8th grade

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?