonLit
Track reading and comprehension skills
https://www.commonlit.org/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Language Arts:
Title of the website:  The Homeschool Mom
I just happened upon this website and wish I found it long ago.  While lapbooking may not be considered to be art – there is an ‘art’ to lapbooking.  Lots of resources. 

https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/lapbooks/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Reading & reading comprehension
Title of the website:   Royal Fireworks Press
Lists for words, vocabulary, and grammar for gifted children
https://www.rfwp.com/pages/michael-clay-thompson/downloads/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Reading & reading comprehension
Title of the website:  Open Culture
Links to over 800 books to download
http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Reading & reading comprehension
Title of the website:  Access Foundation
Great Books list from the 18th century forward
http://www.anova.org/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Reading & reading comprehension
Title of the website:   Educents/Complete Curriculum
Several grade specific free downloads (note – sort by FREE)
https://www.educents.com/c/grade-level/8th-grade?order=price-asc&p=4 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Reading & reading comprehension
Title of the website:  Classical Homeschooling 

Access their YouTube channel for introductory videos to classic books
http://classicalhomeschooling.org/home.shtml 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Reading & reading comprehension
Title of the website:  All About Learning Press
While website sells products – they also have free resources including printable library lists for chapter books
https://info.allaboutlearningpress.com/chapter-book-library-lists 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Music
Title of the website:  DSOKids
Fun interactive website with videos of concerts, sample audio files, and histories of composers
https://www.mydso.com/dso-kids/learn-and-listen/ 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Music
Title of the website:  Cooperative Children’s Book Center;
Never Too Old: Picture Books to Share with Older Children and Teens – book lists about music, art and much more!
https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=259 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Music
Title of the website:  Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary on Line
Arts & Architecture – MUSIC 
Really thorough and detailed visual dictionary of EVERYTHING musical!  Click throughs take you into even more details
http://visualdictionaryonline.com/arts-architecture/music.php 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Music
Title of the website:  Classics for Kids
Unbelievable fun site for everything classical music – composer profiles, music, and games
http://classicsforkids.com 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Music
Title of the website:  PBS Learning Media
Music appreciation, history and practical applications – several videos as well
https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/the-arts/music/?selected_facet=grades:8&rank_by=recency 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Music
Title of the website:  Music Theory.Net
The music theory side of site is free.  It is quite comprehensive but a bit too utilitarian looking
https://www.musictheory.net/  

