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Help me with 8th grade! :(
Old 06-25-2019, 11:58 AM
 
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Hi everyone! I hope someone checks this board!
I will be teaching grades 3rd-8th next year in a once a week pull-out gifted program. I'm having a really hard time coming up with a unit to do with my 8th graders for 1st semester (before now, I've only taught gifted up until 6th grade). Any recommendations? Help please!


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Our gifted program does book studies with middle schoolers. I would look at the social studies standards for 8th grade in your state and see what topics are covered that you could take to a deeper level using biographies and historical fiction. I would also look at the science standards. In my state, 8th grade science standards cover force, motion, energy, and engineering design. A Rube Goldberg unit could incorporate those standards. I would also have the students conduct independent research projects on topics of their own interests.
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Consider having them research the Mayflower and Project 1619. They can decide to write an essay for the Daughters of the American Revolution contest or present their research another way.
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