CURRICULUM

Age 8 to 10

Overview

Design a new plant species. Evaluate the relationship between a Native American boy and a pioneer boy who are able to learn from each other in spite of their differences. Experiment with magnets and electricity. Learn about simple machines and examine how they are used by a colony of rats in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

At Moving Beyond the Page we believe that children learn when they are actively engaged in their learning. Beginning with the Age 8-10 level, we use many hands-on and engaging science kits to teach your child the science topics being covered. You cannot find a more hands-on science curriculum available for homeschoolers. Click here to jump down to the complete list of science kits.

The Age 8-10 level uses these and many more activities to thoroughly cover the state and national standards in science, social studies, and language arts. Add math for a complete and comprehensive homeschool curriculum.

The Age 8-10 curriculum constitutes one year of academic instruction.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in third or fourth grade

What's New and Different for Age 8-10

The Age 8-10 level of curriculum covers science, social studies, and language arts. In language arts, this takes the form of literature units. This enables your child to learn all of his language arts content in an engaging format that centers around interesting stories and characters. We continue to tie in science and social studies, but instead of doing this within each lesson, we do it thematically. When children study Native Americans in social studies, they will be reading a book that relates a story of interactions between early American settlers and Native Americans. When they are learning about simple machines in science, they read a story that shows the use of these tools by a race of genetically modified rodents. As students learn about the cultures of Asia, Europe, and Africa, they will be reading stories from those cultures.

The list below shows how each of the science and social studies units line up with the language arts units.

Science and Social Studies
Language Arts
Concept 1: Interdependence
Unit 1. Dirt and Plants
Unit 1. Little House in the Big Woods
Unit 2. Native Americans
Unit 2. The Sign of the Beaver
Unit 3. Ecosystems and Ecology
Unit 3. Native American Animal Stories
Concept 2: Force and Power
Unit 1. Magnetism and Electricity
Unit 1. Ben and Me
Unit 2. The Power of People
Unit 2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Unit 3. Forces of Nature
Unit 3. The BFG
Concept 3: Similarities and Differences
Unit 1. Africa and Asia
Unit 1. Stories from Africa and Asia
Unit 2. Rocks and Minerals
Unit 2. Holes
Unit 3. Europe
Unit 3. Charlotte in Giverny
Concept 4: Exploration and Survival
Unit 1. Animal Adaptations
Unit 1. Abel's Island
Unit 2. Early Explorers
Unit 2. Pedro's Journal
Unit 3. Work, Tools, and Simple Machines
Unit 3. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

In the Age 8-10 curriculum, your child will explore all subject areas using a hands-on and investigative approach. Oftentimes, homeschoolers are only taught reading, writing, and math during the early years, but a truly comprehensive curriculum will expose them to science and social studies as well. These subjects can be the most engaging and exciting for a young child. The curriculum is also filled with quality literature to enjoy with your child.

Beyond Standards

Because all lessons are based on state and national standards, your child will learn all of the necessary skills for his age. Your child will continue to be challenged to read and write at a higher level.

Summary of Skills

The links below will take you to the Summary of Skills for each of the concepts that make up the Age 8-10 curriculum. The Summary of Skills is a list of the state and national standards that are covered within Moving Beyond the Page. This list can be useful for your own planning purposes, but it is also quite helpful when submitting required documentation to fulfill state and local reporting requirements.

Science Kits and Manipulatives

The Age 8-10 curriculum provides a number of hands-on science kits and manipulatives. These kits will provide your child with a hands-on experience that is unparalleled in any homeschool curriculum. With Moving Beyond the Page, hands-on learning is not an afterthought. Not only do we design our curriculum for hands-on learners, we also provide materials to take the hassle out of gathering materials.

Age 8-10: Timeline of History

Students use this timeline to record important events covered in the Age 8-10 units.

Dig A Dino T-Rex

The adventure begins ... grab your hammer, chisel and brush (very important tools for a paleontologist). Then dig out the parts of the skeleton. Finally, assemble the bones, using the pictures and directions!

