Grade 8

  • Reading

    Sunrise 2nd Edition

    Reading 800 uses five LightUnits and is based on the reader Where Roads Diverge, continuing the theme of choices begun in the seventh-grade reader.

    Using the LightUnits, students build vocabulary; examine literary elements such as conflict, theme, and tone; interpret literary techniques such as metaphors, symbols, allusions, irony, and foreshadowing; identify literary genres; practice types of writing; learn critical thinking skills; and respond to truths illustrated in the stories.

    Two or three lessons per week cover a full year’s work, or you may choose to cover the course in one semester.

    The Teacher’s Guide includes LightUnit pages with answers, teaching instructions, oral reading activity ideas, discussion questions, and alternate tests.

    The two Answer Keys (one for the LightUnits and one for quizzes and tests) are not required if the Teacher’s Guide is purchased.

  • Bible

    Sunrise Edition

    Sunrise Bible 800 continues the study of the New Testament begun in Bible 700. The first four LightUnits cover events in the Book of Acts, and the remaining LightUnits contain brief overviews of the epistles and Revelation. Each lesson directs the student to read a given portion of Scripture. This Scripture passage is then explained in the LightUnit and followed by activities that help the student interact with what they have learned. The course includes exercises using Strong's Concordance and teaches students how to use Baker’s Bible Atlas. Bible memory work is included.

    Bible 800 has ten LightUnits with 16 lessons in each, including two quizzes and a test. This provides for one lesson per day for one school year. The Teacher's Guides include teacher meditations, lists of lesson emphases, and suggestions for presenting and discussing the lessons. The Teacher's Guides contain the LightUnit pages complete with activity answers and alternate tests.

  • Language Arts

    Sunrise Edition

    Language Arts 800 integrates grammar, spelling, and penmanship into one easy-to-use package. Grammar and punctuation skills are introduced incrementally at the beginning of each daily lesson, followed by exercises reviewing the freshest material as well as more familiar, almost-mastered skills. Each day’s lesson concludes with penmanship and spelling practice.

    This full-year course includes a research paper project for the student to complete along with a standard bibliography. They are taught how to choose vivid verbs and eliminate redundancy in their writing. Also covered are transitive/intransitive verbs, basic and perfect tenses, concrete/abstract nouns, categorizing pronouns, elliptical clauses, and figures of speech.

    The Teacher's Guide provides teacher's notes, spelling word lists, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests.

  • Math

    Sunrise Edition

    Math LightUnit 801 tests and reviews concepts that should be mastered in seventh grade to verify readiness for the Math 800 level.

    The remaining LightUnits review previously taught concepts and introduce new skills and concepts in incremental, continuously reviewed steps. We teach the metric system simultaneously with the U.S. system of measurement.

    This full-year course contains enough pre-algebra to be an excellent prerequisite for any Algebra I course. Students who satisfactorily complete Math 800 will also be prepared for high school geometry and/or consumer math. Math 810 teaches practical business skills such as writing checks, budgeting income, and balancing an account.

    Math 800 themes (one per LightUnit) deal with suitable occupations for Christians, and integrity and generosity in personal and family finances.

    The Teacher's Guides give teaching tips, extra practice, solutions, LightUnit answers, and alternate LightUnit tests. Answer keys are optional if the Teacher's Guides are purchased.

  • Science

    Each LightUnit in this course takes about seventeen days to cover, providing work for a 170-day school year. Science 800 covers theories of matter, the balance of nature, health and nutrition, energy, electricity, and machines. The specific themes, one per LightUnit, are as follows:

    801 Science in Our Lives
    802 Properties of Matter
    803 Changing Matter
    804 Health and Nutrition
    805 Energy
    806 Magnets and Electricity
    807 Using Machines
    808 Levers, Pulleys, Gears, and Things
    809 Balance in Nature
    810 Science and Technology

    Each LightUnit contains one self check per section and one final test.

    Affordable science supplies correlating with this science course are available from Home Science Tools.  Click here to view and order these supplies.

  • Social Studies

    Sunrise Edition

    History is what happened. But, what is recorded as history is not always what happened. Changing Frontiers attempts to look at United States History honestly and fairly. In this full-color text, students learn about pre-Columbus Americans, European discoverers, explorers, and colonists. They follow American history through the formation, growth, and struggle of the nation. Sidebars and extra info nuggets, along with “perspective boxes,” sharpen students’ understanding of history. Study and discussion questions conclude each section.

    The LightUnit study provides self-directed exercises, quizzes, reviews, self checks, and tests. Answer keys are required.

    The Worksheet study includes chapter tests, reviews, and unit tests and requires more teacher input. Answer keys required.

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