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    Default 8th grade science curriculum

    I'm in the USA, currently on my 7th year of homeschooling.
    I'm really struggling to find a good, preferably all inclusive, science curriculum for my 8th grade student this year. Last year we used Exploring the Building Blocks of science as our main curriculum, but book 7 is the last in the series.
    If anyone would care to share a science curriculum that worked well for them for 8th grade, and proved to be a good stepping stone for high school, I'd really appreciate it.
    Thanks in advance 😊

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    Would you consider unit studies from a company like Moving Beyond the Page?

    My son's 11, so a little younger than your kiddo... but he's a total science geek, and he wanted to be more challenged than he's been in his public school. And he wanted to pick specific topics to learn. So we cherry-picked a bunch of units from Moving Beyond the Page, and I wrote an intro-to-science mini unit and a 5 week astronomy/cosmology unit about the wider universe to kick us off. We're almost done with that now, so we'll be switching over to our first MBtP unit, about the solar system, next week. From going over it in preparation to teach, I think it will be a more interesting, more challenging curriculum than he's been getting in school, for sure. I picked units from a few levels, so I'll have to do some adjusting to the work I require from my kiddo to keep things more or less at his grade level, but I don't mind tailoring things if he's enjoying what he's learning. I can't swear by it yet, but I'm looking forward to starting.

    Good luck finding the right fit for your kiddo!

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    I don't personally know of one a curriculum that is general science (rather than by subject) for grade 8.

    For ones by subject, Real Science Odyssey Level 2 is for grades 6–10. It only has biology and astronomy so far though. We have not tried it, only the younger Level 1 stuff and it was so, so. Some people really like it but as a scientist I found it was overly pedantic, very disconnected between many of the experiments and the learning (like experiment busy work with an extremely tenuous link to the learning), and they just killed the joy. The higher grades might be better though.

    Oak Meadow has physical science for grade 8. Build Your Library does the history of science for grade 8.

    Could you find a second hand school textbook of general science for grade 8 to use?

    That's about all I can think of right now.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Middle school science is generally topical - earth/space, life, and physical (chem/physics). I like the Holt Science & Technology series - Rainbow Resource carries the sets which have a textbook & resource CD. The CD has all the support materials, but I really only use the tests. We discuss the questions at the end of each lesson and do the chapter review orally before he takes the paper test. There are optional labs and all sorts of extras if you want that, but we keep it simple.
    Andrea in Belgium

    DS 12: AoPS math, History of US, HST Physical Science, Spanish for Children, Novel-Ties literature units, Easy Grammar, Essentials in Writing, Vocab from Classical Roots, Art of Argument, American Government, Economics, Health ....

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