Exploration and Survival Science Kit

This kit contains materials needed for activities in the Concept 4 science units (Animal Adaptations and Work, Tools, and Simple Machines).

  • 1 piece of red and 1 piece of yellow construction paper,
  • 2 pieces of patterned scrapbook paper,
  • 2 Styrofoam balls,
  • 3 zip-loc bags,
  • birdseed,
  • brown food coloring,
  • clay,
  • clay for animal model,
  • clothespin,
  • construction paper,
  • cotton, and
  • 34 more items...
Force and Power Science Kit

This kit contains materials required for activities in the Concept 2 science units (Magnetism and Electricity and Forces of Nature).

  • "Does It Stick?" test items,
  • 2 rubber bands,
  • 3 drinking straws,
  • 3-foot long copper wire,
  • bar magnets,
  • bar of Ivory soap,
  • clear plastic sheet,
  • D cell battery,
  • iron filings,
  • magnetic shields,
  • marble magnet, and
  • 27 more items...
Interdependence Science Kit

This kit contains the materials you will need for the activities found in the science units of Concept 1 (Dirt and Plants and Ecosystems and Ecology).

  • 6-inch square of thin cloth,
  • black, green, pink, and yellow pipe cleaners,
  • chalk or baby powder,
  • clay,
  • clear plastic cups,
  • construction paper,
  • food coloring,
  • gallon zip-lock bag,
  • glue,
  • grass seed,
  • grass seeds, and
  • 26 more items...
Pocket Sled Kite Kit - Individually Wrapped

Using this kit, students can decorate and assemble their own kite. This kit is used in the unit Ben and Me.

ScienceWiz Electricity Kit

Help your child learn about electricity with this fun kit by ScienceWiz. Perfect for school projects and science fairs, this kit contains the necessary components for 18 brain-stimulating activities. Featured projects include building circuit loops, spin motors and pinwheels, light up bulbs, connecting batteries and buzzers, sending coded messages and more. Each kit comes with a 40-page, fully-illustrated instruction manual to guide children through each activity. Everything you need to conduct each experiment is included, except one D-cell battery.

Set 3: Minerals, Crystals, and Fossils Science Kit

Grow a salt rock garden, rock candy, and string crystals. Break open a large geode. Identify five unknown minerals using the streak, hardness, magnetic, and acid tests. Study a fossil. Complete this set by making a cast and a mold fossil that will impress any budding scientist.

What Else Do I Need?

Many children at this level are ready to begin learning cursive handwriting. Moving Beyond the Page does not teach cursive handwriting, so if this is something you need at this level, you will need to add a cursive handwriting program.

The Age 8-10 Full Year Curriculum Package covers science, social studies, and language arts. When purchased with a math program, you will have a comprehensive curriculum for your child.

Schedule Worksheets



Age 8-10 Curriculum Samples

Concept 1: Interdependence

Unit 1 - Little House in the Big Woods [LA]

Lesson 5 - Christmas
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Unit 1 - Dirt and Plants [S]

Unit 2 - The Sign of the Beaver [LA]

Lesson 13 - The Return
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Unit 2 - Native Americans [SS]

Lesson 5 - Indians of the Southeast
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Concept 2: Force and Power

Unit 1 - Ben and Me [LA]

Lesson 10 - Back Home
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Unit 1 - Magnetism and Electricity [S]

Lesson 9 - Products of Electricity
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Unit 2 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe [LA]

Lesson 8 - Deep Magic
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Concept 3: Similarities and Differences

Unit 1 - Stories from Africa and Asia [LA]

Unit 2 - Rocks and Minerals [S]

Lesson 2 - Rocks Rock!
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Unit 2 - Holes [LA]

Concept 4: Exploration and Survival

Unit 2 - Early Explorers [SS]

Unit 3 - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH [LA]

Lesson 13 - A New Home
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