8th Grade - Learn at Home Supplements

District Endorsed Supplemental Learning
Out of District Supplemental Resources

Humanities

  1. Read for 25 minutes. Don’t have a book?   Use Washington County Library card. There are also short stories in this folder

  2. Think about the protagonist, or main character, in your book. While it’s often easy to sympathize with these characters, think about the complexity of that character. Are all the traits positive? Are some negative or neutral?  Take 5-10 minutes to review your novel, and write about the characteristics of the protagonist. You can make lists, tables, or drawings. (Examples)

  3. Optional extension activity: Trace a character’s emotions in a timeline. This may require some reading of your book. Examples are in the Resource Folder.

 

Math

  • Read the New York Times’ “What’s Going on With This Graph?” [here]. Discuss the questions with a sibling or adult. Be sure to scan down the page before diving in to get a sense of what information is presented and what.

 

Science

  • Using materials at home, create a device that will keep ice from melting.  Test your design and record your findings. (For more information you can view the following activity: Building a Cooler)

  • After you have conducted your experiment, think about what you learned  and how it relates to a lunch box or cooler.

    • If you want to keep something cold, is it better to leave the cooler lid open or closed?

    • If you need to keep something cold for a long time, would you use a lightweight, thin-walled cooler or a cooler with thicker walls? How does what you learned in this activity impact how you might pack your lunch or a picnic?

Movement

Electives

  • Computer Science/Technology: check out Code.org’s AI for Oceans

  • Band

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art: Check out this guide to enjoying art at home and choose an activity to explore.

  • Theatre/Drama:

    • Read a play online

  • AVID: O-Organization

    • Let’s get that binder, agenda, and supplies organized.

    • Take 10-15 minutes to put your subject specific notes, handouts and assignments in the right sections of your binders or folders on your device.

    • Don’t throw things away, but find a place at home (a box, drawer, cabinet, etc.) to archive (file away somewhere safe) resources you don’t need right now.

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Take one minute to list three things you are grateful for. - You can be grateful for big things, like having supportive parents, or small things, like being able to say “hi” to your friend before class started.

  • Gratitude is the ability to recognize and acknowledge the good things, people, and places in our lives.

Day 1

Humanities

  1. Read for 25 minutes. Don’t have a book? Use Washington County Library card. There are also short stories in this folder. 

  2. Continuing your work on character traits, consider that characters have reasons for the things they do and the ways they are. Ask yourself what pressures might there be for this character? Do those pressures help me understand the character’s actions and decisions?In your notebook, write and/or sketch these pressures. Examples are here. 

  3.  Optional Extension Activity.  Pick a question from this list and write in your notebook.

 

Math

  • Read and discuss “What’s Going on With This Graph?” - Mar 4, 2020 [nytimes].

 

Science

  • Investigate how the world has changed over time, with satellite images from space!

    • Go to NASA’s World of Change Website and choose one of the image sets to examine.

    • Write a claim-evidence-reasoning paragraph that explains what change is happening (claim), how we know the change is happening based on the images (evidence), and why that evidence makes sense in terms of science concepts and the overall pattern (reasoning).

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art:

  • Theatre/Drama:

    • Design costumes for a Shakespearean production in non-Shakespearean era

  • Health: 

  • AVID:

    • O-Organization-Let’s finish getting that binder, agenda and supplies organized.

    • Take 10-15 minutes to finish organizing your subject specific notes, handouts and assignments in the right sections of your binders or folders on your device.

    • Don’t throw things away, but find a place at home (a box, drawer, cabinet, etc.) to archive (file away somewhere safe) resources you don’t need right now.

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Drink a large cool glass of water after you wake.  

    • It fires up your metabolism by 24% for ninety minutes and increases mental and physical performance during the day.

    • When you’re dehydrated, you can feel tired and drained, and you may experience headaches and mood fluctuations.

Day 2

Humanities

  1. Read for 25 minutes. Don’t have a book? Use Washington County Library card. There are also short stories in this folder. 

  2. Think about the setting of your text today. List some traits about the setting, and how it affects the characters. This might be some free writing or a t-chart. 

  3. Optional extension activity: Look for specific language about the setting. Authors use specific language to fram mood, atmosphere, and place. List some of these examples in your notebook. Here are some examples.

 

Math

  • Video - Perplexing Paperclips - can you perform one of the tricks? Can you explain how it works? In what ways do you need mathematics to predict the results of these experiments?

 

Science

  • Read this article on how one school makes more energy than it uses.  

    • What is one action you could take to help your school/home/community?

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Computer Science/Technology:

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art:

  • Theatre/Drama:

    • Write a one act that is inspired by this uncertain time (make it a comedy, a satire, an allegory).

  • AVID:

    • O-Organization-Spend a couple minutes making sure you are organized.

    • W-Writing- Complete a quick write for 5 minutes:

      • What is it like learning from home?

      • What is the biggest difference for you?

      • Here is an optional 2 column note template you can start: 2 Column FNT

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Smile in the mirror for 10 seconds.

    • Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body, and it releases endorphins that counteract and diminish stress hormones. It also has been shown to increase productivity while a person performs tasks. 

