Tuesday, December 20, 2011

8th Grade Geography Resources

At our house we love geography, but we don't always have time to make it a big part of our day. That is why I love finding websites that allow my children to practice geography facts, map, and other information on their own time. I enjoy the freedom that it brings, and they enjoy the fun while learning. I am including several of our favorite geography websites to use for drill and practice. Warning: many of these are REALLY fun!

Geography World Online
The World Almanac Online
Time for Kids - Around the World - China
National Geographic Atlas Expeditions Online
World Geography Today Text
America's Geography Games and Practice
Geography Games
Geography Online Course
Geography IQ

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Literature for Eighth Grade

Ever wonder what is suitable literature for your eight grader? I sure have, I have gone to the library, and though it does help that they have begun to put grade suggestions on the spines of the some of the books, it is still difficult to find books that are good for 8th grade. I enjoy knowing that my children are reading the classics. I feel that classic literature not only has withstood the test of time, but also the test of education. It is through these books, that our children can receive a greater a education. They are learning by great examples of history and through the means of great writers.

1. Sounder – by William Armstrong
2. Little Men – by Louisa May Alcott
3. Robinson Crusoe – by Daniel Defoe
4. The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson
5. The Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Franke
6. Cheaper by the Dozen – by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreath
7. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8. The Wind in the Willows – by Kenneth Grahame
9. A Wrinkle in Time – by Madelein L’engle
10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – by CS Lewis
11. Anne of Green Gables – by LM Montgomery
12. White Fang – by Jack London
13. The Light in the Forest – by Conrad Richeter
14. The Bronze Bow – by Elizabeth Speare
15. The Red Pony – by John Steinbeck
16. The Yearling – by Marjorie Rawlings
17. Treasure Island – by Robert Louis Stevenson
18. The Prince and the Pauper – by Mark Twain
19. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Mark Twain
20. Journey to the Center of the Earth – by Jules Verne
21. The Swiss Family Robinson – by Johann David Wyss
22. The Hiding Place – by Corrie Ten Boom
23. In His Steps – by Charles Sheldon
24. The Pearl – by John Steinbeck
25. Gulliver’s Travels – by Jonathan Swift
26. Ben Hur – by Wallace Lew
27. North to Freedom – by Ann Holm
28. The Three Musketeers – by Alexandre Dumas
29. The Red Badge of Courage – by Stephen Crane
30. Summer of My German Soldier – by Better Green
31. The Endless Steppe – by Ether Hautzig
32. Slave Dancer – b y Fox Paula
33. Gentle Ben – by Walt Morey
34. The War of the Worlds – by HG Wells
35. To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee
36. Jacob Have I Loved – Katherine Peterson
37. Men of Iron – by Howard Pyle
38. Shane – by Jack Schaefer
39. Johnny Tremain – by Esther Forbes
40. Captains Courageous – by Rudyard Kipling