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Art
Title of the website:   Learn Digital Photography with Harvard University’s Free Online Course
Videos, text, and lots of references
http://www.openculture.com/2017/01/learn-digital-photography-with-harvard-universitys-free-online-course.html 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Art
Title of the website:  Ohio State University
 The History of Western Architecture: From Ancient Greece to Rococo 
This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/history-of-architecture-i/id570008367 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Art
Title of the website:  Jerry’s Artarama
A retail outlet that offers tons of on-line art how-to videos
https://www.jerrysartarama.com/free-art-instruction-videos/skill-level/beginner 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Art
Title of the website:  Web Gallery of Art
Really cool searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (3rd-19th centuries) with over 46,000 pieces
https://www.wga.hu/ 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Art
Title of the website:  Big Cartoon News
This a blog site so you may wish to keep an eye on where your kids go -but there is a timeline of animation and some interesting resources under trivia
https://blog.bcdb.com/animation-history-timeline/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Art
Title of the website:  BBC Arts
The Brutalist divide: Concrete monsters or architectural icons? – Good starting article to talk about architecture – other interesting videos
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1CPtMYghnVMJVv1YphFrWDc/the-brutalist-divide-concrete-monsters-or-architectural-icons 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Health
Title of the website:  American Lung Association
A variety of online health education courses
https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/education-and-training/take-a-class.html/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Health
Title of the website:  Ted
Tons of video lectures to choose from on diseases and health issues – as well as a vast range of other topics
https://www.ted.com/topics/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Health
Title of the website:  Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary On Line
Neat thumb nail descriptions and diagrams of a Human Being
http://visualdictionaryonline.com/human-being/anatomy.php 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Health
Title of the website:   Study.com
Health 101.  They have a 30-day free trial, so you could take this self-paced course during this time.  Maybe a class to take together – chapter 7 may be inappropriate for less mature 8th graders
https://study.com/academy/course/health-course.html\ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject: Health
Title of the website:   Education World
The Human Body: An Online Tour
https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson065.shtml 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Health
Title of the website:  Landmark College
Resources for parents working with children with learning differences
https://www.landmark.edu/research-training/professional-learning/webinars 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Social Studies
Title of the website:   iCivics
Lots of fun games about how the US is run
https://www.icivics.org/games 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Social Studies
Title of the website:  Stossel in the Classroom
Thought provoking discussions on current issues
https://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/ 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Social Studies
Title of the website:  USC Annenberg Center
The ReDistricting Game – an interesting website that explains how ‘voting’ works
http://redistrictinggame.org/index.php 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Social Studies
Title of the website:  Ben’s Guide
Journeyperson level Learning Adventures games and documents critical to understanding our government and how it is organized
https://bensguide.gpo.gov/learning-adventures-14more?id=38&age=ben9_13/ 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Social Studies
Title of the website:  National Center for Constitutional Studies
There is a section called:  Rediscovering the Ideas of Liberty – with several pertinent articles about the Constitution
https://nccs.net/blogs/our-ageless-constitution/rediscovering-the-ideas-of-liberty/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Social Studies
Title of the website:  Hillsdale College
Online classes change periodically – but usually deal with Constitutional issues
https://online.hillsdale.edu/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  History/Geography
Title of the website:  Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool
Christian based resources from Ancient History onward
https://allinonehomeschool.com/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  History/Geography
Title of the website:   Asia Society
The China Game – a fun history quiz game
https://asiasociety.org/china-game 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  History/Geography
Title of the website:  Cooperative Children’s Book Center;
Never Too Old:  Picture Books to Share with Older Children and Teens – Into the Past:  Book list about History
https://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/books/detailListBooks.asp?idBookLists=259 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  History/Geography
Title of the website:   Academic Earth
Wars Throughout History – a series of video lectures.  But check out Video Electives for tons of other instruction – like guitar lessons from Berklee.
https://academicearth.org/playlists/wars-throughout-history/ 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  History/Geography
Title of the website:   Newsela
Latest news articles – not exactly history but current events edited for younger readers – but still use discretion
https://newsela.com/articles/#/rule/latest?content_maturities=Middle%20School 

 Grade Level:  8
Subject:  History/Geography
Title of the website:  BBC History
Fun and comprehensive history activities.  Look around!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  History/Geography
Title of the website:   American Heritage Education Foundation
An Experiment in Self-Government – lesson plans and teaching guides as well as other resources – very informative site
https://americanheritage.org/sign-up/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Technology
Title of the website:  Curiosity Machine
Kids build, share, and receive feedback on this engineering site
https://www.curiositymachine.org/challenges/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Technology
Title of the website:  Gizmos
Free but also have a paid version.  Tons of math and science simulations
https://www.explorelearning.com 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Technology
Title of the website:  GCF Learn Free.org
Tutorials on everything computer!  Really interesting website sponsored by Goodwill
https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Technology
Title of the website:  Brain Pop
Videos and multimedia approach to exploring technology and lots and lots of other stuff!  One freebie changes daily
https://www.brainpop.com/free-stuff/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Technology
Title of the website:  Code Academy
Sign up for their mailing list for their popular periodic free computer programming classes.  some free classes also offered on their website
https://www.codecademy.com/register 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Technology
Title of the website:  NASA Space Place 
Science & Technology section allows for multimedia exploration!
https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/menu/science-and-technology/ 

Grade Level:  8
Subject:  Foreign Language
Title of website:  Duolingo
Tons of foreign languages offered in a very friendly format
https://www.duolingo.com