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Grade 8, 2017 Summer Page!!
Eighth Grade: Summer 2017
Below you will find:
- Your required summer reading books
- Your required summer math assignment
8th Grade Math Plus Students:
Please complete the summer enrichment handout that was given to you at the end of the school year. It should be completed and ready to be handed in at the beginning of the school year in September. It will be counted as a homework grade. Do your best. We will review it together as a class. For extra practice with math or just for some fun math websites please see the numerous websites below. Good luck and have a wonderful summer. See you in September.
8th Grade Math Students A/B:
Students will receive a packet of math work that will need to completed by the 1st day of school for Ms.Blank. You can contact me at Mblank@myholyfamilyschool.org with any questions. Extra packets will be kept in my mailbox over the summer if the packet gets lost.
You can use these links to practice your math skills over the summer. Try for an hour a week.
Math Games and Helpful Websites:
Math Magician Games
Choose +, -, X, or /. Can students complete 20 math fact problems with 100 percent accuracy in less than 60 seconds? If they can, they might print out an award certificate or ask a classmate to verify the total and record it on a chart.
Choose +, -, X or /. Students have 1 minute to get as many correct answers as they can. Have a classmate verify the total and record it on a chart.
Pick a Number
Multiplication only. This game is ideal for students just learning the times tables. It focuses on the individual tables; it does not mix the 4x tables and 5x tables, for example. Click one of the joker's cards (e.g., click the 7 to enter the World of 7, then click Table Tournament.) How many of the 20 multiplication table problems do students get right before the time runs out? Have a classmate verify the score and record it on a chart.
Click your grade level. Then click Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, or Division. For each operation, you will find several games, including
How many correct answers can you get in 60 seconds?
How fast can you get 20 more correct answers than wrong answers?
Have a classmate verify the score and record it on a chart.
Matching Multiplication Game
Multiplication only. Click the multiplication fact on the left side of the page and its matching product on the right side. How long does it take you to match all eight pairs? Have a classmate verify the time and record it on a chart.
Just for Fun!
These online math facts games are just for fun. Most do not record a score, but they still offer great practice and lots of math fun.
A+ Math's Hidden Picture Games
How many problems do students solve before they can identify the hidden picture?
Match all the addition or subtraction facts with their answers. (This game does provide a final score, but it is really more a test of memory than a test of math-fact knowledge.)
Easy level. Match each addition or subtraction fact card to its solution.
A+ Math's Concentration Game
Match the problem on the left card with the correct answer on the right card. (This game does provide a final score, but it is really more a test of memory than it is a test of math-fact knowledge.)
Students will be engaged by this arcade-like space-themed multiplication race.
Mr. Taylor's Multiplication Facts Drills
You can't get wrong answers here. Students click until they get the right answer.
Choose +, -, X, or /. Students compete against other students who are online at the same time.
Coloring Book Math
Solve the math problems to color the pictures. Requires addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skill.
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey to reach inhabited land.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's
A photo-illustrated look at the youth organizations Adolf Hitler founded and used to meet
his sociopolitical and military ends; includes profiles of individual Hitler Youth members as well as young people who opposed the Nazis, such as Hans and Sophie Scholl.
The Journey that Saved CuriousGeorge
Tells how the creators of "Curious George" narrowly escaped capture by the Nazis while fleeing Paris on their bicycles during World War II.
Burns, Loree Griffin
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Hetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.
10,000 days of Thunder: a History
of the Vietnam War
Presents a collection of illustrated photographs and maps depicting the war in Vietnam
from its beginning under French control to the fall of Saigon in 1975, and contains accounts from soldiers and civilians, profiles of those involved, and a look at the role of women on the battlefield.
The true story of Phineas Gage, whose brain had been pierced by an iron rod in 1848, and who survived and became a case study in how the brain functions.
French, Michael, adapt.
Flags of our Fathers (adapted)
Presents an account of the Marines who came together during the battle of Iwo Jima to raise the American flag in a moment that has been immortalized in one of the most famous photographs of World War II.
Giblin, James Cross
Good Brother, Bad Brother: theStory of Edwin Booth and John
Tells the life stories of nineteenth-century actor Edwin Booth and his actor brother John Wilkes Booth, describing the differences between the two men, chronicling John's assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and examining the impact of John's crime on the Boothfamily for decades afterward.
