Grade 8

Reading grade 8


Sunrise Edition

Based on the reader Where Roads Diverge, this course centers around life choices. Many of the stories present eighth graders with examples of people who faced diverging roads, and how their choices affected themselves and others.

The five major themes are “The Right Kind of People,” “Every Good Gift,” “The Gifts of Love,” “Hold Fast Your Dreams,” and “Integrity.” Two or three lessons a week provide work for the whole year.

Many LightUnit exercises also deal with the theme of choosing, giving students tools for thinking through alternatives and taking the right road. Other exercises help students increase comprehension, analyze what they read, and apply it to themselves and their situations.

An optional Teacher’s Guide provides brief teacher’s notes, useful appendices, and alternate LightUnit tests.

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Bible 8 lu set


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.

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Language arts grade 8

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.

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Math grade 8


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.

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Science grade 6 8


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.

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Social studies grade 8

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 will be available in May 2015 and 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.

The old course is available under Discontinued Courses here.

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