Day 3

Humanities

  1. Read for 25 minutes. Don’t have a book?  Use Washington County Library card. There are also short stories in this folder.

  2. Consider today about a character in your text-when characters seem torn, when they’re acting one way on the outside and another way on the inside, it’s sometimes because they are being pulled in different directions. Consider this and write in your notebook about external pressures on a character. Here is an example. 

  3. Optional Extension Activity: Look back to the beginning of your text. Sometimes characters change psychologically or even physically. Write about how a character has changed from the beginning of the story. Here is an example.

 

Math

  • Work on this 3 Act Math Task (Circles). When you click on the link, it will create a copy. Please feel free to add your responses directly into the slides.

 

Science

  • Challenge: Using materials from around the house and outside, design a nest that would hold an egg. 

  • OBSERVATIONS: Go outside and  see if you can spot any bird nests. If you find one, observe it carefully from a distance—but don't get too close and disturb the nesting birds or eggs! Can you tell what materials the nest is made of? If you can't find any bird nests outside, look on the internet to find photos of bird nests. How many different types of nests can you find? What are the nests made out of?

  • PROCEDURE- BUILD YOUR NEST Collect  materials you can pick up easily considering. “What materials do you think would make a good nest? Do any of them match the nests you saw in person or online?” Use your collected materials to build a nest that will be able to safely hold at least one egg. 

  • TEST YOUR NEST (gently at first). Can you blow on it or place an egg inside it? Does the nest fall apart or stay together? If it falls apart, what can you change to make it sturdier? For more information, check out the following activity Build a bird nest

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art:

  • Theatre/Drama:

    • Develop a music score for an emotion that you are facing at this time – What would this playlist be and what would the sound effects be?

  • Health: 

  • AVID: O-Organization-Spend a couple minutes making sure you are organized. I-Inquiry: Write a level 2 question related to the science activity or the humanities reading you did. Here is an optional 2 column note template you can write your questions on: 2 Column FNT

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Take a digital break

    • Mindfully step away from your digital devices for short periods of time during your day today. 

    • It allows you to feel more focused and centered when you do plug back in.

    • Try to take two or three mini-digital breaks today for about ten minutes each.

    • Start with just one if that’s all you feel comfortable doing.

Day 4

Humanities

  1. Read for 25 minutes. Don’t have a book?  Use Washington County Library card. There are also short stories in this folder. 

  2. Reflect on your work this week. Are you happy with your stamina and agency in reading? Think about a goal for future reading (volume, book choices, writing about reading). Decide on a goal and how you can achieve it. 

  3. Optional extension work: Create a book talk for a book you highly recommend. You can record yourself, write a recommendation, or use Adobe Spark.

 

Math

 

Science

  • Read about how the Mars Rover receives instructions. 

  • Then create a Mars obstacle course.

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Computer Science/Technology: check out Code.org’s Dance Party

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • AVID:

    • O-Organization

      • Spend a couple minutes making sure you are organized.

    • C-Collaboration

      • Connect with a family member or friend via phone or internet, ask them what their favorite activity is while they are at home or outside.

      • Record any new ideas of activities you can do in your notes! Here is an optional 2 column note template you can write your questions on: 2 Column FNT

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Take a Laughter Recess

    • By taking a laughter recess during your day, you give yourself a mental escape that transports you to a higher place where you can enjoy your day from a more relaxed, positive, and joyful perspective.

Day 5

Humanities

Nonfiction Work Newsela:

  1. Using this text set, pick an article about Women’s History month to read. 

  2. Read 10-15 in your choice reading book.

  3. Optional extension work: Pick and read another article in the text set.

 

Math

  • Work on this 3 Act Math Task (Punches). When you click on the link, it will create a copy. Please feel free to add your responses directly into the slides.

 

Science

  • Design an experiment to test how much weight a strand of hair can hold. 

  • Suggested materials: 

    • At least one hair strand, Paper clip, Tape, Small plastic bag, Small items to use as weights (such as pennies or marbles)

  • Make a hypothesis and test your idea. How does the hair hold up with increasing weight?   How much weight was the hair able to carry? Was it more or less than you predicted in the beginning?

  • Want more guidance? Check out this website.

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art:

  • Theatre/Drama:

    • View Online Images of Broadway productions – Critique or evaluate the lighting design, Costume design, Makeup design, and/or scenic design.

  • Health: 

  • AVID:

    • We are about half way through our days so time again for O- Organization-Let’s get that binder, agenda, and supplies organized.

      • Take 10-15 minutes to put your subject specific notes, handouts and assignments in the right sections of your binders or folders on your device.

      • Don’t throw things away, but find a place at home (a box, drawer, cabinet, etc.) to archive (file away somewhere safe) resources you don’t need right now.

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Show Appreciation

    • Take time to show appreciation to someone. 

    • The emotion of gratitude has consistently been one of the strongest happiness boosters known in scientific literature. 

Day 6

Humanities

Nonfiction Work Newsela:

  1. Using this text set, pick an article about Women’s History month to read. 

  2. Read 10-15 in your choice reading book.

  3. Optional extension work: Pick and read another article in the text set.

 

Math

 

Science

  • Read The scientist who played rock music for ladybugs article  and respond to the following prompt

    • Based on the article, what experiment would you like to design next? 

