8th grade

January 2020


Humanities/English & Social Studies: WWI  All Quiet on the Western Front, Truce, & War Horse

Essential Questions:

  • Why did America explode into war in 1914?
  • How did America's effort to prepare for war change our country?
  • How did American Troops help the Allies achieve victory?
  • What was the impact of modern warfare on the outcome of the war?
  • Who really won WWI and what were the costs to each side?

Students will create and design a WWI timeline and project, using Google Doc notes of 2-3 WWI novels and WWI history.

Big Ideas Math:  Equations

Essential Questions:  Chapter 7

  •  How does rewriting a word problem help you solve an equation?
  • How do you solve equations?
  • How can you write an equation with two variables?
  • How can you use a number line to represent solutions of an inequality?
  • How can you solve an inequality?

Students will understand negative and positive numbers in the real world.

Students will  represent opposite signs of numbers.

Students will find and place integers on a vertical and horizontal number line.

Science Fusion:  Heredity

Essential Questions:

  • How do cells divide for reproduction?
  • How are traits inherited?

Students will  describe the process of meiosis and its role in reproduction.

Students will analyze the inheritance of traits in individuals.



November 2019

Humanities/English & Social Studies: 

Essential Questions:

  • How can different points-of-view affect the perception, thoughts, and opinions about Civil War history, events, and facts?

Students will create and design a Civil War Newsletter from a specific point-of-view which includes a news story, feature article, interview, book review, banner, chart, historical picture and cartoon.

Big Ideas Math:  Algebraic Expressions

Essential Questions:

  • How can you write and evaluate an expression that represents a real-life problems?

Students will evaluate expressions at specific values of variables, including expressions that arise from formulas used in real-world problems.

Students will  perform arithmetic operations, including those involving whole number exponents.

Students will evaluate an algebraic expression and write expressions that record operations with numbers and with letters.

Science Fusion:  Cell Structure & Functions

Essential Questions:

  • What are the different parts that make up a cell?

Students will compare the structure and function of cell parts in plant and animal cells.

Students will recognize levels of organization in plants and animals, including cells, tissues, organs, organ systems and organisms.


Students will differentiate between structure and function in plant and animal cell organelles, including cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm, mitochondrion, chloroplast and vacuole.

October 21-25

Humanities/English & Social Studies:

Essential Questions:

How important was slavery to the Civil War?
In what way did the Civil War transform our nation?

Essential Questions:

What does it mean to multiply fractions?
How can you divide by a fraction?
How can you model division by a mixed number?

Big Ideas Math Measurement & Data

Essential Questions:

How do scientists make sense of data?
How do scientists use tools and make measurements?