Superbugs Strike Back: When Antibiotics Fail
Explains how the development and over-use of antibiotics has led to new superbugs that
are resistant to common medical treatments and pose a greater threat to human health
An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming (adapted)
An adaptation of the book in which former Vice President Al Gore examines the climate
crisis that is threatening the future of the planet, describes what the world's governments are doing to correct the problem, and explains why the problem should be taken more seriously.
An account of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, from the viewpoint of the people who lived through it.
Farewell to Manzanar: a True Story
of Japanese American Experience During and After World War II Internment
Biography of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston relating her experiences of living at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II and how it has influenced her life
Darkness Over Denmark: TheDanish Resistance
An account of people in Denmark who risked their lives to protect and rescue their Jewish neighbors from the Nazis during World War II.
Never Cry Wolf
The author reports his observations of the Keewatin Lands northwest of the Hudson Bay, and the caribou and wolf populations living in the region; includes an afterword section with assorted writings about wolves.
Provides an account of the yellow fever epidemic that swept through Philadelphia in 1793, discussing the chaos that erupted when people began evacuating in droves, leaving the city without government, goods, or services, and examining efforts by physicians, the Free African Society, and others to cure and care for the sick.
Left For Dead: a Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis
Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the Navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship's captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight fifty-five years later.
Team Moon: How 4000,000 People
Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
Chronicles the Apollo 11 mission, the spaceflight that landed the first man on Earth's moon on July 20, 1969, emphasizing the contributions and reactions of the thousands of people who made the mission successful.
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: the Story of Apollo 11
Astronaut Michael Collins
Describes the experiences of Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins as he circled the moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on it; and explains what everyday life was like on "Columbia," presents background on the three astronauts, and includes photos of Collins and his family.
Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery
Mystery Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth-grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve the murder of an eccentric local woman in her hometown of Echo Falls.
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.
Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of
Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.
Auch, Mary Jane
Ashes of Roses
Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan arrives on Ellis Island in 1911 in the hopes of starting a new life, but
after most of her family is sent back to Ireland, she must find her own way in a new country and
fend for herself and her younger sister
In 2036 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity
Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the rightto play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.
After learning that books are a vital part of a culture he never knew, a book-burning official in a
future fascist state clandestinely pursues reading until he is betrayed.
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Carbone, Elias Lynn
Blood on the River:
Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must quickly learn to distinguish between friend and foe.
Murder on the Orient
Mystery Detective Hercule Poirot has a wealth of suspects to choose from when a wealthy American is stabbed to death en route to Paris on the Orient Express.
Where the Lilies Bloom
In the Great Smoky Mountains region, a fourteen-year-old girl struggles to keep her family together after their father dies.
Cooney, Caroline B.
While conducting research for a school paper on smallpox, Mitty finds an envelope containing 100-
year-old smallpox scabs and fears that he has infected himself and all of New York City.
Cooper, James Fenimore
The Last of the
A Mohican brave struggles to protect two English girls from an evil Huron during the French and
Indian War in upstate New York.
The Dark is Rising
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the
King of Shadows
While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theatre, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself.
An account of the attempt, through a hair-raising twenty-four hours on a remote jungle island, to
avert a global emergency — a crisis triggered by today's rush to commercialize genetic
The Seeing Stone
In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives
him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.
The Loud Silence of
In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes
best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.
Heart of a Champion
Seth faces a strain on his friendship with Jimmy, who is both a baseball champion and something
of an irresponsible fool, when Jimmy is kicked off the team.
A young orphan boy in nineteenth-century England lives in the squalid surroundings of a workhouse until he becomes involved with a gang of thieves.
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
The Adventures of
A collection of Sherlock Holmes mystery adventures, including "A Scandal in
Bohemia," "The Redheaded League," and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
The Hound of the
Mystery Sherlock Holmes is asked to investigate the tale of a hound that haunts the lonely moors around the Baskervilles' ancestral home.
The Count of Monte
Presents the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas about Edmond Dantes, a young sailor who is falsely imprisoned, escapes, and assumes a new identity on the island of Monte Cristo.
Last Shot: A Final Four
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.
While traveling to each corner of the country to build a whirligig in memory of the girl whose death he causes, sixteen-year-old Brian finds forgiveness and atonement.
An eleven-year-old shoots a stray cat with his new air rifle, subsequently suffers from guilt, and eventually assumes responsibility for it.