    • What data would you need to collect to support your hypothesis?

    • Record your ideas.

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Computer Science/Technology: check out Code your hero

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art:

  • Theatre/Drama:

    • Video chat with a group of people (own school or collaboratively with others) and record/perform a song from a popular musical as a team.

    • Post it online and share with instructors.

  • AVID:

    • R-Reading, I-Inquiry, and W-Writing: Write a level 2 question on the Newsela article you chose.

    • Here is an optional 2 column note template you can write your questions on: 2 Column FNT

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Take a Music Break

    • Listening to music is a powerful mindfulness habit that can reduce stress, elevate your mood, raise your IQ, and offer many other mental and physical health benefits. 

    • Taking a break to actively listen to music for a few minutes during your day can help you return to your work in a more positive, peaceful, and productive frame of mind.

    • In fact, listening to music—especially classical music—can change your brain in ways that improve memory and learning.

Day 7

Humanities

Nonfiction Work Newsela:

  1. Using this text set, pick an article about Women’s History month to read. 

  2. Read 10-15 in your choice reading book.

  3. Optional extension work: Pick and read another article in the text set.

 

Math

 

Science

  • Check out the color changing milk experiment here

    • Draw a picture that explains how this works

    • Are there other variables related to this experiments that you might like to try? 

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Health:  Complete the activity - E-Cigarettes:  A Dangerous Trend

  • AVID:

    • W-Writing-Quick Write for 5 minutes: What is something interesting you have learned today or yesterday? 

    • C-Collaboration talk with a family member or friend on the phone or via the internet.

      • Ask them about something new they have learned in the last couple days and share your quick write with them.

      • Here is an optional 2 column note template you can write your questions on: 2 Column FNT

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Clear your space (desk, room, binder, backpack)

    • Visual clutter is distracting. 

    • Clearing and organizing your space allows you a few minutes of focused mindfulness, as you decide where to put your stuff and what to keep and throw away. 

    • Once your space is clear, you have set the stage for more mental and emotional energy to focus and begin your work.

Day 8

Humanities

Nonfiction Work Newsela:

1. Using this text set, pick an article about Women’s History month to read. 

2. Read 10-15 in your choice reading book.

3. Optional extension work: Pick and read another article in the text set.

 

Math

  • Work on this 3 Act Math Task (Waffles). When you click on the link, it will create a copy. Please feel free to add your responses directly into the slides.

 

Science

  • Paper Airplane Challenge:

    • Try throwing a paper airplane by moving just your wrist (don't move your elbow or shoulder).

    • How could you get a paper airplane to fly far if you can use only a short distance to launch it? 

  • Design an airplane launcher using Paper, Rubber bands, paper clips and tape or a stapler 

  • Want more guidance?  Check out this website

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art:

  • Theatre/Drama:

  • AVID:

    • R-Reading-Read this article on Daylight Savings time: Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent

      • Circle key terms and underline the author’s claims on the document or record them in your notes.

      • Here is an optional 2 column note template you can write your questions on: 2 Column FNT

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Color: Coloring is an easy way to practice mindfulness.

    • It takes full focus and requires you to slow down and think about what you are working on, getting other things out of your mind.

    • Coloring also gives us some relief from tension, anxiety, and stress.

    • This makes it the perfect thing to add to an end of the day routine.

Day 9

Humanities

Nonfiction Work Newsela:

  1. Using this text set, pick an article about Women’s History month to read. 

  2. Read 10-15 in your choice reading book.

  3. Optional extension work: Pick and read another article in the text set.

 

Math

  • Play a math or strategy game or do a puzzle for 15 - 20 min

 

Science

  • Watch this video on how to reduce the spread of germs. 

  • Develop a PSA or comic that would explain this idea to others.

 

Movement

  • Get at least the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity with 30 minutes at a moderate to vigorous level.

 

Electives

  • Band:

    • Practice assigned music from class and fundamental exercises (scales, lip slurs, long tones, etc.) for at least 30 min. 

    • Use a metronome and tuner for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are playing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Choir:

    • Practice assigned music from class for at least 30 min.

    • Use a metronome for your practice.

    • Look up pieces you are singing on J.W. Peper.com and listen to the recording while following along in the music.

  • Art:

  • Theatre/Drama:

    • Reimagine your favorite book as a Broadway musical. 

  • Health:  Complete the activity - The Real Risks of Marijuana

  • AVID:

    • R-Reading, W-Writing and I-Inquiry:

      • Review your circled key terms and author’s claims you recorded on this article on Daylight Savings time: Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent.

      • What level 2 question can you ask about one of the author’s claims?

      • Here is an optional 2 column note template you can write your questions on: 2 Column FNT

 

Wellness / Self-Care

  • Reconnect with Your Relationships

    • Reach out to a friend, family member, someone you care about and let them know how much they mean to you. 

    • Nurturing relationships requires mindful daily attention.

    • Expressing gratitude for these relationships strengthens bonds and keeps us connected with those we care about.

Day 10